Age UK advises that ‘Doorstep scams take place when someone comes to your door and tries to scam you out of your money or tries to gain access to your home.’
Continually, most local newspapers will have a warning of fraudulent traders or fraudulent ‘professionals’ preying on older people in their area.
It may be a very polite person with an ID card telling you he/she is from your local Water Board, Council, Energy Supplier, etc. but if you are not expecting someone from these or other organisations, it may be a scammer.
Other people knocking on your door may tell you they are selling goods such as cleaning materials to help raise funds for people who are leaving prison and need funding to start a new life, or these goods are sold to support one of several charities.
Charities may send out raffle tickets, have street donation cans but do not canvass for funds, door to door.
According to Action Fraud, around £18.7m was lost to doorstep scammers in 2020, but it also believes that many of these offences go unreported.
All legitimate tradespeople or professionals from organisations should always have a telephone number which you can call and check their validity. Genuine people calling will not mind the wait.
Always avoid opening the door to any caller until you know who it is, you can always make sure that you have a door chain on, or a peephole installed to look through before opening your door.
Some doorstep scams are carried out by two people. One knocks at your front door while the second person goes round to the back. Always keep any additional doors you have locked before opening one door to a person you do not know.
In 2019, Able Community Care, a nationwide, Live-in Care Provider decided to give its older clients a DO NOT KNOCK door sticker telling people that they do not open their door to unknown and uninvited callers.
The response was positive, we were told about callers coming up the path, seeing the door sticker and walking back down the path.
As a result, we decided as a company to offer these door stickers free to any older person who would like one.
In 2022, we have now given out nearly 100,000 door stickers to people throughout the UK and the Channel Islands.
These door stickers are still available and can be obtained by emailing to [email protected] and giving us a name, address and how many door stickers you would like to receive.
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