Police clamp down on rogue traders

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 May 2014

Sergeant Ashley Jones with members of thePawlett Ladies Royal British Legion Branch, after he gave a presentation on rogue traders at their monthly meeting.

Sergeant Ashley Jones with members of thePawlett Ladies Royal British Legion Branch, after he gave a presentation on rogue traders at their monthly meeting.

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POLICE in Burnham and Highbridge have been making residents aware of the dangers of scam correspondence as part of an annual rogue trader week.

Sergeant Ashley Jones visited a number of community groups to give safety presentations while the force also held drop-in sessions at the police pod at Highbridge Asda.

Such scams have proved problematic in the area in recent months, with one elderly couple only stopped from handing over £10,000 to one rogue trader by a chance police intervention.

He advised residents living in no cold calling zones to call the police on 101 if they had people still coming to their door, and said the police were working to protect Burnham’s most vulnerable.

Sergeant Jones said: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you abide by this rule and listen to that little voice which says ‘something doesn’t feel right about this’, you can spot most scams at 10 paces.”

Fraudulent phone calls purporting to be from police investigating fraud in victims’ bank accounts have also been on the rise in 2014, with residents advised to remain vigilant and report any suspected scams.

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