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Confidence Tricksters

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the increasing number of confidence tricksters calling at the homes of the aged and sick purporting to be officials of public utilities or local authorities, he will propose a code of practice to those bodies whose officials make home visits which would oblige these men to carry photographic identity cards and which would suggest to the public that doors should not be opened to those who do not produce such cards.

No; it is already the general practice of officers of local authorities and public utilities who call on householders to carry documents of identity or authority, in some cases incorporating a photograph. The Home Office and the police advise all householders always to verify the identity of callers before admitting them. A new Home Office leaflet on this subject will be generally available in the new year.