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Bogus caller warning in Ards

Residents of the West Street area in Newtownards have been targeted by callers claiming to represent the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE).

The NIHE is warning residents to think twice before allowing a stranger into their home.

“Tenants should be extra vigilant as bogus callers are on the increase and theft is usually their aim,” said a spokesman.

“These bogus callers will frequently claim to be from a public body such as the Housing Executive or Water Service, or a contractor.

“Residents should be particularly careful before allowing anyone to enter their home without proper identification.”

The NIHE has issued the following advice:

Housing Executive staff and those from other public bodies will have an Identity Card.

If they have forgotten their Identity Card they will understand if entry is refused.

If you are in any doubt at all, take no chances, and refuse entry.

Only a bogus caller will insist on entry without proper identification so if you have a door chain, use it, and if you are still suspicious call the police.

“Remember that often bogus callers will target elderly or vulnerable people with no regard for their circumstances,” the spokesman continued.

“Sometimes there may be several callers and one may act as a distraction while the other is stealing valuable items from your home.”

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