Businesses are being warned about fake bailiffs contacting them to request payments for a phantom debt.
Action Fraud said the scam involves the business being cold called from someone purporting they are bailiffs working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt.
The caller will then request payment by means of bank transfer and if this is refused, will threaten to visit the premises to recover the debt that is owed.
A range of different businesses are being targeted including nurseries, manufacturers, hotels and taxi services.
Report this scam to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.