The Ministry of Justice has been made aware of a scam involving consumers being telephoned by people who claim they are from the Ministry.

The callers suggest that the consumer could receive payments such as the repayment of bank charges or other debts. They are asked to provide personal information such as bank account details and make an upfront payment, often by money transfer. In other examples, the caller claims to be calling from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) or a high street bank.

These callers have no connection with Ministry of Justice, OFT or other genuine organisations and the intention appears to be to use the details for identity theft in order to commit crimes using the stolen details.

The Ministry of Justice and the OFT would never contact consumers asking them for their bank or personal details. We are therefore warning consumers not to pass on personal or financial details to such callers. If you have already done so, contact your bank as soon as possible to stop or check any unauthorised transactions.

For further advice call Consumer direct on 0845 04 05 06 or check the scams area of the Consumer direct website

A list of registered claims management companies can be found on the Claims regulation website

To report a suspected scam call, you should contact the Claims management helpline on 0333 200 0110.

Source: Ministry Of Justice