Font Size A A A
Isle of Wight Alert Isle of Wight Alert
If you cannot use these buttons, go to the register page of the site where you can also register and sign in.
Click here to sign up to Isle of Wight Alert Click here to login to your Isle of Wight	Alert account

Warning issued following reports of doorstep scam in Sandown

Alert message sent 22/09/2019 12:35:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


We are investigating an allegation of fraud by deception after a woman in her 80s was charged £2,000 for a small amount of gardening work.

This took place between 12.45pm and 1.20pm on Saturday 21 September in the Sandown area.

It was reported that three men in a van, who were not known to the victim, carried out the work.

We would ask anyone who is aware of similar incidents in the area, or has seen anyone approaching their elderly neighbours or loved ones in suspicious circumstances to contact police on 101.

We are also advising people to read the following advice, to familiarise themselves with doorstep crime:

Door-to-door scams
Many legitimate businesses sell products door-to-door; gas, electricity and water companies need to visit to read your meters; and charities will often call seeking donations. But fraudsters may also knock on your door to part you from your money, or get into your home to steal from you.

Examples of door-to-door scams
Most door-to-door scams involve selling goods or services that are either not delivered or are very poor quality. You won’t get value for money and you may get billed for work you didn’t want or agree to.

Some scammers conduct surveys just to get your personal details or as a cover to sell you goods or services you don’t want or need, such as roofing work or patio replacement.

Unscrupulous employees sometimes still act illegally even when selling a genuine product by a genuine business. If someone knocks at your front door claiming to be from a company, first check their ID. If you’re not happy, don’t let them in.

Never call the phone number on their ID card to check them out. Ask the salesperson to wait outside, shut the door and find the company number on the internet. If they’re genuine, they’ll understand.

-Ends-
Message sent by
Jack Backwell (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)

Message tag words

Back to previous page
Click here to tweet this message to your followers

Discuss this alert message

Please see terms below before using this feature
Please be aware that the facility above is a Facebook service, posting your views will make some of your Facebook information visible to everyone (as with any Facebook activity).

The system administrators (VISAV Limited) monitor the content added. Any misuse or objectionable material should be reported to support@neighbourhoodalert.co.uk.

The views expressed do not represent the views of the system administrators who are VISAV Limited, the Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other Information Provider using this service.
 
Buy SSL Certificate