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Let's be honest, there's nothing more frustrating than when


something goes wrong in your house. Last year, we spent a staggering


�15 billion on house repairs. But how can we tell if we've got a good


deal, or if we've been taken to the cleaners?


How much? 22 5? Just for today �500 if it's cash. Probably about �7,500.


We've been secretly filming up and down the UK and reveal how


shockingly easy it could be for you, yes, you, to be duped. I'm afraid


you've been ripped off, he's not a bona fide tradesman. He's not?


I been done. I've been done... Maybe. And this is the bit I love.


We expose the UK's most outrageous tradesmen rip offs. One of the


worst conservatories I'd ever seen, needed pulling down and starting


again. The house was a death trap. No other word for it - conned.


Coming up, as our road tradesman met his match, a cautious consumer


from Bedfordshire isn't falling for Roger's dirty tricks. That's all


I've got. You're a tough fella, I'm not going to start a punch up with


you. The astonishing tricks of a landscaper who conned a cautious


homeowner out of �80,000. All the lies he told everybody, he needed a


very good memory to do all of that. The lady who is nearly conned out


of several hundred pounds. Burnt the cable, wish me luck. Stand by


for dirty tricks of the tradesmen. Hello. I'm not a tradesman. I


wouldn't know how to rewire a house, fit tiles on a roof or service a


boiler. That's why we need professionals. The vast majority do


a terrific job, but there is a minority who turn rogue. They can


make our lives a misery. People from all over the country


are telling us their shocking stories of being ripped off by the


cowboys and many more are helping us to blow the secrets of the


rogues by setting up their friends and family for a visit from our


very own tradesman, all to show you how to avoid being taken for a ride.


Meet Roger Bisby, with 40 years experience, there's little he


doesn't know about the building game.


If there's one thing he doesn't like, it's conmen, cashing in,


using dirty tricks. But we are asking Roger to become a


rogue, just for today. Why? Because if he shows us what the tricky


tradesmen do, he can show us how not to get conned.


We are setting up small property problems and sending Roger round to


show us how easy it is to be tricked into unnecessary work. It's


being filmed in secret and he's working with our cameraman Luke,


who is pretending to be Roger's apprentice. We'll discover the


location of their first sting in just a moment.


Did you know, 4 faulty wiring is responsible for thousands of


accidental house fires a year, so keeping our wiring in good nick is


absolutely essential. Now, some rogues will use our fears about


home safety to trick the unwary into unnecessary work. Charm is a


32-year-old student from North London. She's asked us to set up


Carla Johnson, her best friend since primary school, who lives


nearby. She's telling Carla that she has a wiring problem and needs


her to house sit while she pops out. I just said to her, there are some


men coming round to sort something out in the kitchen, I've left some


money, she needs to get a receipt and try not to use all the money up.


Charm has left �100, but knowing our tricky tradesman Roger, I


expect he'll soon relieve her of that, as he slips into his secret


filming gear. He's planning a trick that involves the fuse box.


exotic location today is North London where we've come to look at


a suspicious smell around the fuse box. Luke, you've been shopping for


a magic box? I've got a magic box containing tea bags. What we are


going to do is pretend it's a filter that it will filter out the


unevenness in the electricity supply. We won't even connect it up.


I'll also introduce a bit of burnt wire. Hopefully that'll be enough


to persuade the lady that she needs to have all this elaborate


electronic equipment fitted. bags! Did I hear that correctly?


Good luck with that one, Roger. Once in, he'll pretend there's a


smell by the fuse box and while Luke keeps Carla busy, he'll plant


some burpbts wire. Finally, Roger can install the magic box of tricks


which he claims will keep Charm's house from burning down. When it


comes to repairing fuse boxes, a typical cost is around �200. Some


tradesmen may do the work on a no- fix no-fee basis, still we are


talking about a deadly trix ter. It's 5 o'clock when Roger arrives,


a little later than expected -- trickster. Hello. Hello, it's the


electrician. Hiya. You all right? Fine, thank


you. Sorry I kept you waiting. dear, Carla's fallen at the first


hurdle and not asked to see any proof of identity. That's the


kitchen. Fuse box. Do you want a bit of light on the subject. Do you


want it on the other side? I'll get the ladder and we'll flip it round.


