Scam Warning – Free Crime Prevention Check
As featured on the Surrey Radio 15 March 2011 it is reported that a scam is in operation within the local area.
A resident reports his experience as follows:
Yesterday evening( Mon 14th March) about 19.15 hrs I received a telephone call .
The male caller had my name and said he was calling from “Crime Prevention”.
My wife and I are ex directory so I was curious.
He said that he/they had been looking at the crime figures in my area and would like to send somebody round to talk with me.
I asked him “Are you from the police?” Reply was “ Crime Prevention”
I repeated the question and got the same answer. I challenged him and said you sound like a private company and I do not do business on the telephone. I put the phone down. I rang 1471 and was told the number had been “Withheld”
I rang the police, passed on the information and said I thought it was a scam. They were interested and said they would check it.
I presume a “salesman” would have arrived and would have had to have a look round my property and obviously check out what security was already in place. If this is a scam it seems a good way to find what is available in the home and just how easy it is to get in. If other people have had these calls then it may be a good idea to tell the police and not let anyone in even if they do “appear” to be legal.