Trading Standards warn: beware of suspicious calls

Published Friday, 20 March 2015

Residents in Bromley borough are being warned by Trading Standards not to respond to a stranger who makes contact on the telephone wishing to offer assistance around the needs of elderly residents, sometimes including the offer of a massage service.

The caller, believed to be in his 50s, identifies himself as Mr Bell and attempts to make an appointment to visit the resident. He is described as having a Scottish accent and drives a 4x4 vehicle.

He carries a clipboard. Fortunately attempts to carry out some of the appointments were thwarted by members of the public who were suspicious of him and concerned by his lack of an identity card.

Although it is not against the law to make such telephone calls, both the Police and Trading Standards urge residents to exercise extreme caution if they receive similar contact. The advice is never to allow a stranger into your home unless you are certain of their true identity and intentions.

If you receive such a call you may wish to notify Trading Standards on their rapid response number 07903 852090 or report the matter to the Police by calling 101.