A BOGUS phone call to a Huddersfield pensioner has sparked a warning from police and council officials.
A 79-year-old woman was contacted by a man claiming to be from Kirklees Council and wanting to arrange access to her house to check for damp following recent rain.
But the Waterloo pensioner put the phone down because she was suspicious about the call.
The woman's daughter said: "My mother was suspicious because she lives in private accommodation, not a council house.
"She found the experience upsetting, but we are worried that some people might make arrangements for the caller to come to their home."
Det Con Dave Kinghorn, of Huddersfield police, urged people to be on their guard.
He said: "If you are in any doubt, contact the police."
A spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said council staff would always send letters if they needed to visit someone's property.
She stressed council staff carried identification cards which included office contact telephone numbers.