Alert over bogus council officials

Alert over bogus council officials

Alert over bogus council officials

First published in News

TWO conmen tricked their way into man’s home and ransacked his bedroom after pretending to be from the council.

The tricksters told Steve Mitchell, 57, they were from Basildon Council and were investigating a leak.

One of the fraudsters led Mr Mitchell to his kitchenwhile the other sneaked off.

Mr Mitchell realised something was wrong when one of the bogus workmen put on gloves.

He said: “I want to warn other people about what happened to me. Especially because there are elderly people living in the area.”

The fraudsters targeted him last Tuesday.

Mr Mitchell explained: “They said there was a leak from upstairs and they needed to check my flat.

“He asked me to turn on the kitchen taps and he did the same in the bathroom.

“When he put on gloves I put my arms out and guided them both out my flat.

“I went to my bedroom and the drawers were open.”

Nothing was stolen. The first man was aged between 25 and 27, had short, neat, black hair, was clean shaven with a pale complexion. He wore a black jacket, made of waterproof-type material, which was spattered with either paint or bleach and fawn-coloured trousers.

He spoke with a Canadian accent that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to an Irish accent.

There is no description of the second man.

Anyone with information should call 101.

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6:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

DAGASMAN says...

"He spoke with a Canadian accent
that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to
an Irish accent" conman with an irish accent? No, im sure its a misunderstanding
"He spoke with a Canadian accent that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to an Irish accent" conman with an irish accent? No, im sure its a misunderstanding DAGASMAN
  • Score: 5

7:45pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Audioman says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
"He spoke with a Canadian accent
that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to
an Irish accent" conman with an irish accent? No, im sure its a misunderstanding
Getan Id from them Coucil do not check GAS LEAKS
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: "He spoke with a Canadian accent that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to an Irish accent" conman with an irish accent? No, im sure its a misunderstanding[/p][/quote]Getan Id from them Coucil do not check GAS LEAKS Audioman
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Audioman says...

Council do not check for gas leaks .
Council do not check for gas leaks . Audioman
  • Score: 1

8:34pm Tue 19 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
"He spoke with a Canadian accent
that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to
an Irish accent" conman with an irish accent? No, im sure its a misunderstanding
You perhaps hoped it was a 'muslim accent'?
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: "He spoke with a Canadian accent that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to an Irish accent" conman with an irish accent? No, im sure its a misunderstanding[/p][/quote]You perhaps hoped it was a 'muslim accent'? ThisYear
  • Score: -12

10:15pm Tue 19 Aug 14

DAGASMAN says...

ThisYear wrote:
DAGASMAN wrote:
"He spoke with a Canadian accent
that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to
an Irish accent" conman with an irish accent? No, im sure its a misunderstanding
You perhaps hoped it was a 'muslim accent'?
What the hell is a "muslim accent"? Islam is practiced in many countries across the globe, your hypocritical cultural bigotry truly knows no bounds
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: "He spoke with a Canadian accent that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to an Irish accent" conman with an irish accent? No, im sure its a misunderstanding[/p][/quote]You perhaps hoped it was a 'muslim accent'?[/p][/quote]What the hell is a "muslim accent"? Islam is practiced in many countries across the globe, your hypocritical cultural bigotry truly knows no bounds DAGASMAN
  • Score: 8

1:17am Wed 20 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
DAGASMAN wrote:
"He spoke with a Canadian accent
that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to
an Irish accent" conman with an irish accent? No, im sure its a misunderstanding
You perhaps hoped it was a 'muslim accent'?
What the hell is a "muslim accent"? Islam is practiced in many countries across the globe, your hypocritical cultural bigotry truly knows no bounds
You might of noticed...if you had more than a few brain cells in your bonehead...that i used quotation marks...ie as in something you would be likely to say...

I admit I do feel a prejudice against knuckle dragging racist curs..do you use a lot of plasters?
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: "He spoke with a Canadian accent that Mr Mitchell said slipped in to an Irish accent" conman with an irish accent? No, im sure its a misunderstanding[/p][/quote]You perhaps hoped it was a 'muslim accent'?[/p][/quote]What the hell is a "muslim accent"? Islam is practiced in many countries across the globe, your hypocritical cultural bigotry truly knows no bounds[/p][/quote]You might of noticed...if you had more than a few brain cells in your bonehead...that i used quotation marks...ie as in something you would be likely to say... I admit I do feel a prejudice against knuckle dragging racist curs..do you use a lot of plasters? ThisYear
  • Score: -8

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