Gwent Police have warned people not to give out personal information after a spate of suspicious phone calls in the Blackwood area.
On Monday a resident in the Oakdale area reported that she received a call at 4am yesterday morning from someone purporting to be from Welsh Water.
The caller said that the water supply at the address would be turned off between 6am and 1pm that day and asked if she would be at home during this time. When the resident said she would be, the caller apologised and hung up.
Another resident in the Cwmfelinfach area reported that she had received a call last week from someone claiming to be from the fire service.
The caller said they needed to come round to check the fire alarm at the address. The resident did not confirm a time or a date for the visit and ended the call. She then contacted her local fire station and firefighters confirmed that they didn’t make the call.
Gwent Police is advising people who receives such calls to only give personal information or confirm a time and date for a visit over the phone if you are absolutely certain that the identification of the caller is genuine – when you have called them for example.
Never give details of times when your house will be unoccupied.
Residents in the Blackwood area are being advised to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity by calling 101.