Residents urged to be on their guard against bogus caller

December 22 2018

Police are warning people to be on their guard after a bogus salesman tried to dupe a householder in Frampton Cotterell.

The potential victim challenged the man who walked off.

The incident happened at about 8.40am on 13 November when a man called to a property in Meadow Mead.

The man claimed to be from a security company and said there had been burglaries in the areas and he needed to check any cash or valuables the householder had to ensure it was secure.

However the householder challenged the caller and asked to see identification.

The man said it was in his car and walked off but didn’t return.

The suspect is described as a white man, about 5ft 9ins tall and large. He was wearing a blue suit with no buttons on the jacket and some form of headgear.

A police spokesman said "We are keen to hear from anyone else in the Frampton Cotterell area, who may have been approached by the same man.”

"We recommend you use a door chain, especially if you have unexpected callers.

"Always act to see photo identification, especially during darker evenings. Genuine callers will always come back at a more suitable time during the day when a relative or trusted friend or neighbour can also be with you.”

"If there are any concerns at all, don’t let them into the property and call us."