Bogus callers targeting Borders, warn police

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Bogus callers have been hitting the Borders again this week and Police have had reports of two incidents of doorstep crime on Monday, November 24.

One took place in the Coldstream area when an eastern European female bogus caller claiming to be disabled and in need of money called on a resident in the town.

The second involved four male rogue traders from outwith the Scottish Borders offering to carry out gardening work for what is believed to be an inflated price in Galashiels.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We DO NOT recommend dealing with cold-callers for property maintenance and home repairs.

“For more information on how to spot rogue traders, how you can protect yourself, family and friends from doorstep crime, and what action you should take if someone visits please visit the below link to Police Scotland’s website; http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/safety-security-advice/personal-safety/doorstep-crime-and-bogus-callers.

“If you notice any strange vehicles in your area, see anything or anybody suspicious don’t assume it’s already been reported, either contact 101 or crimestoppers anonymously on 08555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

“In addition to this, always be aware of possible bogus workmen and if in doubt either call 101 or consumer advice is available on Scottish Borders Council website under the Trading Standards section.