Elderly residents warned over bogus callers to their homes

Police have warned elderly residents about con artists posing as Westminster Council staff.

Earlier this month a suspected conman went to an elderly woman’s home in Queen’s Park and claimed she needed to have her loft insulated. The work would have cost thousands of pounds.

A note from trading standards, circulated by Westminster police, said:

“The person that called said they are from Westminster Council and worryingly advised it was ‘government policy that all properties meet new requirements’. The gentleman that called claimed that if they did not have insulation installed, they may be taken to court and would be fined £500.”

Police have appealed for anyone who has been the victim of a similar scam to contact them.

A statement from Westminster Trading Standards said:

“We are about to embark on a project looking at bogus traders who persuade victims, often elderly, to have unnecessary work done or overcharge them and fail to give them notice of their cancellation rights. They pose as reputable tree surgeons; roofers, driveway installers etc. We also want to liaise with the banks that may have customers make large cash withdrawals to pay for this work who might have been escorted to the premises by the rogue traders.”

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