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Offers to finish power washing for man (79) scammed out of £1k

Offers have been made to finish a power-washing job for an elderly man defrauded out of £1,000 by scammers.

On Tuesday morning, October 31 at around 10am two men approached a 79-year-old at his home in the Kingsway Drive area of Lurgan and offered to clean and de-weed the man's driveway and pathways.

Money was handed over to two men who did not carry out the work.

The pair, who are described as being in their 30s and speaking with Newry accents, had a white-coloured van with them during the incident.

Writing on its Twitter page on Thursday night, a spokesperson for the PSNI district of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon said it had received multiple offers to finish the work for free.

Speaking about the incident, PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said the incident was an example of "sickening exploitation".

"We recognise that not all cold callers are rogue traders or criminals however we want every householder, particularly the more vulnerable, to have the confidence to refuse services they do not require or want," Inspector Burrows said.

"Neighbours can also play a vital part in helping protect the more vulnerable in their community against this kind of crime. Look out for suspicious vehicles and people and report ALL suspicious activity to Police."

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