Housing Executive issues bogus caller warning to local residents

THE Housing Executive is urging local residents to be wary of allowing strangers into their homes.

Lisburn Antrim Street Manager Owen Brady issued the warning to tenants in the city following a recent incident in the Milltown area.

“Tenants should be extra vigilant as bogus callers are on the increase and theft is usually their aim,” said Mr Brady.

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“These bogus callers will frequently claim to be from a public body such as the Housing Executive or Water Service, or a contractor.

Residents should not allow anyone to enter their home without proper identification,” he added.

The Housing Executive offered some key advice to local residents.

“Our staff and contractors, and those from other public bodies will have a photographic identity card,” continued Mr Brady.

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“Check this carefully, if they have forgotten their ID card they will understand if entry is refused. If you are in any doubt at all, take no chances, and refuse entry.”

He went on to say: “Only a bogus caller will insist on entry without proper identification so if you have a door chain or spy hole - use it, or look out of the window.

“You can phone us on 03448 920 900 to check the caller’s details and you can also phone ‘Quick Check’ on 0800 013 22 90 a 24 hour freephone service to check the identity of the caller.

“If you are suspicious call the police,” concluded Mr Brady.

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