02:37PM, Wednesday 07 October 2015
A bogus trading standards officer tried to con an Old Windsor resident on Wednesday.
A man claiming to be trading standards officer ‘Clifford Williams’ claimed that the resident was entitled to compensation after a cowboy builder was arrested.
The man was wearing an ID badge on a lanyard and wanted the resident’s bank details to process the compensation.
Greg Nelson, team leader of trading standards at the Royal Borough, said: "Needless to say, we have no one of that name in this office. No officer from any other local authority would act in this manner.
“This person is bogus and therefore acting illegally."
The council and Thames Valley Police both issued warnings on their Twitter pages today.
Police said official visitors will have a telephone number to ring to verify who they are, as well as an ID badge.
The council have advised anyone who gets a call from bogus trading standards officers to call the police straight away.
Anyone who has been targeted by the scam is encouraged to call the police on 101.
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