Police warn residents to be on their guard after cold-caller demands £600
PUBLISHED: 14:54 21 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:57 21 June 2016
The fraudster became aggressive when the resident questioned his paperwork
Police have warned residents to be on their guard after a bogus caller demanded £600 during an incident in Dartford.
The man is reported to have knocked on the door of a house in Couzins Walk earlier this month claiming he was a bailiff and the homeowner owed the money in an unpaid fine.
The caller entered the resident’s property but became aggressive when the resident asked why he did not have the correct paperwork with him.
He showed the resident an iPad with the resident’s name on; this was not the correct name, however, and it was at this point that the man left the house.
Following his departure, the resident, who took the man’s name from an ID badge, called the company the man claimed to be from, which confirmed they had no such employee and did not have the resident’s address on their system.
Dressed in what appeared to be a company uniform, the caller was also reportedly wearing a bulletproof vest and jeans.
He is described as white, tall with a stocky build and aged in his thirties with a strong English accent, and he told the resident he was wearing a body-worn camera.
Representatives from water, gas and electric companies rarely visit without appointments, and the police have advised residents to take precautions to guard against scammers.
Investigating officer detective sergeant Beverley Morrison said: “We are treating this as an isolated case and while we do not want to make people worry we would like to use this opportunity to raise awareness and to just remind people how they can stay safer in their homes.”
Anyone who thinks they may have had a bogus caller can call 101 to report the incident or 999 in an emergency.