Lock out doorstep conmen

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WEARSIDERS are being reminded to slam the door on bogus callers after a new spate of incidents.

Elderly people across the Northumbria Police force area have been targeted by bogus health officials, including carers, visiting homes as well as people claiming to be from organisations including the water board.

In some cases cash was stolen while the victim was distracted.

Superintendent Frank Gallop said: “These people prey on vulnerable people, such as the elderly, and we’d ask anyone who has elderly friends or relatives to warn them to be extra vigilant.

“These people can often seem very believable and use all sorts of ways to trick their way into people’s home, and either con them out of money or steal from them.

To report a crime, phone 03456 043 043.