A 82-year-old woman believed that a trio of rebel tourists fled nearly $ 9,000, claiming they would repair the roof but left a hole in their roof.
Greenlane's resident, Heidrun Leonard, said the merchants called to his door on January 4, saying they had noticed on the street that there was a leak on his roof that he needed to repair.
The man – who was with other two young people – told Leonard that they not only set the tile on their roof but they also installed two dehumidifiers inside their home.
However, they needed advanced money to do so.
"You have to give us $ 8800, and once we've done the job, you'll get the $ 8800 back," Leonard told the men they told him.
She wrote the check they were then charging to the bank.
The next morning they returned to their house and cut a rectangular hole in their roof, before escaping when the neighbor of Leonard arrived and started asking questions.
Leonard told Newshub that she recognized one of the three of the British group of Arab tourists when she saw photos.
The group drew attention to the mass media around the world after a seemingly harmless litter accident on Takapuna Beach exploded in a history of robberies, unpaid bills and general behavior.
Leonard said he filed a complaint with the police.
A neighbor – who did not want to be named – said the 82-year-old was a perfect destination for scammers because he was "very reliable."
"If someone tells a story, she will believe in the kindness of their hearts," he said.
He said that Leonard – whose children lived abroad in Berlin – was not rich and could not afford to lose money.
"She is 82, and what seems to be a fairly large amount for a younger person is breaking out," he said.
The three men also seem to crack down the neighborhood.
Nearby residents of Leonard, Des Carville and Fale Opapo, said that men also played at their gates.
The retailer of Solar Chem Roofing, Roly Swann, said he had heard many stories about the scammers and called them a "tedious" in their industry.
He said he was contacted in December by the family of an elderly woman who wanted to receive advice after he was buried for more than $ 10,000 for two young people with British accents.
He advised neighbors who came by strangers to always request the identification and proof of qualifications or business of the worker and also contact the NZ Roofing Association in case of doubt.
Leonard's neighbor said that the men who cheated his eldest neighbor had confidence, alertness and agility.
First, he noticed a problem in Leonard's house on January 4 when he saw an unplanned tile on his roof.
After leaving the men, he talked with Leonard and found out he gave them money.
He said fake merchants were so successful in tricking Leonard because they could play with the belief that he had already had his roof leaked.
The neighbor then called the police, who told him immediately to return if the men returned.
When the merchants returned the next day, they began to cut a hole in the ceiling of Leonard, until his neighbor noticed and came to see what was going on.
When you were asked for an ID or a business card, the two men presented that they were in your car. But instead of returning with their identification, they fled.
The neighbor of Leonard suspected that the men had returned to the second day to try to condemn more money.
The police arrived shortly after, saying that they followed the automobile registration in a motel but they still did not do jails.