Charity bag scam in Wyberton Fen area

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Police are warning people to be aware of a scam involving charity bags after one was delivered to a house in Wyberton Fen.

A blue plastic charity bag and a leaflet claiming that an “international collection for the needy”, with needy spelt as “needly”, would be taking place on Saturday was delivered to a house in Wyberton Fen.

A leaflet claiming that a collection of people's unwanted goods in Wyberton Fen is taking place on Saturday has been dismissed by police as a scam.

A leaflet claiming that a collection of people's unwanted goods in Wyberton Fen is taking place on Saturday has been dismissed by police as a scam.

But Lincolnshire Police confirmed that the leaflet was without a registered charity number and people should therefore throw it away.

Meanwhile, a new telephone scam has emerged in which elderly and vulnerable people are targeted by callers claiming to be from their doctor’s surgery.

Police forces, including Lincolnshire, are alerting people about the scam where the victim takes a telephone call from a caller asking for an appointment to be made to discuss the victim’s mobility needs.

During the appointment, the victim is then talked into buying mobility aids which are either not needed or unsuitable, but always expensive.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “A GP surgery will never ring you to sell items you haven’t asked for or don’t need.

“Never give out personal details over the telephone and always hang up and wait for the dialling tone to check the identity of a caller.”