Warning Over Bogus Callers

25 January 2011, 10:06 | Updated: 10 February 2011, 13:04

Detectives in Southampton are warning people to be aware of bogus callers after an elderly couple in their 80’s became the victims of bogus electricity workers.

The man, aged 88 was entering his home in Drove Road, Sholing when another man and woman came up to him claiming to be from Southern Electric and asked to take a look inside. Once inside, the woman distracted the couple while the man looked at the sockets and switches and told them they would need replacing.

The pair said it would cost £120 - the couple handed over £40 and the bogus callers said they’d be round the next day to carry out the work and then collect the rest of the money afterwards. They didn’t come back.

It happened between 11.30am and midday on Friday, January 21.

Officers are once again advising people not to let callers into their home unless they are satisfied they are genuine.

A spokesperson said:

“Utilities companies always make appointments and always carry ID badges. You can call the company to check they are who they say they are and you should always make checks BEFORE letting the people in. If you have any concerns you should call the police. Genuine utility workers will not mind if you carry out these checks.”

Officers are also asking for anyone else who thinks they may have been approached by the bogus callers to come forward or if they think they may know who the pair are.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Howard Broadribb at Bitterne Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.