POLICE have warned residents not to let cold-callers into their homes after reports of scammers in the Fareham area.
Hampshire Constabulary said it has received reports of young men cold-calling addresses to try and sell household products.
According to police, they will likely be carrying a large rucksack or duffel bag and may show a card saying they are deaf or just out of prison and are in the process of working towards a better life.
People who try to carry out the scam are nicknamed the Nottingham Knockers – where it is believed the con originated.
The bag of household products is supplied by whoever employs them, and the goods are usually of very poor quality and extortionately priced.
Reports in Fareham indicate that the men all speak with ‘strong northern accents’.
Residents have been advised by police to always use the door chain when answering the door, check the credentials of unknown callers and never buy from cold-calling doorstep traders.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to call 101, with a description of the person and any associated vehicle they are using.