A Moorlands resident is appealing to others to be aware of conmen targeting vulnerable old people in the area. The message from Emma Carr has been sent out after her mum, who lives in Cheadle, was conned out of a four figure amount of cash for painting work on her driveway.
A Moorlands resident is appealing to others to be aware of conmen targeting vulnerable old people in the area.
The message from Emma Carr has been sent out after her mum, who lives in Cheadle, was conned out of a four figure amount of cash for painting work on her driveway.
Emma Carr posted about the incident on social media. She said: “I want to make people very aware there is an Irish transient team operating locally in this case on the Masterpotter estate targeting vulnerable older people.
“Today they have taken a considerable amount of cash from my mum for painting her drive with what they call tarmac paint.
“We are talking four figure sum. They even painted around the skip which is currently on her drive.
“She is incredibly embarrassed and upset but they persisted and pressurised her to do it despite her asking them to come back on Friday when the skip is removed and she could talk to her family.
“I am too angry to post pictures of what they have actually done. Please warn your most vulnerable people that this is happening. The police are being informed.”
Staffordshire Police has confirmed the incident to the Times & Echo but added that the matter has been passed on to Trading Standards.
A spokesman for the force said: “I can confirm that the incident has been logged with Police. In regards to action/arrests, nothing on our logs indicate there has been any development.
“The informant was notified that this particular incident is a Trading Standards issue.”
The Times & Echo contacted Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards which did not comment on the actual incident but, in response, councillor Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member responsible for Trading Standards at Staffordshire County Council, said: “People should never agree to have work carried out from someone knocking on their door. Reputable builders, roofers and gardeners do not cold call.
“People needing work done on their homes should always get three quotes, never pay up front and should not pay by cash.
“If anyone is unsure about the caller they should ask them to make an appointment to come back when a friend or family member can be with them.”
Cllr Wilson added: “People should also never give out bank details or PIN and never transfer money out of their bank account if asked to do so.
“Doorstep criminals have also been known to return to the homes of people who have previously had poor work carried out, pretending to be a police or trading standards officer.
“Anyone who feels afraid or threatened by a doorstep caller should call 999. For non-urgent calls they should contact Staffordshire Police on 101.
“If you have paid for goods or services and you haven’t received them, or they are poor quality, people can obtain further advice by calling Citizens Advice consumer helpline: 0808 223 1133.”
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