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SCAM ALERT - Romsey - New Road

Alert message sent 08/01/2020 09:11:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

On Monday 6th January 2020 in the New Road area of Romsey. A vulnerable male has been targeted by 3 males who have turned up at his address and charged a large amount of money (Hundreds of pounds) for trimming trees in his garden.
The men were challenged by a family member after it had transpired that NO work was actually completed by the 3 males in question.
During an argument that followed the family member of the victim threatened to call the police and at this point the males got into an awaiting white transit Van before speeding off from the victims address.
If you have any information about this incident then please contact police on 101 and quote the following reference number: 44200006272
Door to door salesman advice…
Not to buy from the door

If you are not sure who is at the door, don’t open it

Keep your doors locked and windows secure at all times

If you suspect a bogus caller has visited you, even if you didn’t let them in, call the police straight away

  • Always use the door chain when answering the door, if you are not sure do not open the door.
  • Always check the credentials of unknown callers. Do not phone the number on the ID card, use a phone book or a bill.
  • Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold callers on the phone.
  • Do not keep substantial sums of money in the home.
  • Always keep front and back doors locked.
  • LOCK STOP CHAIN and CHECK - if unsure do not open the door.
  • Consider joining or setting up a No Cold Calling Zone or Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
  • Report any suspicious callers or activity to the police immediately.
  • Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family.
  • Encourage residents to call 101 to advise of any unexpected callers - this gives Police a better chance at building a picture of where potential criminals are operating
Message sent by
Tobey Mason (Police, PCSO, East Hampshire District)

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