Top ten tips

You are never required to open their door to unexpected callers and that it is not rude to send someone away

"IF YOU'RE NOT SURE, DON'T OPEN THE DOOR"

Display a 'No Cold Calling Home' sticker to discourage unwanted callers

Try to ensure that the outside of the property is well maintained, including the garden. Properties that are poorly maintained may be targeted

Do not keep money in the house and keep credit cards, debit cards, cheque books, savings books and any other valuables in a safe place

Never leave the door open and unattended - close it until you return

Ask to see the caller's ID, even if they have made an appointment to see you, and call their company yourself (not on a number they provide) to check they are genuine

The 'Waterboard' no longer exists, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers.

Lock your back door and close windows before you answer the door

Use a spy hole and chain to check who the caller is before you answer

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