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Police are urging Carlisle residents to be vigilant and aware that bogus callers are operating in the area. At around Midday on Thursday 3rd May a smartly dressed man with an Italian accent went to a property in the Harraby area of Carlisle claiming that he had a parcel for the address and requested £60. The 84 year old man paid the money but when he opened the box he found it contained watches with no value.
PCSO Colin Flack who patrols in the Harraby area said: “Most people who call at your home will be genuine, however, sometimes someone can turn up unannounced with the intention of tricking their way into your home or to trick you into giving them money.
“We are encouraging local residents to be cautious. Bogus callers may be smartly dressed and claim to be from utility companies, charities or even the council. They can also turn up as builders or gardeners and try to trick you into paying for unnecessary work. All genuine workers carry official identification and will expect to be asked to show it.
“We would ask people not to feel pressured into agreeing to have work done when people call unannounced on your doorstep. Aim to get at least two quotes from reputable companies before committing to commission any work.”
Police offer the following advice to help residents keep their homes and property secure:
- Keep all doors locked even when you are at home.
- Before you answer the door check through a window to see who it is.
- If you have a door chain or bar, use it.
- Always ask and check identity cards, if you are unsure phone the company from a number in a phone book or internet page. Do not use a number on the identity card as this may be false.