Vulnerable man conned by ‘builder’
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