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Door-to-door salesmen con elderly Central Saanich woman: police

Power washing, painting service leaves woman without large sum of cash

Central Saanich police suggest residents do not entertain business from anyone doing door to door sales.

An incident last Thursday renewed the oft-repeated sentiment.

On May 17 elderly woman paid several hundred dollars for repairs she did not need. Two men were canvassing a Saanichton neighbourhood advertising to power wash driveways. Several homeowners hired the men and paid a reasonable sum of cash for the work.

However, one elderly resident was advised by these men that she needed some painting done to her home in addition to a power washed driveway. The men told her that they needed cash up front and they even escorted the victim to the bank to get the cash.

The elderly victim provided the cash to these men and they left saying they would return later to complete the extraneous repairs.