Woman conned out of £170k by bogus trading standards officers

editorial image

Surrey Police is urging people to be vigilant after a woman was conned out of hundreds of thousands of pounds by conmen pretending to be trading standards officers.

A police spokesman said: “The victim was tricked into believing she was owed compensation in relation to work which had been carried out on her driveway. The suspects told her they were working with police at Scotland Yard and conned her into making payments totalling £170,000.”

He added: “The advice from Surrey Police is: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always check the caller’s identity and telephone the company they say they are from to check that they are genuine. If you are concerned about a doorstep caller, please tell friends or family, or telephone the police. If in doubt, keep them out.”

To report fraud and for further advice, please go to http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or call the Action Fraud contact centre on 0300 123 2040.

* Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage

2) Like our Facebook page

3) Follow us on Twitter

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

Always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.