Police warning over digital TV scam

Police in Newtownabbey are advising householders to be wary of a new bogus caller scam which takes advantage of the new digital TV switchover.

A number of people across the District have reported bogus callers trying to trick their way inside by saying they are making preparations for the householder to receive digital channels on their television sets.

The digital switchover means homes will no longer be able to receive an analogue signal and will only be able to watch a television with a built-in digital receiver, a digital set-top box or a subscription to a satellite or cable service.

Anyone calling at a home to do any work in connection with the switchover will only do so where a householder has arranged an appointment. All digital installers wear uniforms and carry ID.

In the interests of security they can also arrange a password with the homeowner, and installers will also telephone households in advance of the appointment so they will know the technician calling with them is genuine.

As with any unplanned or suspicious caller, householders should not grant them access to the home without satisfying themselves the caller is who they claim. Residents are also encouraged to use Quick Check – 0800 013 22 90 – a 24-hour Freephone service which can independently verify the identity of unexpected callers.

Local police can be contacted on 0845 600 8000 or in an emergency via 999.