Thursday, 19 January 2012

Counter Crime


Staff at Lloyds TSB bank in Worcester Park have been praised by police for their actions after a 94-year-old woman told a cashier at the counter that she wanted to withdraw £4,000 cash to pay a man to repair her front garden wall.

The elderly woman, who lives alone, had been visited at her semi-detached home in Caldbeck Avenue on Saturday 7th January by a man offering to do work. She recognised the man as having undertaken some work for her previously and she suggested he repaired the pillar which had come away from the main front wall.

The man returned a few days later and told the victim that the work would cost £4,000. The woman gave the workmen some water to mix cement and then left to withdraw the money from Lloyds TSB on Central Road.

Worried bank staff called Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team. Officers arrived at the woman’s home address and a man in his 50s was arrested for fraud by misrepresentation.

The man told police that he had not had any direct contact with the elderly resident and that he had been offered the work for £80 ‘cash in hand’ earlier that morning from a man named Paddy. The man denied knowing about any payment of £4,000. The man has been bailed to return to Sutton Police Station.

PC Duncan Harris, of Sutton’s Crime Prevention Unit, advised residents not be persuaded to have work carried out on their homes by doorstep ‘workmen’. “If you receive such an approach and are suspicious don’t let any workmen into your home under any circumstances. Close the door on them and call police immediately on 999,” he said.

Det Con Paul Williams, of Sutton CID, said: “The management and staff at Lloyds TSB are to be congratulated for their vigilance and prompt actions which have saved this woman from losing £4,000 for work which should only cost a fraction of this sum.”

5 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Magic Dragon said...

Well done to the staff in Lloyds. These fraudsters can be spotted almost daily, slowing down in their lorries, peering into front gardens, summing up how they can persuade people into paying out, possibly for work they don't even need or can't really afford. We need to be vigilant, especially for the elderly or vulnerable.

Anonymous said...

Interestingly enough cement bag is still there..on the street.I was just wondering that it looks like an unfinished job, now i know why...
Rather sad that there are so many crooks around.

Anonymous said...

We all need to be vigilant when we see work being done at the home of elderly neighbours. Anon M

Anonymous said...

Had two guys from Zenith Windows call round the other evening very agressive attitude, would not take no thank you for answer, Cold calling by companys like this should be illegal especially on cold dark winter evenings.

Magic Dragon said...

We've had very persistent cold callers from charities recently in the evenings, always in pairs, with almost a foot in the door, very persistent, making very clever small talk to suck you in (how are you, how's the dog, it's nice weather....) and when asked to (kindly) "get to the point" they get extremely insistant that I can afford to sign up to a standing order. I can make my own mind up whether to donate to charities but once again the vulnerable are at risk, can be frightened and they really shouldn't be knocking on doors in the dark.

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