Warn­ing over spate of bo­gus traders

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

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.”

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