Two arrested after blitz on scammers and rogue traders
people have been arrested in a crackdown on fake cold callers and other scams.
PSNI officers detained the suspects and conducted more than 180 checkpoints, seizing nine vehicles during the targeted operation on Thursday that also involved the Garda, HMRC and Trading Standards.
PSNI Chief Supt Simon Walls said: “The operation involved targeted vehicle checkpoints and proactive patrols in known cold caller areas as well as a number of local engagement opportunities to share advice and information around scams.
“While it should be noted that not all cold callers are rogue traders, it is our intention that this, and future operations, will help put a stop to those unofficial traders who overcharge for poor quality work or work that is never completed at all.”
Chief Supt Walls said that the operation was also aimed at raising awareness around the various scams used by fraudsters to take money from unsuspecting
members of the public. He said: “We were delighted to have the support from our colleagues in HMRC and Trading Standards Service to help share the message.
“We all need to be vigilant of any contact from an unsolicited source, whether that is from doorstep callers, telephone, mail or online and education is our best weapon in preventing people from becoming victims.”
Chief Trading Standards officer Damien Doherty said: “Rogue traders and doorstep fraudsters prey on the most vulTWO nerable in our society. They exploit vulnerable consumers by providing low quality work or recommending work that is unnecessary.
“At trading standards, we regularly receive complaints from people who have become victims of this type of crime.
“These victims are mostly older people and we send a clear message to doorstep criminals that we will always treat these complaints as priority.
“However, it is also crucial to raise awareness of doorstep crime to safeguard potential victims and we will continue to work with our partners to do so.
“Consumers should always take their time when deciding to get work done to their house. Don’t be afraid to say that you don’t do business on the doorstep.”
HMRC said that it was one of the most phished brands in the world, due to the strong reason for customer contact.
“Scammers contact members of the public through cold calls, emails and text messages, usually claiming the individual owes tax,” it said.
Operation: Supt Simon Walls