Man conning Redbridge residents with ‘mice’ scam
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Police are warning residents to be vigilant after a man posing as a pest-control worker has been targeting vulnerable people in the borough.
Aldborough Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) said a man is knocking on doors under the ruse of dealing with a vermin problem.
“Victims are often told that a neighbour has mice in the loft and they need to gain access to their loft,” a spokesman said.
“From here, the suspect has reportedly offered their services for around £300.”
In one instance a victim handed over cash and the male did not complete any work and in another, money was stolen from the property.
The suspect, described as white with a stocky build and short dark hair, is believed to be linked to a red van which has ladders affixed to the vehicle.
The van is possibly displaying Irish or European number plates.
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“Please pass this information on to elderly or vulnerable neighbours and advise them to not buy products or services from cold caller,” added the police spokesman.
“If they are concerned about a cold caller at their address, advise them to close the door and call 101 immediately.”