Beware of lady gardener con

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Madam,

I would like to draw your attention to a recent event in my life which has shaken me unbelievably and shattered my faith in human kind.

I am a 69-year-old widower who, due to bad health, took on a seemingly very friendly female gardener earlier this year for a few small jobs around my property.

All had been going well until recently when I went to visit my daughter in Southampton. I returned home to find my shed and garage had been broken into and ransacked.

Naturally I reported this to the police who said they have had reports of very similar incidents involving a female posing as a gardener, befriending elderly people.

I’m hoping that you can publish my letter to warn to others in the area of this deplorable scam, and minimise the number of elderly victims this person/people are praying on.

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