Warning over bogus workers

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TWO women claiming to be council workers conned their way into a Wearside home.

 The pair called at the Hendon home saying they were from Sunderland City Council and needed to carry out a housing check.

 They asked to have a look around the Canon Cockin Street home so they could carry out the work.

 The resident let them in, but stayed with them as they carried out their inspection. Once the couple left the house, the woman became suspicious and contacted police, who have launched an investigation.

 Temporary Chief Inspector Richie Jackson said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what has happened.

 “This resident did exactly the right thing in reporting this incident to police. It’s a timely reminder for residents to be vigilant, not allow anyone who cold calls at their home inside and to report suspicious activity to police immediately.

 “The local authority and amenity companies will rarely attend an address without prior notice to the householder. If the caller is genuine they will be only too happy to remain outside whilst their credentials are checked with the organisation they represent.

 “It’s also vital that residents never agree to work being done by those who cold call at their home, and to never hand over cash at the doorstep.”

 Anyone with information is asked to call police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.