Residents warned over bogus grass-cutters' con
CROOKS maybe attempting to con Swansea residents out of money by posing as council workmen and trying to charge for grass cutting.
Swansea Council says it has had reports of conmen pretending they work for the authority.
They are trying to charge householders for cutting grass verges and overgrown hedges close to their homes.
The council said reports of incidents focus on the Treboeth area of the city but it has yet to find anyone who has actually handed over any cash.
It emphasised it does not charge people directly for grass cutting services and is urging residents to ask for ID if anyone calls at their home claiming to be a council official.
If they do not have identification or if they try to charge for grass cutting people are advised to either call the council or the police.
Chief operating officer Martin Nicholls said: "We've been made aware that people who look like workmen may have been cutting grass verges and hedges and then trying to charge local residents for the work.
"As a council, we don't charge for services of this kind.
"So, if you're approached and asked for money, make sure you ask them for ID before contacting ourselves or the police.
"We have made some enquiries about these concerns, but as yet we've been unable to trace someone who's been billed for work of this kind.
"I'd urge anyone who has been billed to get in touch so we can potentially trace whoever is responsible for the work."
Swansea Council can be reached on 01792 636000. South Wales Police can be reached on 101.