Age UK Isle of Wight has been informed of a bogus caller who has been knocking on doors and purporting to be from the charity, but they say that this person is not employed by, or affiliated with Age UK Isle of Wight in any way.
The Newport-based organisation is asking the Island community to be aware of this person or persons and to help spread the message to friends, family and neighbours in the community who may be more vulnerable to scams.
The message is clear; Do not let them in your house, do not give them any personal information and do not give them any money.
Jo Dare, CEO of Age UK Isle of Wight has said:
“I would like to reassure island residents that Age UK Isle of Wight will never turn up at your door without prior arrangement, or cold call on you. Our staff and volunteers will always tell you in advance that they are coming to see you, and will always carry identification.
“If you are ever in any doubt whether to let someone into your home, no matter which organisation they say they are from, always call the organisation’s reception/office to check.
“Each year, we work with thousands of older people and their families/carers. For many of them this was a lifeline to prevent, or respond to crisis, and to help make later life better, so we are naturally distressed to hear that someone claiming to work for Age UK Isle of Wight is acting in this way and we are working with all relevant authorities to stop this practice.”
Report any suspicious visits to Age UK Isle of Wight on 01983 525282 from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, or the Police on 101 if outside of these hours.