SCLT URGES CAUTION WITH DOORSTEP TRADERS
The Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) is urging residents to be wary of dealing with doorstep callers who may offer roof repairs, driveway sealing or gardening services following a recent spate of incidents throughout the country.
They are concerned that properties in the area are being repeatedly targeted by rogue traders who are intent on deceiving residents or doing shoddy work at grossly inflated prices. Trading Standards are working closely with Police in order to drive rogue traders out of the neighbourhood and you can help us if you are approached by one.
Trading Standards would be very interested to hear from you if you can provide:
Descriptions of such traders who may call uninvited at your home.
Details of registration plates from any vehicles involved.
Copies of any advertising flyers that may be left by callers.
Such details would be invaluable in trying to combat the scourge of rogue trading.
In a recent incident a property in Bristol (UK) was targeted by a rogue trader who agreed with the owner to clean and seal the driveway for £350. It was suspected that once the customer signed the contract the devious trader altered the agreed price to read £1,350.
Police and Trading Standards were involved in dealing with the incident. It is believed that the trader got wind of their involvement and did not charge the higher figure, but still took £350 in cash from the customer for sealing and cleaning the driveway.
Trading Standards had suspicions that the driveway had not been sealed and did some basic tests to establish this. The trader was sufficiently concerned by the involvement of Trading Standards to immediately refund the £350 paid by the customer. In addition, it was made clear to him that Trading Standards had circulated his details to law enforcement colleagues and that if he repeated his rogue trading in South Gloucestershire he would be prosecuted.
UK Trading Standards needs your co operation to deal with the menace of rogue trading and we may even be able to recover any money paid to rogue traders. If you see anything suspicious or have concerns that a neighbour may be the victim of rogue traders please call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on: 08454040506 (or British police on 101)