Dirty windows, rotten scoundrels

Nish sent us this scam alert:

On March 25th, I was the victim of a window cleaning scam on Tyrwhitt Road. We were caught off-guard and persuaded to part with £10 to a man on the doorstep who said he represented a company who usually does all the buildings on the road.

Stupidly we paid upfront and of course realise now it was a complete scam. We wanted to share this with other Brockley residents as we would hate to think an elderly or more vulnerable person could be conned in this way. The man is very convincing.

32 comments:

Hugh said...

You paid a stranger £10 for nothing?!

Comment said...

It maybe that it was the same individual who tried it on Wickham Road two years ago. He is convincing but certain things he said were odd/unprofessional, such as jumping over walls to get to the neighbours.
He is white, short hair, aged around 35-40, around 6ft tall.
Hair colour non descript and accent generic south Lodon.

all's well on endwell said...

Happened to me a few years back too. Ashamed to say that I fell for it. I even (in the short term) gave him the benefit of the doubt when he didn't turn up because there was freak sleet and snow the next day. Seems crazy looking back on it but he was pretty convincing - and my windows were crying out for some attention! Come to think of it, they still are...

Brockley Kate said...

There's a similar thing going on with gutter-cleaning.

Headhunter said...

How do window cleaners get up to the top windows and gutters of the large conservation area houses? Is it possible to get ladders up that high? When we had refurbishment work done on our building and the gutters checked etc a couple of years back, they said they had to use scaffolding because ladders would be to short or dangerous at that height.

Bea said...

I had the same guy round a couple of years ago but I said I would send him a cheque after he had cleaned my windows on receipt of a bill.

Anonymous said...

Ratbag Says

There is a very good local window cleaner, Steven Senner, lives in Tresillian Road. He cleans my windows every two months, leaves a bill. I think he will do basement ground and first floors. Anything higher and you are into scaffolding territory I think. He is also a tree surgeon.

Graeme said...

Pretty sure the guy calls himself Tony. Tried it on with me a couple of months ago and I put a warning up here which seemed to go unnoticed. He gives a fairly convincing spiel in a cheeky/friendly S London manner along the lines of "yeah, I've got a mate up the road with a big ladder on the van who'll be along shortly" Nobody in their right mind would want to work off a ladder above the first floor (I'm 2 floors up) and am fairly sure it's now illegal anyway.

It might be the same guy who's been working E Dulwich too. Perhaps he does one area until the word goes round, then moves off until the heat dies down.

The people who work these scams have a pretty in depth knowledge of the areas where they work, and can often spot if somebody new (and possibly more gullible) has moved in.

Anonymous said...

The same thing happened to us last year and we lost £15. We live on Breakspears Road. This guy looked a bit like Sinbad in Brookside.

Anonymous said...

They've moved on from Dulwich then.

Cllr Dean Walton said...

I've seen a few similar scams in my part of Brockley. Two different women have called asking for money to pay for urgent emergencies (to charge electricity card for baby, or to buy food for baby or to visit sister in Bexleyheath).

The 'Bexleyheath' women is known to the Brockley Safer Neighbourhood Team and I've not seen her around for a time.

I will alert the Brockley SNT to the fact that this scam is happening and ask what they can do about it.

Tressilliana said...

Our window cleaner is called Reg Wyles and he has been cleaning the windows of our house since the mid-70s, through at least three changes of occupier. Is this a record? He does a good job and does the insides too if I'm in when he calls.

Monkeyboy said...

I got suckered once at london bridge. I was having a coffee 'cos I was early for a meeting. Anyway this rather attractive well dressed young lady asked me if it was far to Croydon and could she walk - she was from out of town apparently and had been pick pocketed. I chuckled and said no. To cut a long story short i 'lent' her £30 (!!) to get a taxi. She was going to post me the money.

That was 18 months ago. Feeling VERY stupid.

Tamsin said...

It's called social compliance - to respond to a sob-story in this way - and symptomatic of being a nice person. Also one time in fifty it might be genuine and, from the point of the view of the person in desperate need, such a relief to be believed.

Also makes you feel a bit better - although also rather stupid.

Monkeyboy said...

well systematic of being a man - she had a tight blouse on.

Tamsin said...

Well, if eighteen months on you are still dwelling with pleasure on the thought of her tight blouse you've probably got your money's worth!

Anonymous said...

Horrid scam- sorry you got stung. Thanks for the warning.

