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Home repairs scam alert for Glasgow residents after pensioner conned

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Home repairs scam alert for Glasgow residents after pensioner conned

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Glasgow residents are being warned to beware of scammers trying to take advantage of people worried about the rising cost of living.

Glasgow City Council’s Trading Standards team is holding information events at city DIY stores to alert people to the dangers of doorstep scammers promising to make homes more energy efficient or to carry out “urgent” repairs.

Trading Standards staff are also joining forces with Police Scotland to carry out spot checks in Glasgow communities to ensure people who are having work done have been offered cooling off periods, have signed contracts and are happy with the work being undertaken.

The action aims to raise awareness of the mis-selling of energy efficiency measures, doorstep crime and rogue trading scams as well as encouraging people to report doorstep crime.

Glasgow City Council is taking part in a national Shut Out Scammers campaign launched by Trading Standards Scotland and Police Scotland.

It follows the targeting of a retired teacher in nearby Paisley who was visited by a cold caller offering free loft inspections. The woman was told that there was toxic mould and damp in her attic and she should install insulation at a cost of £7000. Worried that the mould was dangerous, she agreed to take out a loan to cover the cost of the insulation. The scammers helped her find and apply for a loan online.

Luckily, when she tried to transfer the money, her bank flagged the…

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