THURROCK Council’s trading standards are re-enforcing their message to people about the dangers of cold callers preying on older residents.
In March one man was saved from paying out £6,000, but officers were also aware of a woman who paid out £6,500 for work that was not done.
However, on Wednesday, 23 April Trading Standards went to the home of a 90-year-old man who had been approached by three men offering of work to cut down hedges.
The man had agreed and paid £600 for the work, but they suggested he needed work doing on his roof at a cost of £6,000.
He was then driven to the bank that day to get £2,000 and they returned on the Saturday to get a further £2,000.
The so-called workers were supposed to return on the Wednesday but did not turn up.
Cllr Angie Gaywood, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “We want people to be fully aware of the dangers from this sort of evil trick.
“Make no bones about it, these people are targeting vulnerable residents and stealing money from them.
“I would urge everyone to be very careful taking on workers who cold-call. Don’t say yes straight away. Think about it and ask family or friends about it before committing yourself to spending any money.
“The chances are the work won’t be done properly or even at all and will undoubtedly cost you money.”
“If you have concerns about a cold caller or the quality of the work they deliver contact Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506. They will advise you of your rights and report any serious issues to Trading Standards for further investigation.”