Thursday, July 25, 2024

Thurrock residents warned over Storm Doris scamsters

THURROCK residents are being warned to watch out for doorstep salespeople offering to repair damage caused by Storm Doris, who may be a victim to poor workmanship, scams or other crimes.

Thurrock Council’s Trading Standards team have received complaints about traders cold-calling in the borough offering unsolicited home improvement services ranging from loose or unsafe chimney pot and tiles, as well as blocked gutter or drainage.

Residents struggling to find a reputable trader should find a vetted local trader on the Checkatrade website- checkatrade.com or buy with confidence.

Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Sue MacPherson, said: “Unscrupulous rogue traders take advantage of big weather events to secure work with people – especially those who are elderly or vulnerable – whose property has been damaged.

“However, they are likely either to carry out a poor job, charge inflated prices or pressure residents into having unnecessary work carried out. Giving them access could sometimes result in distraction burglary.

“You’re far safer to get a recommendation from a friend or relative or look for a trusted trader on Checkatrade’s website – and buy with confidence.”

To report a cold caller contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

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