GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is asking people to be vigilant following a number of incidents involving bogus callers pretending to be from the organisation. 

The Service is aware of two incidents over the past few days where people wearing blank identification badges and either high visual jackets or smart clothing have called at properties claiming to work for GMFRS, and on one occasion selling a fire extinguisher to the occupier. 

The most recent incident happened on the evening of Thursday, December 3, 2015, at around 7.30pm when two people called at a property in Chadderton claiming to work for GMFRS and asking the occupier lots of questions. The St Georges Square resident contacted GMFRS about the visit as he felt it didn’t seem genuine.

An earlier incident occurred on Sunday, November 29, when two people called at a property on Birdhall Road in Cheadle Hulme, again claiming to work for GMFRS, and proceeded to sell the occupier a small fire extinguisher for £30. 

Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said “Sadly GMFRS has been made aware of two incidents where people pretending to work for GMFRS have targeted vulnerable residents, with one being talked into parting with money. 

“GMFRS is working with Greater Manchester Police and Trading Standards regards the incidents and want to remind people that the Service doesn’t cold-call or try to sell items to people. If any more incidents occur they should be reported to GMP and Trading Standards.  

“Also, we want to remind people that GMFRS staff members wear identification badges, with pictures, and carry warrant cards and people can ask to look at these.” 

Incidents can be reported to Greater Manchester Police by calling 101 or to Trading Standard’s citizens’ advice consumer helpline 03454 040506. 

To book a Safe and Well visit with GMFRS please call 0800 555 815, and to find out more about the visits go to: http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/about_us/what_we_do/key-projects/safe-and-well-1/

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