Scammers posing as reformed criminals are targeting homes in Cottingham.
The con artists are cold-calling residents while posing as ex-offenders going door to door selling items.
The scam has already been rife in Greater Manchester with the police there issuing a warning, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Now Cottingham Neighbourhood Watch has posted on its Facebook page to say bogus callers are now targeting the village.
The post says: “There have been reports in Cottingham of cold-callers selling items on your doorstep and claiming they are on a probation scheme.
“This is NOT true, probation run no such scheme. This is a scam and needs reporting to 101. It is the same scam that has been carried out in Manchester.”
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Greater Manchester Police Offenders have told residents in the Saddleworth and Lees area of Oldham that they are visiting homes as part of a Probation Service scheme.
But officers say there is no such scheme and have warned residents not to answer the door to strangers and to report any incidents.
Two men have been arrested and a vehicle has been seized, Greater Manchester Police say.
Greater Manchester Police says: “We have spoken at length with our colleagues in the Oldham Probation services branch and their partner body The Community Rehabilitation Company, CRC and they advise us of the following.
“There are NO schemes that have ex-offenders going door to door selling wares. They inform us that there has NEVER been such a scheme.
“It only takes a few moments to look online at this activity to realise that it is in actual fact a scam and one that has been peddled in one form or another for decades.
“The goods that are sold are actually purchased at retail for a small amount and then along with their cover story of being an ex offender, trying to get back on their feet etc etc the goods are sold for sometimes 10 times their original value.
“This is a scam that is being carried out on a large scale across the entire country.”
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Residents have been advised not to answer the door if anyone turns up trying to sell household items.
If confronted in the garden residents are advised to politely say ‘no’ and go inside.
Greater Manchester Police say: “If the caller is persistent please stay calm and reinforce your message that you are not interested. They will try to get you to look at their items and will start to get things out of their bag laying them out in front of you.
“If they get to this point it’s very difficult to say no and then you are backed into negotiating a price. That’s what these scammers want, to get you into a position where you just want them gone and to do that will cost say £8 for a set of dish clothes that cost them £1.50 at retail.”
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Any incidents should be reported to police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency.
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