Posted on Wednesday 11 May 2022
Don’t be scammed on your doorstep, that’s the message from police after a reports of elderly residents being targeted in Belmont and Gilesgate.
Officers have been made aware of fraudsters knocking on doors on an evening claiming their grandmother is in hospital and asking for cash to get a taxi to the hospital.
A similar scam was recently carried out in Northumbria with fraudsters often relying on victims’ vulnerability.
Officers are asking residents to remain vigilant and not to answer the door to anyone they don’t know.
Neighbours and relatives are also asked to check in on vulnerable people and report anything suspicious.
Door to door fraud takes many forms including: pressure selling, unfair contracts, overpriced or substandard home maintenance/improvements, phone consumer surveys and bogus charity collections.
You can report fraud by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 20240or if you are in immediate danger, please call 999.
To help spread the message even further, share this post or simply have a conversation with anyone you know who could be affected and make them aware.