Fresh warnings from police over bogus builder scam

9:33am Friday 24th August 2012

By Bruce Thain

Police have issued another appeal for information about bogus builders operating in the borough following new reports of people being hit by a scam.

As reported last week people are being told to be wary of builders asking to get into their homes because of a water leak and then demanding cash to fix the problem.

Since the police appeal last week police have been contacted by an 87-year-old woman in the Muswell Hill area where suspects attempted the scam on Thursday August 16.

A man believed to be in his fifties came to the door claiming he was doing some work next door and a pipe had leaked and water would be coming through the wall.

He then demanded £4200 in cash as a deposit for 'drying machinery' and the woman went to her bank to withdraw the cash, Staff at the bank became suspicious and alerted police who attended the address with the woman but the suspect did not return to collect the money.

A similar incident happened to a woman in Bounds Green when a man came to her door saying there was a leak from next door and his boss would call her.

However the woman then checked with her neighbours and realised it was a scam.

As previously reported 84-year-old woman in the Fortis Green area of Haringey was hit by the scam and ended up handing over £4,600 cash to install drying machinery.

Police are treating all the incidents as linked and the suspects are described as two white men, one believed to be in his 50s and the other in his 30s.

It is believed the suspects drive a small white box panel van with a ladder on the roof.

Officers are advising people not to answer the door without an appointment and if people are concerned about the person at the door they should call police.

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