Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Don't be conned, says consumer champion

Don't be conned, says consumer champion

TV consumer champion Matt Allwright hosted a talk in Wargrave about how to avoid con artists.

Allwright, best known for his work on the BBC’s Watchdog and Rogue Traders programmes, spoke to more than 200 people at the Piggott School in Twyford Road on Monday.

The audience included residents as well as members of the police, fire service and Wokingham Borough Council.

Allwright told them they would learn how to prevent themselves and others from falling victim to bogus callers and fraudsters.

He presented a slideshow and showed a clip from Rogue Traders.

Allwright said: “If you can stop just one person being targeted by fraud you will feel like you have just swung through the skyscrapers and are a superhero.

“Criminals these days are quite lazy as technology is helping them. They don’t have to go out with a crowbar or jimmy, they can do it much more easily at home.

“We are going to give you all the information and powers you need.”

He was joined on stage by representatives of the council, Thames Valley Police and Trading Standards, who talked about how to avoid being defrauded.

They recounted how one trader was jailed for 18 months for conning several elderly people into paying for expensive house repairs they didn’t need.

Advice leaflets were also handed out to the audience.

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