Surrey Police bogus builder scam alert

Bogus builders who quoted £250 for a job and then raised the price to £6,500 after starting work have prompted a warning to residents in west Surrey.

Police said two men gave the first quote to a resident in Ash and two other men returned to do the work the next day, but neither had any tools.

After raising the price to £6,500, the men became aggressive, Det Con Clare Nettleton said.

The county council has warned people not to hire cold-calling traders.

Steve Playle, from Surrey County Council's trading standards service, said: "Invariably, it is the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted and we all have a responsibility to look out for elderly neighbours and family members.

"The simple advice is to always say no to all cold-calling traders and to take time to choose tradesmen in your own time if work is needed on your property."

Det Con Nettleton, who is investigating the incident which happened on Friday and Saturday in Manor Road, Ash, said no money was handed over because the residents had called the police.

But she said people needed to be aware of these types of scams, and she urged anyone else who might have been targeted to contact the force.

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