Bogus callers prompt police warning
PUBLISHED: 15:36 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:30 30 August 2016
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A man has attempted to gain access to homes in the Norwich, Blakeney, Great Yarmouth, Horning, Poringland and Costessey areas by pretending to be there to either read a gas or electricity meter, or to check the boiler.
Police are urging residents to be vigilant following a number of suspected bogus caller incidents in recent weeks.
Officers have received reports of incidents in the Norwich, Blakeney, Great Yarmouth, Horning, Poringland and Costessey areas.
In each case a man has knocked at the door claiming to be there to either read a gas or electricity meter, or to check the boiler.
Police are reminding householders to be vigilant when dealing with cold callers and offer the following advice:
Close and lock the back door before answering the front door.
Use a spy hole or window to look at the caller before answering the door.
If you do not recognise the caller, speak to them through the closed door.
If the caller is selling something or offering work on your home, tell them you are not interested and ask them to leave.
If they do not leave or you need assistance- call the police.
If the caller is valid, always ask for proof of identity. Phone the company or organisation the caller claims to be from while the caller waits outside.
Tell someone you trust about the uninvited callers to your home.
If necessary, report it to police with a description of the people involved and details of their vehicle if possible.
To report suspicious activity call Norfolk Constabulary on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
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