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Potentially bogus window cleaner

Alert message sent 23/02/2021 13:42:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Dear All,

Police Scotland have had reports of a possible bogus window cleaner in your local area, whereby the after described male has attended at addresses, asking for payment for previously carried out window cleaning (no window cleaning has actually taken place). Thankfully the occupiers did not part with any money and sent him on his way.
White male, medium/large build, wearing a face mask, blue hoody, jeans and carrying an Ikea bag.
If someone calls on you:

LOCK – Keep your front, back, and side doors locked, even when you are at home.
STOP – Before you answer, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked the back door and taken the key out. Look through a door viewer (‘spy hole’) to see who it is.
CHAIN – If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or door bar on first if you have one. Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep.
CHECK – Even if they have a pre-arranged appointment, check identity cards carefully. Close the door while you do this. If you are still unsure, look up a phone number in the phone book or online and ring the organisation to verify their identity. Do not use a phone number on the identity card as this may be fake.
Bogus callers may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, police, or utility company. They can also turn up as builders, gardeners, or other trades and try to trick you into paying for unnecessary work. You should never agree to have work done by someone who is just passing by or ‘cold calling’ you. If you think work needs done get at least three quotes from trusted companies. Use The Edinburgh Trusted Trader Scheme to find tradespeople who have been checked and vetted by both Police and Trading Standards officers. Information on this Scheme can be found on:
https://www.trustedtrader.scot/Edinburgh/ or by phoning 0131 513 9921.
If you think a bogus caller or doorstep criminal has called on you, or been in your street, report this to the police immediately on ‘101’ (non-emergency) or ‘999’ (in an emergency).
If you would rather remain anonymous, you can report any incidents to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For further crime prevention advice go to https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/ or contact your local Crime Prevention Officer by contacting ‘101’.

Kind Regards
PC Kaiser-Ferris
Prevention, Interventions and Partnerships Department
Edinburgh Division
Message sent by
Sonja Kaiser-Ferris (Police, Constable, Edinburgh)

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