Beware of bogus callers

Hull: We are offering advice after a recent incident

14 Dec 2017

We’re offering advice and appealing for information after a group of suspected fraudulent builders took money from an elderly man in Hull. 

The men called at the address on Grove Street, Hull at 9:30am on Thursday 23 November, fraudulently claiming to be workmen sent by the man’s son.

The men then began to take down the guttering of the house before requesting a large amount of money for the work. The man paid the men and they left, leaving the house in a poor state and not replacing the guttering.  

Advice and support has been offered to the victim and officers are now appealing for further witnesses to come forward if they are able to assist with this enquiry.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log 153 of 23/11/17. Alternatively calls can be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We would like to offer the following advice to help prevent other people from falling victim to similar offences, please share the advice with your friends and family to help keep them safe. 

To prevent falling foul of rogue trader please follow the advice below:
- Never buy at the door and don’t let people you don’t know into your home.
- If you are unsure about whether the person at the door is who they claim to be – for example a council worker – take their name and shut and lock the door while you call their employer to check. Legitimate callers will not mind you doing this.
- When you answer the front door, ensure no rear or side doors and windows have been left insecure. It may be that the caller is trying to distract you while someone else sneaks in.
- If a trader cold calls check whether they are members of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme or the Government Trust Mark scheme. 
- If you want work done discuss it with a friend or family member who can help you find a reputable trader 
- Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot. Do not be pressured into having any work carried out. 
- Never pay cash up front and never go to the bank or cash point with a trader.