Hinckley Police warn of ‘unscrupulous’ traders targeting elderly and vulnerable people after one resident scammed

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 27 December 2022

HINCKLEY POLICE officers have warned of “unscrupulous” traders doing the rounds.

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The cops posted a statement on Facebook today (Tuesday, 27 December) stating elderly and vulnerable residents are being targeted by the scammers over this festive period.

It has been noted that one borough resident was recently conned out of a ‘substantial’ amount of their cash by one of the bogus traders.

And now, they are advising residents who receive fliers for cleaning and roofing services – or visits from people advertising them – to ignore these completely.

Instead, anyone who is offered these services should call the police on their non-emergency number of 101 and let the force know directly.

A force spokesperson said: “If it sounds too good to be true it often is. Please stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Enjoy the rest of the festive period and stay safe.”

Anyone who comes across bogus doorstep sellers directly is able to report the incidents to Action Fraud, who can help to track down the scammers.

And, according to Citizens Advice, one way to stop junk mail is by calling Royal Mail’s ‘Door-to-Door Opt-Out’ service on 03457 740 740. This will stop unaddressed junk mail coming to your door within six weeks of filling out the form.

Once you’ve registered, they’ll stop delivering unaddressed mail to you for two years, but once them two years finish, you’ll need to fill the form in again.

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