'If in doubt - keep them out' Vigilance urged over bogus callers and rogue traders

23 Mar 2016 13:31 PM

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Police are continuing to urge the public to be vigilant against bogus callers and rogue traders.

It follows a number of incidents where people have called at homes offering to carry out repair work or gardening and either done a shoddy job or not done the job at all - but duped the occupant out of cash.

And to help protect the public from these bogus callers officers are advising people "if in doubt - keep them out".

Southern Area Command T/Superintendent Sarah Pitt said: "Unfortunately, these people often prey on members of our community who may be more vulnerable or elderly as they think they can easily dupe them which is why we want to get the message out to as many people as possible. We want to make sure everyone is wise to these conmen, that their offer to carry out repair work or gardening is not genuine.

"The best advice is to never hand money over to someone who cold-calls at your home and offers to carry out work for you - if they are genuine about their offer they will not mind coming back another day when you have had chance to check their credentials or ensure there is someone with you when they call back.

"It is heartbreaking when we hear an elderly resident has been duped out of money by these fraudsters and we want to do everything we can to stop it from happening and want our communities to work with us. If anyone has an elderly or vulnerable relative, friend or neighbour please look out for them and please pass these messages on to them. It may be worthwhile leaving a note on the back of the door for them - reminding them 'if in doubt - keep them out'.

"If anyone is unsure about the person calling at their door, they should simply shut the door and contact police."

For more information about bogus callers and how to avoid falling victim to them visit the Northumbria Police website

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