Police forces have become aware of a fraud circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community.
Some older people have received telephone calls from a caller who purports to be from the GP surgery and is asking for an appointment to discuss the person’s mobility needs. During the appointment, the resident is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive.
If you receive a call like this, please check with your GP surgery first before agreeing to a visit.
Fraudsters pretend to work for BT
We have received reports of scam phone calls and letters from people claiming to work for the telecommunication service, BT.
The caller asks for an upfront fee of £300 to opt-out of scam telephone calls and tries to gain the resident’s confidence by quoting the last four digits of their credit card. The caller then asks for the beginning of their credit card number to complete the transaction. They may also send a letter as shown here.
We believe this person may be using the identity of an existing company to scam residents.
The Telephone Preference Service is a free service that helps to reduce unsolicited sales and marketing telephone calls.
Blue Badge scam
We have received reports of bogus Blue Badge websites charging £49 for a badge. The websites will ask for your personal information and will not have the authority to issue you a Blue Badge.
The official Blue Badge costs £10, you can find more information and apply or renew your Blue Badge by visiting the Kent County Council website.
You can contact Kent County Council’s Blue Badge Team on 03000 416262 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-urgent Police calls Dial 101
Maidstone Borough Council 01622 602 000
Consumer Advice Line 0345 04 05 06
Kent County Council
Call: 03000 41 41 41
Text relay: 18001 03000 41 41 41
Hours Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
or visit www.kent.gov.uk
or write to County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ
Blue Badge Team
Call on 03000 416262
Or email email@example.com.
Or write to The Blue Badge Service,
Kent County Council Contact Centre,
Invicta House, County Hall,
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XX
Telephone Preference Service
Registration line on 0845 070 0707
or by visiting www.tpsonline.org.uk
or by writing to Telephone Preference Service,
DMA House, 70 Margaret Street,
London, W1W 8SS