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WARNING: Doorstep fraudsters target Maidstone pensioners

Thursday 26th March 2020

MAIDSTONE pensioners are being targeted by doorstep fraudsters.

On Monday, March 16, 2020, two men are reported to have visited a pensioner's house in Tovil where they offered to do some gardening.

The victim paid in cash and they then left without completing any work.

Two days later, three men are alleged to have called at a house in Coxheath where they accepted payment from a woman in her 70s for gardening work that was never started.

A further report was received that on Monday, March 23, a man who took payment for roof repairs from a pensioner living in Penenden Heath, left without completing any work.

Inspector Mark Hedges said: “Officers are investigating these incidents, but I strongly urge residents to be careful about who they allow to complete work at their homes.

“Don’t be afraid to ask them for identification and if you have any doubts about a caller at your door, ask them to leave and come back at a time when you can have a friend or relative with you.

“I would encourage people to look out for one another and report anything suspicious straight away by calling 101 or dialling 999 if a crime is taking place.”

Anyone with information that may help the investigations is asked to contact us on 01622 604 100, quoting reference 16-0471.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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