Watch out for digital scam

CONMEN could use the digital switchover as a chance to scam money.

That is the warning from West Yorkshire Police who are urging people to check the facts about the change in September before they part with cash to anyone trying to sell them TV equipment.

The switchover will happen in two phases – on September 7 and September 21.

Digital UK and the official help scheme say nobody will come to a house unless an appointment has been arranged and officers are appealing for people not to let cold callers into their homes or buy equipment from them.

Chris Joyce, West Yorkshire Police’s crime reduction officer, said: “We know that some people are prepared to completely mislead people in to letting them in to their homes and use confusion tactics to sell a product or service.

“In relation to the digital switchover process, the advice is simple; you don’t need a new television, there is no such thing as a ‘digital aerial’ and if your aerial is in good condition then you won’t need a new one.

“Generally speaking, most callers at your door may be genuine, however, it is imperative that you always check their identity before giving them any personal details, allowing them in to your home or purchasing any goods or services from them.

“If you have any doubt whatsoever turn them away and contact the police immediately on 0845 6060606 and report any suspicious activity.”

For help and advice about the digital switchover contact Digital UK on 08456 505050 or visit