Tim Watson (Trading Standards, Trading Standards Officer, Nottinghamshire) writes: Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team have received reports of two vulnerable residents in the Borough of Gedling being targeted by cold callers claiming they needed guttering work carrying out. In both cases large sums of cash were demanded up front and in one case guttering was removed and fascias damaged. Both residents were persuaded to go to the bank to obtain cash.
Trading Standards never recommend employing a trader based on a cold call and we urge residents to be particularly wary of traders who knock at your door claiming that you need building work carrying out. If you are considering having work carried out on your property we suggest obtaining three quotes from reputable traders before entering into a contract. Where possible ask friends or family for recommendations of tradesmen. Alternatively you can contact Checkatrade for details of trades people who have demonstrated their commitment to fair and honest trading at www.checkatrade.com or by telephoning the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.
To report suspicious traders in your area, or to receive further advice, please phone the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. If possible please note any registrations and details of vehicles.
A reputable trader will never ask you to go to the bank to obtain cash for payment and we strongly advise residents to refuse such a request. If you feel threatened or unable to say no to a trader please contact the Police immediately.
Source: Broxtowe Community email.