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Thursday 06 October 2016, 11:29 AM

Gloucestershire Police are warning the public of a scam which targeted a self-employed tradesman in Coleford.

Around four years ago, the victim purchased advertising space in a magazine after receiving a phone call offering the service. He paid £60 for the advert over the phone but he never had confirmation that it had been placed.

On Tuesday (4 October), he received a cold call stating that he owes £4,000 for the advertising space he purchased and that if he doesn’t pay this money, there will be a 30% surcharge.

The victim refused to pay the money and was told by the scammer that a bailiff would be attending his property. A bailiff did not attend at the time stated by the scammer.

Police are urging the public, especially those that have previously purchased advertising for their business over the phone, to be aware of this scam.

  • Take advice from family, friends or reputable traders before purchasing advertising or any other service
  • Avoid any cold callers that may turn up or ring unexpectedly offering their services
  • Only use reputable services recommended by family and friends or those who have worked satisfactorily for you before
  • Always obtain at least three quotes and make sure the quote is in writing
  • Keep back part of the cost until the job has been satisfactorily completed. This will provide an incentive for the trader to complete the job or put right any problems.