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Rogue traders try to con Seend man out of thousands

Alert message sent 20/09/2017 10:11:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police is appealing for witnesses to come forward after two rogue traders tried to take money off an elderly man in Seend. 

At around 1pm on Thursday 14 September 2017, two males in high visibility vests and in a dark saloon car cold called at an address in the village, telling the resident they were from Devizes Roofing Ltd. 

They told him that a roof tile needed repairing, he agreed and they carried out the work saying that it would cost £100.  They then told him more work was needed and this would cost £4,000 and sent him to the bank to collect the cash. 

Fortunately, the bank called police so no money was lost. 

PCSO Janet Gould said:  "We'd like to speak to anyone who may have heard or seen anything suspicious in this area at this time.  
"Also, if you have been approached by similar males or if you have any information which could help us - please come forward." 

The public are urged to remember the following advice to help reduce their chances of falling victim to this type of crime: 

• Always keep your door shut and locked. 
• If someone comes to your door and you aren’t expecting a caller it is important that you check who it is by using a spy-hole or look through a window. DO NOT open the door to anyone you don’t know or are not expecting. 
• Official visitors will always arrange an appointment with you beforehand – If no appointment has been made DO NOT open the door. 
• DO NOT keep large amounts of cash at home – it is much safer in a bank or building society. 
• Always keep purses and wallets hidden away from sight 
• Never keep pin numbers with credit or debit cards 
• Never agree to have work carried out by someone who is just passing, or believe them that work needs to be done at all. If you think work might need to be done get quotes from three companies and ask friends and neighbours for recommendations. 
• If you see anything suspicious or think a bogus caller may have called at your door, you must report it to the police immediately by calling 999. 

If you can help with our enquiries please contact PCSO Janet Gould on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
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Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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