So Roger is in and full of the joys of spring.


Every house you go in, they have televisions on. Meanwhile, Roger's


smoothie apprentice is telling Carla all about his weekend plans.


It's a crazy place on a Saturday night. Belly top and shorts...


exactly. Can't f can't believe it. Struggle


up the stairs. Should have sent your apprentice. He's too busy


using the tried and tested technique of gaining Carla's


confidence. Luke. I don't want to trouble you, but any chance you


could give me a hand. Sorry. I was just chatting. You're a nightmare.


When I do it, Luke, it's called chatting up, when you do it it's


called harassment, all right. soon before he springs trick one?


There is a bit of a smell. I'm not being rude, but do you mind... Can


I trouble you for a cup of tea? Nice cup of tea and nice


distraction technique. Roger's cue to scarper and get what he needs


for his next trick while Luke keeps Carla busy. You stay there. I've


done all the heavy lifting. right. I've had a look, identified


the colour of the wire inside the fuse box which is very important


because I don't want to put the wrong colour wire in. Now I'm going


to burn a bit of kainl up, insert that into the fuse box and show


them the terrible result -- bit of cable. This trick is common. Conmen


will create convincing props which they can plant at the scene. They


can use them to invent problems where none exist, or to take a


minor problem and make it seem more serious.


The bigger the issue, the more they can charge to fix it, but Carla's


only expecting to pay �100. We are ready to go. Burnt the cable. Wish


me luck. It's nearly 5.20 and Roger has his second trick ready to roll.


He's never certain how they'll unfold, but this one looks pretty


devious to me. Press this button on the top one. OK, if you press it.


He's answering the door as well now. All right Roger: You've moved in,


you're answering the door now. We have a cup of tea? Lovely. He says


if you made it or something. that a bit strong? Love strong tea.


Anything you can stand a spoon up in. Nice cup of tea by the way.


Very good. I mentioned it first, not you, oh, yes, a very nice cup


of tea. Steady on! With great care, Roger places the burnt cable inside


the fuse box and Carla has no idea it's happening.


Right. What is going on here, is you're get ago spike across the


power supply. Do you want to have a look at this or not? Interested in


electrics? No. A bit of burnt cable up here. OK. It's quite honestly I


should test every single one of the circuits, so I'll stick a box on it


which will iron out the spikes, yes. If I don't do that then it could


catch fire. So, if I do it now, I'll give you a nice discount


because you are a nice person making nice tea. How much? �230.


All in hrbgs including the box. real? Yes, for real. -- all in,


including the box. For real, Roger. So, how will Carla handle this


shocker? I'm sure that's OK. Oh, my God, I don't know... How will she


react when she realises there's been a con. Really? Where's my


money?! Where's my money?! Now, if Roger's fuse box antics


seem hard to believe, they pail in comparison to the dangerous tricks


played by real rogue electricians. In the next astonishing story from


the West Midlands, the law caught up with a conman involved before


his lethal wiring caused a serious accident.


Wolverhampton is the home of a reck blst tradesman called Lee Norton.


Over a decade he's picked up two prison sentences for the shocking


tricks he's played on local home owners as Trading Standards officer


Peter value vert recalls. Calvert. This trader is a serial


offender. He's probably put the lives of up to 25 people at risk.


The work was shoddy, people lost a lot of money and were lucky to


escape without being injured. Lee Norton was notorious for using


the gift of the gab to mislead his victims. Among them was mother of


four Sharon Robinson. He put my kids in danger, ripped me


off. I'm still so angry with him, I could kill him.


In 2007, Sharon bought a new home for her family in Wolverhampton.


She had big plans for creating a dream home and was excited about


moving in, though she knew the house would need some renovation.


bought the house in October 2007. It needed completely renovating,


include ago rewire. I wanted it to be done as soon as possible.


