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Water company's bogus caller warning

Water company's bogus caller warning

Published at 6:01am 4th October 2015. (Updated at 2:18pm 4th October 2015)

Yorkshire Water is urging everyone to look out for friends, family and neighbours who could be vulnerable to conmen.

It comes after several reports of bogus callers pretending to be Yorkshire Water staff, so that they can access homes and potentially steal valuables.

The company has a free password scheme which gives added protection and peace of mind that callers are genuine.

A spokesperson said: "We know that unscrupulous people often pretend to be from Yorkshire Water or 'the water board' and use this as an excuse to get into people's homes.

"Joining our password scheme will ensure that conmen are easier to spot. It's simple and free to sign up and set a password of your choice which any genuine Yorkshire Water employee or contractor will have access to.

"Even if you don't have a password, our people will never mind being challenged about their authenticity and will happily wait while you call us to check."

Customers can register an agreed personal password with the company through a simple phone call.

Then, whenever they receive a phone call or a visit to their property by someone claiming to be from Yorkshire Water, they should always ask for this password.

If the caller can't provide them with their password, they shouldn't under any circumstances let them into their property or continue with the phone call.

If a customer is given the correct password, but still has concerns about the identity of the caller, they can verify their identity by calling 0800 1 38 78 78.

To sign up to Yorkshire Water's doorstep password scheme, call 0345 1 24 24 24.