Islington Residents are warned to take care after siblings are scammed out of their life savings
Cruel thieves have deprived an elderly brother and sister of their life savings after they tricked their way into their London home by pretending to be gas engineers.
Two men arrived at the house in Islington, at around 1pm on a Thursday and gained entry when they told the siblings, who are in their 80s, they were from the gas board.
Once inside, the pair searched the property and found £20,000 in life savings in a box hidden at the bottom of a wardrobe.
They then made excuses to the unsuspecting victims and left the house with all the cash.
Police have appealed for help to track down the thieves, which has “devastated” the elderly pair.
How to protect yourself
Lock, stop, chain and check
Whenever you answer the door remember to lock, stop, chain, check.
- Lock: secure all your other outer doors as the person at the door may intend to distract you while an accomplice gets in through a back door
- Stop: think about whether you’re expecting anyone
- Chain: put the door chain on or look through the window or spyhole to see who’s there
- Check: ask for an identity card and examine it carefully - you can always tell the caller to come back another time when someone will be with you.
Put up a deterrent sign
You could put a ‘no cold callers’ sign up on your door or window, which should deter any cold callers from knocking on your door. You can get one free from the link below.
Or you can download a free sign from The Chartered Trading Standards Institute http://www.tradingstandards.uk/downloads/supersign.pdf
You can set up a password with your utility companies so you know that they are genuine if they send someone round. Phone your utility company to find out how to do this.
For more information or to report an incident ring 020 7527 7272 or email http://www.islington.gov.uk/reportasb