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Beware Rogue Traders re Storm Damage

Alert message sent 25/02/2022 16:13:00

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Dear Member
I hope you did not suffer too much damage during the recent severe storms. If you need work done, however, please read the following information that has been supplied by Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards:

The recent storms will inevitably have caused some damage to properties in our area. For this reason, we would like to warn residents to be on their guard for rogue traders looking to make a fast buck by offering to fix fencing, guttering and roofing at inflated prices following the recent storms.  More information on how to choose a trader can be found on:

Choosing a reputable trader
Rogue traders may cold call with such tactics as saying they’re already ‘working in the area’ and Trading Standards advise residents to be wary when approached in this way. Often genuine traders are booked up many weeks or months in advance so be wary of those cold calling looking for business who can start straight away. Always get recommendations of traders from your friends and family, or via trader approval schemes, and never feel pressured into agreeing for the work to be done there and then. You could end up paying far too much for the work or paying for work that doesn’t need doing at all.  When looking for approved traders, more information can be found on:

Approved traders
If you are looking to make an insurance claim it is important to engage your insurance company before agreeing to any work.

Please spread the word to your friends, family and local community, keeping a close eye on anyone who is vulnerable to rogue traders

If you are concerned you may have been contacted by a rogue trader then please contact our trading standards team on 0300 123 2329 or report the incident by following the Citizens Advice guidance here: Reporting to Trading Standards

Many thanks

David




 
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David Alder (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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