Doorstep scams happen at any time of the year, but they often happen around Christmas. A doorstep scam is when someone comes to your door to trick you out of your money.
A fraudster might pretend to be an official to get into your home and steal your money and valuables. Or a cold-caller might offer you a service you don’t need at a rip-off price.
A common trick is when someone pretends to be from your electricity or gas company as a way to get into your home and steal from you. We’ve also had reports recently of fraudsters pretending to be from Together Housing. We will never go to a resident’s home and demand cash payment.
Ask for their identity card and check it carefully. Each staff member at Together Housing has a photographic ID card showing their full name and the association name. Don’t allow anyone into your home without checking their ID.
To stay safe:
- Don’t agree to sign a contract or hand over any money until you have talked to someone you trust.
- Never give your bank account personal identification number.
- Don’t let anyone persuade you to hand over your bank card or go to the bank to withdraw cash for a payment.
- Don’t be afraid to ask a salesperson to leave.
Dial 999 if you’re suspicious or the caller won’t leave. Call the police non-emergency number 101 if you’re not in immediate danger but want to report an incident.