Attempt To Defraud £6000 From Elderly Downpatrick Resident Fails


DETECTIVES in Downpatrick are investigating a case of attempted fraud involving an older person.

A police spokesman said: “At around midday on Wednesday 8 January 2014 , a man claiming to represent a double glazing firm called to an address in the Rathmore Park area of the town. The man informed the 74-year old  man living in his home  that he was there to check some recently installed double glazing.

“After ‘examining’ the double glazing, the man asked for £6,000 as payment for the windows. In the knowledge that this work had already been paid for, the resident declined.dn_screen

“The man then made a phone call appearing to attempt to negotiate a lower price for the windows. Again the householder declined payment and asked the man to leave. When he refused, the resident felt compelled to leave his own home.

“The man eventually left the property through the front door.”

Detectives are appealing for information and would also like to hear from anyone who may have received a similar caller to their home. Downpatrick CID can be contacted on 0845 600 8000 or if someone would prefer to provide information without leaving their name they can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This type of crime can cause severe anxiety for elderly people and leave them, their neighbours and the wider commnuity experiencing the fear of crime. It is also a good policy never to keep large sums of money in your home  and not to leave bank cards or cheque books accessible.

Officers would also like to remind residents to be vigilant when dealing with cold callers. Never permit anyone entry to your home unless you are 100% satisfied with their identity and that they are legitimate.

Residents should also be wary of individuals offering any kind of door-to-door service such as power washing or paving. Never part with money up front and always get a written estimate.

Consider using QuickCheck to check the legitimacy of individuals and companies calling to your door. It’s a free service available to the public 24/7 on 0800 013 22 90.