Don't give out your details.
04/04/2014 14:08:00......Posted by Sara Bashford
I have been made aware of a potential scam to get information to use to burgle your home, so please beware.
Fortunately the Selsdon Vale resident, who has made the police and me aware of this scam, was very quick thinking, as she was wary of the caller and gave no useful information away.
The resident was phoned and the caller said they were a police officer contacting her about a burglary in her road. She was asked a couple of questions which she didn’t give answers to and then she asked for the officers name and badge number and said she would call him back. She dialled 101 to find out if the person calling her was an officer and it turned out the name and badge number didn’t match. Thankfully she didn’t give this person any information about her home.
My suspicion is that the caller would have asked home security questions, such as, Do your windows have locks and do you use them? Do you have an alarm? Do you keep your car keys in a safe place away from the front door and where? All of which would seem reasonable from a police officer, who was allegedly offering home security advice. However, all of the answers would be very helpful to assist a quick in and out burglary.
Please be wary and remember if you don’t know the person you are talking to don’t give out any personal information. If someone is genuine they won’t mind you checking their details.