Northamptonshire Knockers

Message from Police:

On Friday we attended a report of 'Nottingham Knockers' in the village of Harpole. We did attend and details were taken of a vehicle seen to leave the area that has been reported previously as being involved in a similar set of circumstances.

But, what is a Nottingham Knocker?

Nottingham Knockers are doorstep callers who offer a selection of household products for sale. The scam is believed to have originated in Nottingham, hence the name.

The callers are often ex-convicts who claim to be part of a rehabilitation scheme which probably doesn't exist.

How does the scam work?

The scammer buys a bag of goods off the person who employs them, and are allowed to keep anything they make above this.

Callers offer householders the goods, at inflated prices, but often use the sale as a ruse for checking out a person's home and gullibility.

Many people will buy something and pay them just to get rid of them, but once the money has been handed over, the scam can really begin.

Once the caller gets the money - most often a value that comes to a note - it is examined.

If it is crumpled, they accept it and move on. If it is crisp, flat and new – they are much more interested and engage the person in more conversation, to find out details about them.

The caller also smells the note as they leave. If it is slightly musty, it is an indication there may be more in the property. Those addresses are noted and sold to interested parties in prisons, pubs and among certain trades.

Unfortunately the elderly are often targeted for these scams, and any suspicious activity should be reported to police.

Comment "Credit to the Nottingam Post for this article.'

Message Sent By
Matthew Taylor (Police, Police Community Support Officer (C7115), Daventry & South Northants)

Posted: Mon, 17 May 2021 10:23 by Alison Benson

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