Ignore door knocker scammers claiming to be from BT or EE says Wightfibre

Beware of scammers coming to your home or calling your phone. <i>(Image: Pixabay)</i>
Beware of scammers coming to your home or calling your phone. (Image: Pixabay)

SCAMMERS are knocking on people's doors and claiming to be from BT/EE and asking for personal details.

WightFibre has issued a warning to residents of the Isle of Wight that it is a scam and the perpetrators should be reported to trading standards.

A WightFibre spokesperson said: "We have noticed some reporting of people claiming to be from BT/EE and knocking on residents' doors claiming that they are there to take over their WightFibre contract and they must give them all their details to help them process the changeover.

"This is clearly a scam, completely untrue, and we would like to warn everyone that if it happens to them they must report them to trading standards immediately and definitely not give them any information.

"If they feel threatened in any way they must call the police."

Additionally, Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership (IWASP) said people should also be on the lookout for the following recent scams.

Reports of emails from the TV Licensing to say that your payments could not be taken and that you need to set up a new direct debit and asking you to click on a link to do so.

This looks very genuine however if you click on the sender's name, the email address wont be a legitimate one. One of the residents contacted the TV Licensing team and they confirmed this was a scam. DON’T click on links in messages.

A Facebook warning about calls from somebody alleging to work for building control demanding money – he apparently gets quite aggressive. This is predominantly aimed at people in the building trade but please be aware that building control staff will never behave in that way

A couple of reports have been received from Island residents to say that they have received letters from Chartered Trading Standards Institute regarding investments purchased some years ago – we have checked with the Institute and they have confirmed this is a scam and they wouldn’t contact residents in this way.

Scammers have used their good name as they know they are a trusted organisation.

If you are in doubt about any communication you receive, letter, email, phone call, text, or Facebook message then contact the organisation it purports to come from using a number or email address you have found yourself and check if they have sent it.