Community safety

Bogus Trader Knocks on Doors

One of our most elderly members was caught by a bogus trader just before Christmas 2015.

Someone rang his bell, he answered the door to be told that he had some roof tiles missing. The guys wanted £700 to fix it. He went to the bank and drew the £700 and paid them in cash up front. They disappeared.

Never pay "door knockers" up front for any job. Better still, just say no and have someone you know to quote to do the job for you. Always obtain a quote on paper up front and never pay until the job has been completed to your satisfaction.

If you do have a visit from one of these criminals, ring 999 as soon as you’ve closed the door. Write down all the details you can remember including the registration number of any vehicle they use and contact Stewart Fletcher in Merton's Trading Standards Dept. Tel: 020 8545 54098, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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