Public warned to beware rogue traders who are taking advantage of the lockdown

The public are being warned to beware of rogue traders who are taking advantage of the current lockdown situation.

To convince residents that their property urgently needs repairs, or to have paths and driveways cleaned.

Rogue traders can appear both charming and extremely plausible on the doorstep, but they often target vulnerable people, taking advantage to charge vast sums for work that is unnecessary, badly done or not done at all.

They may quote low prices, but they will soon demand more and more money.

Trading Standards advice is never to do business on the doorstep and treat any uninvited callers with suspicion.

If work is agreed in this way, consumers should normally be entitled to written notice of their right to cancel within fourteen days, and should not be put under pressure to waive this right unless the work is a GENUINE emergency.

Never be hurried or pressured into having work and the best way to choose a trader is to seek recommendations from friends, relatives and neighbours.

We all need to be on our guard and keep an eye on the more vulnerable among us. For consumer advice call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133, or to report suspicious callers to Greater Manchester Police on 101

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