Po­lice is­sue warn­ing as el­derly are scammed by bo­gus call­ers

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The South­port Visiter news­pa­per is pub­lished by Trin­ity Mir­ror Mersey­side, a sub­sidiary com­pany of Trin­ity Mir­ror PLC, which is a mem­ber of IPSO, the In­de­pen­dent Press Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion. We ad­here to the Edi­tors’ Code of Prac­tice as en­forced by IPSO, who are con­tactable for ad­vice at IPSO, Gate House, 1 Far­ring­don Street, Lon­don, EC4M 7LG. Web­site www. ipso.co.uk/ Tele­phone: 0300 123 2220 email ad­vice@ipso. co.uk If you have a com­plaint con­cern­ing a po­ten­tial breach of the Code of Prac­tice, we will deal with your com­plaint di­rectly or IPSO can re­fer your com­plaint to us. Please go to www.trin­i­tymir­ror.com/how­to­com­plain where you can view our Com­plaints Pol­icy and Pro­ce­dure. A “How To Com­plain” pack is also avail­able by writ­ing to the Le­gal and Com­pli­ance De­part­ment, Trin­ity Mir­ror PLC, One Canada Square, Ca­nary Wharf, Lon­don E14 5AP. TWO el­derly South­port women lost hun­dreds of pounds af­ter be­ing tar­geted by bo­gus call­ers.

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

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