Residents are being warned to check the credentials of unsolicited callers after Epping Forest District Council received reports of bogus officials presenting themselves as council representatives in Loughton.
Poster from the 2015 Be Sure at the Door campaign.
Not a council contractor or staff
We have received reports from members of the public that unsolicited callers are in the Willingale Road area of Loughton today purporting to be Epping Forest District Council officials. They are stating that they need to drill holes in residents cavity walls to allow moisture to escape and are asking for a financial deposit to do this.
Epping Forest District Council has not requested or contracted any such work and this would appear to be an attempt to defraud money from residents. Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of fraud or has been approached by bogus callers should contact the police.
One resident received an unplanned visit from a contractor who said that they were doing insulation work and wanted to drill into the pointing and suck the moisture. The callers said they needed a deposit from the resident to go towards hiring the equipment. The resident, who has never reported any damp related issues was suspicious and contacted the council.
All council representatives and contractors carry ID
All council representatives and contractors carry ID and will never ask for money.
We have circulated information to Essex Watch, Essex Police Crime Prevention and the Neighbourhood Policing Team based at Loughton.
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