Home > Police Stories > ActionFraud's blog

Bogus traders targeting victims using Grenfell fire tragedy
written by ActionFraud's blog on the 02nd August 2017 at 15:26

Homeowners and housing organisations are reminded to stay alert as reports suggest that bogus traders are using the Grenfell Tower fire to pose as council officials or professionals in the fire prevention industry to defraud them for services or goods that don’t exist or aren’t necessary.

The fraudsters are allegedly cold calling or visiting the homes of potential victims to offer services such as a free or subsidised safety inspection of a property, using the tragedy as the reason for their contact.

Fake fire prevention services

Fraudsters have been known to use incidents or disasters that have been in the news to make themselves look convincing and prompt victims into paying out.

Intelligence also suggests fraudsters may be trying to contact companies or organisations and claiming to offer contracts to provide services or goods to protect their home or building from a similar incident from happening.

Whilst we’re currently unaware of anyone losing money to the fraud, we’re reminding anyone to report any suspicious or unsolicited approaches by individuals offering goods or services in relation to health and fire safety, especially in cases where it is suggested they are making contact as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Sign up for free to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.

 Originally posted at

Similar Stories

Rogue Trader and bogus caller crackdown Posted on 16th April 2014
High rise buildings to be visited as part of safety programme Posted on 30th June 2017
Youngster gets 'behind the scenes' trip to fire station Posted on 28th July 2017
Man charged after bogus call made to emergency services in Stockport Posted on 11th July 2014
NFRS Service Statement on Grenfell Towers – High Rise Buildings Posted on 14th June 2017