Residents urged to be vigilant as door-to-door DIY scam sweeps through Alverstoke 

POLICE have urged residents to be vigilant as a cold-calling scam gains traction. 

Officers say doorstep fraudsters are targeting properties in the Alverstoke, Gosport. 

Allegedly, the scammers are knocking on doors offering gardening and DIY work – but are actually bogus and attempting to carry out organised crime at properties they attend. 

In a list of advice published by Hampshire Constabulary, residents in the region are encouraged to ask cold callers for ID, use a chain when opening the front door, lock the back door before answering to avoid distraction techniques or arrange an appointment via telephone for a time when friends or family are present. 

If you are a victim of fraud, you can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.