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Latest Crime update - April 2018

Published on 10 May 2018 01:46 PM

Crimes Against Older People summary of reported crimes in April 2018

There were fourteen victims of crime involving scams/fraud/rogue traders last month. This included six telephone scams. Five of these were callers posing as police officers; obtaining bank account details, bank card details and/or subsequently collecting money from the victim’s address.

Tips to stay safe

  1. Never give out your personal, credit card or bank details over the phone.
  2. You do not have to get into a discussion with any caller you deem suspicious. Just hang up straight away.
  3. Be aware that telephone scammers may try to keep your phone line open, once you have put the receiver down. Wait at least 10-15 minutes if possible before using the phone again.
  4. If anyone comes to your door, make sure you ask for identification – even if it is a police officer. Genuine callers will be happy for you to check their ID.
  5. Never hand over any money to cold callers.

If you have any concerns about a suspicious phone call, contact the Police on 101 or contact the Wandsworth Council Community Safety team on 020 8871 6567 / email communitysafety@wandsworth.gov.uk