A pensioner having work done on his home handed over £3,000 cash to a conman.
Work on the house in Howard Park, Cleckheaton, was almost finished when the man had a knock on his door.
He opened it and spoke to a man who claimed to be the boss of the roofing company, saying they were “doing a good job.”
The unsuspecting pensioner offered to pay and handed over £3,000. The conman thanked him and drove off.
It was only later that the pensioner spoke to one of the genuine roofers working round the back saying he had “paid his boss” that the con was revealed.
Roofer Phil Senior, 39, of Cleckheaton-based P. Senior Roofing Contractors, was working in Bramham, near Leeds, at the time, and was left shocked when told of the con.
His wife Carrie, 33, said: “The customer was devastated and Phil was gutted for him. The customer has still has offered to pay but knowing Phil he will feel guilty about accepting the money.”
The con has been reported to police and Carrie said it was not the first time the couple had heard of householders with scaffolding up being targeted.
Carrie said a friend, also in Cleckheaton, had been approached by workmen claiming to be from a company which owned the scaffolding.
They said they had come to remove it but had to be paid first. The householders became suspicious and refused to pay.
Carrie said: “Our customer didn’t think twice when this man knocked on the door. He’s effectively been robbed on his own doorstep in broad daylight.
“We want as many people as possible to know about what’s happening. It’s damaging people’s businesses and livelihoods.”
The Howard Park con happened at 11am on Monday and Carrie said the conman was mixed race, about 6ft tall with a stubbly beard. He was driving a small blue Peugeot van.
Anyone with information should ring police on 101.
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