Joint scheme to beat bogus callers in South Yorkshire

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A WARNING about bogus officials has been issued by police and Yorkshire Water in a bid to reduce the number of South Yorkshire residents conned by fraudsters calling at their homes unannounced.

On Tuesday they will be running a free event at the Lifewise Centre in Hellaby, where residents aged over 60 are invited to watch scenarios acted out to demonstrate some of the techniques criminals use to try to get into homes.

Advice will be issued on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Andy Foster, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Bogus callers are people who claim to be someone they are not.

“They often dress appropriately for the role they are playing and most are very convincing and extremely persuasive in the story they give.

“Often one person will call at the address and be speaking with the resident whilst another will sneak in the property to steal items. To gain access to homes, they may claim to be from the local authority and other public agencies or utility companies.

“They often claim to be from the water board. Unfortunately the water board is no longer in existence so this is an easy way to spot they are a bogus caller.

“The aim is not to frighten people but to make them feel safer.”

Yorkshire Water customers can register for a password scheme on 0800 1387878.