Bogus buyers spark warning of house scam

SELLERS BEWARE -- police are warning homeowners with their properties on the market to be on their guard against 'buyers' turning up without an appointment
SELLERS BEWARE -- police are warning homeowners with their properties on the market to be on their guard against 'buyers' turning up without an appointment

WARNINGS of a scam have been issued by police after a bogus house-buying couple turned up at a home for sale in Bulwell and tricked their way inside.

A man and woman targeted the property on Monday last week (September 12) and claimed they had made an appointment with an estate agent to view the house.

The owner let them in despite being unaware of any such arrangement. The woman distracted the householder while the man snooped around the property alone.

Both were acting suspiciously and making the owner feel uncomfortable, so both were asked to leave.

It is not thought anything was stolen on this occasion. But police are now urging residents selling their homes to be on their guard and to ensure callers are genuine before letting them in.

Sgt Christine Busuttil, of Bulwell police, said: “Estate agents have told us there may have been another similar case in the area recently, though this was not reported to police.

“On the occasion we know about, the home owner’s estate agent confirmed that no appointment was booked to view the house.

“The fact that the couple lied about this leads me to believe they were there for some other reason.

“I would urge people selling their homes to be cautious and only to let someone inside if they have made a pre-planned appointment through a trusted estate agent.”

The man was black, about 6’ tall, in his early 20s with cropped hair, and wearing dark clothes. The woman was mixed race, about 5’5” tall, of slim build and with short frizzy hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 0300 3009999 or the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.