Home­own­ers warned dur­ing Scam Aware­ness Month

Belfast Telegraph - Propertynews - - News -

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.

David Blev­ings

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