Warning over storm damage con callers

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Nottinghamshire property owners affected by the recent strong winds are being warned to be on their guard against cold calling rogue traders offering to carry out their repairs.

The County Council’s Trading Standards team receives an increase in complaints about doorstep traders following an extreme weather incident as they take advantage of people with damaged property.

Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, the Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “Dodgy traders prey on the vulnerable and are likely to target people who have damaged roofs or fallen fences in the aftermath of the winds.

“They may frighten people into having work done where it is unnecessary or charge exorbitant prices, so we encourage people to say no to all doorstep callers no matter what product, deal or service they are offering.”

The Council advises people to speak to their insurance company before employing someone to make repairs and seek three quotes where possible.

People should also seek recommendations from a friend or family member and be wary of doorstep traders offering a special offer or warning them that their house is unsafe.

For more information call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.