Rogue Traders
Rogue Traders

Rogue Traders

Rogue Traders are currently cold calling in the Chandlers Ford area of Hampshire offering to tarmac driveways.

Current intelligence indicates the traders inform residents they are in the area working on a burst pipe, and have £3,000 worth of tarmac to offload before it becomes cold and unusable. This has been found to be untrue.  Residents are warned to exercise caution if approached by  these traders.

Trading Standards would advise consumers not to agree to work that is instigated as a result of a cold call or via a leaflet drop. Consumers should obtain at least 3 written quotes from reputable businesses or traders who are either members of the Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Buy With Confidence Scheme or a recognised trade association.

Members of the Buy With Confidence scheme are fully audited to ensure their trading practices are legal, honest and fair.  All members have been checked for trustworthiness and compliance with consumer protection laws. Details can be obtained by telephoning 01962 833620, emailing buy.with.confidence@hants.gov.uk or via the website www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

Traders who agree work at the home of an individual or at a place other than their usual business premises are required by law to provide consumers with a Notice of Right to Cancel, which gives consumers a 7 day cooling off period.  Work should not commence until this period has ended, unless written agreement is obtained from that consumer beforehand.

If anyone has any information about traders who are cold calling or requires any advice on doorstep crime they can contact Hampshire County Council’s

 

Quick Response Team on 01962 833666

(Monday – Friday 0900hrs to 1700hrs)

 

where specially trained officers are on hand to provide advice.

If assistance is required outside of these hours please contact Hampshire Police on their non-urgent number 101 or dial 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated.

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service

Montgomery House  Monarch Way

Winchester  Hampshire  SO22 5PW

Tel: 01962 833620

Fax: 01962 833698

E-mail: doorstep.crime@hants.gov.uk

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