Kirkby and Sutton residents are being warned to be on their guard following a spate of bogus callers and scammers in the area.
Homeowners and shopkeepers have spoken to Chad about criminals trying to con them out of cash.
Men pretending to be from Cancer Research UK and Barnardos are door knocking late at night asking for money.
But police have confirmed these scammers do not work for the charity,
Kirkby resident Diane Parnell Savage, said she was unnerved by the late night bogus call.
She said: “Around 8.30pm on Tuesday night someone rattled my letterbox - which really made me jump and unnerved me. I went to the door but was reluctant to open it because it was late and pitch black outside.
“I asked who it was and they shouted back,’Cancer Research’. I just said ‘no thank you’ and they left.
“It just really unsettled me. So I called my neighbours and some had been targeted too while others had been missed out. It just seemed really suspicious. I suffer with anxiety and this really made me feel on edge and was frightening.”
She contacted police as she was concerned for elderly residents living nearby.
“It could really be terrifying for elderly people, what if they opened the door? Who knows what could have happened. I just want people to be aware this is happening.”
Similarly some businesses in Kirkby have been scammed out of cash while giving change.
Karen Holden, of Cuts For Muttz on Station Street, was one of those scammed.
She said: “He bought an item but then kept talking and confusing me as I was giving him change.
“At the time I wanted to be honest so gave him the benefit of the doubt, but afterwards I realised what he had done. I feel so naive but I but try to be honest.
“I want people to know this is happening. He didn’t get much out of me but if he did that to every business in the area he would made a tidy amount.”
Both women contacted the police who investigated the bogus criminals.