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Alert issued after trickster tries to con £5,800 out of 78-year-old woman in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 12:46 23 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:46 23 March 2016

Scammers have been targeting residents over property repairs

Scammers have been targeting residents over property repairs

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Follows a further incident where a 70-year-old man was also targeted

A warning has been issued after a 78-year-old woman was nearly conned into handing over £5,800 to a fraudster for unblocking her drain.

Trading Standards chiefs say the incident - and another where a 70-year-old man was targeted - both took place in Bromley.

The woman was stopped in the street by a man who said he was digging up the pavement in her street and needed to check her drains.

She allowed him into her house and when asked to check her toilet she discovered it was blocked.

The man asked for £5,800 to hire a machine to clear the blockage. Fortunately, staff at NatWest bank intervened when she attempted to withdraw the money and alerted the authorities.

The male resident was approached by a man who was described as aged about 40, overweight and over 5’9” tall, and who claimed to be from an offshoot of Dyno-Rod,

Trading Standards is urging residents to report any incidents of cold calling for property repairs and to keep a look out for any vulnerable neighbours.

Referrals can be made via the Trading Standards rapid response number on 07903 852090.

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