Anonymous said...

also got stung by the window man on Christmas Eve - was in a hurry and actually offered to pay him up front as I was going away. Then spent my entire Christmas we were going to be robbed!

Ah well, you live and learn!

Anonymous said...

Our window cleaner is Steve Senner. Have been using him for many years lives locally and does a good job. Comes round regularly and also cleans gutters etc.

Cllr Dean Walton said...

Sgt Taylor (who heads up the Brockley Safer Neighbourhoods Team) says this about the postings on Brockley Central:

"Yes we are aware of it and I did in fact speak to him myself. Its good to see it on a blog like this as it helps raise awareness to scams that have been around for years."

I would like to add that, if anyone wishes to contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

http://www.met.police.uk/teams/lewisham/brockley/

Of interest (Nick perhaps you might want to a seperate post on some of these) - there's a serious of opportunities to meet the SNT team in Brockley listed on the Brockley SNT webpages

brockley mutha said...

dulwich sainsbury's - a well dressed, well spoken mother (like me!) whose son was waiting (like mine) to play football at dulwich hamlet, asked me if I had a mobile phone that she could use to tell her husband that she'd be a little late home because football was starting later than she'd thought.

half of me wanted to take my phone, the other half didn't trust her. particularly because i couldn't see her son. i said i didn't have my phone on me, and noticed that she didn't ask anyone else and moved on - son still invisible.

i've also been targetted by the crofton park lady who needs money to buy nappies for her baby - fortunately i had some nappies on my at the time.

trusting soul said...

I lent £20 to a bloke in a services station on the Scottish borders once (about 15 years ago), because he told me he'd run out of petrol and he and his girlfriend couldn't afford to get back to London.

Six months later, long after I'd forgotten about it, the money arrived in an envelope along with a very apologetic letter.

Headhunter said...

I seem to get targetted a lot by beggars and people who just need money to get home, for a hostel etc etc, friends of mine laugh about it, you can guarantee that if there's someone out asking for money in a packed station, they'll make a beeline for me.

When I first came to London I used to give money out (a quid here, 50p there, nothing like £30), but it just happens way to often and I'm afraid now I just say no. However I did get stopped by a young woman along Lewisham Way who genuinely seemed to be in trouble and needed my mobile to call her dad to pick her up. I said no to start, but felt bad and went back afterwards. Fortunately she used the phone as she said she would and gave it back to me.

drakefell debaser said...

If you are asked for money for a hostel, tell the person to go to Parker St which is free or contact their safer streets team.

There used to be a chap on Southern with a 5 minute tale which can be cut short if you mention this.

Headhunter said...

I haven't heard the hostel story for a while now. Time was every beggar who approached you needed money for a hostel or some variation on that theme...

Anonymous said...

what is the phone scam? they run off with it?

I was once on a train chatting to the guy opposite. I went to the buffet a car and offered to get him something. He asked for whatever and gave me the money. i came back emptyhanded as they hadn't stocked his stuff.

About a week later i remembered his money and was mortified. I tracked him down at the Foreign Office where he had told me he worked, via first name only.

I called him to get surname for the chq and regretted it as I think he thought i was an utter nutter/mad keen on him.

A second time, again on a train, the girl opposite asked if I would look after her baby while she went to the loo. Loo had a long queue apparently so she went a long way down the train to find an empty one. I was panicking and extremely relieved when she got back and I could hand over the (very nice) baby. very trusting of her though, I thought later.

peasoup said...

I'm just assuming it's a scam but I had a flyer through the door the other day addressed to my home but to 'Mr/Mrs' and claiming I had a unique code to win a prize from a local business - I chucked it without studying it much to be honest so the detail escapes me. One of those 'ring this number' etc. I smelled a rat.

Anonymous said...

If it sounds too good to be true...

Tamsin said...

Mark you - on a train there was not very far you could go with the baby.

Brockley Jon said...

I saw the "I need money for food because I'm pregant" beggar the other day, she sort of shouted it at me as I crossed the road and before I could say anything lifted up her top to show a near flat mid-riff... highly convincing.

Bea said...

Wow - she hasn't been round for ages. When I first moved to Brockley (having given birth myself 10 month previously) I felt sooo sorry for her! Was nearly in tears when she told me her story (obviously my hormones were still all over the place).

Wised up pretty soon though – now can’t believe I actually gave her money.

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