Elderly woman scammed on doorstep

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Humberside Police are urging Bridlington residents to stay vigilant after an elderly woman was scammed on her doorstep.

An unknown man offered a paving service after cold calling at an elderly woman’s house on Wentworth Road, Bridlington between 2.30pm and 3pm on Saturday 4 July.

The woman agrees and the offender asked for the money in front, of which which the woman agreed to pay £60 of an agreed £180.

The man then stayed a short time before leaving and said he would return on Tuesday.

But he never returned and the woman realised she had been scammed.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “The suspect is described as white, aged between 30 and 40 with a medium build and short brown wavy hair.

“We are committed to reducing crime across the area and one of the most effective ways of achieving this is by sharing key information to help reduce crime. It is important that residents and communities are aware of rogue traders and ask the right questions before agreeing to have any work carried out in order to try and avoid falling foul of someone who overcharges and carries out substandard work.

“Rogue traders will often target elderly or vulnerable residents who may be easily confused and they often quote one price to secure the work but ramp the price up as time goes by resulting in a sky high bill many would struggle to pay so please be vigilant as your relatives, friends or neighbours could be targeted next.

“To avoid becoming a victim of a bogus caller police offer the follow advice:

When someone calls at your door and offers to do repairs to your home, ask for urgent help, or claims to be a company representative, follow these simple steps to help protect yourself and your home:

LOCK: Keep your front and back doors locked, even when at home.

STOP: Before you answer, stop to think if you are expecting anyone. Check that your back door is locked and any keys are taken out. Look through the spy hole or the window to see who it is.

CHAIN: If answering the door, keep the bar or chain on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep. (when the door is shut and locked, leave the bar or chain off in case of an emergency.) Some bogus callers target older and vulnerable people saying they need help urgently. They may ask you to help them outside the house or ask to use a phone or request a drink. Only offer to help if you have someone with you. Don’t worry if you choose not to help it is not rude or unfriendly.

CHECK: If someone who looks official calls at your door, always ask for and carefully check their identity card, even if they have an appointment. Do they look like the person on the card? Do their details match any prior correspondence? Close the door while you do this. If you are not expecting them and they don’t show you an identity card, do not let them in until you have double-checked their validity.

ONLY LET THEM IN WHEN YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT THEY ARE GENUINE.

“Remember you should not be pressured into agreeing to a deal made under duress on your doorstep.”

Anyone with information about the man responsible should call crime reference 2123322 or Crimstoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.