Police issue warning as elderly are scammed by bogus callers
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Merseyside Police have received reports of two men calling at a property at Part Street, claiming to be from the gas board.
They showed the resident, an elderly woman, their ID and stated that a gas leak had been reported on her premises.
As she was concerned about the safety of herself and her neighbours, she let the men in and all the money she had in her purse was stolen.
A second incident was also reported at an address on Marshside Road at around 2pm on Monday, August 6.
The occupant, an elderly lady, was sat in her living room when the intercom buzzer sounded.
As she couldn’t understand what the caller said, she answered the door.
The suspect then stated that there had been a series of thefts in the area, and claimed that he was able to give her help with her home safety.
He was allowed to enter the premises after showing an ID badge and a purse containing £100 was stolen.
Following the recent increase in reports, officers have issued a crime alert to offer security advice to residents.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “Opening the door to a stranger is the time to use the door chain before you open the door and only speak to the caller through the gap.
“Better still, you are safer if you speak to them through a locked glass porch door or a window, without opening either.
“ID cards, as can be seen by the two examples given above, are not proof the caller is genuine.
“These cards can easily be produced on a computer.”
The spokesman added: “If you live alone, tell the person you are phoning a friend, son or daughter to come round, close the door and leave the caller on the doorstep while you phone – a genuine person will understand.”
Door-step challenge: house-holders are advised to always ask for and then check ID – and even then it might still be fake