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Thurrock residents warned of cold-calling scam
RESIDENTS in Thurrock are being warned about cold-callers conning people out of money.
Thurrock Council has issued a warning after the council’s trading standards officers managed to prevent one gentleman from paying out £6,000 for unnecessary work on his roof. However another member of the public was not so lucky and withdrew £6,500 from her account and gave it to a “roofer”.
Very little work was done and the “worker” has not been seen since.
Angie Gaywood, the council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “The first gentleman was contacted by the council and he was clearly distressed.
“Council officers and the police went to the house as sub-contracting scaffolders were there. They were told they would not be paid as the owner has decided not to go ahead.
“The scaffold was taken down and one of the scaffolders was arrested for an outstanding bail issue. The man who had taken on the work failed to turn up.
“In this case the gentleman was very lucky.”
Thurrock Council’s trading standards teams also runs a Buy with Confidence scheme where consumers can be assured that the businesses signed up to this are genuine and trust worthy.
Check the website www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or call 01375 652329.