School­girls scam el­derly

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - ELE­SHA ED­MONDS

Po­lice are again warn­ing of door­knock­ing school­girls ask­ing the el­derly for money be­fore tak­ing off with their wal­lets.

In the last month there have been up to five re­ports in Auck­land of girls, as young as 10, go­ing door-to-door pre­tend­ing to be fundrais­ing for ei­ther a school project or char­ity.

Se­nior Sergeant Si­mon Welsh says the girls per­suade the el­derly home­own­ers to in­vite them in­side by ask­ing for a glass of wa­ter or a bag to put their money in.

‘‘Once in­side the ad­dress they dis­tract the oc­cu­pant and usu­ally steal wal­lets be­fore leav­ing,’’ he says.

There have been sev­eral re­ports of the scam in Avon­dale. Welsh says the girls have been in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents, aged 10 to 13 years old.

On one oc­ca­sion, the girls were re­ported to be wear­ing school uni­forms.

Po­lice dealt with re­ports of the same scam last year in Block­house Bay and Pt Che­va­lier.

Welsh says peo­ple should re­quest iden­ti­fi­ca­tion from any­one who knocks on their door and re­quests money.

‘‘If they are in school uni­form, call the school to con­firm if they are in fact fundrais­ing,’’ he says.

‘‘Do not let any­one en­ter your ad­dress un­der any cir­cum­stances.’’

If in doubt, call the po­lice on 111 and try to give them a de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the girls.

The school­girls ar­rive on foot in pairs and per­suade the el­derly home­own­ers to in­vite them in­side.

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