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Bogus callers succeed because they sound believable, so don't be fooled. Make sure in your own mind that they are whom they claim to be by following these simple steps:

  • Always keep your front & back door locked

  • When someone calls at your door, try to see who it is, always use your chain

  • Always ask for proof of identity. Genuine tradesmen will carry an identification card with a photo on it

  • Only use trusted and recommended tradesmen; ask friends, relatives or neighbours or contact Age Concern or Trading Standards

  • Do not allow anyone you don’t know into your home, if they ask you to go outside – don’t!

  • If the caller wants to sell you something or wants to do any jobs for you say “No thanks” and close the door straight away

  • Never tell callers you are on your own

  • If you are unsure ask them to call back later & arrange for someone to be with you when they return

  • Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or somewhere which may encourage you to leave your house - they may have an accomplice awaiting this distraction.

  • If in doubt, keep them out!!