Warn­ing of rogue hot tar cold call­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cash-strapped Commuters -

Men in a white van have been driv­ing around Ash­ford try­ing to pres­sure res­i­dents into pay­ing for “hot tar sur­fac­ing”.

A warn­ing has been is­sued by Trad­ing Stan­dards (TS) af­ter the young men were re­ported to them from var­i­ous parts of the bor­ough on Mon­day of last week.

The pair are de­scribed as young with dark hair and they were wear­ing hi-vis­i­bil­ity jack­ets and base­ball caps and driv­ing a Tran­sit van.

They claimed they could of­fer a deal on hot tar sur­fac­ing be­cause they needed to use up sur­plus ma­te­rial be­fore their ma­chine could be ser­viced.

The men were cold call­ing res­i­dents and peo­ple who re­ported them to TS said they were “very per­sis­tent”.

A TS spokesman said: “Re­mem­ber you do not have to agree to the work be­ing of­fered. Tell us if you see th­ese or other rogues in your area.

“We want to know the per­son’s name or com­pany name, de­scrip­tions, ve­hi­cle model and reg­is­tra­tion and what type of work they are of­fer­ing.”

Re­port a rogue trader at kent. gov.uk/trad­ing­stan­dards or text ROGUE fol­lowed by a space then the de­tails to 07860 008025.

Be the first to hear the lat­est scams by fol­low­ing Trad­ing Stan­dards on Twit­ter @ken­t_ts or reg­is­ter­ing for email alerts on tsalerts@kent.gov.uk

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