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Surrey woman intimidated into handing over £300 to rogue traders

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Surrey woman intimidated into handing over £300 to rogue traders

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:58pm 11th March 2020. (Updated at 8:59am 12th March 2020)

Surrey Police are warning the public after a woman in West Clandon was intimidated into handing over cash to rogue traders. 

Officers say a group of men turned up at her house in Shere Road uninvited, claiming to have carried out work on a neighbour's home.

The workmen said the neighbour had recommended they speak to her about her roof. 

While the woman was talking to one of them, the others used a ladder to get onto the roof.

They claimed that work carried out recently had been substandard and required fixing.

The men were there for around 10 minutes during which time they did a small amount of work.

The woman was then asked for a payment of £850.

They eventually settled on £300 which the resident paid in order to get them to leave as she felt unsafe.

She has since been sent several messages asking for more money for the work done.

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Rogue traders are generally those who cold call, i.e. knock without invitation.

They try to exploit people by convincing them to pay for shoddy or incomplete repair work, charging extremely high fees or even threatening residents who do not pay up.

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