The East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership

A Partnership between East & Mid Devon District Councils, Devon & Cornwall Police, Devon County Council, Northern, Eastern & Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company.

Scams Advice

The East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership which in the main comprises the agencies shown in the letterhead above, is concerned about the number of scams taking place both nationally and locally. No doubt most of you will be aware from the coverage by the media that this is becoming an increasing problem.

In a lot of cases the victims of such scams are elderly people who are often very trusting and who part with a lot of money which they never get back. It is the view of some that older people may take more notice of much younger people giving them friendly advice about certain issues than they would of anybody else.

Please would you give the following advice, which has been produced in conjunction with Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Department, to your grandparents or any other older person with whom you are friendly. This may just prevent them from becoming the victim of a scam in the future.

Doorstep Traders and Cold Callers

• Don’t open the door to strangers – use a spy-hole or window to check who is at the door. If you’re expecting a caller by appointment use your door chain and check their identification. Ask a friend or neighbour to come around to check on the person if you have any doubts at all.
• Don’t have work done by someone coming uninvited to your door. Ask friends or relatives to recommend reputable local traders.

Telephone Scams

Say “No thank you” and hang up if:

• The company telephones you out of the blue.
• You’re asked to part with money in advance or asked to give personal details including bank account or PIN numbers.
• They use high pressure sales tactics to confuse you.

Postal Scams

Tear up and recycle the letter if it contains:

• Addresses that are a PO Box or are based abroad.
• A request to send money.
• A request for your bank account details.

Also, if you receive mail saying that you have won a prize but they need money up front so that you can access the prize it is a scam.

Many thanks,

Gerry Moore
Community Safety and Anti Social Behaviour Officer
Telephone: 01395 273802, Email: