Coronavirus: Bogus caller warning after two men charged

Officers from the North Ayrshire priority policing team said it was an 'unprecedented time'.

Police are urging residents to look out for vulnerable neighbours after two men were charged with fraud amid the coronavirus crisis.

Officers from the North Ayrshire priority policing team said it was an “unprecedented time” and are asking householders to report any suspicious activity and doorstep callers in the area.

Over the past fortnight, the team has arrested and charged two 30-year-old men – one from Irvine and one from Largs – for ten separate frauds.

A force spokesperson said: “Both are currently remanded awaiting trial.

“From bogus callers to rogue traders, doorstep criminals are cunning, creative, and often very convincing. 

“Anyone can be fooled as these people are professional con artists. However, the over 60s are often specifically targeted.

“We are asking everyone to follow our doorstep safety advice, to look out for neighbours, pass the information to family and friends and to report anything that appears suspicious.”

Protect yourself from doorstep crime

  • Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly.
  • Keep front and back doors locked.
  • Use the door viewer or nearby window when answering the door.
  • Fit a door chain or bar – use it and keep it on when talking to callers at the door.
  • If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door.
  • Don’t feel embarrassed – genuine callers expect you to be careful.
  • Only let callers in if they have an appointment and you have confirmed they are genuine.
  • Always ask for identification badges of anyone you answer the door to, but don’t rely on them. Identity cards can be faked – phone the company to verify their identity.

Suspicious activity and criminality should be reported immediately by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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