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Friday, 23 January 2015

Cold Calling

Winwick and Congleton areas - Males selling door to door claiming to be on a rehabilitation program, from the North East of England.  Advise residents not to buy from cold callers at their door.  They may have false I.D.
East Cheshire – male rang a resident to say he was from Microsoft and there was a problem with her computer.  Look at the Action Fraud web site for more information about computer scam/fraud.   www.actionfraud.police.uk
Winsford - 2 males cold called, knocking at an elderly resident’s door offering to repair/replace their driveway.
Gawsworth - male cold calling, in a van, offering to sell tools.
Tarporley – male cold called an elderly resident and did a small amount of work in the garden (he claimed he had come in place of the usual gardener). He then asked for a fee 4 times the ‘usual’ rate.
Alsager – male cold called, in a white van, offering repair work for a damaged chimney.  Challenged by resident and drove away quickly.
Note down descriptions of suspicious cold callers and their vehicles and call the police on 101 if you are concerned they are targeting a vulnerable neighbour.
If you see a cold caller enter a vulnerable resident’s home, and they are still present, and you feel concerned – Report it to the police on 999.
Cold Calling takes many forms (scams, fraud, cybercrime, internet crime, rogue traders, etc) and may present itself as an unsolicited caller at your door, over the phone, mail delivered to your home, email and other computer driven scams.
Report
Fraud to the police                             ring 101 (999 in emergency)
Rogue Traders to consumer direct, to report a problem/advice 08454 040506
Computer based scams, go to Action Fraud web site or ring 0300 123 2040

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