SAFETY WARNING | Bogus tradesman target 93-year-old man in Mount Pritchard

Cabramatta police have issue a warning after a 93-year-old man was scammed $500 by a bogus tradesman in Mount Pritchard on Monday.

About 1:45pm, the elderly man was approached by another man at his home in Elizabeth Drive posing as a roofing tradesman.

The man claimed the elderly home owner’s roof needed repairing.  The male was invited into the home and paid $500.  The man then left the location stating he was going to get some supplies and would return. He never did.

Cabramatta Crime Coordinator, Senior Sergeant Brett Grenfell said residents should contact local police or Crime Stoppers if they have experienced a similar incident.

“No one should be embarrassed if they have become a victim to this type of scam who target the elderly,” he said.

Cabramatta police issued a number of safety tips for residents to safeguard them against becoming a victim.

These include:

  • Never let anyone inside you house or unit if you don’t know them.
  • Always ask for identification - a business card is not enough.
  • Never keep large amounts of money around the house.
  • If you are uncertain about the credibility of tradespeople, obtain their details and contact the Department of Fair Trading.
  • Contact your local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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