Humberside Police today issued a warning about bogus callers in the area. The alert came after a 94 year old man opened his door to a man claiming to be from the Gas Board.
At around 4pm on the 8th of December the man knocked on the 94 year old’s door in South Cave. He pushed past the elderly man and entered the house. While in the house he looked around all of the rooms. Although it appears nothing was stolen it left the elderly gentleman shaken.
The man left the scene in a white Vauxhall Corsa. Police are asking for anyone that may have seen the incident to contact them on 101. When calling please quote log 325 of 08/12/17.
How To Avoid Scammers
Bogus Callers tend to target elderly people as they see them as an easy target.
If someone approaches your door without an appointment:
- Ask for ID
- Check with the company they say they represent (call their official number, not a number given to you by the caller)
- If in doubt, keep them out.
A genuine caller will understand that you would like to verify their identity before letting them into your house.
The following tips should also help avoid being scammed:
- Never pay any money up front to the caller. Ensure the work is done before you hand any money over.
- Don’t be pressured into signing for any work to be done. Take your time.
- Don’t buy products from people approaching your door.
In a prior statement from Humberside Police, Detective Inspector Allison Sweeting said:
Rogue traders target elderly or disabled people which is despicable. We always treat this type of crime seriously, despite the fact there are still relatively low reported incidents in the Humberside Police area. This is unsurprising given the victims are some of the most vulnerable in the community. By supporting Rogue Trader Week we are aiming to raise awareness in preventing such incidents, while disrupting those people who were intent on offending.
Doorstep crime isn’t common, however it can have a long-lasting impact on victims’ lives. Remember if you’re not sure of a caller, don’t open the door – but do give us a ring. You can call us on 101. But please always call 999 in an emergency or if you suspect a crime is in progress.
I would also appeal to everyone with elderly or vulnerable relatives to take 5 minutes today and share our advice. By sparing this time you could help keep your loved ones safe and prevent unscrupulous criminals conning them out of money or property.
How Can I Help?
Share the message with all your friends and family, especially the elderly and vulnerable. The best protection from being scammed is to know how to spot a scam.