Fine threats ‘from SLC’ are fakes
Warnings tell residents to sort out their gardens
Homeowners in Cambuslang may have been targeted by a bizarre scam letter.
Residents in some parts of Westburn Avenue have been left puzzled by letters posted through their doors claiming to be from South Lanarkshire Council asking for them to tidy up their properties.
But the council have confirmed the documents have nothing to do with them and should be ignored.
The letter refers to several items that need to be repaired or removed at the property and warns the occupiers they will receive a fine if the work is not completed within “one-two months”.
It reads: “Our local council representative has taken note of issues in regards to properties within numbers of 64 Western Road to 92 Western Road. The following matters must be looked at and improved.”
It then explains occupiers must remove over grown bushes and rubbish and clear up all areas out with the front door entrance, bins should be stored in a safe area and fences should be repaired and replaced. It also further states residents’ garden areas are “not clean and full of dangerous items” and any redundant sheds with smashed windows or over grown grass or rubbish should be removed.
The letter dropped through the letter box of Joe Skinner’s son David.
Joe, who owns the property, said David was concerned he could receive a fine if he did not obey the sender’s demands - believing the format of the letter was ‘professional’ enough to have come from South Lanarkshire Council.
Joe agreed with the points made on the letter but admitted he had his doubts to whether it was genuine.
He explained: “I completely agree with the contents as mainly private landlords are neglecting their property in this area. However, the council does not know anything about this.
“The letter is semiprofessional and it’s obvious someone is unhappy but I agree with the sentiment.
“It’s saying the place needs tidied up and somebody is saying it is a mess.
“People are dumping their rubbish in the car park area and the grass is five foot tall and there’s a hut smashed up.”
In response to the fake letter, Shirley Clelland, head of fleet and environmental services warned the letter could have been a precursor to bogus workers arriving to offer their services
She said: ”This letter is not from South Lanarkshire Council and is clearly fake, I would advise people to ignore it.
“If any residents are thinking about getting work done in or around their properties I would recommend they use the council’s Trading Standards approved trader scheme www. buywithconfidence.gov. uk.
“A wide range of Trading Standards approved businesses can be sourced using that link, including gardeners, joiners, builders, roofers, plumbers and more.
“Residents can buy goods or services safe in the knowledge that the trader is reputable and has been checked out by us.
“Our advice is do not buy goods or services from unsolicited doorstep callers, this selling technique often pressurises people into making hasty, uninformed decisions.”
Fake letter Joe Skinner had his doubts the letter was real but agreed with the contents