Don't get conned by rogue traders; Trading Standards warn householders to be on their guard.
HOMEOWNERS are being warned to watch out for rogue traders looking to make the most of the bad weather.
The recent spell of high winds and heavy rain may have left some homes damaged and con artists will be looking to make a pretty penny for themselves.
The warning comes from Warwickshire trading standards officers who say that the rogue traders may call on householders telling them they need to fix the damage and offer their services at a cheap rate.
However once work has started the cost quickly increases and they will attempt to threaten or intimidate householders if they refuse to pay.
Work is also generally done to a very poor standard, often leaving consumers to employ another trader to clear up the mess.
Conmen often use false names and addresses so they cannot be easily traced when the work is completed.
Janet Faulkner, head of Warwickshire Trading Standards, said: "It can be very difficult to tell a good trader from a rogue on the doorstep. We would strongly urge local residents not to buy from traders calling unexpectedly. "If you have experienced any property damage, seek local traders with reputations to maintain and, wherever possible, go on recommendation.
"Don't let what could be a costly repair end up costing you even more because of a botched job from a rogue trader."
Trading Standards officers say that homeowners should never entertain traders that simply knock on your door, always use tradesmen recommended by friends and family, and look for a genuine address with a landline telephone number.
To report a rogue trader or for consumer advice contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.
For more information visit www.warwickshire.
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