SCAMMERS are targeting Henley residents on their doorsteps.
Warwickshire Police has received reports of people falsely claiming to be ex-offenders on a rehabilitation scheme knocking on doors and offering household products for sale.
Sgt Dave Ebbs of the Alcester Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The doorstep callers offer products which may be of poor quality at inflated prices, and pressure homeowners into buying them by falsely claiming to be ex-convicts on probation schemes.
“The scheme does not exist and is not backed by police, so although their stories can be very convincing, they are often not genuine, and these individuals are hoping to make a profit from well-intentioned people.
“If someone knocks at your front door claiming to be from a company, first check their ID. If you’re not happy, don’t let them in.
“Never call the phone number on their ID card – ask them to wait outside, shut the door and find the company number on the internet. If they’re genuine, they’ll understand.
“If you’re still unsure, ask them to come back later so that you can arrange for a friend or relative to be present. This may often be enough to act as a deterrent to them.”
He advised anyone who was unsure about someone’s identity not to open the door – but if they do, to make it very clear they are not interested in buying the products.
He added: “If you feel uncomfortable or are concerned with their presence, call 101, report it online or in an emergency where life is at risk, always call 999.
“We’d also encourage you to share this message with your friends, family and neighbours – particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable or who may not have access to the internet or social media.”