Rogue traders taking advantage of cold weather to scam households
By Elliot Wright, 21st January 2010
Home owners are being warned to keep an eye out for rogue traders using the cold weather to rip-off unsuspecting consumers.
Reports have come in from around the country of rogue traders entering households by claiming to be from a water company checking for frozen pipes.
The criminals then attempt to trick consumers into having unnecessary repair work done - at great expense.
Nigel Strick, Head of Oxfordshire Trading Standards, said: "These crooks will use the recent extreme weather as the latest trick to persuade home owners to part with their money. They will claim work is needed urgently because of damage caused by the recent sub zero temperatures.
"We are urging people to be wary of any trader turning up on their doorstep uninvited - just say "no thanks" and if you think there is a problem with your pipes contact a reputable tradesperson."
We are urging people to be wary of any trader turning up on their doorstep uninvited - just say "no thanks"
Consumers have been reminded to be vigilant when dealing with doorstep traders. Payment should never be made upfront and it is highly recommended to obtain quotes from at least three reputable companies before getting any work done.
Doorstep sellers must also provide a written contract which gives the consumers the right to cancel any work within 7 days and get a full refund.
If you do suspect a seller is a rogue trader then report them to your local Trading Standards as they are breaking the law.
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