Don’t become a victim of the bogus caller

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Tayside Police is urging householders to be on their guard following reports of bogus callers in Tayside.

There are a number of measures householders can take to ensure they do not become a victim of bogus callers. In particular, residents should be suspicious of anyone arriving unannounced at their door. They should ensure that doors are secure, even when at home and to use a door chain.

They should not let anyone in until they are certain of who they are, or who they claim to represent.

With regard to anyone claiming to represent a business, authority or agency, householders should demand to see their identification. Bona fide tradespeople, or company representatives will not be offended and will be happy to provide genuine identification.

Even then if suspicions remain, residents should close the door and check with the company the caller claims to represent. Don’t take the number from the person on the doorstep, but instead check the phone directory or Yellow Pages. If a householder remains suspicious they should not let the person in and should contact the police.

Tayside Police would also ask neighbours to look out for one another – particularly if they have elderly or vulnerable neighbours - and report any suspicious activity to the police.