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One of our officers from the Chaddesden and Spondon Safer Neighbourhood Team has issued a warning and some advice to elderly residents.
The action has been taken as a result of a series of suspicious phone calls received by a number of residents over the last two weeks.
Since Wednesday, 18th September, six elderly people in the area have received suspicious phone calls purporting to be from a builder.
PC Nicola Sketchley, from the team, explains: “The caller states he is a builder and has done work on the householder’s roof and so is owed money, no such work had been carried out.
“Up to this point none of those reporting the matter to us have been visited by this man but it is obviously suspicious, particularly given the age of those receiving the call.
“We are working to identify the caller but in the meantime would ask that residents be aware of the calls and under no circumstances arrange for a visit from the man.
“We always advise that this type of work should never be arranged via a cold-caller be it on the doorstep or on the phone.
“We would also encourage friends and relatives of any elderly and/or vulnerable residents to be extra vigilant, speak to those they know and pass on our advice.”
If you have received such a call or know who this man may be please contact the team using any of the following contact methods and quoting reference number 275 1/10/19.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.
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