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.
Together Housing Financial Inclusion Officer, Tina Hutchinson, says: “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. If they refuse, call the police.”
Tina says: “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. Ask for their identity card and check it carefully. Keep your utilities services phone numbers handy so you can easily call and check an official’s identity.”
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.
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.