It’s never easy to spot a bogus caller. Anyone can be a victim of household scams, but two words that will help us beat doorstep crime are simply “no thanks.”

Doorstep Checklist

If in doubt; keep them out


LOCK – Keep front and back doors locked 
STOP – Don’t open the door until you have checked through a viewer or window to see who is there 
CHAIN – Use a door chain or bar 
CHECK – Only let callers in if they have an appointment and you have confirmed they are genuine. Always ask for ID

Call the published number from the internet or phone directory for their company or service to check if they are legitimate. Do not use a telephone number provided by the caller. Remember to be on your guard if requested for personal or financial information over the phone or online, and be wary of mail scams (if it looks too good to be true, it probably is). Scammers can appear incredibly legitimate no matter what approach they use.

Call 101 to report any suspicious activity. If you feel scared or threatened call 999 and ask for the police.

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