Police warn bogus callers may use 'Doris' as excuse to strike

23 Feb 2017 13:31 PM

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Police in Newcastle are warning homeowners to be aware of fraudsters posing as builders trying to scam them out of cash.

On Wednesday, February 22, officers received two reports of men claiming to be builders knocking on doors of homes in the Heaton area.

On both occasions the men told the elderly occupants that they needed repairs doing to their roofs and chimneys and could do the work cash-in-hand.

No money was handed over in either instance and the police were contacted.

Enquiries are ongoing to identify and speak to the men and officers are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious men or vehicles in either Mundella Terrace or Wandsworth Road between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday, Feb 22.

Anyone with any information into the above incidents is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 367 22/02/17.

Bogus builders may use the expected bad weather and storm 'Doris' as an opportunity to try and scam people out of money. If anyone gets any callers at their door offering building work then do not let them into your home.

Do not hand over any money and never assume a cold-caller is telling the truth.

Always used checked and vetted tradespeople for work and contact the police or a family member if you are unsure about anything. Always ring 999 in an emergency.

Please share this information with elderly or vulnerable friends, neighbours and family as these type of criminals tend to specifically target these groups.

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