Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt.
The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.
A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”.
Jodie Fisher, 27, of no fixed address, appeared at Brighton Crown Court on 19 July last year and admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and supplying crack cocaine. Another woman Penelope Godden, 48, of Wishing Tree Road North, St Leonards, who was looking after Fisher's supply of drugs in a property in Carisbrooke Road, St Leonards, was given a two year jail sentence suspended for two years after admitting two counts of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin when she appeared at Guildford Crown Court on 27 March.
He has called for other units and followed her before seeing a drug deal and due to the support of the other officers managed to arrest both the supplier and purchaser in Pevensey Road, St Leonards.
Officers then carried out a search of the property the supplier came from to find another woman “minding” more than 30 wraps of class A drugs inside.
From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted. Listen to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting by calling 03.