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Warning as bogus callers masquerade as police

Police in Dunmurry have issued a warning to householders to be wary of unexpected callers to their homes.

The PSNI issued the warning after receiving reports of men calling at a house claiming to represent the local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT).

Inspector Mark Robinson said a plain-clothes man called at the home of an elderly man in Melmore Drive in Derriaghy at around 9.30pm on Friday, December 2.

“He claimed to be from the Dunmurry Neighbourhood Team and asked to come in to complete a survey with the resident,” he said.

“The male flashed some form of ID however the resident did not get a good look at it. When the resident hesitated to let the male in it was insinuated that the resident could be prosecuted for failure to take part in the survey. On this occasion, thankfully, the resident wisely decided not to let this man into his home and turned him away.”

Some 45 minutes later, two other men called at the same address, claiming to be from the Neighbourhood Policing Team but were again refused entry.

“We believe that these men may be bogus callers. The Dunmurry Neighbourhood Policing Team are not carrying out any kind of survey,” Insp Robinson added. ”Anyone who has received a similar visit from anyone claiming to represent the NPT should contact police immediately on 0845 600 8000.”

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