Police warn home owners on bogus callers

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Home owners are being reminded to be wary of bogus callers after a man purporting to the from the water board called at a house in Cairo Street in Belfast – but ran off after being asked by the homeowner to provide identification.

The incident happened on Saturday morning.

Police are reminding the public that if they are concerned about bogus callers at their home they can use a special free phone service – Quick Check 0800 013 22 90 – to help them check if a visitor is genuine.

They also warn that criminals sometimes use a tactic where they pretend to be from a company – for example, water board, electricity generator, gas supplier or cable and satellite TV sales and repair – to trick their way into a house.

“It must be stressed that this happens rarely, however once inside, they will search for things to steal, usually cash or jewellery and then make their escape without alerting the householder,” a PSNI spokesman said.

“Quick Check personnel who answer your call are trained specifically to help determine if a caller is genuine.

“If you believe someone is not, the Quick Check operator will call the company the person claims to be representing to check if they are genuine.

“If there is something suspicious the operator will contact the police directly.”

The PSNI spokesman also asked the public to beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or somewhere that may encourage you to leave your house, as they may have an accomplice who is waiting to act upon this distraction.