We’re warning people to be vigilant after cold callers targeted an elderly and vulnerable woman who then paid more than £1,000 for unnecessary work.
The woman was called by a ‘home savings’ company offering boiler services, citing better energy efficiency and a £500 saving.
She was then quoted a price of £1,200 for a boiler flush, and was visited at her home in Peterborough by men who hit her radiators with hammers and showed her bottles supposedly containing dirty remnants/water from the radiators.
The woman was then presented with a card machine and paid the money.
As the colder part of the year approaches, please remain wary of similar calls and remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you aren’t expecting to hear from a salesperson or business, be cautious of your dealings with them. Do not feel pressured into handing over money or bank account details to pay for a product or service that you weren’t planning to buy before they called or arrived at your door.
For more advice and information on fraud and cold callers, visit the force’s dedicated web pages by clicking here.