Bogus rat catcher targets homeowner

POLICE have warned residents in Pelsall to be on their guard after a bogus rat catcher was reported to be in the area.

The man targeted a home owner in Wolverhampton Road, Pelsall, and Bell Lane, Bloxwich.

Each time, the bogus pest controller convinced the home owner that their gardens were infested with rats and claimed he could fix the problem for a sum of money.

After he was given the money, he left without carrying out any work.

The man is described as white, between 30 to 40 years of age and approximately 6ft tall. He has dark hair and was wearing dark clothing.

DC Stephen Foxhall, from the Force Criminal Investigation Unit, said: “Legitimate contractors will not cold call like this. This is quite clearly a scam and people should not hire anyone without checking they are legally registered and a contract or receipt of work has been exchanged.”

Anyone who has been a victim of this crime or has any information to help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact force CID at Bloxwich on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

(Police have not said when the homes were targeted)

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