Eastern Bay residents warned about suspicious door knocker

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A message to look out for our loved ones, particularly the elderly.

It comes from Whakatane Police who are aware of some suspicious behaviour being exhibited by an Eastern Bay man.

They say the man typically goes around to people's houses offering fruit for sale, or fabricated stories about needing money to visit his mother -- in the hopes of gaining their sympathy and in turn being offered money.

Community Constable Spike Dickey says it's often this sympathy that's used to leverage money out of unsuspecting victims.

Mr Dickey says if you see it happening, report it.

Sam Gardner