Scam News – ‘Nottngham Knockers’

Scam News February 2021

There have been reported incidents of doorstep callers often referred to as ‘Nottingham Knockers’.

These individuals will offer household goods for sale, at inflated prices, but often this sale is a ruse for checking out a person’s home. They may claim to be on a rehabilitation scheme trying to find work and may have a false trading permit or some other kind of official-looking identification.

However, they are not part of any legitimate rehabilitation scheme. There is a Government-backed ‘Community Payback’ scheme for offenders who have been sentenced to carry out community work, but this does not involve door-to-door sales.

Please be vigilant when answering your door and do not feel compelled to enter into any conversation with them, if you do not wish to. If you have elderly friends, relatives or neighbours, it’s important to keep a lookout for them too and report any suspicious activity to police.

If you are concerned and wish to report any instances of this behaviour call 101. As always, if it is an emergency please call 999.

David Rose

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