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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Rogue trader warning goes out

Following a number of rogue trader incidents in recent weeks, North Wales Police in partnership with Conwy and Denbighshire Trading Standards are advising local residents and businesses to be on their guard.
The incidents reported include residents that are approached by traders claiming that work is required on their property and that they will carry out the work immediately. On other occasions the trader will suggest they are carrying out road repairs and can also tarmac the residents / businesses drive at a price. They can be quite persistent.
Residents/businesses are sometimes convinced to get the work done because it can be completed reasonably quickly.
A police spokesman said: "We would advise that if they are approached in a similar way, to contact traders who have worked for them previously, have worked on property for friends and family or have a good reputation and ask if the work really is required and get additional quotations."
Ian Millington and John Donnelly of Conwy& Denbighshire Trading Standards have this joint message: "By providing advice to local residents of what to be aware of and the way in which potential rogue traders operate, we are hoping to reduce the number of incidents of crime that occur.
"A lot of partnership work has been done over the last few years to reduce doorstep crime, including rogue trader patrols with North Wales Police and the implementation of cold calling controlled zones. We want this partnership work to continue in stopping bogus callers and cowboy traders."
Inspector Tony Latham of North Wales Police, said: "If residents experience a cold call or think they have been approached by a rogue trader they should record as many details about the caller as possible including vehicle registration numbers and call police on 101 or the Citizens Advice Customer Service on 08454 04 05 06 or for the Welsh Language Service 08454 04 05 05. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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