Bogus callers, sometimes known as conmen or doorstep thieves, are people who try to trick their way into your home with the intention of either stealing money or property, or of conning you into paying them money.
These people often work in teams of two or more and they usually prey on older or vulnerable people. Bogus callers can use many different guises to gain entry to your home, often pretending to be council officials, workmen from gas, water or electricity supply companies, the fire brigade, trading standards officers, or even the police.
For example there are stories of fake plumbers telling residents that their neighbour's property has been flooded and asking if they have seen any signs of a leak. The victim is then distracted so an accomplice can enter the property and spill water onto the kitchen or bathroom floor. The 'plumber' offers to install a pump to fix the leak and demands £5000 in cash from the victim as a 'deposit' for hire of the equipment with the assurance that the money will be refunded. Alternatively they will, once they have gained entry to the property, steal money and other valuable items.
Most genuine companies will send you a letter before they visit. Ask your gas, water or electricity supplier if they can give you a unique password for additional security.