Thursday, 27 October 2016

Foolish old woman!

The number of scams emails is going up....almost every day I get one asking me to put in my banking details or lose out in some way.
The Facebook scam means that I now realise very quickly that there are two faces with the same picture in the folder...and the latest one is fake.
Last week though I fell for a new one and unrelated to the Internet!
The firm who rang me about my solar tiles say they found my details on an energy register...they were very complimentary about my status as an energy user...and provider!
They told me a surveyor would come to check them for me as they were now out of warranty. I replied that I'd got a maintenance insurance already in place. They told me it was a scam and to cancel it!
Their own surveyor would come and do a free survey!
He came, went up into my loft and came down with bad news!
There was nothing dreadfully wrong with my tiles but my roof was letting in light in places...and therefore rain would get in...leading to all sorts of problems. It needed fixing!
He stayed all morning, set up a detailed work sheet and rang a roofer...who would travel from Hampshire and stay in a bed and breakfast to get the job done!
It would be a three day job and would be very expensive!
Anxious, I agreed! An official looking two page sheet detailed all the work...it was scary!
Fortunately I do have friends....
They listened to this tale of woe and went for a look.....
The short version is that I had been played....a local builder could deal with a couple of small problems in a couple of hours....
I cancelled the job.
I almost fell for it...
Thank goodness for friends.....
I now feel very foolish....to have fallen for what I now see is an obvious scam makes me a daft old woman...
The man was charming....we had a good conversation. And I had already found a couple of damp patches.....
So no matter how wary we are, how aware of the dangers it is still possible to fall for a plausible chap who realised that I'd never go up into my loft on my own...
Frailty they name is woman! Yah!
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