Police warn of doorstep scam after Newry incident

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Police in Newry are reminding householders not to offer money to callers to your door unless you are sure of their identity. The reminder follows a report of two people calling to homes in Fairlawns Avenue, Tandragee Road, around 2.30pm on Saturday, 20th October. The male and female requested donations on behalf of the MS Society, however MS Society has confirmed that they do not conduct doorstep collections. Constable Kenny said: “All householders should confirm the identity of anyone who calls to your home requesting money. House to house collectors will carry official identification with them. “If you are unsure of someone’s identity you can ask them to call at a later time and contact the charity or police to confirm that collections are ongoing in your local area. If in doubt, contact us on 0845 600 8000.” The female collector is described as being aged around 40 years old, short in height, of stout build and with short, brown hair. The male was of a similar, age, tall in height and was wearing dark rimmed spectacles. Police are appealing to anyone who has information in relation to this incident to contact them in Newry on 0845 600 8000. If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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