Recently, conmen have been cheating people out of their money online. This is leaving both customer and tradesman out of pocket and at a loss.

They’re doing this by email. They contact those who are expecting to receive bills from genuine tradesmen that have done work on their home. They then, pretend to be this particular worker using a similar email address.  Within the email they ask for payment via a bank transfer. The customer’s soon realise this is scam though when the genuine worker arrives asking for payment.

Therefore, police are urging people to double check that the email address is exactly the same as the contact before. They also emphasise that spelling and grammar are also key indicators that the email is a scam. Before transferring any money though, they recommend confirming the request by phone with the tradesman who completed the work.

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