Bogus Caller Alert.

TRADING STANDARDS ALERT
Leicestershire Trading Standards has received a report from a resident in the Coalville area who was cold-called at their home by a man claiming to be from Trading Standards.
The man had an ID badge which the resident described as looking ‘home-made’. He explained to the resident that Trading Standards were collecting information about ‘cowboy builders’ who had been arrested in the area and asked for the resident’s name and address. This was not one of our officers and further enquiries are underway about this.
 
All Trading Standards Officers carry official Leicestershire County Council photographic identification, including contact numbers for the Trading Standards Service that members of the public can contact to determine whether the caller is from the Service or not. Residents are advised never to give any personal information to those calling at their homes unless they are able to verify that individual’s identity and reason for their visit.
 
If you receive any reports of similar activity or callers please contact Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 and Leicestershire Police on 101, as there is a proven link between bogus callers and distraction burglary.
 
(Information from Leicestershire Neighbourhood Watch)