Cold calling workmen try to dupe pensioner

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Police on Arran have issued a warning to  householders to be on their guard after an elderly lady was duped into handing over money to bogus workmen in Lamlash.

The cold calling workmen agreed to paint the pensioner’s home but when they had completed the work the price had risen from £250 to £2,500. However, after the police became involved the cheque for the work was stopped by the bank and the resident was not out of pocket. The incident happened on Tuesday June 19.

It is understood the workmen arrived on the island in what has been descibed as a ‘tatty van’ on the Cloanaig to Lochranza ferry and police are following a positive line  of inquiry.

Arran PC Scott Weir said: ‘Sadly this is the time of year when cold callers are at their most active. We would urge householders to use common sense. If they are interested in having work done they should ask for a written quote and speak to a relative or neighbour before signing up for anything.’

North Ayrshire Council’s trading standards team are also cracking down on bogus workmen and say a simple door sticker could be the key to ending cold caller misery.

As well as acting as a deterrent, the notice – with a strongly worded message – makes it clear that any traders who ignore the message could be reported to the Procurator Fiscal’s office.

Trading standards are offering stickers to everyone in North Ayrshire. In return they are asking to be informed of anyone knocking doors in North Ayrshire, particularly builders, landscapers or people offering garden tidy, tree felling, gutters, mono-blocking, power washing, roofing, solar power or disabled adaptations.

Anyone wanting to participate can contact 310101 to receive a No Cold Calling Sticker and to sign up to make our community safer.