Most people who call at your home will be genuine. But sometimes, people turn up unannounced with the intention of tricking their way into people's homes. They are known as 'bogus callers', whose only aim is to get into homes to distract people and steal their money or valuables.
Bogus callers may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, the police, health organisations or gas, water or electricity companies. They can be convincing and persuasive. They use props like an identity card or wear overalls with a company logo. If you are expecting a caller remember to check their identification or phone the company to verify their identification, if you think that a bogus caller has called at your door report it to the police immediately – dial 999 and tell them what has happened. The earlier the police know that bogus callers are in the area the quicker they can investigate.
If you have information about bogus callers phone Crimestoppers, your call is free, you are not asked for your name, you may receive a reward.
Remember though, most callers to your home will be genuine.
Page Last Updated: 28/01/2011