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Advice following spate of bogus callers

Alert message sent 07/10/2020 11:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police is issuing advice to residents following a spate of bogus callers targeting the elderly.

A number of similar incidents have been reported across Shefford and Shillington.

On Monday (5 October) a man knocked on the door of an elderly resident in Shefford claiming to be a roofer and that he needed work doing to his chimney, which was not true.

Similar incidents have been reported in other areas of the county, including people posing as police officers calling vulnerable people and claiming that a member of their family are in custody.
We would like to remind people across the whole of Bedfordshire to be vigilant against bogus callers and to warn any elderly friends, family or neighbours to be on the look-out.
Please only use trusted and verified companies to carry out work on your home. A genuine caller won’t mind coming back at a time when it is more convenient for you and when you can arrange to have somebody you trust with you for the appointment.
Finally if you are not expecting anyone to visit you for a product or service, do not let them into your home. If you're unsure, don't open the door.
Remember to always check the caller’s credentials. If you take a call from someone who you believe is not genuine, hang up, and contact either Action Fraud or the police. Where possible use a different phone to make the call in case the fraudulent caller is still on the line.

Read more advice at: www.bedfordshire.police.uk/A-Z/Bogus-callers

Please report any bogus callers to us via our online reporting tool https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report/Report

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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