Bogus trader warning (1)
St Helens Council is advising residents to be aware of bogus
traders operating within borough.
The warning comes after one Grange Park resident reported they'd
been approached at their home by men claiming to be contractors
working on behalf of the council. They offered to adjust the kerb
outside the home for a cash payment.
While the council does provide this service for a fee, payment is
always taken through a formal invoice system after the work has
been completed, and cash will never be requested by contractors
registered with the council.
The resident contacted the council immediately to check if the
traders were genuine, but they left promptly in a white Transit
Trading Standards asks residents to never agree to have work done
by a doorstep trader who is "just passing" or who calls
unannounced. Residents should be cautious about any advice given by
Trading Standards would like residents to report any incidents of
cold calling to the team, providing as many details as possible
about the person and what was said. Any leaflets or documentation
should be kept and if possible a note made of the registration of
any vehicle that the cold caller was using.
Residents can find St Helens-based trusted tradesmen on our online Trader Register or call
the team to request a paper copy.
Anyone with any information about a doorstep trader should report
what has happened, or what they have seen to Trading Standards on
01744 676299 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.