Wednesday 12 April 2006 10.30am
At the risk of sounding REALLY gullible I'm going to tell you how I parted with £15 on my doorstep yesterday.
I live on New Kent Road
. A man of around 40 presented himself as a window cleaner. He said 'his guys' did all the windows on my terrace, front and back for £22 per house. I could ask my neighbours, he was trustworthy. His guys would post a card through my door but were very busy in Henshaw Street and John Maurice close now. He was collecting money in advance because his guys didn't like carrying money because it's not safe. Called himself Tony, telephone number 07951 900 809.
Writing the episode down, my mistake is obvious. He caught me off guard and was convincing enough for me to part with £15, albeit under ever so slight pressure. I realised as soon as he closed the front gate that I probably wouldn't see him again. If I'd read this posting last week, I'd have smirked to myself, 'I'd never get caught out like that'. Well I have been and it's really frustrating to know that this guy is obviously raking in money as a confidence trickster. I hope this will help to curtail his nasty little scam. Don't drop your guard when people come to your front door. Pay after any job is done.