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Nottingham knockers - doorstep crime

Alert message sent 11/11/2020 09:47:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

We receiving reports of Nottingham knockers/doorstep sellers

If you have elderly friends, relatives, or neighbours, it's important to keep a lookout for them too and report any suspicious activity to police.
So who and what are the Nottingham Knockers?
Nottingham Knockers are doorstep callers who offer a selection of household products for sale. The scam is believed to have originated in Nottingham, hence the name.
The callers are often ex-convicts who claim to be part of a rehabilitation scheme which probably doesn't exist.
How does the scam work?
The scammer buys a bag of goods off the person who employs them, and are allowed to keep anything they make above this price.
Callers offer householders the goods, at inflated prices, but often use the sale as a ruse for checking out a person's home and gullibility.
Many people will buy something and pay them just to get rid of them, but once the money has been handed over, the scam can really begin.
Once the caller gets the money - most often a value that comes to a note - it is examined.

Please report via 101 at the time or if you feel threatened or intimidated ring 999

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Louise Beaumont (Police, PCSO, Bicester)

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