September 21, 2010 8.32 am This story is over 160 months old

Police warn of cold calling scam [U]

Scam alert: Police warn of a new cold calling scam that wants to sell alarms linked to police stations for £1.

Update on September 21 @ 2:24pm Lincolnshire Trading Standards (LTS) have also received reports of this particular scam.

LTS say the cold callers make appointments to visit consumers in their homes, where high pressure sales techniques are used to convince them to have an alarm fitted.

It appears the company then charges between £1,000 and £6,000, depending on what they think the consumer can afford.

Original on September 16 @9:32am Lincolnshire Police are warning Lincolnites of a cold calling scam from an alarm company claiming to have links with them.

Police say people in Lincoln are receiving calls from a company who says it is working with the force and the CrimeStoppers charity.

The scammers claim they fit alarm systems connected to local police stations for the price of just £1.

The alarm company is not working in connection with the law enforcement, says Lincolnshire Police, who only give guidance on this sort of issues.

Officers are now warning people not to buy from this firm if they are contacted via telephone or in person by the said company.

Source: Lincolnshire Police | Photo: Chris Moore | Related Report: BBC News