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Rogue traders operating in East Kent area

09 January 2014
by Victoria Chessum

Kent County Council warns Dover people to keep an eye out for rogue traders after attempts have been made to undermine residents.

KCC Trading Standards received a report of two men knocking on doors in the Dover area.

The council believe that con-men are using the recent floods as an excuse to target people at their front doors.

Both men claimed to be working nearby and told the victims that they had a hole in their chimney.

The rogue traders were falsely claiming that people needed work doing to their houses.

One man is five ft 11, around 30 years-old and with short hair, and the other is around five ft nine, between 18 to 20-years-old with fair medium length hair.

Both men are white, with no noticeable accent.

The conmen have been seen driving a white box Transit van, with ladders on a roof rack.

To avoid these situations, people are asked not be be pressured into signing anything, nor to let unknown callers into their home.

Usually conmen will make a quote above the average price and produce poor quality work.

Residents are asked to bare in mind that they are entitled to a seven day cooling off period if they have made a payment over £35.

If you think you may have been targetted by a rogue trader, you can report it to KCC by filling out their online form, available at: www.kent.gov.uk/tradingstandards.

Similarly, if you’d like to see a list of reliable services, you can access this on: www.buywithconfidence.co.uk.

 

 

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