Rogue traders charge Blidworth pensioner £450 to cut grass

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Residents are being warned against rogue traders operating in Nottinghamshire after two pensioners were charged hundreds of pounds by doorstep callers.

In an incident on Thursday 4th October, an 80-year-old Blidworth man was charged £450 by a group of men to have his lawn mowed.

This followed an incident in the Porchester area on Wednesday when three men called at the home of an 83-year-old woman offering to clear her roof guttering.

Once they had completed the job the bill amounted to hundreds of pounds.

Darren Surgey, of the Pre-Crime Unit, said: “Our advice is simple, do no agree to services of this kind from people who turn up at your home unannounced.

“The best way to ensure you are dealing with a legitimate company is to visit the www.trustatrader.com or www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk websites. Here businesses have registered their services and have been vetted, so you can be sure you are receiving a lawful service.

“Nevertheless, always check the ID of those who are providing you with a service and confirm this by looking up the number of the company they claim to be working for in the phone book and calling them to verify. Do not call the number on the ID or business card.

“You should also always get several quotes before agreeing to someone carrying out work.

“People should look out for their elderly relatives or neighbours. If you think they may be vulnerable to this kind of exploitation, call it in.”

If you suspect someone is offering a disingenuous or illegitimate service call the Trading Standards consumer helpline on 0845 404 0506.

If you feel you have been a victim of crime call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.