Magazine Advertise Debt Alert

Home » Newsroom » Magazine Advertise Debt Alert
fraud logo

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". These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies.

The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim's home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.

Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they'll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed.

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.

Protection Advice:

  • 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 www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Image002
Thu 05 Dec 6:00am  |  hits: 713

TARVIN WOMAN WHO THOUGHT SHE WOULDN'T SEE ANOTHER CHRISTMAS WISHES FOR CHARITY SUPPORTA Cheshire woman is celebrating Christmas, two years after almost dying from a serious heart condition.Heather McDonald, from Tarvin, is supporting the British Heart Foundation's campaign to make Christmas wishes come true by asking people to support BHF charity shops, make a donation, or take on a...

Tarvin fields
Mon 02 Dec 6:00am  |  hits: 387

During the Open Forum of the Parish Council (PC) meeting on Monday, 25th November, evening a member of the public raised the issue of a possible traveller site on Tarporley Road. He was considering buying a property in the area and wanted to know the latest position. The PC had previously agreed that the Chairman, together with a specialist planning consultant, would attend the Cheshire West...

Church Clock At Night
Sun 01 Dec 6:00am  |  hits: 234

David Ferguson the St Andrew's Church Parish Warden explains..........The Church clock was installed by Joyce of Whitchurch in 1887, to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. The winding of the clock takes place once a week. Three heavy weights need to be elevated to the height of the Tower Clock Chamber, which can take over 200 turns of the winding handle! Our Tower Captain, Colin...