A WARNING has been issued about cold callers operating in Coventry, offering to jet wash roofs.
There have been reports of a vulnerable couple being targeted in Whoberley.
A price of £200 was agreed and the trader, without even using scaffolding, started his team.
Only a small amount of work was done, leaving a massive mess on the neighbouring property and vehicle and no paperwork was provided.
The workers left saying they were just getting some food and would be back but failed to return.
The ‘boss’ returned later to explain the machine had broken and there would be a delay but he persuaded the residents to pay in full, promising to complete the work.
Although money had already been handed over, thanks to the prompt action of family members who became aware of what had happened, the trader did return and pay back £50 for all the ‘inconvenience and delay’.
However, the job remains unfinished and the trader never returned to finish it, as promised.
Rogue traders are individuals or groups of people who cold-call householders, often targeting vulnerable residents, claiming to be a bonafide business and purporting to offer services, most commonly buildings maintenance and repair, along with landscaping and gardening.
Business Compliance which issued the warning said: “The current pandemic with a lot of people still working from home, or shielding, has provided a perfect opportunity for these rogues to catch more people at home and offer their services.
“Our advice as always is not to deal with cold callers as this is a favoured approach used by rogue traders whose sole intention is to extract as much money from residents as possible.”
They urged people who had elderly or vulnerable neighbours to keep a look out for them, especially if they noticed cold callers in their area or anyone acting suspiciously.
“It would also help if registration numbers of vehicles being used by the cold callers are noted down and reported.”
Anyone with any information on these unscrupulous cold callers or wanting to report other rogue traders should call 0808 223 1133.