"Rogue trader" warning after pensioner targeted
POLICE are appealing to home owners to be vigilant after a suspected rouge trader allegedly tricked an elderly resident out of what is described as a “substantial” amount of money.
Officers say the incident involved maintenance work on the victim’s Morriston property.
Detectives have launched an investigation into the possible scam, and are urging people to be on the look out.
Officers have also released a photograph of a man they want to talk to in connection with the incident.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “Police are reminding home owners to be vigilant when approached by people offering to carry out work on their property. Rogue traders particularly focus on the elderly and the vulnerable and offer services that they know the householder maybe unable to do themselves such as gardening, cleaning driveways, and patio.
“Officers are advising people not to allow cold callers access to their property and to get to least two separate quotes before agreeing to have any work being undertaken.
“We also ask people keep an eye on their elderly relatives and neighbours, be vigilant and to contact the police immediately should they be approached by any suspicious individuals.”
Can you help? Call South Wales Police detective constable Sam Stanway at Neath CID on 01639 640204 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111