Bogus caller cons OAP in Shire Oak

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Make sure to warn all your elderly or vulnerable friends and family to take cre – and to fit a door chain and other security measures if possible. Image from Suffolk Police.

Yet another report reaches me regarding bogus tradesmen calling on the elderly and attempting to coerce them into handing money over for bogus and unneeded services.

Last Thursday morning (21st May 2015) an elderly and vulnerable lady living in Shire Oak was conned into having her waking machine ‘serviced’ by an unsolicited caller thought to be in his fifties.

Walsall Police have been informed and are dealing with the matter.

Please tell your relatives and neighbours about these ratbags, and impress upon them how important it is not to buy from, or accept services at the door, no matter how plausible the people offering them. Genuine companies will always contact you by other means.

Explain that no official body will turn up unannounced demanding money for services like drain cleaning, tree pruning etc., and that if they are at all unsure of any caller, to close the door and contact the police.

For more information on the signs that give away rogue traders, read Community Partnerships Officer Kevin Pitt’s blogpost – Making Walsall Too Hot for the Bogus Callers.

Scumbags engaged in the robbing of OAPs are lower than a snake’s knees, and I hope the police continue to crack down on this cowardly, nasty crime.

Please,  if you have any further information relating to this, or any other incident, or if you witnessed something  please contact Walsall Police by dialling 101 (999 in an emergency, obviously) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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Tell your elderly relatives and friends to be careful; local police can advise on door chains and other security measures. Most of all, don’t buy at the door! Image from Cambridge Police.

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