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Beware Of Cold Callers in Ripley

Published on Thursday 22 October 2020

Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire County Council Trading Standards are warning residents in the Ripley area to be alert following the report of an incident involving bogus traders overcharging for roofing work after cold calling residents.


Trading Standards advises against dealing with any trader who approaches you on the doorstep. Most reputable businesses do not deal in this way. If you think that you need work doing on your home you should obtain quotes from 3 or 4 reputable traders. Derbyshire County Council provides a Trusted Trader scheme. All the businesses who sign up have been checked out by the Trading Standards team. To find a Trusted Trader in your area, call 01629 533190 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/trustedtrader 

Remember, you don't have to open the door to anyone you don't know. If you do decide to answer the door, take the following steps:

• Lock all of your doors before answering the front door. Some fraudsters work together, one keeps you chatting while another gets in through the back door.
• Stop - Think about whether you're expecting anyone.
• Chain - Put the door chain on, look through the window or spy hole to see who is there.
• Check - Ask for an ID card and examine it carefully.

If you have any concerns about this matter you can call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 2231133 or Derbyshire Police on 101.




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