Rogue traders

Rogue traders call at your door and offer to do work on your home or garden that will be either unnecessary or vastly over-priced. They have no qualifications to carry out the work and sometimes have links with distraction burglars.
How rogue traders operate
  • They may say they are in the area and have spotted a problem with your home or garden
  • They might claim to have materials left over from another job, like paving or tarmac
  • They could try to pressure you to buy goods or sign up for services on the spot
  • They may offer to carry out work cheaply, but charge an extortionate price after it has been completed
  • They might offer to drive you to a bank so you can withdraw money to pay them
Protect yourself from rogue traders
  • Never agree to have a job carried out if you feel unsure or pressured into it – a genuine caller will not mind coming back at a more convenient time or giving you time to think about an offer
  • Never accept an offer to be driven to withdraw money from your bank or building society from anyone you do not know or do not trust
  • Never go to a bank or cash point with a trader; legitimate traders would never do this 
  • Don’t allow anyone to pressure you into agreeing to have work carried out. If you ask them to leave and they don’t, call 999
  • Only use reputable workmen recommended by family and friends, or those who have worked satisfactorily for you before
  • Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot