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Warning signs of abuse

It is important to exercise caution when dealing with strangers who come to your door. Often someone may appear to be a genuine caller and you may want to give them the benefit of the doubt. However, some people may act in certain ways or make certain requests which should arouse your suspicions. Here are some examples:

  • An uninvited caller is claiming that your house is unsafe and in need of urgent repairs
  • A caller is reluctant to give you any of their details or gives you only some contact details
  • The address provided by the caller has a PO box number
  • A caller does not want to wait while you verify their identification
  • A caller is putting pressure on you to buy goods or services or to sell them your valuables
  • A caller insists that the offer is available for a limited period and insists on you signing up to the offer without giving you time to consider it
  • A caller is demanding money in advance, to purchase the materials to carry out the ‘necessary’ repairs
  • A caller asks you to keep their call confidential
  • A caller asks you to pay in order to claim a prize or ‘free’ gift
  • A caller has asked you to sign papers that you did not understand
  • A caller has asked you for personal details such as bank account information credit or debit card information, your social welfare number and so on
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