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Rogue traders could target Bromley residents in wake of St Jude storm, say Bromley Police

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:00 05 November 2013

Park Road, Beckenham. Pic by Chris Farnan.

Park Road, Beckenham. Pic by Chris Farnan.

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Rogue traders may target Bromley residents to perform unnecessary repairs in the wake of the St Jude's Day storm, according to local police.

Last month a 75-year-old man, from Biggin Hill, was conned out of £16,500 for needless renovations to his home that were not even completed.

The victim was approached on October 21 by suspects who offered to clean his gutters for £20. After agreeing to the work, the fraudsters then told the victim further work was required and demanded £800 for labour and materials.

More money was then ‘needed’ for machines to fix what they described as rotten roof joists and damp problems in the house.

The crooks later asked their victim to make a £20,000 balance transfer, but disappeared when he refused.

Det Insp Louise Knipe, of Bromley CID, said: “Fraudsters and rogue traders target vulnerable and elderly people. With the storm causing damage to some properties in the borough, they may well use it as an opportunity to try and con more people out of money, which we are keen to avoid.

“The simplest advice is not to open the door to unexpected or cold callers. If you do get a call from a builder or trader, then if they are genuine, ask them to come back when a trusted friend or family member can be there as well.

“If you’ve got to get repairs done following the storm, then use a reputable tradesperson or someone that has signed up to the Trader Register to help protect yourself from rogue traders.”

To check for registered traders in the Bromley area, visit traderegister.org.uk.

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