Suspicious telephone calls

Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service would like to bring residents’ attention to some suspicious telephone calls that have been highlighted to them recently:

  1. Caller claims to be assisting the Police and Ambulance Service. They offer to visit the property to carry out a security check, and to see if medical assistance is required
  2. Caller claims to be calling from the Citizens Advice Bureau, and offers to help clear outstanding debts. The caller may claim that they have been asked to contact the resident by a concerned person. Citizens Advice will not contact residents in this way

Trading Standards urge any residents receiving such calls not to respond, or to give out any personal information to unknown persons over the telephone.

Suspicions are that the callers may be trying to sell home security devices, such as burglar alarms, and may make exaggerated claims about their effectiveness.