Someone recommended the electrician to me and I thought OK, he's


available, he can do the work. You'd think that a personal


recommendation would be a good way of finding a reliable tradesman,


but Sharon was unlikely given Lee Norton's contact details.


Little did she know that he wasn't a trained electrician, nor approved


by any trades organisation. He concealed this from his clients


and that was always his first dirty trick. My first impression of this


electrician was that he had an attitude, he was ah gants --


arrogant, very smarmy and I wouldn't like bumping into him on a


dark alley. The kids' impression was literally the same my daughter


didn't want him doing the work, but we needed it done as soon as


possible and he was the electrician that was available. On the first


meeting, we went through every room rbgs decided how many plug sockets,


where the light switches were going and everything. Need add complete


rewire. He just said he could do it stpraigt away and it would cost


�2,000. -- straightaway. When he started, I didn't question any


of his work, he said he was qualified. He promised I'd have a


certificate at the end of it. I know nothing about electrics, so I


just left him to carry on. Norton had caught out Sharon with


another classic trick as he blinded her with science about what he


could do. And she let him continue, hoping that family life would


return to normal. Just as it cloocked like the work


was coming to an end, he hit Sharon with another trick changing the


goalposts of the work they'd agreed. Towards the end of the job being


finished, he said he he wouldn't be back for a couple of days because


he was going on holiday to New York and he needed the payment before he


went for the work and that he'd be back when he came back from holiday


to finish the work. So I paid him the �2,000, he gave me an


electrical certificate which, at the time, I did think it was a


genuine electrical certificate. there was no end to Norton's tricks.


The certificate he gave Sharon was a forgery.


After he'd came back off holiday because he was going for about four


days I think, he didn't turn up to finish what he was supposed to


finish and so I phoned him on numerous occasions and he never got


back to me. When he wasn't returning my calls,


I was getting really angry. person you are calling is unable to


take your call... I thought, what can I do. So I got in touch with


Trading Standards. At this point, Sharon just wanted


the job finished for the �2,500 she'd agreed. When Trading


Standards came to her aid, they discovered that Norton had done far


more than rip her off, he'd spent the previous two weeks gradually


turning her dream home into a death trap. Peter Calvert's come back to


You can see the original boiler location. The wire that goes up


into the ceiling, when the electrician pulled it, that came


down. And that was live. It was live under my daughter's bed. She


was 12 at the time. That is not good. You could have had a fire up


there. Yeah, could have had a fire any time. Loose livewires weren't


the only problem. The fuse box situated in the corner of the


dining room was left uncovered. Norton's dangerous work could have


proved fatal. There is a gap there where there should be four fuses.


That is live. That's straight to the mains out through the wall.


one of the children had of touched it, they would have had no chance.


