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A pensioner has been scammed after calling a telephone number on a leaflet advertising gardening works in South Devon.

The elderly occupant of a house in Teignbridge called an 0800 number advertised on a leaflet that came through his door, and the people that attended and carried out the work overcharged him by £1,000.

Cash also went missing from the pensioner’s bedroom during the scam.

Now, police are warning residents to never invite strangers into their homes, and to spread the message to vulnerable and elderly neighbours.

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A police spokesman explained: “The elderly occupant of a property in the Teignbridge area called the 0800 number on a leaflet put through the letterbox for gardening work to be carried out.

“An Asian man aged between 30 and 40-years-old with tidy hair arrived to carry out the work with a child aged about 7-years-old, and is believed to have driven a white open back truck.

“The occupant believed the price quoted was £700 but upon work being completed was asked for £1,700.

“The occupant went to the bank for more money leaving the man in the property, upon their return another man was in the property, it was later discovered that cash was missing from a bedroom.”

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The message from the police is for residents to stay vigilant to this kind of scam, and also to tell other residents to make them aware of this kind of incident.

The police spokesman added: “Residents are asked to be aware of this incident, works carried out are often of poor quality and very costly, never invite/leave a stranger in your home.

“If you need works carried out to your house /garden speak to a family member or trusted neighbour before calling unknown companies/contractors and always obtain a written quotation.

“If you feel you are pressured to hand over more money than first agreed call the police. Recipients of Community Messaging are asked to make your more elderly and vulnerable neighbours aware of this incident.”


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