"This week we’re shining a light on Rogue Traders, helping you to spot them and stop them.
A Rogue Trader is a tradesperson that exploits their customers in a range of ways to scam them out of their money, for example:
- Providing low quality or dangerous work
- Not producing work to the standard and/or price that had been agreed
- Inflating the cost of a piece of work
- Recommending and/or performing unnecessary work
- Damaging property so they can then "fix" the problem
- Undertaking work that they are not qualified to do, for example, working with gas appliances when not Gas Safe Registered
- Committing fraud or burglary
- Bullying or threatening a customer into agreeing to work
- Exhibiting threatening and aggressive behaviour to try to extort money from a customer
Detective Constable Jarrod Kenyon explains: “We’re working with a number of partners across the region - including Trading standards - targeting Rogue Traders and sending the message that these illegal operations will not be tolerated. Rogue traders often target vulnerable and elderly people, this week is a good time to make sure you know how to tell the difference between genuine tradesman and those who are out to exploit you, and have a conversation with friends and family to make sure they do the same.
“If you have concerns about fraud, or for more information, please visit Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 1233040.”