Trading Standards

22 January 2015

Bad weather got you thinking about your roof?

Watch out for rogue traders claiming work needs doing to your home even when it doesn't.

What are rogue traders?

Rogue traders are callers to your home who arrive unannounced, uninvited and offering to do work
They are opportunists hoping you will believe them when they say work needs doing to your home
They might say your roof tiles need replacing, your chimney stack is dangerous or your home in general needs some work

We know rogue traders have no intention of doing work properly, if at all.

Worried a friend or relative may fall victim to a rogue trader?

Give them a call and find out if they are worried about their home.  
Suggest they contact a Kent County Council Trading Standards approved trader to come out and look at the fault they have identified.      
Download and give them the Say No to Rogue Trader leaflet. 
Advise them if they're not sure about the caller, don't let them in.  

We know accepting work from a rogue trader never saves you time or money.

So which trader can your trust?
KCC Trading Standards only recommends one trader scheme in Kent which is run in partnership with Checkatrade.

NEWSFLASH
Fake police officers in Sevenoaks 
This month two men posing as plain clothes police officers tricked a resident into handing over £2000. The men claimed they were investigating fake banknotes that were circulating in the area. 

We recommend you;
Use a door chain when answering the door
Don't hand over sums of money on demand
Check the caller's identification card 
Any doubts, call Kent Police on 101 

REPORT IT
For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. 

Tell us if you said no to a rogue trader recently.  It takes just a few minutes to fill in our online reporting form and the information you give us may stop someone from being targeted by a rogue trader.
Don't delay, report it to us today –  kent.gov.uk/tradingstandards

 

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To All Coordinators.
I have been advised of a SCAM which occured in the Dartford Area yesterday[01/03]. An Asian male in his 40s called at an address with a story that he had just moved into the area and needed to borrow money and gave reasons why. The money was given but not re-paid.
Please advise your members not to fall for this type of SCAM. Thank you.