Fife Constabularly have been warning Fife residents against bogus callers after a recent spate of bogus callers targeted homes throughout Fife, including Lochgelly. The people have been gaining access to elderly homes, pretending to be utility workers, once they gain access they steal money from within the home.
The police believe the 5 incidents which took place on the 23rd of November all to be connected.
Bogus Callers Advice
Fife Council have put together the following advice for dealing with Bogus Callers, with the emphasis on; if in doubt keep them out.
- Keep your doors locked even when you are in the house.
- Before you answer the door think if you are expecting anyone.
- Check you have locked the back door and take the key out.
- Look through the spy hole or window and see who it is.
- If you decide to open the door, put on the door chain or bar.
- A genuine caller will make an appointment first, and will carry identification with their photograph on it. Check their identity card carefully, and leave the door chain on while you do this. A genuine caller will not mind being asked.
- Check a caller’s details before letting them in, even telephone the company they say they are from. Do not use a number the caller gives you. Contact the company from the number in the phone book.
- Take your time, and don’t be put under pressure. Do not take their word that the work they’re offering is necessary. If in doubt ask them to return when you have someone else with you
- Never agree to work being carried out by a doorstep caller. Do not pay prior to work being carried out, and do not keep large amounts of money at home.
- If offered, do not accept a lift to withdraw money to pay for work.
- After an appointment, official visitors should always call back, and many companies use passwords.
More information and advice can be found at: http://www.fife.gov.uk/atoz/index.cfm?fuseaction=advice.display&adviceid=0167E770-CF2F-4E5C-A8AC9B72F702ED71