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This Is Wiltshire: raham Viret, whose mother was scammed out of £900 after being targeted by cold callers raham Viret, whose mother was scammed out of £900 after being targeted by cold callers

ROGUE traders scammed hundreds of pounds out of an elderly woman who has Alzheimer’s disease.

Graham Viret’s mother, Doreen Tyler, is 85 years old and has severe short-term memory loss, and traders fleeced more than £900 from her wallet.

He is backing a new campaign by Swindon Council’s Trading Standards officers and Wiltshire Police, as part as part of National Rogue Trader Week.

Graham, 56, from Stratton, said: “I’m disgusted about it. They deliberately target vulnerable people and pensioners.

“It all started about 18 months ago when she had a gardener who would turn up and she would let him in, and he would do a few jobs then charge her a lot of money.

“We arranged for someone else to do the work but whether it was coincidence or not he turned up as well and did the work.

“The gardener I had arranged quoted £45 for the job, but when I checked mum’s cheque book stubs £600 had been taken for the same job.”

Doreen has been targeted five times by tradesman offering to fix the roof and sell vacuum cleaners or even solar panels.

Graham said: “One day someone went around there and she signed up for solar panels costing £6,000 and put down a deposit of £1,500.

“Solar panels don’t really start kicking in until 25 years down the line. How is an 85-year-old going to benefit?”

Trading Standards officers and Wiltshire Police will be out and about in areas most targeted by rogue traders in the town, urging residents to only choose traders on their Buy With Confidence Traders In Swindon leaflet.

Buy With Confidence only lists traders that have been carefully vetted by Trading Standards.

Trading Standards and the police warn people to look out for cold callers who use fraudulent and misleading practices to extort money from their victims, through deliberately overcharging, charging for unnecessary work, damaging property deliberately to get work, leaving work unfinished and intimidating customers to get money.

Paul Simmonds, public protection manager for Swindon Council, said: “All too often we speak to householders who realise too late they have been duped by the charming and kindly trader that knocked at their door offering a good price and a thorough job.

“Our Buy with Confidence scheme offers a much better alternative. We also offer a free mediation service if any disputes do arise.”

Anyone looking to have work done can search for reputable local tradesman at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

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8:10am Sat 12 Apr 14

Davey Gravey says...

Something needs to be done about this. Door to door salesmen should be banned altogether as even the legitimate ones are a pain in the backside.
Something needs to be done about this. Door to door salesmen should be banned altogether as even the legitimate ones are a pain in the backside. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 8

10:04am Sat 12 Apr 14

Amberflame says...

Absolutely agree. They should be banned without exception.
Absolutely agree. They should be banned without exception. Amberflame
  • Score: 6

10:43am Sat 12 Apr 14

fuzzey says...

Yes ban them .how is his mum going to look up buy with confidence traders ??she has alzhimers .pleased she has her son to look out for her .He can't always be there when she has goes to the door .
Yes ban them .how is his mum going to look up buy with confidence traders ??she has alzhimers .pleased she has her son to look out for her .He can't always be there when she has goes to the door . fuzzey
  • Score: 6

1:09pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BeardyBill says...

Anyone that scams the elderly and/or vulnerable is sub-human scum. The police should pull out all the stops to hunt them down, and the courts should show no mercy.
Anyone that scams the elderly and/or vulnerable is sub-human scum. The police should pull out all the stops to hunt them down, and the courts should show no mercy. BeardyBill
  • Score: 2

4:56pm Sat 12 Apr 14

swinres says...

BeardyBill wrote:
Anyone that scams the elderly and/or vulnerable is sub-human scum. The police should pull out all the stops to hunt them down, and the courts should show no mercy.
Don't count on the courts or police, they let known criminals out on bail then leave them to rob other people as I know from personal experience, they are a bunch of clowns.

