Police issue warning over bogus door knocker

PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 February 2017


Police have warned Exmouth residents not to hand out bank details to a 'pushy' bogus caller.

Devon and Cornwall Police issued the advice after receiving reports of a person door knocking in the town on Monday, February 13, claiming to be collecting money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

The charity said it never endorses door-to-door callers.

A police spokesman said: “We have had a report from Devon Air Ambulance to say they’ve received some complaints from members of the public of a ‘pushy’ man who’s been canvassing door-to-door, claiming to be from Devon Air Ambulance.

“Our advice to residents if they receive such a call - politely decline and close the door.

“Don’t hand any cash or bank details over.”

The chief executive officer of Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Heléna Holt, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to inform people that we do not authorise anyone, including our lottery canvassers, to go door to door.

“We were concerned to receive telephone calls from supporters this week, complaining that a man purporting to be raising funds for Devon Air Ambulance was rude and aggressive to them at their doorstep.”

If you have information, contact police on 101 using crime reference: IN/024502/17.

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