Currently there are reports of a gardening company offering work, then allegedly taking payment up front and then making off from the scene.
On each occasion the victims have handed over cash, with close to £2,000 stolen in total.
Police have also warned residents about rogue traders who are also cold-calling and offering to carry out property repairs, including roofing work, the clearing of guttering plus fascia and soffit repairs. In these cases the work was carried out, but was both substandard and overpriced. Moreover, the repairs were unnecessary and in some cases deliberate damage was done to the property to acquire more work. Residents should not be fooled by the rogue traders, who gain trust by falsely declaring that they are members of trade associations and telling untruths about their experience and qualifications.
PC Carol White, of Lancashire Police said: “Rogue traders prey on our most vulnerable residents, conning them out of large sums of money for unnecessary and overpriced work. Research shows that this can have a serious and lasting effect on the victim’s health and their confidence.
“In these instances, money has been handed over with the traders making off without carrying out any work.
“Our advice is always to say no to cold-callers. If you need a job doing get a number of quotes and agree a price and the work to be done in writing before going ahead. Legitimate companies will rarely ask for monies up front.
“We would encourage anyone reading this to speak to elderly relatives and pass on these messages.”
This is a very important message as these doorstep callers use intimidating or aggressive tactics in order to frighten the person into contracting for services and parting with their money.
Anyone with concerns about rogue traders can call police or call Crimestoppers, the national charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]