Clementswood and Mayfield residents warned of dangers of distraction theft
A meeting saw local police and trading standards officers join forces to advise residents how to protect themselves from bogus callers and distraction theft.
The event was organised by Green Party Activist Wilson Chowdhry and took place at East Ilford Betterment Partnership’s Mayfield and Clementswood community centre.
It was attended by Adrian Simpson of the Redbridge trading standards team, who spoke about scammers impersonating trading standards officers.
He passed around his ID badge to residents to prevent them being duped by forgeries and explained there are no circumstances in which a legitimate officer would come to someone’s home and ask for money at the door.
He said: “If someone calling at your door has no appointment, they should be given no entry.”
You may also want to watch:
Scams residents were advised to be aware of included bogus telephone calls, false income tax rebate emails, roofing and driveway scams.
Resident Leonard Smith described the drainage scam which had led to him losing £5,000 just three weeks ago, and was applauded for his bravery.
- 1 Medical student who helped injured biker calls for more first aid training
- 2 Primary schools in Redbridge rated outstanding by Ofsted
- 3 Police appeal to find girl, 12, last seen in Wanstead Park
- 4 Woman and children treated for smoke inhalation after Ilford flat fire
- 5 Panel finds ex-police officer would have been sacked for neighbour comments
- 6 Update: Man charged in connection with alleged sex assault
- 7 Letter: High-density housing plans in Redbridge
- 8 Seven Kings man charged in connection with alleged sex assault on boy
- 9 Primary school creates memorial garden for pupils to remember loved ones
- 10 Ilford mother 'could have been saved' and NHS 'failed' her, family tells inquest
PCSO Heidi Coupe-Wilson, from Mayfield Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don’t let them in.
“Please ensure you treat every stranger with caution.”