Belfast Telegraph

Police warning on bogus callers

The PSNI has issued a warning to householders, particularly the elderly, on the importance of being vigilant to bogus callers.

The advice comes after police in Newtownards received reports of a distraction-type burglary in the Scrabo Road area of the town on Tuesday.

At around 1pm it was reported that two men claiming to represent the Water Board called to the home of an elderly woman and gained access to her property. The men made off with a sum of money. Police said the victim was not injured but was left badly shaken.

The first man is described as being in his 30s, approximately 5ft 6ins-5ft 7ins, of medium build, with darkish curly hair and wearing a dark navy fleece with a charcoal round neck jumper underneath and wearing brown suede-like boots. The second is described as being in his 40s, approximately the same height, of heavy build with sandy hair, wearing white trainers and a grey anorak with a black stripe. Police have urged householders to use a chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if they recognise a caller.

"Always ask callers for proof of identity," a police spokesman said. "Genuine callers will carry a photographic identification card. Ask to see their identification and check this closely to make sure that it is valid. If you are unsure, call Quick Check. Dial 0800 013 22 90 and the person will check if the caller is legitimate. The service is free and operates 24 hours a day."

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