Residents warned by council after scams

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WARNINGS are being given to people in Fareham following scams in the town.

Fareham Borough Council has told residents not to fall victim to the fraudsters.

The advice comes after a resident bought a drawing from a young woman who knocked at her door, claiming the cash would be used to fund her education.

She held up a notice saying that she was deaf and could not work. But the drawing she was selling was found to be a print.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member for policy and resources, said: ‘This is a widespread scam which has been perpetrated for a number of years across the country and abroad, with people paying between £10 and £20 for each piece of art which is worth much less.’

He advises anyone who is targeted to contact the Action Fraud hotline on 0300 123 2040.

A second scam is being monitored by the Hampshire County Council Trading Standards team. A company is knocking on doors and bullying residents into getting work carried out.

But the work doesn’t need to be done and victims are being overcharged for poor workmanship.

Anyone targeted is advised to call the Rapid Response Team on 01962 833 666.