An alert has now been issued by local neighbourhood watch groups after the pensioner received several calls asking for money on behalf of the warranty firm.
The alert warned: “An elderly resident of the Arnold area has been a long-term policy holder with Domestic & General Insurance. This company funds repairs to domestic appliances – in the resident’s case a washing machine.
“During the last couple of weeks the resident has received several phone calls purporting to be from Domestic & General and asking for money.
The resident checked with Domestic & General – who confirmed it was an attempt at a scam.
A spokesperson for Trading Standards said: “Please be careful, and if you are paying for this type of insurance, make sure it’s only once.”
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