Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Let’s make it the end of the road for tarmac rogue traders

A NEW rogue trading scam has been reported in Thurrock with offers of work to be done with spare tarmac it is claimed has been left over from resurfacing work.

Individuals, groups, organisations and small businesses have been targeted across the country and now the scam has been reported in Thurrock.

Thurrock Council’s Trading Standards has issued a warning that work should never be accepted from either a doorstep or cold telephone call.

The latest scam has involved cold calls to groups including community halls and schools whose numbers appear to have been obtained from local notice boards. The caller tries to convince the victim that they can tarmac a drive or play area or fill in gaps very cheaply. A price is then given verbally but at the end of the job the price will be considerably more.

Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for Public Protection Cllr Angie Gaywood said: “Residents and small traders should be on their guard against these traders. There is never any spare tarmac and it certainly will not be sold over the telephone or by cold call door knocking.

“Any approach by these traders should be firmly resisted and the matter reported immediately.”

The council’s Trading Standards actively pursues doorstep traders and works closely with Essex Police and Thurrock Council’s Safeguarding team – responsible for vulnerable adults who are particularly targeted by doorstep traders.

The advice to residents and businesses is to not deal with anyone who cold calls and to seek recommendations from friends or traders who belong to a Trading Standards approved scheme such as Buy With Confidence – www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

Residents and businesses who receive cold calls from tarmacers or other maintenance businesses should report them to Citizens Advice on 08454 04 05 06.

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