Be Alert For Switchover Scammers

Merton residents get timely fraud warning

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Merton's elderly residents are being warned not to allow doorstep fraudsters claiming to help them with April's digital TV switchover, into their homes.

Merton council is concerned fraudsters may pose as digital contractors around this time to gain access to homes or con vulnerable people out of money.

Anyone over the age of 75 or registered disabled who is entitled to a personal visit, is being reminded that official Government information packs are being sent explaining the changeover process.

No one from Digital UK or the Switchover Help Scheme will visit without an appointment. The council is also urging residents to keep themselves safe by demanding identification from uninvited callers and to call the company to check who they are.

Councillor Edith Macauley, Merton Council Cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities said: "We want to make sure none of our residents are taken advantage of during this time.

"If anyone suspects anything, has paid a deposit to a trader, or thinks there’s a rogue contractor working door-to-door, they should call the Consumer Direct helpline on 08454 04 05 06, who will alert Trading Standards if necessary. This will make sure we all stay safe in our homes during the switchover."

February 9, 2012