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#337025 - 20th Jul 2009 12:55pm Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton
philmch Offline
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I live in Prenton and have just had a bloke turn up in a white van telling me that my chimney is about to collapse. He asked me for £300 in advance to pay for materials and would commence the job right away.

Needless to say he didn't get it. He is wearing a black top with the name of his company printed on it in yellow and he has an accent which is not local (possibly Lancashire or Cheshire). If anyone is approched by this man please get the number of his van and report it to the police.

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#337034 - 20th Jul 2009 1:26pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: philmch]
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how do you know he is cowboy? what are you going to do now if your chimney collapses?

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#337047 - 20th Jul 2009 1:54pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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Well it seems mighty suspicious when someone asks for £300 cash upfront without actually getting up a ladder and taking a proper look.

Would you hand over the cash ? What does the bugger do with it ? He does a runner of course.

As for the chimney, it's been pointed and the danger of imminent collapse was not reported. I've inspected it with binoculars and it looks solid. This is a classic example of FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt; a well known marketing technique.

I should add that the bloke is white, stocky build, short dark hair and I'd say in his 30s. He has a mate with him in the van.

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#337057 - 20th Jul 2009 2:13pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: philmch]
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Classic scam, will be praying on the elderly and vulnerable no doubt.

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#337059 - 20th Jul 2009 2:16pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: MattLFC]
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#337061 - 20th Jul 2009 2:39pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: MissGuided]
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i'll keep a sharp eye out.

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#337152 - 20th Jul 2009 7:17pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: Shadow_Omega]
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i work in a builders mrchant and hear about lots of this type of thing.watch out guys as the old favourite tarmac boys are in the area again.

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#337186 - 20th Jul 2009 9:34pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: phalinmegob]
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fuckin gypo's
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#337201 - 20th Jul 2009 10:03pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: Sanchez]
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Gypo's wearing stetsons
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#337211 - 20th Jul 2009 10:28pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: kimpri]
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Gypo's wearing stetsons


yerr man! withthat
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#337241 - 21st Jul 2009 12:45am Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: TRANCENTRAL]
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Just play detective and report any suspicious knobs to the plod, innit
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#337242 - 21st Jul 2009 12:45am Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Just play detective and report any suspicious knobs to the plod, innit
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#337403 - 21st Jul 2009 4:58pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: RUDEBOX]
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how bad is that? should have got him to go up and show you it wobble then remove the ladders. does chimney lean in over the roof? cos thats normal
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#337419 - 21st Jul 2009 5:59pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: philmch]
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why don't we get the Wiki Posse gathered and mosey on down the trail to Prenton and meet at the OK Coral...!!!

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#337440 - 21st Jul 2009 7:02pm Re: Cowboy roofer alert - Prenton [Re: ]
sean Offline
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Registered: 26th Jun 2005
Posts: 541
Loc: prenton
i live in prenton. sounds like the same bloke that knocked at mine yesterday whilst i was at work. he told my girlfriend that the gutters were shabby and that he had some left over from another job and wanted money there and then to replace them.

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