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Guidance on bailiff and enforcement officer scam

We are calling on people to stay vigilant against fraudsters posing as enforcement officers and bailiffs.

We have become aware of scammers again phoning members of the public, posing as County Court bailiffs, High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) and Certificated Enforcement Agents (CEAs).

In a number of cases they are claiming to be a bailiff at Northampton County Court.

They are targeting people with a County Court judgment for debt.

During the calls, the fraudsters claim that the person owes money, and demands that they transfer funds into a bank account.

We may contact you by phone to discuss a warrant of control and will offer to take debit or credit card payments over the phone.

However, we will never:

  • telephone you to ask for your bank details
  • telephone you to ask you to make a bank transfer using your sort code and account number.

If anyone claiming to be a county court bailiff, an HCEO or CEA calls asking for this information, you should not make any payment and not provide your bank details.

You should end the call and contact:

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam you should report the matter to:

Action Fraud online or call 0300 123 2040.

Published 9 December 2019
Last updated 20 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated with new information where scammers are pretending to be bailiffs from Northampton County Court.

  2. First published.