East Riding faces wave of doorstep scams and burglaries
Humberside Police have received two reports recently from elderly victims in the East Riding of Yorkshire about doorstep scams and burglaries.
The victims were contacted by bogus callers who then went on to burgle their homes in Hornsea and Goole.
Both cases saw a man allegedly cold-calling their addresses in a bid to discuss repairs to their drives or gardens.
Money was later reported missing from the victims’ homes.
Humberside Police are investigating the incidents and appealing for any information that the public may have about the offences.
If you do, you can call either 101, quoting reference 16/84295/21, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.yorkshire scam
A spokesperson for the Humberside Police said: “We would like to take the opportunity to remind people about the potential dangers of door to door ‘scammers’ or ‘bogus callers’ and ask for people to speak to their elderly friends or relatives about the dangers.”
They also advise people not to answer the door to strangers, especially if they cannot provide you with a valid ID.
It is best to avoid buying from doorstep sellers as the quality of the products may not be of a high standard and there is usually no way of returning items.
Different types of doorstep scams include:
- Rogue traders (cold-callers offering services you do not need)
- Bogus officials (people posing as employees of your utility company to gain access to your home)
- Fake charity collectors (fraudsters who ask people to donate money, clothes or household goods)
- Made-up consumer surveys (conducted by people who want to gain access to your personal details or sell you something you do not need)
- Hard luck storytellers (someone asking to borrow your telephone/cash or claiming to be unwell to gain access to your home).
For more advice, you can visit Age UK‘s website.