A council has issued a warning about rogue traders after a pensioner was scammed out of £4,000.
The woman in her late 70s was scammed out of £4,000 by a cold caller who originally offered to clean the gutters of her house for just £60.
While completing the work, the man told his victim £7,500-worth of work was needed to repair issues to her roof, which he offered to complete for her.
The victim withdrew £4,000 from her bank account and paid the man, who then left – saying he would return for the rest of the cash.
The trader even removed some of the slates of the lady’s home, leaving her with no option but to pay the money – which she was told would cover materials.
Luckily, a family member intervened and called the police.
The trader never returned for the rest of the money.
Aberdeen City Council is now investigating under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013.
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The team at the council has now issued a warning over rogue traders, telling city residents not to open their doors to the fraudsters.
Aberdeen City Council trading standards manager Graeme Paton said: “This was a despicable action to a vulnerable pensioner who lives on her own being scammed out of thousands of pounds for work on her house which wasn’t needed.
“We’d always advise people to protect themselves from doorstep crime – if they’re not sure who is there, do not open the door.
“We’d also advise to use a door chain to check who’s calling, don’t trade on the doorstep, ask a friend or family member for advice on traders they can trust, display a ‘no cold callers’ sticker on your door and always report any suspicious activity.”