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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Warning to businesses over debt recovery scams

Trading Standards officers in Denbighshire are warning businesses to be on their guard against suspect debt recovery calls.

The warning comes after reports were received that businesses are being telephoned by people claiming to be from a debt collection agency chasing an outstanding debt. The threat of further legal action is used to extort money from the business.

Emlyn Jones, Public Protection Manager said: “We have been advised that there have been a number of reports nationally involving this scam. Callers sometimes use names of legitimate agencies to seem more credible, and in this case they are telling businesses they have an outstanding debt for advertising space in a Business Directory.

He added, “Whilst some small businesses may indeed use business directories for advertising we are urging them to be on their guard. Never give personal or financial details to anyone and anybody cold calling asking for money should be ignored without first making further checks.”

Anyone approached or affected by these callers can contact Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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