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Bogus Callers

Alert message sent 07/05/2021 12:20:00

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Hi All,
Police Scotland has received several calls of bogus callers in the south west of Edinburgh. A lone male has attended at properties claiming to be from Scottish Power and the National Grid, wanting to check / photograph meters.

The male is described as
White, early 20’s 5ft 8 brown hair, Scottish accent, wearing skinny jeans, and carrying a Scottish Power umbrella, he had ID although it is not clearly displayed.
At two other incidents the caller was wearing a mask and hi-vis vest.
If this male or any suspect person attend at your home contact Police Scotland.
 
Remember

LOCK – Keep your 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)
 
If you would rather remain anonymous, you can report any incidents to
Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 / www.crimestoppers-uk.org
 
For further crime prevention advice go to
www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/scams-and-frauds/doorstepcrimeandboguscallers
Or contact your local Crime Prevention Team by contacting ‘101’ / edinburghpreventandintervent@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Thanks
PC Campbell


 
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Samantha Campbell (Police, Constable, Edinburgh)

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