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Around Wales: Neath Port Talbot.

CONSUMERS and traders are being urged by Neath Port Talbot council's trading standards service to "shop" rogue traders online at ehts@neathporttalbot. gov. uk.

In an effort to help stop cowboy traders from ripping off the public, trading standards officials are encouraging consumers to e-mail with information.

It is hoped the new online facility will enable consumers and traders to make contact, anonymously if they wish, about rogue traders who they suspect of ripping off the public.

Rogue builders, car dealers, unscrupulous doorstep traders, traders who sell or make counterfeit goods, loan sharks and bogus homeworking schemes are some of the areas that the "rip-off tip-off" team want to hear about.

Head of trading standards, Steve Bolchover, said, "This new online facility will provide us with information on rogue traders who want to cheat us out of our money. It's not only consumers who suffer, other traders are often disadvantaged by unfair trading competition.

"People are often reluctant to get involved or report a 'rip-off'. This online facility now means members of the general public can provide information about a rogue trader."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 15, 2002
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