Schoolgirls scam elderly
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.