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Warning over bogus callers

PUBLISHED: 11:30 10 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:23 05 July 2010

Residents in Waveney have been warned to be on their guard against bogus callers claiming to be canvassing for the electoral roll.

Council bosses yesterday stressed that home visits to complete forms only take place between September and November and fear thieves are posing as officials in a bid to con residents.

Residents in Waveney have been warned to be on their guard against bogus callers claiming to be canvassing for the electoral roll.

Council bosses yesterday stressed that home visits to complete forms only take place between September and November and fear thieves are posing as officials in a bid to con residents.

It is understood people have been warned they will be fined if they do not fill in their forms and that, on at least one occasion, money has been handed over.

Mary Rudd, Waveney District Council's portfolio holder for communities and governance, said: “All employees on legitimate council business carry identification, so if any visitor to your home claims to be from the council please ask to see it.

“Although canvassers do make house visits to obtain completed forms, this only occurs between September and November, money is never involved and you are perfectly within your rights to seek confirmation before passing over any personal information.”

For further information, contact the electoral services office at Waveney on 01502 523238. To speak to someone about bogus callers, contact Suffolk Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 or Suffolk police on 01986 835300, or dial 999 in an emergency.

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