I have noticed people in yellow vests, looking like care takers rummaging through rubbish bins and also on one occasion a person wearing a Tower Hamlets Homes vest knocked on my door and asked to be let in to test the water temperature in my bath room. I contacted Tower Hamlets Homes who have nobody doing such a job. Neither did the man have any ID.
Many people now use fake vests to pretend to be from an organisation. It is very important to not open the door without the safety chain in place until you know who is there and that you can trust them.
Many mail order firms now text you an estimated arrival time or even let you trace the whereabouts of the delivery driver online.
Those criminals in person are the ones you can see but those who contact us using the phone or email are another danger to our safety and security. Advice about phishing is given on this page and widely availabel online.
I had a call on my phone screaming at me to immediately push a number button or I shall be arrested. Probably they rented a premium line and I would have been charged a lot for answering the call or they wanted details of my bank accounts.
It is safe to use a landline with an answer machine and only answer once the caller speaks onto the tape and you know who is calling and then answer the call rather than answering any call without knowing who calls. Some caller displays show incorrect numbers, which I noticed when I reported such a case to Action Fraud to make a complaint. click this link to get to their website.