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Male arrested on fraud

Alert message sent 06/10/2021 13:26:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

West Midlands police have arrested a male on 23 accounts of fraud by false representation. The male arrested has been targeting vulnerable and elderly members of the community offering services on behalf of a window and door fitting company that he no longer worked for in exchange for cash. The male has then not provided that service to victims. If you are buying from trades people who come door to door here are some ways you can protect yourselves.

Always ask for identification before letting anyone you don't know into your house.

Check credentials, including a permanent business address and landline telephone number.

The mobile phone numbers given on business cards are often pay-as-you-go numbers which are virtually impossible to trace.

Take control by asking the questions. Ask for references from previous customers or to see examples of their work.

Don’t sign on the spot – shop around. Get at least three written quotes to make sure you’re not being ripped off.

If in any doubt, ask the person to leave or call Citizens Advice on 0808 223 1133

Advice and information can be found on West Midlands Police website and Action Fraud website.
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Neil Sansom (Police, PCSO, Birmingham West, Harborne)

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