Bogus callers prey on Cookstown

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AN alert has been issued on bogus callers stalking the Cookstown and Pomeroy area.

A man called at a house in Gortscraheen Road, Pomeroy asking for access to read the electricity meter.

The householder asked for identification and the man left, possibly in a blue Volkswagen Golf.

The woman’s suspicions were further raised when the regular reader, whom she knew, turned up later.

The bogus caller is described as being about 5ft 8 inches tall and of a slim build. He had short, dark hair and was aged in his 20s.

The incident happened at around 4pm on Wednesday August 31,

Meanwhile, later that day, two men called at a house at Westland Park in Cookstown and spoke to the householder about subscribing to a new telephone package. The householder was suspicious and declined to get involved.

The men are described as being about 5ft 9 inches tall and both were wearing grey suits.

Constable Paul Wilson, the local Crime Prevention Officer, advised that the identities of any unknown callers should always be checked.

“Most genuine callers carry forms of identification and these can be authenticated by telephoning their organisation. Householders can also use the Quick Check scheme on 0800 013 2290 ascertain the bone-fides of callers.”

The number to contact police on is 0845 600 8000. Callers who would prefer to provide information without giving their details can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.