Warning after bogus officials target elderly couple in Great Wyrley

 

We are warning people to be on their guard against suspicious callers at the door following a bogus water official incident in Great Wyrley.

The families of the elderly and vulnerable are also being encouraged to warn their relatives against opening the door to such callers.

The advice comes after three bogus officials struck at the home of an elderly couple at approximately 2.30pm today (13 March).

A man claimed he was from the water board and said the homeowners needed help with their water. While he was in conversation with the lady, two men are believed to have entered the property and stole cash and a hand bag. Two blue-crested chickens are also believed to have been stolen.

All three men are described as white and wearing hi-visibility jackets and wellington boots.

One of the men is described as aged in his thirties, of a large build with dark hair and stubble. Another is described as aged between mid-20s and late-30s, of a large build and wearing a grey hat.

An investigation into the incident is now underway and officers want to speak to anyone with information, or who saw anyone suspicious and/or vehicles in the area prior to the incident, particularly where men knock on the door unexpectedly.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 476 of 13 March 2018.

When in doubt keep them out:

• Keep your house secure and put a chain on when answering the door. Before answering the door, make sure your back door and any windows are locked and closed

• If you’re not expecting anyone and you’re alone don’t let them in. You can always ask them to call back later when someone can be with you.

• Never agree to have work done by somebody who is just passing or take their word that any work needs to be done. If you feel uncomfortable saying no say you need to think about it and seek advice ASAP

• When checking out if the caller is genuine don’t use a number on their ID card. If you’re not happy ask them to call and make an appointment

• Don’t agree to work being done until you have obtained three quotes from different businesses in writing

• Never pay for anything before the work is completed

• NEVER accept any offer from them to drive you to the bank to withdraw money

• Never pay them with cash that is kept in your home

• If a caller is unpleasant or you feel threatened or intimidated, close the door and ring the police immediately

• If you are in a Neighbourhood Watch area, let your local coordinator know of you experience so they can warn other people.

 

Sourced from Staffordshire Police