POLICE in C District, which covers North Down, Ards Castlereagh and Down are advising householders to be wary of a new bogus caller scam which takes advantage of the new “digital tv switchover” which is currently ongoing across the UK.
A police spokesperson said: “There have been a number of reports of bogus callers trying to trick their way inside by saying they are making preparations for the householder to receive digital satellite channels on their television sets. The ‘digital switchover’ means you will no longer be able to receive an analogue signal and will only be able to watch a television with a built-in digital receiver, a digital set-top box or subscribe to a satellite or cable service.
“Anyone calling at a home to do any work in connection to this would not be doing so without prior arrangement with the householder.
“You can also call Quick Check on freephone 0800 013 22 90. Your call will be answered personally and promptly by a trained operator. They will check with the company on your behalf, that the person at your door is genuine. If they are not or they think that there is something suspicious, they will contact the police immediately.
“Do not let anyone into your home until you are satisfied that they are a genuine caller.”
As with any unplanned or suspicious caller, do not grant them access to your home. Call police on 0845 600 8000 to report the incident. If you require police in an emergency, please call 999.