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Warning over rogue traders in Virginia Water

Warning over rogue traders in Virginia Water

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:46pm 12th August 2019.

Police are urging people to be wary after a gang of rogue traders were operating in Virginia Water.

Officers said three “white stocky males” with a white van were seen in the area.

They asked an elderly couple if they wanted a tree root removing from their foot path.

A price of £300 was agreed but then they demanded £500 more.

Anyone with information from the area about the suspects described is asked to call 101, quoting reference number 45190083590, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Surrey Police have also issued the following advice, saying that a genuine trader won't:

  • Call without an appointment
  • Ask you to go to the bank to withdraw cash or make a money transfer
  • Offer to take you to the bank to withdraw cash for payment
  • Ask you to pay in full before the work is complete
  • Insist that you make a decision about the work they're offering to do on the spot
  • Bully or scare you into doing the work

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