They could have been electrocuted. There was still more shocking news


for mum, Sharon. Can you tell me what happened upstairs with the


rewiring? Basically, they put the wires through joists. Then squashed


the floorboards down. If you walk on that over time, you will start


to get the cable heating up and it could have caused a fire. This was


probably the worst job we had ever seen from this trader. The house


was basically a deathtrap with lots of live wires left, lack of earth


circuits and a danger that the wiring would overheat and cause a


fire. As part of their case against Lee Norton, Peter's team at


Wolverhampton Trading Standards sent in a surveyor to check the


work at Sharon's home. The property had not been rewired in any valid


sense of the word, installation was unsafe. The main dangers were risk


of electric shock from unearthed sockets and lighting points and a


risk of fire from overheating of cables. Both pose a threat to human


life. The case was conclusive and Sharon was one of three victims


whose case led to Lee Norton's conviction in 2009. We prosecuted


for Trade Descriptions Act offences and one charge of fraud. He was


imprisoned by the Crown Court for two years. He served 12 months


inside and then had a year's licence. Unfortunately, offended on


licence and got recalled for a month. After that, we had further


complaints about unsafe electrical work and this time we went for an


enforcement order under the Enterprise Act which bans him from


carrying out shoddy work in the future. We haven't heard anything


from him since. Sharon considers herself very lucky to have escaped


without injury to herself or her children. But Norton has turned her


life upside-down and left her seriously out-of-pocket. A total of


�4,500 in all. Since Lee Norton's been here, I have had to have a lot


more work done than originally needed doing. Because of the danger


left, it has had to be rewired again. I have had to sell my car to


fund it. Because it left me out-of- pocket by ripping me off. Worrying


times for Sharon, but she has taken something from her traumatic


experience. Not all electricians were available. Somebody did say to


me that you learn later. The ones that are very busy are the ones


that you should employ. We have another extraordinary story later,


the Derbyshire woman ripped off to the tune of almost �80,000 by a


conman who was only supposed to fit a new fence. Everything that I had


worked for has gone. He's ruined my life. Plus, in our quest to show


you how not to be ripped off, Roger plays more devious tricks on a


consumer in Bedfordshire. Look, look at all this. There's a fair


amount of old gunge in there one way or another. First, time to find


out what Carla Johnson in London makes of our cowboy. She is house-


sitting for Charm who has told her that the fuse box needs some work


and she is expecting it to cost �100 to fix. �230. For real? Yeah,


for real. Roger has burnt cables and is placing props to make the


job seem larger. Now he wants to charge more than drubl. OK, I have


put the piece of burnt cable in there. -- double. I have told her


the house could burn down. I need to put in this magic box which will


smooth everything out and make everything OK. She's not that happy


about that. She thinks that is a lot of money, �230. We might give


her a bit of discount. Let's see how we go. As a loyal house-sitter,


Carla understandably wants to check in with her friend, Charm, who


asked her to keep an eye on Roger in the first place. Charm is


waiting around the corner with our production team. You all right?


Yeah. It's going to cost �230. my God. You are kidding me! What do


they need to do? They have to put a box on to stop the spike in


electricity. Tell him he has to do it. He can't leave the house


without finishing that job. When they gave me a quote, they


said it would be no more than �100. All right. All right, then. Bye.


Bye. Bye. Some friend you are, Charm! So, Carla has �100 which


Charm left but Roger wants �230. So her dilemma is where does the money


come from? Her own pocket? I spoke to my friend. She said she spoke to


your manager today, whoever it was, and he said it's not going to cost


more than �100. He is an idiot. said it has to be sorted out.


Otherwise it would be dangerous to leave it. I can do it for �100 cash


but we will have to send an invoice for the rest of it. Yeah? That's -


I'm sure that is OK. I don't know. Oh my God! Yeah. I would rather not


invoice. Obviously, I have to put the 20% on top. The VAT, yeah?


Carla is well and truly stuck here. Her friend Charm says the work must


be done. Roger wants �100 now and the rest later plus VAT on top. The


tradesman's insistence leaves her with very few options. She's only


got �100. Mind you, �100, box with a piece of wire in it, there is


nothing in it and we can be out of here. Nothing apart from tea bags!


Easy money and with 40 minutes gone the third trick is ready to be


sprung. I'm going to put this box in. Is it possible for you to leave


a receipt? Yeah. One last-ditch -- in one last-ditch attempt to gain


control, Carla demands a receipt. Roger is more than willing to


oblige. His receipts are fake and therefore untraceable. It is going


to be back on. There it is, trick three. Roger's magic power


regulator box slots into place. Before he collects his �100 there


is time for one extra con. Can he turn Carla's friendship with Charm


to his advantage? How good a friend are you? If I had a friend, if


anybody was my friend, they would give their last penny for me.


don't have a last penny. OK. really won't budge. Roger's played


the three tricks he planned in record time. Now it is time to


collect the cash and go. �100? OK. That's all right. That's fine.


That's lovely. OK. �100 cash for just one hour's work. Doing


nothing! Roger's picked up around the same rate as a commercial pilot


or a trainee solicitor. What's more, he will invoice for another �130.


