She was asked for £4,800 to repair it was told to tell her bank the money was for ‘family reasons’. She withdrew the money and handed over the cash. She later received three follow-up telephone calls asking for more money to cover the cost of hire equipment but luckily she declined these further requests.
Police in Sutton have received a number of reports in the last week or so of residents being asked by doorstep tricksters for money to repair water leaks or drainage problems. Officers advise residents not to allow any unknown, unexpected callers inside their home. If you are suspicious of anyone calling at your door, shut the door keeping them outside, and call police on 999. They would rather come out and check that everything is OK, than to find someone who has become a victim of crime.
Residents who want improvement work carried out on their homes are advised to check out any companies and obtain references from previous customers before agreeing to any work. Most reputable companies will be happy to supply such information.
Sutton Council has a Safer Sutton Trader Scheme which seeks to help residents avoid bogus builders and unscrupulous traders. To find an approved trader please visit the Safer Sutton Trader Scheme website at: www.sutton.gov.uk/ssts or call 020 8770 5070 for further details.
For advice on rogue traders contact Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06 or visit:
If you know someone who might be vulnerable to these sorts of scams, please talk to them to make sure they are aware of them and don't get ripped off. If you know anyone perpetrating these crimes - please call the police and dob them in. They are scum and do not deserve anyone's protection. (Yes it does make me angry...)