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.
– Detective Constable Chris Davies, Fareham and Gosport CID
"I would like to speak to anyone in the local area that has had cold callers from landscaping or gardening businesses who behaved suspiciously or used pressuring tactics in an attempt to obtain money for work not required or completed. If you are concerned about people who call at your home then you should contact the police or Trading Standards."
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.