Today, Carla Johnson did her friend a favour. She house-sat while a


dodgy tradesman came to fit the fuse box. Roger's three tricks


included fitting a useless power box, full of tea bags, and he


walked away with �100. With Roger around the corner, it is time for


our producer to step in and reveal the truth to Carla. We are doing


some investigating in the area about people who are doing jobs


that aren't very satisfactory, basically. OK. And who were coming


in asking for quite a lot of money but not doing the work. That just


happened to me. They just left. have been a victim of a scam.


LAUGHTER Really?! Why you got my dressing gown on? I was getting in


the shower! I just believed everything that he was saying. I


thought they were a couple of nice guys. They obviously knew what they


were talking about. I let them get on with it. Where's my money?!


can't believe this has happened. You never think it would happen to


you and it has. This is a filter box. I put these in because they


filter out the electricity... God! I always find tea bags - you


can use filter coffee. I find tea bags better. Definitely learnt


something. I would ask for a bit more information at the door first


of all. Maybe ID badges. What company they are from. Yep. And


what was the price given to you before we were half-way through the


job? Thank you. I will have a better night out now! LAUGHTER


Thanks for being such a great sport, Carla. What can we learn from her


experience? First, always get at least three written quotes for a


job. Second, do your best to check tradesmen's credentials. Don't ever


be talked into accepting work on the spot. If a tradesman is pushing


you like that, seriously, think twice. We are all frightened of


shifty people knocking on our door. More than half of all bogus caller


crimes in the UK are carried out by criminals who pretend to be from


the water company. So please check their ID. Roger is up to more


tricks in Bedfordshire. He's been called in by Harrison Goode who


would like to set up his dad, Colin, a quality assessor for a car


manufacturer. If they do come round, like electricians, he will always


be there looking over their shoulder, seeing what is going on.


He doesn't let them do their own thing. He likes to keep an eye on


them. Mmm, Colin could be Roger's toughest challenge yet. Harrison's


parents are due back from their holiday this very day. He's already


told them a tall story about the kitchen sink being blocked and he's


arranged for a plumbing friend of their neighbour to come around. I


wonder how they will take to the sight of Roger in their kitchen.


Our cowboy is keeping things simple. He will create evidence of a


blockage using a big ball of grease. His second trick will be to


overcharge Colin for cleaning it out. Finally, he will try to boost


his income by selling Colin some pipe linings which he doesn't need.


A callout charge for a plumber costs �50 so if Roger can make


another �275 on top, it will be a massive profit. Roger and Luke pull


up just after 2.00. Colin and Angela are only just in from the


airport. This is the last thing they need. We got the right house?


You come to look at the drain? I was away. My boys were here and


said it backed up. Did you come last time? Yeah. I have just come


home. It's managed to go away. It's running. Last time it was full up.


OK. Could I have a quick look? through. Sure? Yeah. Colin seems


very trusting. If it was me, I would be demanding to see their


credentials, but no it is straight to the conservatory to assess the


drainage pipes. I will run the old plunger down to see what happens.


OK, we have had a look at the drain. It looks fairly OK. Nice fella. We


will have a quick look to see if we can discover a big grease ball in


his gully! We will add an ingredient to this. Makes it small


like a washing machine. But will Roger be able to carry out his


trick if Colin is going to watch his every move? First, he is going


to lie and say that there is still a blockage. It is backing up a bit.


Colin isn't being drawn in and he is watching Roger like a hawk.


Could he be suspicious about our I see. Oh I see what you are saying


to me now. I understand. It's not been a problem really before.


understand what you are saying. Blimey. Want me to get a new one?


You don't miss a trick. I bet you will try and overcharge him for


that, too! I have some good fixing tape for that. Normally I pull that


out, take it in the garden and give it a wash. It must be frustrating


for Roger to deal with such a capable consumer. He will have to


think of a rouse to give him time By getting Colin involved, Roger's


managed to distract him from what he's doing. What line of business


do you work in? Yes, good old Luke, minutes to carry out his dirty


trick. Unbelievable. But, it's not too long before Colin comes out to


check what Roger's up to. Did you say you got no blockage at all with


this one? None at all. It's all right is it? Oh, look. Loads in


there. Do you see all that stuff coming out. That's all caked up in


washing powder. Well done, Roger. At last, looks as if you have


managed to get one over on Colin after all.


