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Scam alert Police issue warning after two Irishmen demand hundreds from woman for trimming her hedge

'He finished up after 20 minutes and asked me to hand over £550 cash...I literally stood there and cried'

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Police in Humberside have warned locals to be wary

Police in Humberside have warned locals to be wary

Police in Humberside have warned locals to be wary

Police in Humberside in the UK have warned locals to be wary of strangers coming to the door offering  to do work after one woman was scammed by two Irishmen who demanded £550 (639 euro) for trimming her hedge. 

Local Facebook groups have been flooded with complaints from residents across Hessle, North Ferriby and Swanand reporting similar incidents.

The mum said she broke down after agreeing to her hedge being trimmed for in and around £20 and was then told to pay the massive sum for what amounted to 20 minutes of work.

"I've just been completely scammed by two Irish guys who came to the door asking if I wanted my hedges trimming while they were in the area," she posted on a Facebook page.

"I told them the price I usually pay (£20) and said if he could do it for close to that price then he can go ahead.

"He finished up after 20 minutes and asked me to hand over £550 cash. I literally stood there and cried."

Another resident added: "Oh my goodness, this is horrifying, I had a gentleman with an Irish accent call this afternoon as say he was working in the area (Hessle) and did I want my drive jet washing. I refused."

One woman said: "They came to my door yesterday wanted £150 to clean my front. I said 'no thanks'."

Residents have blamed the for the spike in cold-calling on people who are based on a large encampment at Pickering Park in Hessle.

It has been claimed that men in high-vis jackets have been spotted coming and going from the site and travelling around the area asking to do gardening jobs in exchange for large sums of cash.

A spokesman for Humberside Police said their advice was to not open the door to strangers, or to anyone who cannot provide valid ID.

"Avoid buying goods from doorstep sellers - the quality of the goods cannot be guaranteed and if there's a problem with the item, it's likely you'll have no means of obtaining a refund,” they said.

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"They may claim to have noticed something about your property that needs work or improvement, and offer to fix it at an inflated price."

It is believed that the 90 vans on the Pickering Park site had travelled to Hull from Scunthorpe.

Hull City Council has gone through the legal process to remove them, with notices served on Wednesday afternoon.

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