Derby residents are being warned about a recent scam which involves people illegally posing as bailiffs in an attempt to seize items from properties.

The scam follows a similar format to the Channel 5 programme ‘Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away‘ where bailiffs visit properties to seize items when people can’t pay outstanding bills.

As part of the scam, people are pretending to be bailiffs by wearing authentic looking clothing and targeting elderly and vulnerable people.

Upon arrival at a victim’s house, they state that a warrant has been issued to seize goods in an attempt to worry the occupant. Following this, victims are then being taken to banks and cashpoints and demanded to withdraw money in order to clear the so-called ‘debt’.

Many banks have already reported customers who are going into branches and asking for a blank cheque to pay the ‘bailiffs’. When banks have refused, customers have instead requested cash and revisited the bank the following day.

The scam has currently been reported in Derbyshire and is may escalate around the country.

Last month marked Scam Awareness Month in which residents were reminded to be vigilant of all scams and how to spot scam warning signs.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection commented:

“It is extremely important Derby residents remain vigilant when it comes to scams. This case could be particularly distressing for elderly or vulnerable people in our communities, if targeted.

“We all need to work together to ensure we remain cautious and keep an eye out for scam warning signs.”

For further information on Scam Awareness, please visit the Citizens Advice website or to contact Citizens Advice directly, please call 03454 04 05 06.