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Trading Standards in Tameside warn of bogus callers
Sunday 12th March 2017 @ 09:54 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

Police in Tameside have joined forces with the borough’s Trading Standards to issue a warning to residents after several reports of people cold calling, offering to do work to people’s houses.

In one instance, an elderly lady had a tree cut by a male offering services on his doorstep.

Several months later, the male returned and demanded further money, saying the council were suing him as the tree was protected. This was not the case but he took her to the cashpoint to withdraw the money.

That male is being described as a heavily built white male, who was driving a red van.

On another occasion, two males targeted a resident, saying they needed work doing on the roof due to storm damage.

The victim paid the offenders a deposit for the work and they climbed up to the roof, causing damage as they went. In the meantime, the victim called her insurance company who confirmed that the work wasn’t required.

Police have since arrested two men for that offence.

Now, Trading Standards are asking people to be on their guard, especially at this time of year where they usually see an increase in this kind of fraud.

Traders should always allow a cooling off period, with residents being advised to not be pressured into paying over money until they have obtained a couple of quotes.

If in doubt, people are advised to always ask a family member, friend or neighbour if they think it’s a good deal and if you’re not sure, you can use the Trusted Trader Service, provided by Tameside Council.