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Fraudsters are using the name of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and other organisations including the courts to con people out of large sums of money.

An alert has now been sent out by the MoJ after a recent increase in the fraud, where some people have lost up to £50,000.

Victims are typically contacted by email or telephone. They are then told they are owed money but the victim is told in order to release the cash, they need to pay administration fees by a money transfer system such as Post Office moneygram or UKash.

To give the scam credibility the fraudsters are using official logos such as that of the MoJ or similar web or email addresses as well as London area phone numbers.

One victim, 64-year-old David Sharples, was contacted saying he was owed £4,630 from a PPI claim. However, after he ended up sending first £199 and then a further £980, and received a call for yet more money, he became suspicious.

Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly said: “I would urge the public to be on their guard and not to hand over any money until completely confident a company is legitimate, and to contact the authorities immediately if they are concerned.”

The MoJ said neither it nor the court system would ask for money this way and the Government department is now warning all consumers not to pass on personal or financial details to such callers.

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of this scam ia asked to report the matter to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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