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Con-men have targeted a pensioner in North Yorkshire

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12:01am 26th February 2012

Con-men have targeted a pensioner in North Yorkshire.

The elderly woman in Richmond was duped into paying to have some rubbish removed.

The rogue waste collectors claimed to work for environmental health, and made her sign a blank cheque.

Trading Standards say they targeted a vulnerable person and exploited her.

Official statement for Hambleton District Council

Homeowners have been warned to be on the lookout for rogue waste collectors after a pensioner was duped into paying to have rubbish removed.

The elderly woman from the Richmond area thought she was paying district council workers to remove the black sacks from her home - but when a neighbour checked later, realised she had been fooled.

Her family had been spring cleaning her semi detached home, placing rubbish in black sacks ready to be removed by skip a few days later.    

"Instead she paid three men in an unmarked white van to remove the rubbish, believing them to be from the district council," said Environmental Health Manager, Philip Mepham.

"They told her they worked for environmental health, asked her to sign a blank cheque and proceeded to take the bags away.  However they only took the ones they wanted - some were left behind.

"We urge everyone to be vigilant - this is not a genuine service and this old lady has clearly been duped.   She was very vulnerable to their persuasive ways, even signing a blank cheque."

He said the Waste and Street Scene Section can organise the removal of excess household waste for a charge - Richmondshire residents should call 01748 828777 for more information or check richmondshire.gov.uk and Hambleton residents 0845 1211 555 or Hambleton.gov.uk

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