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Man arrested in connection with rogue trader incident in Fareham

Good morning,

Yesterday the combined efforts of Fareham East Neighbourhoods Policing Team, the Fareham & Gosport High Harm Reduction Team, the Southampton High Harm Reduction team, and investigation teams from the East and West of the county led to the arrest of a man, and the safeguarding of a vulnerable and elderly person.

The arrest follows reports of a woman in her 70s transferring large sums of money to a builder over a six month period. 

The builder has allegedly returned to the woman’s address in Fareham continually and pressured her into completing work that wasn’t necessary, and charged in excess of £60,000.

Concerns were raised to police by the victim’s bank.

A 58-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested in Southampton on suspicion of fraud by false representation. He has been bailed with conditions while further enquiries are conducted.

We are taking this opportunity to encourage our communities to read our crime prevention advice about these sorts of offences. 

Elderly and vulnerable people are often targeted, so if you have any elderly friends, neighbours or family members, please make them aware of this type of crime and encourage them to report any offences or suspicious/unwanted activity to us.

No one should feel pressured into committing to something they don’t want or need on their doorstep. More details about doorstep criminals and rogue traders can be found here: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/police-forces/hampshire-constabulary/areas/campaigns/2018/doorstep-criminals/

Details about other types of fraud you might experience at your home can be found here: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/door-to-door-courier-fraud/

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