HOUSE-to-house enquiries have been conducted on a Llanelli street, following concerns that an elderly couple were charged £150 for unsolicited garden work.

Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating an incident of suspected fraud in Corporation Avenue, Llanelli, on Friday, January 24, in which three men carried out light garden maintenance and then approached the property owners for payment.

Two of the men entered the house and were given approximately £150 in cash.

Temporary Chief Inspector for Carmarthenshire Chris Neve said: “Given the concerning nature of this incident, and the vulnerability of the victims, we are taking this report very seriously, and specialist officers are also overseeing the inquiry.

“Anyone who saw a white Ford Transit van in the area between 11am and 11.30am, or who was approached by men offering gardening services, is urged to call us on 101.

“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have difficulties with speech, you can also text the non-emergency line on 07811 311908.”

You can also take steps to protect yourself and vulnerable friends of family members by following the guidelines below:

• If in doubt, keep them out

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• Keep doors locked – even when at home during the day – and encourage elderly or vulnerable neighbours or relatives to do the same

• Think very carefully before you agree to a trader starting any work straight away

• Avoid handing over money before work is started

• Trust your instincts – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

• Talk to someone you trust for a second opinion

And finally – it’s OK to say no. Remember it’s your doorstep and your decision. If you feel pressured for any reason ask the person to leave.

If anyone has concerns in relation to rogue traders, cold callers or any suspicious activity at their home please give the police a ring on 101.

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