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Warning of bogus callers

Published: Fri, 24 Jan 2014
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Grants inspection
Following a recent incident in the South Belfast area we are warning tenants today to think twice before allowing a stranger into their home.
Carole Johnston our South and East Belfast Manager said: “Tenants should be extra vigilant as bogus callers are on the increase and theft is usually their aim. These bogus callers will frequently claim to be from a public body such as the Housing Executive or a contractor.  Residents should not allow anyone to enter their home without proper identification.”
We offer the following key advice to tenants:
  • Our staff and contractors, and those from other public bodies will have a photographic identity card.
  • Check this carefully, if they have forgotten their ID card they will understand if entry is refused.
  • If you are in any doubt at all, take no chances, and refuse entry.
  • Only a bogus caller will insist on entry without proper identification so:
  • If you have a door chain or spy hole - use it, or look out of the window;
  • Phone us on 03448 920 900 to check the caller’s details if they claim to be from the Housing Executive;
  • You can also phone ‘Quick Check’, on 0800 013 22 90 a 24 hour freephone service to check the identity of the caller;
  • If you are suspicious call the police.