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“Phantom debt” fraud

Beware of cold callers claiming that you will be arrested unless you pay a debt that is owed [7 February 2013]

“Phantom debt” fraud“Phantom debt” fraudOur Action Fraud call centre has received reports of fraudsters who are cold calling potential victims claiming there is an arrest warrant out in their name and are pressuring them to pay a “debt”.

Victims are usually told to pay the debt using Ukash vouchers. In reality debt collection agencies will never ask to be paid using this method. People should treat Ukash payments as if they were cash transactions. 

Although there are some variations the fraudsters are calling themselves “Baker and Allen” and in some cases have been claiming to be from the “Action Fraud Department”. Action Fraud is in no way affiliated with these scammers.

If you receive a phone call or voicemail making any of these claims please ignore them and report them to us online

If you are a victim of this scam you can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.