Officers are urging residents to be aware of bogus officials requesting money for fake services following a recent number of incidents across South Yorkshire.
Bogus officials are often cold callers, claiming to work for the local council, the NHS, or other official organisations. Callers can often pretending to be carrying out maintenance or collecting money for local charities.
Offenders may also work together to trick their way into people’s homes to steal money or valuable items, this is known as distraction burglary. Offenders may make themselves seem genuine and friendly at your front door, keeping you distracted, while their partner is in your home.
Officers are reminding people to never give money to bogus officials. Employees of official organisations would never ask for your cash or for your bank details.
Always ask to see the identification badge of anybody attending your home. Employees from official companies will always be happy and able to provide an ID badge.
If you are unsure, always call the company they are believed to be from, using a yellow pages or search engine. Never use the number given by the callers; this could also be bogus.
Keep an eye out of your neighbours- vulnerable elderly and isolated people are often targeted. Check in on your neighbours and raise any concerns to your local policing team via 101.
If you do believe you have been approached by a bogus caller please report the details to police via 101.