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Policing around Forres: Further reports of bogus workmen in Moray

By Alistair Whitfield

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Police say they have received a further report of bogus workmen in Moray.

The force says it was contacted by a householder in Rothes after substandard paving work was carried by cold callers.

The workman claimed to have materials left over from another job they had been doing in the area.

They then requested a five-figure sum of money having previously quoted a much lower price.

The incident in Rothes follows another involving driveway repairs in Forres which was reported to the police by a resident on Thursday.

PC Richard Russell, the North East Division's crime reduction officer, said: "Rogue traders usually cold-call, offering to make carry out work on your house, garden or driveway.

"In reality they often charge inflated prices for shoddy or completely unnecessary work.

"We do not recommend dealing with cold-callers for property maintenance and repairs to your home and garden.

"Be on your guard if someone turns up unexpectedly.

"They may present as a professional looking business but carry out research before agreeing to any work.

"Be vigilant for vulnerable neighbours who may fall foul of these criminals.

"Don’t feel pressurised into agreeing immediately to work being carried out and never pay cash up front."

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 20220802-1392.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.

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