Residents urged to be on their guard against homes repairs conmen

Residents across North Staffordshire are being warned about a potential scam
involving conmen posing as housing officials.

It follows reports of a vulnerable old person who was approached by someone
posing as a member of staff from Revival Home Improvement Agency.

The resident received a photocopied version of an out-dated leaflet advertising the
handyman and home repair management services available through Revival to
residents in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Staffordshire
Moorlands. (note: The Handyperson service is only available in Stoke-on-Trent).

They were then asked to meet the bogus official outside Revival’s former office at
Victoria Chambers, Stoke.

An attempt was made to agree a payment for potential work on the persons
home.

Revival is part of the Staffordshire Housing Group and now has an office at the
housing organisation’s headquarters at 308 London Road, Stoke.

Martin Peake of Revival said: “It was a poor standard photocopy and fortunately
the resident was wary of the approach and informed us about what had happened.

All our staff carry identity badges at all times, and never visit anyone’s home
without prior agreement.

But it is clear that there is someone who is trying to approach residents using
false credential s and we want to warn people to be on their guard.

If anyone is approached they can contact the Revival office by telephoning 01782
749202.”

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Revival Home Improvement Agency. 308 London Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 5AB