Warning over hoax ‘home safety’ calls
A WARNING has gone out after a pensioner was contacted by a suspected hoax caller claiming to be a fire officer.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is investigating a report that an elderly resident received a phone call from someone claiming to be a member of staff undertaking home safety assessments.
The caller asked when the pensioner would be home and to confirm their age.
Nobody knocked at the property however the call, from a withheld number, left the resident feeling anxious and vulnerable.
The fire service is warning people to be vigilant.
A spokesman said: “We are concerned about the nature of this call and are investigating. Providing home safety advice is important to keep people safe but our officers are always in uniform and carry official ID. If anyone receives a visit from someone claiming to work for us always ask for proof they are who they say they are before letting them in.
If in doubt don’t answer the door and call our headquarters to confirm the person is genuine.”
The hoax call happened in Weaverham, Northwich, but the authority is warning residents across Cheshire to be alert.
Contact Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service on 01606 868700.