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Bogus caller stole from elderly couple

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

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A CONMAN claiming to be a gardener duped an elderly couple out of £200.

The man called at the pensioners’ home in St David’s Drive in Burton on Thursday at 10am.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “A male approached them and said he was their new gardener and needed money for a skip. The money was handed over and the man left.”

Police have urged people to be on their guard when cold callers knock on their door.

The incident comes in the same week that Staffordshire Police has been taking action to target rogue traders as part of a week-long national enforcement and awareness initiative.

Police forces, trading standards officials and partner agencies have undertaken a wide range of work to identify and arrest rogue traders, to disrupt the activity of rogue trading and to make communities aware of this type of crime.

Rogue traders are individuals or groups of people who cold-call householders, often targeting vulnerable residents, claiming to be a bona fide business and offering services, most commonly buildings maintenance.

The offenders charge excessive fees for the work, yet the work that is carried out is either sub-standard, not finished or not carried out at all.

Anyone with information on the incident should call Staffordshire Police on 101 and quote incident 616 of April 10 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Inspector Paul Cooke said: “We have spent time talking to elderly and vulnerable residents to warn them against the dangers of rogue traders.”

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