Scam warning after man flogs smashed TVs in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 18:26 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 21 November 2018

Welwyn Garden City resident Jerry Larke regrets buying this damaged TV.
Picture: Anna Larke

Welwyn Garden City resident Jerry Larke regrets buying this damaged TV. Picture: Anna Larke


A Welwyn Garden City man is warning others to be wary of dodgy TV sellers after he fell victim to a scam.

Jerry Larke had just finished shopping at B&Q in the town and was putting his purchases away in his car when a man pulled up next to him.

The man had some TVs all wrapped up on his back seat and offered them for sale.

He told Jerry he was in the area because he was doing maintenance on the B&Q security system.

Jerry told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “He said ‘are you looking for a bargain?’

“He offered me three large smart TVs.

“I was very interested as this is what we had been looking for.

“I was assured they were brand new.”

Jerry has just finished building a teaching/music studio for his son Alex, who took part in Eurovision three years ago.

To finish off the studio, he was looking to install a large TV.

Jerry paid £100 for one large TV and a smaller one, but on opening them about two weeks later he was left disappointed.

“They were mouldy and the screens were smashed to pieces.

“There were no remote controls.”

Jerry has reported the incident, which happened on a Wednesday about a month and a half ago, to Action Fraud.

He describes the man who sold him the TVs as being middle aged with what sounded like an Irish accent.

Action Fraud stated in a response to Jerry: “Please be assured that by contacting us you are giving the police vital information they need to protect you and others.

“The information you have provided may be used to disrupt criminal activity and inform prevention advice and campaigns.”

A B&Q spokesman said: “We’re aware of the incident and understand it has been reported to the police.”

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