POLICE in Coleraine are urging local people to be to be careful when dealing with unsolicited callers, either in person or by telephone, particularly those asking for money.
Judith Lavery, the local Crime Prevention Officer, said: “Always be satisfied as to the credibility of any caller prior to parting with cash, even those claiming to represent charities or local good causes.
“Many legitimate charities will display their registration number on sponsorship/fundraising forms or assign identification references to individual fundraisers. Genuine fundraisers will not mind if they are asked to call back so that a check can be made with the relevant charity or organisation that they are who they say.
“Householders are also reminded not to permit anyone inside their home without being 100% sure of who they are. Always check the ID of any unknown caller irrespective of who they claim to represent and if in doubt, do not let them in.
“You can also check the identity of callers claiming to represent recognised organisations and businesses by contacting Quick Check on 0800 013 22 90. The service is free and operates 24 hours a day.
Residents who have been approached by a charity collector who they believe may be bogus should contact police in Coleraine on 101.”