The PSNI have issued advice to residents following reports of Rogue Traders in County Antrim persuading elderly people to pay extortionate amounts of money for Pillows and Saucepans.
This information comes following a post to a number of PSNI Facebook Pages, which said:
Would you pay £300 for a pair of pillows or £200 for two saucepans?
Most people would not, but sadly that is what two older people in our community were persuaded to hand over to strangers who called at their doors in incidents in Co Antrim.
There is always a concern that this type of incident may be seen other places also.
Detective Inspector Alan Pyper, of Reactive and Organised Crime Branch, hopes that an early warning may prevent vulnerable people being targeted locally.
“It is sad to say that there are people out there who target elderly and vulnerable people. I know that many in older age groups do not access social media, so I hope that those of you who see this message will pass the information on to your friends, relatives and neighbours.
“Please tell them not to buy items from people who call at their door – and certainly to never allow strangers into their homes.
“If you see a stranger or unknown vehicle at the home of a vulnerable person, please note a description of them and the vehicles and call police.”
“You can also obtain advice from the Trading Standard Service’s Consumerline on 0300 123 6262 or email [email protected]”