Warning after bogus charity collector knocks on doors in Wellingborough

Police have issued a warning after a bogus charity collector knocked on doors in Wellingborough
Police have issued a warning after a bogus charity collector knocked on doors in Wellingborough

A bogus charity collector claiming to be from the British Heart Foundation have been knocking on doors in the Wellingborough area.

The first incident happened in Alma Street, shortly before 9pm on Tuesday, January 27.

A man knocked on the door, claiming to be from the British Heart Foundation.

The resident did not open the door and he went away.

The second incident happened in Broad Green, at roughly the same time on the same night.

Again, the man left when the resident refused to open the door.

The caller from one of the incidents is described as a young white man, possibly long hair and wearing a red coat.

It is believed that the caller was bogus and the British Heart Foundation has confirmed that they do not canvass in Northamptonshire and wouldn’t do so at that time of the night.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole to identify callers. Alternatively talk to them through an adjacent window. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.

“Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind.

“Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards, if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won’t be either. Obtain telephone numbers direct from the phone directory. Alternatively make a list of your important numbers and keep them near the phone.

“Look out for those who are vulnerable within your family, or neighbourhoods.”

Anyone with information about he incidents in Wellingborough should phone Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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