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   Rogue Trader Walderslade    October 19, 2018

The following has been received from the Neighbourhood Watch Office.

 

If you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbours please keep an eye out for them.

 

18 October 2018

 

Rogue trader alert in Walderslade

Kent Police is reminding residents to be on guard against rogue traders following suspicious activity in Walderslade.

It is reported that at around 12.20pm on Wednesday 17 October 2018 a pensioner living in an area close to Robin Hood Lane was approached by a man offering to carry out maintenance to her property.

After the man knocked on the victim’s door he is said to have demanded £3000 in cash to clear her drains. In efforts to persuade her, he claimed a neighbour had already agreed to have their drains cleaned and had gone to the bank to get money, but he then refused to provide details of who this was citing data protection laws.

The woman refused to hand over any money and police were called. The man is described as white and of broad build. He was around 6ft tall and was wearing a yellow hard hat, high visibility jacket and dark trousers.

Sergeant Andy Gallon said: ‘This man appears to be targeting elderly people by cold calling and demanding cash up front. Often in these circumstances any work that is subsequently carried out is either completely unnecessary or substandard. Our advice remains the same for anyone dealing with cold callers. Do not deal with people who knock on your door offering work on your home or garden and if you have any concerns about their behaviour call the police.’

Kent Police is reminding residents of further steps to take to deter rogue traders, who may also offer services such as cleaning driveways or roof and guttering repairs:

•             Genuine companies will not expect cash in advance or tell you to go to the bank to withdraw money.

•             Use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade.

•             Ask for quotes in writing and check that the tradesperson is from the company they say they are from.

•             Ring at least three traders to get a feel for an average price for the job.

•             Call 101 to report any problems involving suspected rogue traders or call the Citizens Advice Consumer Services Consumer Direct on 03454 040506.

 

 

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