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Elderly people being swindled over fake roof jobs (Updated)

A second case of elderly people being conned into paying for roof insulation work that never took place came to light on Monday, just days after another incident had been reported.

Following a case of an elderly man who was defrauded of nearly €10,000 by people pretending to insulate the roof of his home in Polemidia, an elderly couple reported to Limassol police on Monday that they had paid €3,000 for the same job to people, who then disappeared without carrying out any work.

In statements, Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades said in both cases the perpetrators appear to be the same, acting in an organised manner and using “methods we are investigating”.

On Thursday, two men accompanied by a woman and a child visited the house of an 83-year-old man and asked if he wanted them to insulate the roof.

The home owner agreed and gave the men €600 as a down payment for the purchase of the necessary materials.

They returned the same day and started working. A few hours later they reported they had completed the job.

The two men demanded €10,000 for their work and after negotiating, the 83-year-old man paid them €9,000 before they left.

The victim told police that when the unknown men, whom he described as 25 to35-years-old, asked for the money they took him in a green saloon car to a bank to get the cash.

The elderly man only later realised he had been defrauded after inspecting the roof and discovering only a small part had been insulated, for which materials worth no more than €100 had been used.

Police are looking for the two men.

Soteriades has urged the public, especially the elderly, to be cautious and take care not to be taken in by con artists.

 


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