Bo­gus workie probe

Woman is­sues warn­ing af­ter stump­ing up cash for kitchen

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - YOURVOICE - BY linD­sEY hamil­Ton

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.

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