Fake letter asks OAPs to move out

'Tiser reporter Dave Wade with the fraudster's letter sent to the paper which asks OAPs to move out of their homes to make way for Indian workers.
'Tiser reporter Dave Wade with the fraudster's letter sent to the paper which asks OAPs to move out of their homes to make way for Indian workers.
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FRAUDSTERS have sent letters to pensioners in West Hallam asking them to move out of their homes to make way for immigrant workers.

The letters, which claim to be from Erewash Borough Council’s solicitor Rafqat Ali, inform residents of a ‘pensioner relocation scheme’ which would see elderly folk moved to Chesterfield or Leicester.

Strenuously denying that it had sent the letters, the council has now contacted the police, who are investigating.

The letters have upset many pensioners in the village .

Roger Wood, of High Lane West said his elderly neighbour had received one.

“It’s disgusting, “ he said.

“Especially sending these to people who are vulnerable.

“Reading that kind of thing could be really scary.”

Roger immediately contacted the council who assured him the letter was not sent from the authority.

He added: “I have an elderly mother who’s 86 – it could have been seriously worrying if she had received one of these.”

A copy of the letter was pushed through the letter box here at the Advertiser on Thursday, with an anonymous cover note claiming to be from a member of council staff.

The writer said that her husband had passed a copy on to the headquarters of the BNP – the far-right political party.

She claimed she had seen the letter on a photocopier, ready to be sent to residents in West Hallam and Ilkeston north, picked it up and sent it to us.

The police asked to take away both letters sent here as evidence this week.

Assistant chief executive of the council Lorraine Poyser asked anyone who received the letter to contact the authority on 0115 907 2244

“The council is warning residents of a housing relocation scam targeting pensioners in the borough, she said.

“People are sending letters to residents purporting to be from Erewash Borough Council’s legal department under a false pensioner relocation scheme.”

“A small number of residents may have received the malicious letter and Erewash Borough Council can confirm that there is no such scheme”