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Police Gala Day 2008 at the Norfolk Showground, Costessey. Tony Cherington launching the Norfolk Rogue Trader & Bogus Caller Action Team. Picture: James Bass Copy: For: EDP News Eastern Daily Press © 2008 (01603) 772434
Friday, August 23, 2013
Householders in Norfolk have been urged to be on their guard following reports of bogus callers knocking on doors claiming to be from Age Concern.
Officials from Age UK Norfolk said they had received a number of reports of traders calling on older people in north and west Norfolk saying they are representatives from the charity. The callers have been offering gardening, decorating or engineering work.
However, officials said neither Age Concern nor Age UK commission those services.
A spokesman for Age UK Norfolk advised residents not to let the bogus callers into their homes or give them money.
“If someone comes to your door claiming to be from Age Concern, Age UK or any other organisation or business, ask for an identity card and examine it carefully.
“If you are still unsure then you should check by phoning the company they represent using a telephone directory rather than the number the caller on the doorstep gives you. You don’t need to feel embarrassed about refusing to let someone into your home. Only let someone in when you’re absolutely sure that they’re genuine.”
A dedicated team called Operation RADAR has been set up at Norfolk Police to tackle rogue traders and bogus callers.
Age UK Norfolk uses the Norfolk Trusted Trader Directory, which is available online at www.referenceline.com/tradingstandards/norfolk/ or by calling 0344 800 8020.
If you are suspicious or feel in danger, ring 999; if you just want to report the incident, ring the police on the non-emergency number 101 or Citizens Advice Consumer Advice on 08454 04 05 06.