It is believed that bogus workmen may be targeting the Saddleworth area under the guise of a legitimate business. They generally cold call at a victim’s home, pretending to be trades people offering repairs, services and maintenance to homes or gardens.
They carry out unnecessary or substandard work, and sometimes no work at all, and charge hugely inflated fees.
These criminals can be extremely intimidating, often demanding more money than the price that was originally agreed. They often disappear once you have paid them without starting or finishing a job
How to protect yourself from doorstop traders:
Take advice from friends and family to see if the work really needs doing.
If you do decide you need some work doing, obtain several quotes from recommended firms. Make sure the quote is accepted in writing.
By Law the quotation must include the name and address of the trader so you can contact them if something goes wrong.
Ask for details of previous satisfied customers and contact them.
If you can’t find a reputable tradesperson contact Oldham Councils Trading Standards team on 0161 770 3470 and ask about the Buy With Confidence Scheme.
Don’t sign on the spot. Consider carefully whether you want the goods or service.
Don’t hand over a cash deposit.
Take your time to make a decision; don’t feel pressured into committing to anything.
The police would ask that you be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Police, with a description of the person/s / vehicles involved if possible. .
If you have any information or are a witness to any person/s seen in the area possibly committing these offences please do not hesitate to phone Greater Manchester Police (non emergency) on 101.