Deaf News: Warning about ‘con artists’ who pretend to be deaf

Posted on March 23, 2016

The Gloucestershire Echo has reported on local con artists who are calling at people’s homes, pretending to be deaf.

This isn’t a story limited to the UK. This video on the BSL Zone website shows how gangs pretending to be deaf operate in Paris.


Police are warning people to be cautious after reports that con artists could be operating in the Tewkesbury area.

Following incidents of a group of Eastern European people pretending to be deaf calling on people’s homes in Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset, it appears the fraudsters may have moved into Gloucestershire.

Residents in Tewkesbury took to social media to talk of their suspicions about the group, who have been trying to sell photocopied artwork using signs that say they can’t speak or hear.

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