Warning as man claims he is from internet provider

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A MAN knocking on doors claiming he is from an internet provider has sparked an alert from police.

PCSO Kieran Howard said there have been six reports of a suspicious man knocking at homes in Gosport since December 16.

The male has made requests such as to check their internet speed, enquired about cable TV in the area and whether people have Virgin Media

PCSO Keiran Howard

And Gosport police said there was another incident on December 29 in Turner Avenue in Rowner.

‘A male has identified himself as a representative from Virgin Media although he had no ID and no paperwork,’ a statement published on Gosport Neighbourhood Watch’s Facebook page said.

‘He has knocked on several addresses in Turner Avenue enquiring about Virgin Media. All residents have refused entry.

‘It is reported that the male was also looking into cars whilst walking off towards Rowner Road.’

The December 29 incident happened at midday. The white man was described as having a ‘posh’ accent, was medium build with a protruding belly, and was about 5ft 9in.

The Rowner Road incident comes after PCSO Howard said since December 19 there have been six incidents of man knocking on doors claiming to be from Virgin Media.

‘The male has made requests such as to check their internet speed, enquired about cable TV in the area and whether people have Virgin Media,’ PCSO Howard said.

‘Virgin Media have been contacted and we are aware that for two of the reported incidents there were no Virgin Media salespersons working in the Gosport area.

‘Enquiries are ongoing for the further reported incidents, although from the information given it is unlikely that the male is genuinely employed by Virgin Media,.

‘Please stay vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour and cold callers to Police on 101.

‘Always ask to see ID from any cold callers and if in doubt ring the company to verify identification.’

The man is white, in his 40s to 50s and on one occasion wore a blue fleece with the company’s logo.

A Virgin Media spokesman said all its staff have photographic ID. He said: ‘For new installs or fixes our engineers will also be in one of our Virgin Media vans and will call you when they are on their way.’

Call police on 101 quoting 44150456521 for the Turner Avenue incident.