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Beware of bogus workmen

Police are warning residents to be vigilant for bogus workmen after a woman lost thousands of pounds to some conmen.


The bogus workmen told the victim that she needed some work done to her house. One workman asked for a cash deposit, which she paid. The fraudster then returned a few days later with an accomplice and asked for a further payment, which she paid. The men left the property with the money, having done no work to the house on either occasion.

This particular incident happened in Dunfermline, but fraudsters like this may be operating across the UK.

Action Fraud is reminding everyone to be wary of doorstep sellers.

  • If you’re unsure, ask for identification and never let anyone you don’t know into your house.
  • Check the individual’s credentials, including a permanent business and landline telephone number (mobile phone numbers can be hard to trace).
  • Don’t agree to buy anything on the spot. It’s always a good idea to get three written quotes to make sure you’re not being ripped off.
  • If you’re in any doubt, ask the person to leave or call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06, who work in partnership with local Trading Standards Authorities.

Read more about bogus workmen on Fife Constabulary’s website.

Please note: Action Fraud is not responsible for the content on external websites.

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

See also:
Bogus tradesmen fraud
Bogus caller warning from police
Electricity scam spreads nationwide

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