Warn­ing over hoax ‘home safety’ calls

Macclesfield Express - - LOOKING BACK -

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.

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