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Older people warned to be vigilant of telephone scammers

Armagh Policing & Community Safety Partnership is warning householders to be aware after a number of people rang to complain about a possible telephone scam.

Members of the public have received telephone calls from a gentleman who identified himself as Glen Millar who claimed that he worked for the Green Plan Project and that he had obtained the person’s contact details and benefit status from either Belfast, or Armagh City and District Council.

He claimed that the Green Plan project was offering loft insulation and that he would be sending someone out to do a household check in the coming weeks.

Stephanie Rock of Armagh PCSP stated: “The Council does not release anyone’s personal details to companies who are offering to sell products, or services. Members of the public need to be on their guard and I would strongly advise that you should never give any personal details, to people who call you on the phone, or who call at your home e.g. your date of birth, mother’s maiden name, your bank account details, or your credit card details. These people could be scammers and once you give your bank details, they can dip into your bank account and take money from it.”

If you believe that you have been the victim of a scammer, you can report the matter to Trading Standards on telephone 0300 123 62 62, or to Action Fraud on telephone 0300 123 2040.

If you are aged 65+ and require any more information or have any concerns about your own home security give Stephanie Rock a call at Armagh City and District Council on 028 3752 9600 ext 3013.

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