Warning over bogus callers

Police are warning people to be vigilant after bogus callers targeted elderly residents in Kent.

Bogus callers: Police statement

Police say two suspicious vehicles were seen in the area and police would like information about them to see if they are linked to the attempt burglary in Tilden Close.

These are a white Toyota Hilux or Mitsubishi L200 with and orange roof bar; and a green and silver Mitsubishi L200.

Chief Inspector Phil Hibben, District Commander, Ashford, said: "Most people who call at your home will be genuine.

"However, occasionally people may turn up unannounced and try to trick their way into your home to steal valuables or money.

"If you have concerns about anyone calling at your home, don’t open the door and ask them to return when you have someone with you. Genuine callers won’t mind."

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Are bogus caller incidents linked?

Police investigating bogus callers in Ashford are looking into a second incident.

Two men called at a property in Tilden Close, High Halden, Ashford between 8pm and 8.15pm on February 28.

The men tried to enter the home of an 86-year-old woman claiming they were from the gas board.

However, the resident refused to let them in and they left empty handed.

The first man was white, aged 24-25, slim build, clean shaven with a southern accent - wearing dark clothing including a hooded top and a jacket.

The second was white, aged 21, Slim build with a southern accent - again wearing dark clothing including a hooded top. He was described as having a baby face and piercing eyes.

Bogus caller warning

Police are warning people to be vigilant after bogus callers targeted elderly residents in Kent.

Officers say that two men called at the home of an 88-year-old in Bond Road, Ashford at around 3.30 pm March 1, claiming to be from a water company.

They claimed they needed to check the water supply hadn’t been poisoned and he let them in, after they showed what he thought was ID, which was the size of a credit card.

One of the men went upstairs and the other checked the taps in the kitchen on the ground floor.

When the men had gone the resident noticed cash had been taken from one of his upstairs rooms.

The suspects are described as white men aged around 18. One was 5ft 2in of slight build and cropped brown hair, the other 5ft 6in tall, of slim build with short fair hair and spoke with a Scottish accent.