Shock as thieves target Grantham’s disabled people

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A DISABLED woman who fell victim to a conman who stole her mobility scooter is desperate to warn others of the scam.

Shocked that someone could be so callous as to steal from a disabled person, Doreen Jackson, 76, shared her experience with the Journal.

She received a call from a man claiming to be from Pro-Tec Mobility, saying her foldable scooter was due for a service. As he had her personal details, she believed the call to be genuine and arranged a home visit.

A “very nice young man” in a white van arrived and, after checking the scooter, said it needed to be taken away for repair and gave her an invoice.

Mrs Jackson, of Darley Dale Crescent in Grantham, said: “It looked so genuine. When my scooter didn’t turn up I rang the number and it rang and rang for days into weeks.”

On calling Pro-Tec, she was told they knew nothing about it and did not have her scooter, so Mrs Jackson rang the police.

She said: “I’ve been told by the police that it’s happened to another lady in Grantham. The thing is, they didn’t ask me for money, but they can it. I paid £800.

“I want people with mobility scooters to be warned. The thieves have numbers and names.”

John Ward, owner of Pro-Tec Mobility in London Road, told the Journal all customer details are kept safe.

He said: “We never put any details on a database in a computer. It’s old school on paper. They are secure.”

Mr Ward said a member of staff went to the home of another customer who called after receiving a phone call. She waited outside the customer’s home to catch them red-handed but nobody showed up.

He said: “It’s awful that someone’s doing this. They’re vulnerable people and a lot live on their own. The older they get they do trust people.”