Leigh resident warns people after suspicious visit from man in Grasmead Avenue

Southend Standard: Bogus caller in Leigh raises resident's suspicions Bogus caller in Leigh raises resident's suspicions

AN elderly woman is warning residents to be on their guard against charity scams after she was visited by a man claiming to be raising money for people with depression.

Iris Cook, 81, of Grasmead Avenue, Leigh, said a man called at the house saying he was raising money for a sponsored walk in aid of a depression charity, which he did not name, asking for cash up front from people interested in supporting him.

She said the man, described as bald and in his 40s, was carrying ordinary note paper with no logos or printing on them and a plastic bag. He did not have any identification on him.

Mrs Cook did not give him any money, though he returned about an hour later asking for cash.

Mrs Cook said: “When I looked at his paper, he had quite a few names on it, mostly with donations of about £4 or £5. I just want to make sure no-one else is caught out by this because it didn’t seem right.”

An Essex Police spokesman advised residents to always ask for identification from anyone purporting to be from a charity and to report any suspicious behaviour to the police on 101.

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2:04pm Tue 21 Jan 14

supermadmax says...

Mrs Cook said: “When I looked at his paper, he had quite a few names on it, mostly with donations of about £4 or £5. I just want to make sure no-one else is caught out by this because it didn’t seem right.”

Mrs Cook sounds like an absolute, stuck up, paranoid buzy body. Due to her whining its probable that this charity loses out on much needed funds. I hope karma pays her a visit.
Mrs Cook said: “When I looked at his paper, he had quite a few names on it, mostly with donations of about £4 or £5. I just want to make sure no-one else is caught out by this because it didn’t seem right.” Mrs Cook sounds like an absolute, stuck up, paranoid buzy body. Due to her whining its probable that this charity loses out on much needed funds. I hope karma pays her a visit. supermadmax
  • Score: -14

2:16pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

supermadmax wrote:
Mrs Cook said: “When I looked at his paper, he had quite a few names on it, mostly with donations of about £4 or £5. I just want to make sure no-one else is caught out by this because it didn’t seem right.”

Mrs Cook sounds like an absolute, stuck up, paranoid buzy body. Due to her whining its probable that this charity loses out on much needed funds. I hope karma pays her a visit.
Thats a bit harsh.
She did right and well done to her, i too find it suspicious, she sounds like a sharp lady.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Mrs Cook said: “When I looked at his paper, he had quite a few names on it, mostly with donations of about £4 or £5. I just want to make sure no-one else is caught out by this because it didn’t seem right.” Mrs Cook sounds like an absolute, stuck up, paranoid buzy body. Due to her whining its probable that this charity loses out on much needed funds. I hope karma pays her a visit.[/p][/quote]Thats a bit harsh. She did right and well done to her, i too find it suspicious, she sounds like a sharp lady. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 11

4:04pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Thecountrysgonetopot! says...

Mrs Cook did the right thing, she asked for identification etc, if he was a proper charity collector he would have had it, he didnt even tell her what charity it was! Well done Mrs Cook!
Mrs Cook did the right thing, she asked for identification etc, if he was a proper charity collector he would have had it, he didnt even tell her what charity it was! Well done Mrs Cook! Thecountrysgonetopot!
  • Score: 8

4:04pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Leighites says...

We too had a visit in Blenheim Crescent. No money paid but signed to provided he brings any supporting evidence of completing his walk. Not sounding likely though.
We too had a visit in Blenheim Crescent. No money paid but signed to provided he brings any supporting evidence of completing his walk. Not sounding likely though. Leighites
  • Score: 4

5:24pm Tue 21 Jan 14

profondo asbo says...

supermadmax wrote:
Mrs Cook said: “When I looked at his paper, he had quite a few names on it, mostly with donations of about £4 or £5. I just want to make sure no-one else is caught out by this because it didn’t seem right.”

Mrs Cook sounds like an absolute, stuck up, paranoid buzy body. Due to her whining its probable that this charity loses out on much needed funds. I hope karma pays her a visit.
what charity? were you born this morning?
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Mrs Cook said: “When I looked at his paper, he had quite a few names on it, mostly with donations of about £4 or £5. I just want to make sure no-one else is caught out by this because it didn’t seem right.” Mrs Cook sounds like an absolute, stuck up, paranoid buzy body. Due to her whining its probable that this charity loses out on much needed funds. I hope karma pays her a visit.[/p][/quote]what charity? were you born this morning? profondo asbo
  • Score: 3

7:08pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

supermadmax wrote:
Mrs Cook said: “When I looked at his paper, he had quite a few names on it, mostly with donations of about £4 or £5. I just want to make sure no-one else is caught out by this because it didn’t seem right.”

Mrs Cook sounds like an absolute, stuck up, paranoid buzy body. Due to her whining its probable that this charity loses out on much needed funds. I hope karma pays her a visit.
oh come off it. No ID and an ordinary bag. Obviously a con man.

No charity will have lost from this except his own personal beer fund. Would YOU give money to somebody at your door who just appeared with a plastic bag and a bit of paper?

God, these old dears get moaned at when they DO give money freely to these unscrupulous people and here is this lady showing common sense and ensuring other people do not fall for this conman's thieving.

He was asking for money up front. Anybody decent would not be collaring total strangers for money upfront, they'd be going round their local pub, family and friends or any clubs they belonged to. They would have evidence of the charity they were supporting and official ID. They might even get the Echo to support them.

They would not be knocking on the doors of old ladies they didn't know.

As for being stuck up, there is no evidence of that; paranoid.. not surprising given the number of scumbags there are going around taking money off old folk and busy body - good for her if she saved others from being conned.

I'd say she's just the sort of elderly person we need: on the ball, nobody's fool.

You should show more respect.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Mrs Cook said: “When I looked at his paper, he had quite a few names on it, mostly with donations of about £4 or £5. I just want to make sure no-one else is caught out by this because it didn’t seem right.” Mrs Cook sounds like an absolute, stuck up, paranoid buzy body. Due to her whining its probable that this charity loses out on much needed funds. I hope karma pays her a visit.[/p][/quote]oh come off it. No ID and an ordinary bag. Obviously a con man. No charity will have lost from this except his own personal beer fund. Would YOU give money to somebody at your door who just appeared with a plastic bag and a bit of paper? God, these old dears get moaned at when they DO give money freely to these unscrupulous people and here is this lady showing common sense and ensuring other people do not fall for this conman's thieving. He was asking for money up front. Anybody decent would not be collaring total strangers for money upfront, they'd be going round their local pub, family and friends or any clubs they belonged to. They would have evidence of the charity they were supporting and official ID. They might even get the Echo to support them. They would not be knocking on the doors of old ladies they didn't know. As for being stuck up, there is no evidence of that; paranoid.. not surprising given the number of scumbags there are going around taking money off old folk and busy body - good for her if she saved others from being conned. I'd say she's just the sort of elderly person we need: on the ball, nobody's fool. You should show more respect. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

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