This message is being broadcast on behalf of Suffolk Trading Standards
Suffolk is being targeted by various rogue traders at the moment. Here are the details so that you can help to warn others.
Since the beginning of the year we have received a large number of complaints from residents who own solar panels, with energy saving companies claiming they have an energy saving device that will save them money, or offering to check their ‘system’ for free.
In the last month, two elderly residents were contacted by such companies, convincing them that they and their properties were at risk. One victim was told the lid to her water tank was loose, which ran the risk of overflowing onto the electrics in the house, and electrocuting her. The resident was told they would need to pay the company £7,500 up front in cash, and that work would need to start as soon as possible. The victim went straight to the bank to withdraw the money, but fortunately the bank staff contacted Suffolk Trading Standards before any money was passed over. Read more here
On Tuesday we received reports of 5 men in a van going door-to-door offering to clean driveways in and around Felixstowe.
On Wednesday, Trading Standards responded to a report, again from vigilant staff at a local bank, advising us that an elderly man from Felixstowe had come in to withdraw £4,000. This was on top of £2,000 he had withdrawn the day before. The money was to be paid to traders (three men) who had called at his property offering to undertake guttering work. They had then indicated that his chimney was loose, and the whole roof needed replacing. Trading Standards is now investigating.
If you spotted traders in a white transit style van in Felixstowe on Tuesday or Wednesday, calling at properties, please report it to us via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
On Thursday we received reports of Nottingham Knockers calling at doors in the Chantry area of Ipswich. If they call at your door, please report them to Suffolk Police online or via 101. (Follow this link for more about Nottingham Knockers)
Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity.
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Police Connect Team
7 Apr 17
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