Thurrock Council Trading Standards officers are warning residents to beware of rogue traders cold calling their homes and offering to do work.
Throughout June Thurrock Trading Standards will be joining colleagues across the country in calling on residents to be more aware of scammers and to come forward and report rogue traders if they fall victim to them.
This time of year often sees an increase in the number of people reporting doorstep scammers as they target householders planning improvements to their homes or gardens.
The best advice for residents is not to agree to let any cold-callers carry out any work. Anyone who needs to get work done should use a reputable tradesman and make sure that they get an estimate before any work is carried out.
Householders who agree to a contract for work in their home and have second thoughts have 14 days to cancel. They should also be issued with pre-contractual information before any work starts.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council and Portfolio Holder responsible for Trading Standards, said: “Residents should be extremely wary of anyone knocking at their door offering to do any work.
“Trading Standards advice is never to agree to cold-callers carrying out any repairs on a property at all, instead get recommendations from friends, neighbours or specialist websites making sure you hire honest and reputable tradesmen to work on your home.
“If you want to report a rogue trader, have been the victim of a doorstep scam or have concerns about work you’ve had done you can contact Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06. In doing so you may help protect others as well as help drive these scammers out of business.”