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

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

Whilst 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 give their bank details.

You should instead end the call and at once contact:

  • your local county court, if the caller says they are an HMCTS bailiff. Contact details for county courts can be found on the GOV.UK website
  • the company the person claims to work for, if the caller says they are an HCEO or CEA.

If you believe you have been a victim of this fraud or attempted fraud you should report the matter to:

Action Fraud online or on 0300 123 2040

High Court enforcement activity is being undertaken in an appropriate, flexible and sensitive manner that reflects the challenges we are all facing as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Association has developed a best practice Covid-19 plan.

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