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Officers remind residents to be alert to bogus phone calls after incident in Hathersage

Posted on 9th July 2017

Officers from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are reminding people to be alert after a bogus phone call to a local resident.

It is after a 79 year old woman in the village took a call from a man who claimed to be from a security company working for the county council on Wednesday, June 28.

The man wanted to make an appointment to visit the woman’s home for a security check, saying there had allegedly been some burglaries in the area.

We believe that the telephone call was a scam and we are urging residents to be wary of cold callers both on the telephone and at the door.

PCSO Anthony Boswell of the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “It is very rare that someone will receive a telephone call like this out of the blue. If you are unsure who it is that is calling, simply hang up and never offer any personal information. Call the company or organisation they claim to work for using a trusted number from a directory or bill and check that they are genuine. Remember, if they really are calling for a legitimate and important reason that they will find another way to contact you.

“On the doorstep, I would also urge residents not to open the door to anyone they are not expecting, and then if they do open the door, to use a door chain or bar. Always ask for I.D. and close the door while you check the caller is genuine. Never hand over cash or give out your personal or bank details to a cold caller.”

PCSO Boswell added: “Genuine callers won’t mind waiting. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for them to come back another time so you can arrange for someone you trust to be there when they return.”

“If you have loved ones or friends who you think might be vulnerable, please look out for them and help us to reduce the risk of them becoming a victim by making them aware of the reports and what they should do if someone turns up unannounced.” 

If you notice any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood please report it to your local police by calling 101.

More crime prevention advice and information on bogus callers, rogue traders and doorstep crime is available on the 'Safety Advice' pages of this website which you can find by clicking here.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.