Fine threats ‘from SLC’ are fakes

Warn­ings tell res­i­dents to sort out their gar­dens

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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