Hampshire residents are being warned of rogue traders in their area after an elderly woman in Lee-on-the-Solent was targeted. The 83-year-old was convinced that she needed work completed on her garden by a man who called at her house.
On a return call to the victim's house, the man drove the victim to the bank where she drew out £1,700 to pay for the work - far more than the work warranted.
Police have issued the following guidelines to guard against rogue traders:
- Take advice from family and friends to check if work is needed.
- Always obtain several quotes and make sure the quote you accept is in writing.
- Keep an eye on vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours and help them to find reliable trades people if they have work that needs to be undertaken.