Bogus debt threat warning

AstraDelph International Debt Collection has sent letters to Britons threatening legal proceedings, a County Court Judgment (CCJ) or even a visit from bailiffs unless an alleged debt is paid.

Christine Wade, OFT assistant chief executive, consumer advice and trading standards, said: “Anyone who receives one of these threatening letters should ignore it and not send money off or ring any of the numbers listed.

“If you are unsure what to do contact Consumer Direct immediately.”

Several complaints, particularly in the East Midlands, prompted the OFT response to the letters headed Notice of issue of litigation proceedings.

The address is said to be in the Czech Republic and telephone number in Liechtenstein, but the calls are not answered.

Consumer Direct can be contacted over these letters on 08454 040 506 or by visiting www.consumerdirect.gov.uk.

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