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Rogue Trader warnings

Alert message sent 14/05/2020 12:27:00

Information sent on behalf of Cambridgeshire Constabulary


We know that rogue traders are still continuing to operate during the covid19 pandemic. Rogue Traders offers services such as window/gutter cleaning, path and driveway repairs, roofing or building work, gardening and tree maintenance. We know that with spending more time at home you want things looking nice but please don’t be tempted to employ these services at your door or from flyers from untrusted sources.
 
Although they may appear genuine and trustworthy, often they are not and they can become very persistent and aggressive once they start their sales pitch. The prices they charge are often over-inflated.
 
Rogue traders have been known to gain access into the house whilst the victim has been getting the money to pay for the services and they have stolen purse, wallet, cash and bank cards.
 
Rogue traders use a range of techniques to encourage you to hand over your cash. Beware of people who say things like:
 
I was passing and noticed your gutter and tiles are loose.
This offer is only available today.
If you pay cash today I can give you a special discount.
I’ve been working at the house across the road or in the area.
 
Please DO NOT buy services from cold callers to your door, and DO NOT let strangers into your home. Don’t be another victim!
 
If you need any work carried out to your property then please let us know, and we can make recommendations. Remain vigilant and always report anything suspicious. If you can provide descriptions of persons/vehicles this is a great help. Let us know if you need further crime prevention advice.
 
Helen O’Driscoll 07736 085238 or Amanda Large 07872 3577868
Crime Reduction Officers, Thorpe Wood Police Station
 
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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)
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