Homeowners warned during Scam Awareness Month
HOMEOWNERS are being urged to protect their homes during Scam Awareness Month which runs throughout June.
Almost one in four people in Northern Ireland have fallen victim to a scam, according to a report by Scamwise NI.
It is recommended that when answering your door to any unexpected caller, to always take precautions to protect your home from unwanted and unsafe risks.
Joining the Citizen’s Advice scam awareness campaign, OFTEC is encouraging homeowners to ‘look for the badge’ to ensure technicians are registered to carry out work on their home.
The research from Scamwise NI also reveals rural residents are the most likely to respond to scams and doorstep callers. With 68% of homes using oil as their main heating source, NI has the largest percentage of domestic homes using oil in western Europe, rising to 82% in rural areas.
David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager, said: “We recognise the importance of raising awareness of the concerning levels for scams carried out in Northern Ireland homes. We aim to ensure that householders remain vigilant and don’t miss any underhanded tricks from unregistered technicians. Any heating services carried out unprofessionally can be extremely unsafe.”
To be OFTEC registered, technicians have demonstrated their competence through independent testing, have been inspected on- site and carry full insurance.