Warn­ing over sus­pi­cious call­ers as man flushed out

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WIDNES res­i­dents are be­ing warned to stay vig­i­lant as a sus­pi­cious cold caller has been re­ported.

A man from Widnes re­ported a caller who knocked at his door last week. The caller was a young man in his late teens or early 20s.

He was try­ing to sell house­hold items, claim­ing to be an ex-of­fender who was on a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion scheme.

The home owner asked for ID and the caller pro­vided his driv­ing li­cence.

The res­i­dent, how­ever, was still wary so con­tacted the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice in Mid­dles­bor­ough, which the man claimed to be with. It con­firmed that the caller was fake, his story fab­ri­cated and the ser­vice has re­ceived sim­i­lar re­ports.

Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil Trad­ing Stan­dards of­fi­cers ad­vise peo­ple to avoid be­ing caught out by doorstep rogues by re­fus­ing to deal with peo­ple who cold-call.

There are free No Cold Call­ing car and let­ter­box stick­ers avail­able from any Hal­ton Di­rect Link.

Cllr Dave Cargill, Hal­ton Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for Trad­ing Stan­dards, said: “If you or some­body you know has been caught out by a fraud please con­tact one of our spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are al­ready work­ing with peo­ple in Hal­ton who have lost thou­sands of pounds to scams.”

For ad­vice on any­thing else con­tact the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice con­sumer helpline or 0345 404 0506.

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