Vul­ner­a­ble man conned by ‘builder’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

The fam­ily of an Alzheimer’s suf­ferer have warned others to be wary of door-to-door sell­ers af­ter a pen­sioner handed over thou­sands of pounds to a con­man.

A 7 9 - year- ol d man was ap­proached in the South Ash­ford area by a “builder” who claimed the house needed work on the gut­ter­ing but the man’s fam­ily say the builder only com­pleted a tiny stretch but pock­eted £2,000 for the work.

His fam­ily mem­bers, who have asked to re­main anony­mous, said it was clear the builder had failed to do any mean­ing­ful work for the sum of money paid.

They fear the con­man has tar­geted other vul­ner­a­ble and el­derly peo­ple in the area as well, as he was seen to be dis­play­ing a wad of cash.

Po­lice were called af­ter the in­ci­dent last Wed­nes­day and say they are mak­ing in­quiries.

A spokesman said: “It was al­leged that a man called at the home of a vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dent and was paid for work that was nei­ther nec­es­sary nor car­ried out.”

The news fol­lows the launch of Kent County Coun­cil’s Stop the Scam­mers cam­paign, where 2,000 vic­tims have been vis­ited and sup­ported by KCC com­mu­nity war­dens.

KCC says the vis­its have helped pre­vent a loss of £50,000 to vic­tims and al­lows peo­ple to con­tinue liv­ing in­de­pen­dently in their own home.

Now the ex­perts say that talk­ing about scams should be­come an ev­ery­day con­ver­sa­tion with fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours in order to help peo­ple pro­tect them­selves and sup­port one an­other.

To find out more visit www.friend­sagain­stscams.org.uk

To re­port a scam call Cit­i­zens Ad­vice on 03454 040506

Chloe Gam­mon with her aunt Louise Waller. They cel­e­brated Chloe’s 16th birth­day at The County Ho­tel in Ash­ford with other friends and fam­ily. Half the group suf­fered vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea af­ter the party

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