Lytham St Annes has seen a rise in doorstep scamming.
A number of doorstep callers have been spotted selling small household products to local residents. They claim to be ex-convicts who are changing their ways – but these people are not part of any official scheme!
These doorstep callers exploit the elderly – convincing them to buy poor quality goods at vastly inflated prices. They may also be scouting for information for a future crime.
These reprobates have been showing a so-called ‘Peddlers’ Licence’ – often issued from a bogus rehabilitation programme and covered in images of the Union Jack or even the England National Team’s Three Lions.
If the scammer manages to sell a product, they then wait to receive the payment. This is the important part of their scam. If the money is crumpled, the scammers will accept it and move on. Otherwise, if the money is crisp, flat and new – it suggests wealth to the criminals and they will be much more interested. The addresses of these ‘wealthy’ people are added to a list and then sold to other potential criminals.
Please warn your elderly neighbours and family of these tricksters and help keep Lytham St Annes free of criminal activity.