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Mystery woman linked to bogus charity house calls


Sligo Road

ENNISKILLEN people have been warned to be on look out following reports of a young woman visiting homes claiming to be collecting money for a charity. 
On Monday, January 29th many houses on the Sligo Road were visited by the woman who is in her 20s. 
She is described as having shoulder-length curly red hair and was carrying a sheet with information about the charity. It is believed that she also called in other areas in the town, including as Castlecoole and Rossorry. 
Police in Enniskillen are appealing for information following the reports with Sergeant Scott Fallis urging anyone with information to come forward.
“Not all callers to your door are unscrupulous, however, it is important to take appropriate precautions to guard against those few who aren’t bona fide.
“Members of the community may feel pressurised into accepting goods or service from cold callers therefore the following advice should be shared with anyone you know who lives alone or requires extra support. 
“I would especially like to speak to the female as she may have information which could help us with our enquiries,” Sergeant Fallis added. 
“I would also appeal to anyone who may have seen this person, or who may have information which could help with our enquiries, to contact police in Enniskillen on 101.”
The police have also issued advice for incidents similar to this including think before you open the door – use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.
Home owners are also advised to always ask callers for proof of identity as genuine tradespeople and charity representatives should carry a photographic identification card. 
Residents should also be wary of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or there is something wrong with one of the utilities in your home. 
They may have an accomplice who is waiting to act on this distraction and if you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don’t let them in. 
If a person’s behaviour is suspicious call the police on 101 or in an emergency 999.

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