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Please, please beware of bogus callers

Published: Fri, 24 Apr 2015
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We are warning tenants once again to think before allowing a stranger into their home, after one of our tenants had a sum of money stolen this morning.
The PSNI telephoned our Belfast Customer Services Unit voicing their concerns about a bogus caller in the Donegall Road area of South Belfast this morning. Three male callers claiming to be workmen from the Housing Executive gained access to an elderly man’s home, and left with a sum of money.
Gary Ballantyne, our South & East Belfast Area Manager, said:
“Tenants should be extra vigilant as bogus callers are increasing and theft is usually their aim. These bogus callers will frequently claim to be from a public body like the Housing Executive or a contractor.”
"Residents should not allow anyone to enter their home without proper identification. When they call, ask for identification.”
The Area Manager added:
“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.
“If you have a door chain or spy hole - use it, or look out of the window. Alternatively, call us on 03448 920 900 to check the caller’s details if they claim to be from the Housing Executive or you can also phone ‘Quick Check’, on 0800 013 22 90, a 24 hour free-phone service to check the identity of the caller.”
If you are suspicious, then call the police.