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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 1st 2009
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST Now we just have to wait for Alice and the Mad Hatter . . . Concord's Sofia, 3, and Thomas Dunphy, 2, at the Canada Bay tea festival at McIlwaine Park, Concord West, last Sunday. Full story, Page 15. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP260544 'Don't get conned' FIONA BRADY HOW TO BE SAFE Use only licensed tradespeople. Check with the Office of Fair Trading Shop around and get quotes for any work Don't let people into your home Don't hand over any money before the tradesman completes the work If you are suspicious, take a note of their registration, make of vehicle and any contact details they provide SCAM artists have been fleecing Inner West pensioners out of thousands of dollars for bodgie roof repairs, police have warned. In one case the rogue traders drove a Concord pensioner to the bank and spoke to the teller to help him withdraw more than $6000 from his account. Constable Robert Lorenc (pic- tured), from Burwood local area command's proactive crime team, said there had been five known cases in the In- ner West over the past month -- but there could be other victims yet to come for- ward. ''Of all the victims, the lowest age was 80,'' he said. Police all over Australia have received reports of itinerant tradesmen, some with English or Irish accents who go door-to-door seeking work. One of the Concord victims was an 87-year-old grandmother who was conned out of $3000. She was too frightened to be named but told the Inner-West Weekly that when two ''polite and friendly young men'' called at her door on March 4, she mistook them for the workers who had cut her lawn earlier in the week. She said they accepted $40 for the lawn cutting and then one of them produced a piece of plaster, telling her that her roof needed repairs and offering to do the job. ''I didn't wake up to it then, but later I thought, 'How could he get that, he hasn't been up there yet'. He told her it would cost $3000 and offered to drive her to the bank. When she gave him the money, he claimed she'd only given him $2000. No repairs were ever carried out. ToPage2
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