Warning over spate of bogus traders
Police have urged people in Aberdeenshire to be vigilant following reports that potential rogue traders have been operating in Inverurie and Westhill.
It follows after several people reported bogus workmen charging overinflated prices for unnecessary work to roofs and driveways.
Constable Kevin Ritchie of the Garioch community policing team said: “Rogue traders cold call at people’s homes, offering to carry out work that they’ve noticed needs done; for example, roof repairs and garden work.
“Any work done is often to a low standard and the original quote can escalate substantially.
“Legitimate workmen would never ask for cash upfront, nor would they pressurise you into making sure you have money to hand over not having done any work.
“If someone calls claiming to be a workman of any description, ask to see their identification – genuine callers will not object and should have appropriate ID.”
The public are warned to remain “firm but polite”.
“Don’t employ them,” said constable Ritchie. “If the workmen become insistent, don’t give them any money – even to get rid of them.
“Keep any leaflets that are offered, note details of the vehicle they use and any company name, then report it to police or the council’s Trading Standards department or both.”