Bogus workmen warning
Herts police have issued a warning about bogus workmen who pocket cash and then leave jobs unfinished.
It follows a spate of incidents in the county in recent months. Police have now joined forced with Hertfordshire’s Trading Standards in a campaign to try to stamp out the cons.
Many out-of-pocket customers have complained about workmen who have vanished leaving jobs half done or badly finished.
Police say that in most cases, large quantities of cash have been paid in advance of the work being started and the victim has no way of tracing the workmen or company.
Officers say it is common that these door-knocking ‘workmen’ are not based locally and want to be paid in cash.
According to trading standards, an individual’s consumer rights are of no use if the trader leaves you in a mess without trace.
"Traders who operate in this way capitalise on catching homeowners off-guard. They are often fast-talking and very persuasive. If you have to open the door at all, put your chain on, it will be easier to say no to the caller and shut the door," a spokesman said.
Police have offered the following advice to help avoid being caught out ...
And they have appealed to the public for help in catching the fraudulent workmen.
"Our message is to keep a look out and if you see or suspect bogus workmen are operating in your area please contact your local police station, it is important that neighbourhoods work together to protect elderly and vulnerable home owners," the spokesperson said.
You can contact the Trading Standards Doorstep Hotline on 08456 044466 to report a trader or obtain advice.
January 11, 2003
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