Bogus trader warning

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Published Date: 

28 Sep 2011 - 16:26

Argyll and Bute Council’s trading standards team and Strathclyde Police are warning Helensburgh and Lomond residents to beware of bogus workmen calling at their door.



There have been several reports of vulnerable and elderly residents being approached by traders looking for work. The quality of their work is often poor and the price charged can be very high.   Some people have been told that immediate work is needed to the outside of their homes as the winter weather approaches but the truth is that it is not actually required at all. 


Chair of the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee Councillor Daniel Kelly said, “You should never agree to having work done by someone who calls at your door. You have no idea who they are, whether they are genuine or even know the quality of their work. If you receive a flyer offering discounts for OAPs with only a mobile telephone number then you should think twice.  Do not feel pressured into agreeing to have work done on the advice of a stranger.”


Trading standards state that if a contract to carry out work in your property is agreed at your home you are entitled to a seven day cooling off period and the trader should not start work until that time has passed, so don’t be pressured into agreeing to work before obtaining several quotes.


If you have any concerns about workmen in the area contact the council’s trading standards team on 01546 604404.