Bogus workie probe
Woman issues warning after stumping up cash for kitchen
AWOMAN has urged people to ensure they use reputable companies to do work in their homes after she fell victim to a suspected fraud.
Michele Cumming, 46, of Fintry, says she employed a man to carry out a refurbishment on her kitchen — only for the work to be left unfinished after she had forked out hundreds of pounds.
She reported the incident to police, who are now investigating.
Michele had initially contacted the man on social media, where he was advertising his services.
She said: “This guy came over to my house and took a look at the job.
“He said he would be able to do it for me and on October 1 started the job.
“The first thing he did was rip the tiles off my kitchen wall as I had asked.
“So far everything was fine and I had no reason to think that things were going to go so wrong.”
However, the workman asked for £350 up front from Michele, which she transferred into his account to pay for a wet wall, and she handed him a further £100 in cash.
She didn’t ask for a receipt for the payments at that stage — then started to encounter problems with getting the work finished.
She continued: “He got in touch a few days later to say he wouldn’t be back until the following week.
“To begin with I didn’t think too much about it but basically he hasn’t appeared since.
“I gave him the benefit of the doubt and left it a while but when he still didn’t appear I decided to do something about it.”
Michele says the Facebook page she had originally contacted him through has since disappeared.
She also claims she tried to phone him on a mobile number that had been supplied but couldn’t get through.
She added: “I then contacted the police and they told me they would investigate this for me.
“I have been left with tiles lying all over my kitchen, no redecorating work done and I’m £450 out of pocket.
“I want to warn other people about what’s happened to me so they don’t get caught out like this.”
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We can confirm that we have received a report of a potential bogus workman-type fraud from a Fintry resident.
“Inquiries are currently ongoing.”
Michele Cumming in her unfinished kitchen.
Wall tiles left lying on the kitchen worktops.