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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 (3071728)
Police issue bogus workman warning after pensioner is scammed
by Tom Martin

POLICE are warning residents about bogus workmen in the Bootle area after a pensioner was scammed out of £1,500.

Two men, described as in their 50s, both well built and one with an Irish accent, have been spotted knocking on doors in Thornton Avenue and offering a tree cutting service.

In one incident, an elderly resident handed over £1,500 but the pair never returned to carry out the work they had promised.

Merseyside Police believe the men could move around the Sefton area and are reminding locals to be on alert and not pay for work up front.

Other advice includes getting more than one estimate for work before employing anyone, don't be bullied or hurried into making a decision and try to seek recommendations from a trusted source.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “Bogus workmen can be very convincing. Please don’t think it can never happen to you or your family. Most people who call are genuine, but others are not. Please take extra precautions.

”Although this incident was in the Bootle area, these people move around and what happens in Bootle one day can happen somewhere else in Sefton another day.“


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