Beware of bogus
The warning comes after CIVEA identified cases of fraudsters using the government’s public register of enforcement agents to demand payments for bogus government debts. The details of certificated enforcement agents are used to put pressure on people to pay quickly saying that costs will go up if they delay. They threaten to visit within hours with a locksmith.
Russell Hamblin-Boone, chief executive of the Civil Enforcement Association, said: “We want to protect people from bogus bailiffs who are using legitimate certificated agents’ details. These fraudsters appear very convincing, but do not be hurried and always check before making any payments.”
CIVEA has provided some guidance on avoiding being a victim of a bogus bailiff:
The Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA) is the principal trade association representing c2000 certificated civil enforcement agencies operating in England and Wales.
Enforcement agents (formerly known as bailiffs) are regulated by the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, Schedule 12 and The Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013.
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