Market Harborough residents have today (Monday) reported receiving sales cold-calls in the early hours, causing panic and disrupting sleep.
Gordon Birch, who lives in the Northampton Road area of Harborough, was one of the residents targeted at about 3.45am.
He contacted the Mail to warn others and to share his experience.
He explained: “The phone rang downstairs but by the time I had got to the phone, I had missed the call. I dialed 1471 but the caller’s number had been withheld.
“We have a relative who is 90 years old and our first thought was that she might be in some sort of trouble so my partner actually got into the car and drove off to check that she was OK. We were really worried and perplexed, and it did cause us to panic.
“I couldn’t get back to sleep afterwards and all sorts of things start racing through your head. Receiving a call like that, at that time, does spook you. You wonder if it is maybe someone with a grudge trying to scare you.
“I then heard later today (Monday) that a friend who lives in the Burnmill Road area of town had also received a similar call at about 4.30am. They were able to get to the phone in time, and it was an automated message from a firm trying to sell household insurance asking ‘is your home secure’.
“We now wonder how many other homes in the Harborough area might have been targeted?
“If it was someone elderly living on their own, it would be even more scary.
“What sort of company would use this method? It’s irritating and astonishing.”
The woman who did answer the phone did not stay on the line long enough to find out which company was using this irritating method.
It asked residents to press one on the phone’s key-pad if they wanted to set up a meeting later in the day to discuss their ‘home insurance needs’.
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