Police appeal for vigilance over bogus caller

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Police in Derry are warning home owners in the Greater Galliagh area to be on alert for a bogus caller pretending to be a TV licence inspector.

Earlier this week, a man called at a house in the Glenabbey Drive area of Fernabbey and told the homeowner they had no TV licence. He asked for £50 cash and was given the cash before he left. The male is described as being in his early 30s, around 5ft 6in, medium build, wearing jeans and a dark coloured hoodie and spoke with a local accent.

A police spokesperson said: “Members of the local community are reminded to always ask for identification if a stranger calls at your door. Bogus callers depend on the good nature and good will of others. It is always advisable to be cautious of unexpected callers.

“Always ask for ID. These individuals will sometimes offer a brief glimpse of an identity card in the hope that this will suffice. Don’t be fooled. Ask to see the card properly. If it’s in a card holder, ask that they remove it so that you can examine it closely. And always check that the photograph matches the person on the doorstep. If you are still concerned ask the person to wait outside while you contact their head office to confirm they are genuine.”

“Please contact a member of local Neighbourhood Team or the Crime Prevention Officer for more information on home security. Telephone 0845 600 8000 or visit our website - www.psni.police.uk”