03 May 2023
Internet & Door Step Scammers
Able Community Care is often asked to give presentations to older peoples groups. In the last couple of years, the presentation which has been most requested is around older people, in particular, being scammed or handing over money to fraudulent tradesmen on their doorstep.Below is some of the information that we offer as part of our presentation.
In the first six months of 2021, 36 million people were scammed(Citizens Advice https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk › press-releases › 36)
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk › consumer › check.
The advice from the Police to stop doorstep criminals from defrauding you is that you must never agree for work on your house or garden to be done by someone who knocks at your door uninvited.
NB Cold calling is not illegal. However, any trader who ignores a sticker or notices on your door stating that you do not wish to receive cold calls may commit a criminal offence.
Also, any trader that ignores any requests by you to leave and not return is committing a criminal offence. (Gov.UK)