This town seems to be crawling with these scum bags and I bet the authorities know the identity a lot of them and yet do nothing.
[quote][p][bold]BeardyBill[/bold] wrote: Anyone that scams the elderly and/or vulnerable is sub-human scum. The police should pull out all the stops to hunt them down, and the courts should show no mercy.[/p][/quote]Don't count on the courts or police, they let known criminals out on bail then leave them to rob other people as I know from personal experience, they are a bunch of clowns. This town seems to be crawling with these scum bags and I bet the authorities know the identity a lot of them and yet do nothing. swinres
  • Score: 3

7:22pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Localboy86 says...

swinres wrote:
BeardyBill wrote:
Anyone that scams the elderly and/or vulnerable is sub-human scum. The police should pull out all the stops to hunt them down, and the courts should show no mercy.
Don't count on the courts or police, they let known criminals out on bail then leave them to rob other people as I know from personal experience, they are a bunch of clowns.

This town seems to be crawling with these scum bags and I bet the authorities know the identity a lot of them and yet do nothing.
Hi ringer
[quote][p][bold]swinres[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BeardyBill[/bold] wrote: Anyone that scams the elderly and/or vulnerable is sub-human scum. The police should pull out all the stops to hunt them down, and the courts should show no mercy.[/p][/quote]Don't count on the courts or police, they let known criminals out on bail then leave them to rob other people as I know from personal experience, they are a bunch of clowns. This town seems to be crawling with these scum bags and I bet the authorities know the identity a lot of them and yet do nothing.[/p][/quote]Hi ringer Localboy86
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Blackwell 2 says...

Localboy86 wrote:
swinres wrote:
BeardyBill wrote:
Anyone that scams the elderly and/or vulnerable is sub-human scum. The police should pull out all the stops to hunt them down, and the courts should show no mercy.
Don't count on the courts or police, they let known criminals out on bail then leave them to rob other people as I know from personal experience, they are a bunch of clowns.

This town seems to be crawling with these scum bags and I bet the authorities know the identity a lot of them and yet do nothing.
Hi ringer
Are you sure it's Ringer?
Not ChannelX, Trolley Dolly, Chris or Tim?
These mistakes are easily made
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swinres[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BeardyBill[/bold] wrote: Anyone that scams the elderly and/or vulnerable is sub-human scum. The police should pull out all the stops to hunt them down, and the courts should show no mercy.[/p][/quote]Don't count on the courts or police, they let known criminals out on bail then leave them to rob other people as I know from personal experience, they are a bunch of clowns. This town seems to be crawling with these scum bags and I bet the authorities know the identity a lot of them and yet do nothing.[/p][/quote]Hi ringer[/p][/quote]Are you sure it's Ringer? Not ChannelX, Trolley Dolly, Chris or Tim? These mistakes are easily made Blackwell 2
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Mon 14 Apr 14

swinres says...

Blackwell 2 wrote:
Localboy86 wrote:
swinres wrote:
BeardyBill wrote:
Anyone that scams the elderly and/or vulnerable is sub-human scum. The police should pull out all the stops to hunt them down, and the courts should show no mercy.
Don't count on the courts or police, they let known criminals out on bail then leave them to rob other people as I know from personal experience, they are a bunch of clowns.

This town seems to be crawling with these scum bags and I bet the authorities know the identity a lot of them and yet do nothing.
Hi ringer
Are you sure it's Ringer?
Not ChannelX, Trolley Dolly, Chris or Tim?
These mistakes are easily made
I am none of the posters you mention.

My comment is genuine and the crime I refer to will probably be in the paper in the near future when the swine gets put away.

People pulling the same scam have called at several peoples homes that I know including mine and their trail of work is clearly visible.
[quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swinres[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BeardyBill[/bold] wrote: Anyone that scams the elderly and/or vulnerable is sub-human scum. The police should pull out all the stops to hunt them down, and the courts should show no mercy.[/p][/quote]Don't count on the courts or police, they let known criminals out on bail then leave them to rob other people as I know from personal experience, they are a bunch of clowns. This town seems to be crawling with these scum bags and I bet the authorities know the identity a lot of them and yet do nothing.[/p][/quote]Hi ringer[/p][/quote]Are you sure it's Ringer? Not ChannelX, Trolley Dolly, Chris or Tim? These mistakes are easily made[/p][/quote]I am none of the posters you mention. My comment is genuine and the crime I refer to will probably be in the paper in the near future when the swine gets put away. People pulling the same scam have called at several peoples homes that I know including mine and their trail of work is clearly visible. swinres
  • Score: 0

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