Be­ware of bo­gus vis­its

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

BO­GUS trades­men have been knock­ing on doors in the bor­ough.

Hilling­don Coun­cil’s trad­ing stan­dards team says it has re­ceived a num­ber of re­ports re­cently in­volv­ing call­ers who ei­ther claimed to be of­fer­ing home im­prove­ment work or pre­tended to rep­re­sent an or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Bianco, the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­er­ties and business ser­vices, said: “Th­ese rogue call­ers are prey­ing on vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, such as the el­derly, who live alone.

“I would urge res­i­dents to check iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of any­one un­known call­ing at your house and, even if it looks le­git­i­mate, do not be afraid to con­tact the or­gan­i­sa­tion to ver­ify they are who they say.”

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