9th Jul, 2020

Rogue traders taking advantage of storm damage in Warwickshire

Andy Morris 12th Feb, 2020 Updated: 13th Feb, 2020

A WARNING has gone out to Warwickshire residents to beware of rogue traders taking advantage of damaged roofs, fences and fallen trees after Storm Ciara blew through the county, and with Storm Dennis expected to bring further high winds.

Con artists have been reported going door-to-door claiming to work for ‘the council’, telling residents their roofs and chimneys were on the verge of collapsing if something was not done.

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards said fraudsters can appear charming and plausible on the doorstep, but do poor quality work or even take money for materials and disappear.

The council’s community safety spokesman Coun Andy Crump said: “It can be tempting to employ the first person who comes to your door offering to fix that broken fence or loose roof tile. However, it can be hard to tell a good trader from a rogue on the doorstep.

“They may quote low prices, but they will soon demand more money and very often the work they claim needs doing is completely unnecessary.

“Trading Standards is advising residents not to buy at the door and instead seek a range of quotes from reputable traders.”

To report a rogue trader or to make a complaint, contact Warwickshire Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders to see a list of vetted and approved traders. Visit https://tinyurl.com/rmkntps for tips on how to avoid rogue traders.

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