Trading Standards issue urgent warning following Bromley drainage scam
PUBLISHED: 16:59 14 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:59 14 October 2015
One victim paid nearly £30,000
Bromley Trading Standards are issuing a warning following two similar bogus drainage repair scams this week.
Family of a Beckenham resident contacted Trading Standards at the beginning of the week, telling them he had been the victim of a cold caller.
The victim allowed the men into his back garden after he was told there was a problem with his neighbour’s drains.
After being told work was need to clear a blockage, the man paid £19,800 as a deposit to carry out the work.
He was then told he had damp in his property, leading to him paying a further £10,000.
A second target of the callers was an elderly man in Orpington, who allowed a cold caller to inspect his drains by lifting the manhole cover before receiving a phone call later asking for £4,000 to clear a blocked drain.
The man refused, before he was contacted by someone claiming to be the council who applied more pressure, the man again refused before he was called again by someone posing as his neighbour, asking to get the drains fixed.
After receiving further phone calls he then told the caller he had contacted Trading Standards and the police.
Trading Standards are currently investigating both of these incidents, and are advising residents to call the Trading Standards rapid response team on 07903 852 090 if approached by anyone offering any type of property repairs at the door.