FOREST residents are being warned of bogus cold callers claiming to be from Solent Green Deal and New Forest District Council.

The Council has been made aware that several residents in the district have received cold calls from two individuals claiming to be working with the council on the Solent Green Deal scheme and asking for householders’ details.

Neither the council nor Solent Green Deal use cold callers to promote schemes or services and all NFDC staff working on council business carry formal identification with them.

Residents who receive a cold call like this are asked to report it to the police on 101.

The police will share information with Hampshire Trading Standards.

Concerned householders can also contact Hampshire Trading Standards Quick Response Team for further advice, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, on 01962 833666.

Anyone who encounters the bogus cold callers is encouraged to note as much information as they can to provide to the police and Trading Standards, such as the company name given by the callers, descriptions of the individuals or a vehicle registration.

Cllr Jill Cleary, portfolio holder for housing and communities, said: “Legitimate cold callers will carry identification, so always examine it carefully.

“Do not allow anyone into your home whom you are unsure of and do not give any personal details or sign up to any work on the doorstep.”

Solent Green Deal is a scheme developed for Hampshire residents by local authorities and supported by New Forest District Council, which can help people to make energy improvements to their homes.

Solent Green Deal only works with a list of approved contractors.

For details go to solent or call 0800 052 2242.