Armley: Elderly warned about ‘bogus gardeners’

28 July 2016

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An Armley organisation which supports vulnerable older people has issued a warning about bogus gardeners operating in the area.

Dawn Newsome, project manager at Armley Helping Hands, says that some older people have had a man call at their home, offering a gardening service for £12 per hour.

She says the bogus gardener tells the older person that their original gardener has hurt his back and he’s come to complete the work. Ms Newsome added:

“Please be cautious he will call back later with a team of four men and will commence work with out your permission and then pressure you to pay on average £1,000 to £2,000.

“These individuals are returning to our older people’s properties numerous times demanding more cash for work they allegedly have completed including roofing, repairs to steps and paths.

“If you are approach by this group of people, or see suspicious people working at your neighbour’s house, please call 999.”




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