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Doorstep Crime

Alert message sent 26/04/2022 08:47:00

Information sent on behalf of Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner

A message from Friends Against Scams

Doorstep Crime – Refers to rogue traders, bogus callers, and distraction burglary. Whilst we do have genuine callers at our doors, there are also those that aim to exploit people in their homes.

This type of crime includes people that knock at your door offering fraudulent services, being overcharged for services, as well as false use of logos or ID that appears to be genuine.

Action Fraud reported there were:
5,228 reported cases of door-to-door sales and rogue traders in 2021.
£25.8 million total loss from these reported cases.
70-79 and 30-39 are the two most common age groups reported to be victims.

Common tactics – criminals use a variety of doorstep tactics to make victims part with their money or gain entry to their home include:
Charging the victim an extortionate rate for the work or goods.
Damaging the victim’s property deliberately in order to get money.

The quality of the work can often be poor, take longer than necessary or never be completed in full.

They may sometimes pose as utilities officials or doorstep salespeople.

Are you looking to hire a tradesperson? Many rogue traders have adapted to operate online by creating fake profiles to target consumers with their fraudulent services. Always do your research. Consider looking online for trusted trader schemes or ask your local authority for advice on what is available in your area.

If you are being offered something that seems too good to be true, it often is.
Don’t be rushed into making a decision.

Reporting and advice:
Report – Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
Advice – Citizens Advice on 0808 223 1133

Message sent by
Roisin Mullee (OPCC,Safer Together Coordinator, East Lindsey ,Lincolnshire, East Lindsey )

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