Vul­ner­a­ble man tar­get of scam

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Two men have been ar­rested as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into rogue traders tar­get­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in Maid­stone.

It comes after a man with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties was conned out of thou­sands of pounds. Two men are said to have knocked on the vic­tim’s door, near the A20 Lon­don Road, in Septem­ber, of­fer­ing to jet wash his drive­way for cash. He agreed and paid the money up­front, but soon after one of the men re­turned, de­mand­ing more.

He claimed they had dis­cov­ered sub­si­dence and the vic­tim paid an­other £3,000. Still not sat­is­fied, they re­turned again to say the prob­lem was big­ger than ex­pected. Bank staff raised the alarm to po­lice when the vic­tim at­tempted to with­draw more cash.

When of­fi­cers at­tended the men were no longer there and the drive­way was left in a state of dis­re­pair.

In Oc­to­ber the vic­tim was tar­geted again by two men of­fer­ing to fix the drive­way for a large sum. The pair left after be­ing chal­lenged by a friend of the vul­ner­a­ble man.

This week po­lice ar­rested a 29-year-old from Knock­holt and a 38-year-old from Head­corn on sus­pi­cion of fraud. They were bailed un­til De­cem­ber 15 and 16, re­spec­tively.

Po­lice ad­vise peo­ple not to deal with cold call­ers of­fer­ing work on homes or gar­dens.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion which could help the in­ves­ti­ga­tion should call 01622 604100, quot­ing 46/SI/YY/5570/18.

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