We have received a report of doorstep criminals targeting residents in the Ashford area for roofing type work (tiling/downpipes/gutters etc).
An elderly resident in the Wye area fell for the scam and after being quoted £10,000, paid a deposit of £2,500 by cheque. Fortunately the cheque was stopped before it could be cashed.
Please warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.
What to do about cold callers:
Do not open your door to cold callers or respond to uninvited offers of repair work.
If they do not leave when asked, call the Police on 101, if they are aggressive call 999.
If you need work carried out get 3 quotes.
Ask family and friends for recommendations.
You can also contact Trading Standards Checked traders or Trading Standards Approved members of Checkatrade.