Issued By
 Northumberland Trading
Standards Service

JOINT WARNING OVER BOGUS TRADERS

 

IN response to a number of incidents, Northumberland County Council Trading Standards Department and Northumbria Police, today issue a joint warning to residents to be aware of bogus traders operating throughout the county.

In a recent case, an older adult paid in excess of £1,200 to unknown callers, for incomplete, poor quality gardening work to be carried out. A second incident, involving a neighbour, resulted in the same ‘trader’ receiving £1,100 for less than one days work.

County Trading Standards Officer Mick King said: “I would urge people not to deal with unexpected unknown callers … if you are in any doubt, get a second opinion or quotation from a reputable trader who will be only too happy to make an appointment to see you. Remember they want to see the back of these rogues too.

“Bogus Traders commonly demand payment in cash, often before work is complete or in some cases not even started … they are only after your money and once they have it, they will not return”.

Detective Constable Garry Prentice, Crime Prevention Officer of Northumbria Police, added: “These people are criminals, they are known to move around…if you have any doubts whatsoever, please contact your local Police for help and advice … a genuine trader will not object.”

Residents can report their concerns or seek guidance from Northumberland Trading Standards Department (01670-534585) or Northumbria Police (01661-872555).

Further information is available from:

Nic Outterside, Press Officer, Northumberland County Council

Tel: 01670 534251

Email: noutterside@northumberland.gov.uk

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