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Bracknell builder warns over bogus workmen

Steve Goss
Image caption Steve Goss, of Goss and Sons, is offering to do the work for free

A Berkshire builder is warning that bogus workmen are using his firm's name to con people, after a couple in their 80s lost thousands of pounds.

The couple, of Bagshot, Surrey, who have Alzheimer's, paid £44,000 to the men who pretended to work for Steve Goss, of Goss and Sons, in Bracknell.

Surrey Police is investigating after the man's bank tipped them off.

Mr Goss is now offering to do the work for free, despite police saying he is also a victim.

'Check identification'

Mr Goss said: "I'm very angry about this and hope to find out who this is that's been using my company title.

"All they've done, apparently, is put two tarpaulins on this gentleman's roof and dislodged two ridge tiles, which would amount to no more than a £200 job."

Det Con Stuart Pittaway said: "This is something that's happening more increasingly, so we are asking people to be more vigilant.

"If people do come to the front door, check identification.

"If you're not happy with the identification, ring up."

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