Strathearn residents urged to be aware of spate of bogus callers
Sep 14 2012
by Lynn Duke, Strathearn Herald
Perth & Kinross Council and Tayside Police are urging Strath residents to be on their guard against bogus callers and rogue traders who may be operating in the area.
The warning follows an incident last week when a council tenant in Crieffanswered the door to a man with an ID badge thatsuggested he was from the local authority.
The man spoke to thetenant about a “Right to Buy” application which thetenant knew nothing about. He insisted that a survey had to be carried out and that he needed access to do so.
He went from room to room, took photographs and spoke to the tenant about servicing her washing machine.
He then said he had to go round the back of the property and take more photos.
A spokesperson for PKC said: “Residents should be aware that the council will not carry out home visits of any kind without firstalerting residents by letter.
“With regard to anyone claiming to represent a business, authority or agency, householders should demand to see proper identification.
“Bona fide tradespeople, or company representatives will not be offended and will be happy to provide genuine identification.
“Even then, if suspicions remain, residents should close the door and check with the company the caller claims to represent.
“Don’t take the number from the person on the doorstep, but instead check it in the phone directory or Yellow Pages.
“If a householder remains suspicious they should not let the person in but should call police on 0300 111 2222.”