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Elderly homeowner conned by false ‘gutter-cleaner’ in Dungannon

A man had told the resident he would clean her guttering. The service was paid for but no work was carried out.

Cedar Ridge, Dungannon

An elderly homeowner in Dungannon was conned out of cash by a cold-caller purporting to be a gutter-cleaner.

It happened on Wednesday (November 22) between approximately 12pm and 2pm in the Coolhill and Killyman Road area of the town.

DUP Councillor Clement Cuthbertson reported that the driver of a black or navy van had been calling at houses in the area, offering to carry out work.

He said: “One elderly home owner was conned out of a substantial amount of cash to pay for work up front. The driver of the van then made off when he received payment.

“If anyone has any information or CCTV of anyone calling at their doors today around 12-2:00 please get in touch immediately.”

A police spokesperson confirmed the incident had taken place in the Cedar Ridge area of the town and urged the public to be vigilant regarding rogue traders.

They explained that a man had told the resident he would clean her guttering. The service was paid for but no work was carried out.

Police enquiries are ongoing.

Police Sergeant Murphy commented: “If you believe that you may have fallen victim to a similar scam, we would ask that you report it to us on 101. This will help us build a picture of fraudulent activity in the area and means that our neighbourhood patrols can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour.

“You should never feel pressured into paying someone for an unsolicited service, or letting anyone into your home, without satisfying yourself that they are legitimate.”

Sergeant Murphy added: “‘No Cold Calling Zone’ stickers, which can be displayed on your front door, are available from your local Crime Prevention Officer.

“We would ask that our community have a chat about cold callers with relatives and friends, especially those who may be vulnerable. Having this type of conversation could make all the difference. It means they know who to contact for help and support if they think a bogus caller or rogue trader is at their door.”

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