RESIDENTS are being warned to watch out for bogus callers after two men, claiming to be from a housing association, tried to gain access to a property in Port Glasgow.
A man in a surgical mask asked to be let into a woman’s flat at Thistle Court, saying he was from River Clyde Homes (RCH).
The occupier refused but he then came back with another man whose face was covered with a scarf. Both were again refused entry.
Jonathan Grant, head of customer services at River Clyde Homes, said: “Staff from River Clyde Homes and our repairs contractor, Home Fix Scotland (HFS), wear distinctive ID badges.
“HFS carries out all repairs and maintenance by appointment only, and they have their own new, branded vehicles. We also have private specialist contractors but they always make an appointment before visiting and carry their official identification.
“If anyone approaches a customer claiming to be from either organisation and that customer is in any doubt to the person’s authenticity, please ask to see their identity card. If one is not shown, please call 0800 013 2196 at any time of the day or night and report the incident.”
Councillor Michael McCormick, convener of Inverclyde Council’s environment and regeneration committee, said: “It isn’t rude to close the door on a cold caller and then check their identity. A genuine caller will be happy to wait.
“Council ID cards have a phone number on the back which can be used to find out if the person is really a member of staff but householders are best to look up the organisation’s phone number themselves rather than use one the cold caller has given them.
“Council ID badges are also usually attached to a pale blue lanyard with ‘Inverclyde Council’ on them.”