Hunt for conman in car repair scam

Hunt for conman in car repair scam

By Phil Turner | 18/01/2012 0 comments

Hunt for conman in car repair scam

POLICE are warning householders to look out for a car repair conman suspected of being responsible for a spate of incidents in Mexborough.

A number of people have contacted the police to report a man offering to do repairs or modify their vehicles.

Police say he convinces people to part with half of the cash and promises to return to start the work, but never does.

There have been between six and ten incidents reported to the police in Mexborough since just before Christmas.

The man is said to be alone, smartly dressed and very convincing with his sales pitch, often pretending to be an associate of a neighbour.

Officers from the Mexborough Safer Neighbourhood Team are asking residents in the area to be aware of this man and vigilant to rogue traders.

Rogue traders are different to distraction burglars, as they tend to charge large amounts of money for relatively minor jobs, which they either never carry out or do to a very low standard.

Pc Rob Scarrow from the Mexborough SNT said: “I would urge the public to be vigilant to this man and ensure elderly neighbours and family members are aware of him.

“He seems to be very convincing in his sales pitch but I would advise the public never to accept an offer of work from an unknown caller and if they are suspicious to report it to the police immediately.

“We are continuing with enquiries and working with the residents to try and locate the offender.”

Police tips to householders:

  • Never accept an offer of work from an unknown caller. If they are genuine, they will be willing to leave contact details and allow you to get other quotes.
  • If you need some work doing to your property or vehicle, do not go with the first company or trader you meet. Obtain a number of quotes to make sure the prices match up and where possible, ask family or friends for a recommendation.
  • Never go to a bank or cash machine with a trader or hand over cash and never sign for work on the spot.

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