Gloucestershire Constabulary is warning people to be on their guard after two males aggressively demanded cash from an elderly woman as they claimed work was needed on her home.
The pair attended the address in Brockworth and said that part of the chimney on the victim’s property was loose. They presented her with a piece of cement which they said was rotten after one male went up on a ladder.
The males said they would fix the damage for £500 in cash and demanded this from her, but dropped the price to £350 when questioned. They then forcefully demanded that the victim went with them to a cash machine to withdraw the money.
When the elderly woman contacted her neighbour due to being worried, the two men were verbally aggressive towards him too but left empty-handed soon afterwards. The victim, aged in her 80s, was very shaken and distressed by the ordeal and is being supported.
The incident happened between midday and 1pm on Saturday 15 December and the two men had been travelling in a white vehicle, which was possibly a Renault. One man was believed to be aged in his 30s and the other a teenage boy. Anyone with information about this should call police on 101 and quote incident 114 of 20 December.
Investigating officers would like to warn people to be wary of doorsteps scams where people turn up unannounced and offer work for cash. Gloucestershire Constabulary is asking people to please make your family, friends and neighbours aware of this type of scam.
Be wary if people turn up unannounced and offer work for cash and do not go with them to a cash machine. Always check the identification of a trader as if they are genuine they would expect this and would wait.
Remember, if you are not sure, don’t open the door and report it by calling Action Fraud or police on 101.
If you think that you have been misled or fallen victim to a rogue trader then please contact Trading Standards on 03454 040506 to report an incident or obtain advice. You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or police on 101, however always call 999 if you feel intimidated or threatened and the offenders are still in the area.
For advice to help protect yourself from bogus tradesman, please visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/fraud-az-doorstep-fraud