How will Colin react though when Roger presents his bill.


That's all I've got or nothing at all. And will our cow bicep Colin's


ultimatum? You're a tough fella, I'm not going to start a punch-up


with you. -- cowboy. If conmen show up on


your doorstep, it usually leads to mayhem. The rogue here though got


his just desserts. The Derbyshire Dales seem far


removed from the urban hunting grounds of double crossing


tradesmen. But this countryside plays a key role in the dirty


tricks by this Midlands rogue who got �200,000 before Derbyshire


police caught up with him. It was DC Steven Fuller who finally felt


his collar. We'd engage people who he'd known


in the past, he'd often do landscaping work for them, he'd


gain their confidence and he'd rip them off. Farrell's first trick,


always to do a good job and use that as a means of returning to


reek havoc later. One of his victims has agreed to share her


story with us. She was traumatised so much that she wanted us to


shield her. I was quite happy, paid him in cash and didn't expect to


ever see him again. �300 for a job well done. Two years later, he came


back and Denise agreed to pay him for a new driveway, but she wanted


him to wait until he came out of hospital for an operation. Then she


contracted MRSA and even as she battled serious illness, she found


heshes on the receiving end of his dirty tricks -- she found herself.


Started sending me a lot of texts, approximately seven a day. If I


didn't respond to them, he'd have a text temper tantrum.


O'Farrell said he wanted to runner rands for Denise, but while he kept


hundred his charade of concern, he was planning to spring his most


audacious trick -- run er rands. said he had a once in a lifetime


opportunity to be able to purchase a small piece of land which he


could develop. The idea he was keen to portray was that the land was a


development opportunity, it was land that at the moment was vacant


and there would be a profit available for the victims. They


would ask him if they could come with him to look at the land and


the developments, but he'd always stall them for find a reason why


they couldn't two with him. That's because the land didn't


exist. But O' Farrell tricked his victims with forged bank statements,


to convince people like Denise to come up with the money. I gave him


�3,000 and I thought, I'll go for this, it's risky, but then so


investing in the stock market. whole thing was bogus. We have


never found any evidence of this development project and never


managed to identify the area that O' Farrell intended to develop.


Denise had been completely taken in by his caring nature and


persistency. It's only when he played his final and most


astonishing trick that Denise suspected something might be amiss.


He started saying he was falling in love with me and how did I feel


about it, saying that he wanted to buy a house, maybe for him and me,


and I started getting quite alarmed by that because I thought it was a


very bizarre thing for a 40-year- old man toe be doing to -- man do


be doing to a woman of my age. I thought he was mentally ill. Even


though she doubted him, she still ended up paying him �78,600 for his


bogus land scheme. She only suspected her error when he became


evasive and demanded even more money.


I started asking for a meeting with his solicitor because I'd had text


messages from his solicitor when actually they were text messages


from O' Farrell because he didn't have a solicitor, obviously. He


then started talking about how he was being declared bankrupt and


asking me to lend him more money to stave off the bankruptcy.


What's more, while running rings around Denise, O' Farrell was


playing the same trick on 20 other people. Amazingly, he pocketed more


than �200,000 in the course of just six months. It wasn't long before


the victims started complaining to Derbyshire Police. To be able to


carry off a fraud like this over a prolonged period of time, to be


able to engage each of the different victims, to be automobile


to remember all the lies he told everybody, you needed a very good


memory to be able to do that. O' Farrell was convicted February


2011 of fraud and sentenced to six years eight months. Unfortunately


for the victims who simply wanted new fences and driveways, it's


unlikely they'll see their money again.


There's no chance of getting any compensation from anywhere and I


had worked extremely hard throughout my life. The money's


gone. He's absolutely ruined my life. Denise regrets not being more


vigilant and wishes she tried harder to check his background and


gather evidence of his land scheme to investigate.


