Don’t be caught out by drainage scam conmen

Scot Mackenzie

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POLICE are warning people to be on their guard against conmen who call and ask for money to pay for equipment for drainage works.

A series of such calls have been made in Chichester where conmen have called at a residents’ homes saying they are carrying out drainage works and they need cash to pay for specialist machinery.

This is followed up by several phone calls by someone pretending to be from the drainage company asking for the money to be sent to them.

Detective Sergeant Russ Burgess, from Sussex police, said: ‘This is a scam aimed at obtaining large sums of cash out of residents by telling them they need to pay for equipment for essential drainage work to their property to be carried out.

‘Don’t let any strangers into your home, give out your phone number or withdraw money to give to them.’