An Bogus caller has been reported in your
KIRKFIELD ROAD AREA WITHERNSEA
Protecting the elderly in their homes
Frequently our older residents report that they have had cold-callers and door step sellers and they have felt intimidated or threatened.
There are many different types of doorstep scams, some of the most common ones include:
Rogue traders: A cold-caller may offer you a service you don’t really need. They may claim to have noticed something about your property that needs work or improvement, such as the roof, and offer to fix it for cash or an inflated price.
Bogus officials: People claim to be from your utility company as a way of gaining access to your home. Always check the ID of any official, and if they're genuine they won't mind waiting while you check.
Fake charity collections: A fraudster may pretend they're from a charity and ask you to donate money, clothes or household goods. Legitimate charities will all have a charity number that can be checked on the Charity Commission website.
Made-up consumer surveys: Some scammers ask you to complete a survey so they can get hold of your personal details, or use it as a cover for persuading you to buy something you don’t want or need.
Hard luck stories: Someone may come to your door and ask you to help them out with cash, ask to use your telephone or claim they're feeling unwell. The story is made up and intended to con you out of your money or gain access to your home.
Our advice would be not to answer the door to anyone you don't know or who cannot provide valid ID.
Don't buy goods from door step sellers, the quality of the goods cannot be guaranteed and if there is a problem with the item you have no comeback or way to return items.
Age Uk have some very good advice about doorstep sellers on the following link [AGE UK Advice]
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