issued over fake 'deaf and dumb' foreign artists in Burnham
and Highbridge residents have been warned to be on the look out
for a pretend 'deaf and dumb artist' who is calling on homes in
cold callers have gradually moved across the West country in recent
weeks, after initially being seen in Wiltshire before coming to
Somerset over the past week.
photograph of one of the alleged callers in Burnham's Victoria
Street was taken on the same day that residents in Highbridge
also reported people attempting the scam.
Hills took this photo outside St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea
and said he was called on by one of the con artists.
across the country have warned people to be vigilant about the
are typically from eastern Europe, and hold up cards proclaiming
themselves to be 'deaf and dumb', and offering art for sale, generally
for £10 or £15.
art, while of a good standard, is generally a photocopy, and police
have warned people not to be taken in, and that the sellers do
not have a Pedlar's Licence.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I had a man hand me a card to which
I read and he then pointed to a bold different coloured font saying
'give me how much you want'."
asked him to write on a piece of paper to which he wrote 'for
today Bristol', and as soon as I wrote 'money what for', he quickly
looked away and started signing, claiming he didn't understand,"