Warning after bogus PCSO calls at an address in Southampton

Published on:
12 Nov 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Last updated:
12 Nov 2017, 10:45 a.m.
Published by:
Julie Knight
Category:
General news
Area:
Southampton
Reference:
44170439485

We’re reminding people to be extra vigilant following a report of a man attending an address in Sholing yesterday (11 November) pretending to be a PCSO.

The imposter called at an address in Ivy Dene at 9.30am and greeted the resident by name. He introduced himself as the new PCSO for the area – using a real PCSO’s name - and showed an ID badge.

The man was described as:

  • White
  • Mid 30s
  • Average height
  • Stocky build
  • Short brown / ginger hair
  • He was wearing a black jacket with a green and yellow PCSO badge

We’re advising members of the public to be extra vigilant and follow our advice to avoid being a victim of bogus callers or rogue traders:

  • Use a door chain or spy hole. If you are not sure, do not open the door
  • Always check the credentials of unknown callers. Look up the number yourself - do not use the number on their ID card. Call 101 to confirm if a PC or PCSO is genuine
  • Stop unknown people from entering your home
  • Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold-callers on the phone
  • Consider joining or setting up a No Cold Calling Zone or Neighbourhood Watch scheme
  • Look out for your elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family
  • Tell us about unwanted or suspicious callers by calling 101 – or if a crime is in progress or it's an emergency call 999.  You can also provide information to the independent Crimestoppers charity if you wish to stay anonymous by calling 0800 555 111

 

If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference '44170439485', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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