Beware of bogus callers

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STRATHCLYDE Police has launched a new campaign to tackle the issue of bogus callers.

With the strapline ‘Not everyone is who they appear to be’, the campaign encourages people to question whether or not the person on the other side of their door, or on the other end of the phone, is who they say they are.

It will also encourage anyone targeted by bogus callers - whether the victim themselves, a family member, neighbour or carer - to speak up and report incidents or concerns to police.

PC James Ruddell, of the community safety department in Motherwell, said: “Bogus callers can take many guises and they’re generally very skilled at deception.

“They turn up at your door unannounced or contact you by phone, try to gain your trust and trick you out of money.

“Our message is simple – not everyone is who they appear to be so don’t be afraid to challenge them or question their intentions. If genuine, they won’t have a problem with it.

“Anyone can fall victim to bogus callers - young or old.

“People often feel embarrassed about the fact that they’ve fallen for someone’s story but we want to reassure victims that it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

“They, or their family member, neighbour or carer, shouldn’t be afraid to report incidents to their local police or call 999 in an emergency.”

Superintendent Grahame Clarke, from Safer Communities, added: “Normal, law abiding people cannot comprehend how anyone would target some of the most vulnerable members of their community who are often the victims of these bogus callers.

“They often use scare tactics telling victims they have a problem with their utilities or their roofs in order to gain their trust and get into their houses.

“The campaign will reinforce the work we are already doing across the Force and will help people feel more confident in dealing with people they do not know who come knocking on their doors”

Further information on the campaign, advice on how to spot bogus callers and how to prevent falling victim to this crime can be found at Strathclyde Police website