Peterborough residents warned after elderly woman loses £1,200 to rogue traders

Peterborough residents are being warned after an elderly woman lost £1,200 to rogue traders in the city.

Thursday, 9th September 2021, 2:49 pm

Police said the vulnerable woman was contacted by a company saying she could make £500 savings - but all they did was hit her radiators with a hammer.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said; “She was called by a ‘home savings’ company offering boiler services, citing better energy efficiency and a £500 saving.

“She was visited at her Peterborough home by men who hit her radiators with hammers and showed her bottles supposedly with dirty water from the radiators.

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“She paid the men. As the cold weather approaches, be wary of similar calls. Sound too good to be true? It probably is.

“If you aren’t expecting to hear from a salesperson/ business, be cautious. Don’t feel pressured to hand over money/bank details to pay for something you weren’t planning to buy beforehand.”

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