Not so green fingered has conmen target pensioner in Andover

Police are reminding people about advice on doorstep traders following an incident in Andover.

The victim, an 80-year-old woman, called a number on a flyer she had received for ‘Tree and Garden Services’, as she wanted to have her patio re-laid.

A man came to her house on Friday 12 April and quoted a figure of £1,500.

The victim then went to the bank, withdrew the money, and gave £1,000 of it to the man.

He asked the woman for a hot drink but when she came back outside he had gone, taking the money.

The victim has tried to call the number she had used before but has had no response.

An investigation is underway and officers are making enquiries.

Inspector Chris Taylor said: “This is a terrible crime taking advantage of the trust of a vulnerable lady.

“Cold calling fraud, either on the doorstep or via phone, is a district priority for the Test Valley.

“We would ask that people always use trusted tradespeople, and look out for vulnerable neighbours and family members.

“Our advice is to not employ cold-calling traders. If you do get cold-callers, please try and note their details, including vehicle registrations, if it is safe to do so, and call us on 101.”

If you have any information about what happened or have heard of something similar, then please call us on 101, quoting crime reference number 44190126829.