He'd always took the documents away with him and kept them very firmly


in his hands. I saw the building plans, the letter from the bank and


they were the only ones I actually saw.


Anybody can fall victim to fraud. If it does happen, then that person


shouldn't feel ashamed because we've done nothing wrong. We are


the victims. Our thanks to Denise for sharing


that and remember, it's always gost use a written contract with


tradesmen as it will offer you protection if anything wrotes wrong.


What about Roger? He's been called in by Roger's son Harrison using


the excuse that the sink was blocked. Roger's out of his sight.


What line of business do you work in? I work at... Without a timely


distraction from Luke, he wouldn't have been able to plant his prop


blockage. Oh, here you are, look. With the gunk in place, Roger has


dragged it out in front of Colin as evidence to justify his visit and


of course his fee. Look at all this, look. A fair


amount of gunge in there really, one way or another. Oh, dear.


Roger's efforts appear to have been in vain. Will he have any more luck


trying another trick here? Getting Colin to go for a bigger job.


don't think it needs relining or anything like that? It's fine. You


want to save your money. Colin is having none of it and is ewhen even


questioning the need for his call Yeah. That's all right. So


basically you are saying you didn't really want me in the first place.


You got saddled with me? When I come home and Jake wasn't here, the


drain's not blocked, I didn't have a contact number or anything.


would have said don't bother and we could have gone on to the next job.


Fairness. Yes. All right. OK. happy just to leave it.


How will he react to the money Roger wants for this non-existent


job? We'll call it the call out for the job, yes, which is �175 cash.


I said to you at the door, it's fine, you wanted to come in and


have a look. We were here by then. Today, Colin let a tricky tradesman


into his house, he kept a close watch on everything Roger did. But


our rogue still planted a fake grease ball in the drain. Now he's


demanding �175 cash for the call out fee. Colin's been a very on the


So, not exactly the �175 Roger was hoping for. It's up to you. Take it


and that's it. How about splitting the difference, �100? Honestly,


that's all I've got or nothing at all because I wasn't willing to let


you in the door to start with, but you insisted so take your money.


you're a tough fella. I'd rather get some more money out of you but


I'm not going to start a punch-up with you. You're an ice hockey guy


so you look a bit better built than me. We were hoping it might be a


bigger job. We always live in hope. Fair enough, I don't want to fall


out with you, mate, so I'll just have to take that and cry, really.


We'll go on to our next job, better get on with it and not waste any


more time. Fair enough mate, cheers. This consumer saw through all the


tricks and refused to budge an inch. A great example to us all. Well


built. A big lad. With Roger off site, it's time for our producer to


visit Colin and put him in the picture about dirty tricks. Sorry


to bother you. We have been chatting to some of your neighbours


in the street about the fact that whether they've had any experiences


with people like painters, electricians, plumbers. Is that


relevant to you? I don't know whether this is psychic because I


just had a couple of gentlemen looking at my plumbing just about


two minutes ago. I told him to leave. I knew there was something


suspicious from the start, the way he was acting and trying to create


a job. I'm not stupid. Let's see how Colin reacts to the


news his son Harrison set him up. Has he?! Are you serious, hey


reason son? You are out of order. I knew there was a scam going on


about trying to drag out the time to make the job last a lot longer


than it should have done. How could you do that to me?! Whatever he was


doing, it seemed to be taking longer, I could have done it


quicker myself. Why did you give me so little money. Were you in on


this as well? Oh, my days! Make sure you know what they are going


to be looking at and what the charges will be before they get in


the door. If you are phoning them, make sure you understand that at


the start of the conversation. not going to charge you for the


pipe because you said to me, don't do it, I'll do it myself so fair


enough. I tried to badger you into the job and you wouldn't have it.


No. You kept trying to create work and I thought, what's he doing,


told him there was nothing wrong, happy to fix it myself. I think I'm


losing my charm. Always watch the people doing the work and if you


don't think they're doing anything, say to them, sometimes you know


when things aren't right. Colin, you're a real star. You can


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