09 Jan 2020

Rogue Traders Operating Across the Fylde Coast

Lancashire ConstabularyWithin the past 2 days Trading Standards and the Police have received a number of calls about Rogue Trader/s operating along the whole of the Fylde coast and the Morecambe area.
Rogue traders who cold-call are deceiving consumers, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, offering to carry out property repairs such as, roofing work, clearing of guttering and fascia / soffit repairs.
Doorstep crime can affect anyone however; rogue traders often prey on the most vulnerable in society.
The work carried out is often substandard and overpriced, including unnecessary repairs, the deliberate damage of property in order to acquire work, claims that work has been completed which has not been done and false declarations being made about the membership of trade associations and experience/ qualifications of the offenders.
The doorstep callers may use intimidating or aggressive tactics in order to frighten the person into contracting for services and parting with their money. Alternatively, the callers may befriend the vulnerable victim to facilitate the crime, which often results in repeat offending.
How can you help?
Raise awareness by talking to friends and relatives about doorstep crime in order to empower them and reduce their chances of becoming victims; The following tips will be useful points to discuss:
– Never agree to work that is instigated as a result of a cold-call or leaflet drop
– Consider whether the work is necessary or wanted. If so, obtain at least three written quotes from reputable businesses or traders who are members of the Blackpool Council Safe and Secure Scheme
Report an unwanted caller to trading standards on 0345 04 05 06

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