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Bogus traders targeting victims using Grenfell fire tragedy

2nd August 2017

Homeowners and housing organisations are reminded to stay alert as reports suggest that bogus traders are using the Grenfell Tower fire to pose as council officials or professionals in the fire prevention industry to defraud them for services or goods that don’t exist or aren’t necessary.

The fraudsters are allegedly cold calling or visiting the homes of potential victims to offer services such as a free or subsidised safety inspection of a property, using the tragedy as the reason for their contact.

Fake fire prevention services

Fraudsters have been known to use incidents or disasters that have been in the news to make themselves look convincing and prompt victims into paying out.

Intelligence also suggests fraudsters may be trying to contact companies or organisations and claiming to offer contracts to provide services or goods to protect their home or building from a similar incident from happening.

Whilst we’re currently unaware of anyone losing money to the fraud, we’re reminding anyone to report any suspicious or unsolicited approaches by individuals offering goods or services in relation to health and fire safety, especially in cases where it is suggested they are making contact as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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