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ROGUE TRADER: Warning for Berkhamsted residents with fraudster on the loose

 Published on: 1st May 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Police are warning Berkhamsted residents to keep their wits about them after an elderly man nearly became the victim of a rogue trader.

As reported to officers on Tuesday, April 9, an unknown male had knocked on the door of the potential victim’s address and falsely told him that a tile on his roof needed replacing. The man said that he could complete the work and named an extortionate price.

The elderly gentleman, believing the man’s lies, then went to the bank to withdraw cash to pay for the job. Fortunately, bank staff became concerned about the situation, and called the police. No money was paid to the man.

Enquiries are continuing as police investigate the incident. In the meantime, officers have issued a warning to Berkhamsted residents to stay vigilant and be aware of any potential rogue traders.

Residents should not let unknown callers into their home. If you do have an appointment with someone, check their ID first and have a trusted person with you. Never accept home/garden work from anyone knocking on your door.

If you do need work done, get quotes from a number of businesses before paying for anything. If services offered cost more than £42, the trader must advise you that you have 14 days to cancel the contract and must not start work until after this period.

If you witness any suspicious behaviour, call 999 straight away.

This advice is especially important for elderly and/or vulnerable residents, as they are most at risk of being targeted.

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