Two men impersonating door-to-door charity workers in Grimsby and Cleethorpes

Rogue traders in Grimsby

Two men impersonating door-to-door charity workers in Grimsby and Cleethorpes

Officers from Humberside Police have issued a warning to people in Grimsby and Cleethorpes after recent reports have been made of rogue door-to-door charity workers operating in the area.

A number of calls have been made to the force to report that two unknown men are visiting local properties and pretending to be representatives from a local charity selling products.

A spokesperson from Humberside Police said: “Following a number of recent calls relating to rogue door to door charity workers visiting houses in the Cleethorpes and Grimsby area, we are issuing a warning to residents to be extra vigilant.

“A fraudster may pretend they’re from a charity and ask you to donate money, clothes, household goods or purchase items in support of the charity work.

“Legitimate charities will all have a charity number that can be checked on the Charity Commission website.

“Victims are often vulnerable, elderly and/or isolated people who don’t know about these scams and trust people, they believe anyone who is friendly or seems knowledgeable and genuine.

“If they have become a victim, they often feel ashamed and/or scared and so don’t tell anyone. This not only means the original scam goes unreported but it also makes it easy for the rogue trader to return for more.”

Police are now urging local residents to not answer the door to anyone they do not know or to those who are unable to provide valid identification.

“Share this message and talk to your friends, neighbours and family – make sure they know about rogue traders and help them to protect themselves,” the spokesperson continued.

“Officers are investigating all offences reports to us. If you have any information that would help us prevent further victims then please call us on 101.”

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