Woman conned out of £170,000 by men posing as trading standards officers

Surrey Police are asking residents to be vigilant after a woman was conned out of hundreds of thousands of pounds by conmen pretending to be trading standards officers. The victim was tricked into believing she was owed compensation for work which had been carried out on her driveway. The men told her they were working with police at Scotland Yard and conned her into paying £170,000.

Surrey Police have issued the following advice:

– If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. – Always check the caller’s identity and telephone the company to check that they are genuine. – If you are concerned about a doorstep caller, please tell friends or family, or telephone the police. – If in doubt, keep them out.