10th Apr, 2020

Phony police 'investigating coronavirus' knock on doors of elderly

Ross Crawford 26th Mar, 2020

POLICE are urging people to be vigilant following an incident where people claimed to be police officers.

Three people had knocked on the door of a property at around 7.45pm on Thursday, March 19 in a Gloucestershire village and refused to show identification when asked by the elderly resident.

It has been reported they said they were there investigating coronavirus related matters.

Thankfully the resident, aged in his 70’s, did not let them and the trio, two white men and a white woman, left.

West Mercia Police Detective Inspector Emma Wright said: “Being a good neighbour is important, and communities are rallying around to support each other.

“However, there may be those who seek to exploit the situation.

“Volunteers working with the health and emergency services will have undertaken necessary vetting checks and they should all have documentation proving their status.

“If people have doubts about those who are approaching them, and are concerned, we advise that they don’t engage and report serious suspicious behaviour to police.

“We would remind people of good crime prevention practices and advise against keeping large amounts of cash at your home address. Only keep what you need at home and try to set up direct debits, standing orders or use on-line/telephone banking to pay larger bills.

“It is also important that people protect themselves from online fraud. Watch out for scam messages.

“As well as looking out for those who are vulnerable in terms of their care and shopping needs, please look out for your friends, neighbours and family, by ensuring they are aware of this advice and that they continue to show vigilance at the door, online and via the telephone.”

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