Two arrested after elderly woman is scammed out of cash in Bangor

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By David Hunter

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of Fraud after an elderly woman was pressured into handing over cash earlier this week. 

It's after men offered to do work at her Bangor home and drove her to a cash point after doing a miniumal, sub-standard level of skills. 

Police say the money paid far exceeded what a legitimate tradesman would charge.

The 23 and 22 year old suspects were detained on Tuesday evening after police stopped a van in the Banbridge area.

At the time officers said they had recovered a large quantity of cash from the vehicle. 

Detective Sergeant Andrews said “The arrests follow the report of two men calling at the home of an older resident in the Bangor area on Tuesday, 4 July.

"They offered to carry out some work for the occupant, pressuring them to withdraw money from their bank account to pay for this.

"It appears the work was conducted to a substandard level and transpired that the monies paid by the vulnerable householder far exceeded what any legitimate tradesman would charge for such services.

"Later that evening police stopped a vehicle and arrested two men in the Banbridge area in relation to this incident. Both men are currently in custody, helping police with their enquiries.”

He also offered some advice to those worried about fraudulent behaviour. 

"Tackling fraud is a priority for police and this is an excellent example of officers providing the personal service the community desires" he said.

"I would also like to thank the community for their continued support which assists us in responding to and dealing with crimes of this nature and ask them to remain mindful of this type of behaviour in future.

"If you have any concerns in relation to rogue traders, current scams and how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam go to the Scamwise NI internet site

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