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Dob the builder! Trading Standards warning over ‘bogus' workmen
Wednesday 8th September, 2010

Wigan Police and Trading Standards are warning people to be on their guard against rogue workmen who tout for odd jobs but then fail to deliver on their promises.

Over the past few weeks, there's been reports of some local residents falling foul of conmen who turn up at the door uninvited and charge extortionate amounts for little or no work.

“If you get that knock on the door, we want you to pick up the phone and dob them in,” says Julie Middlehurst from Wigan Council's Trading Standards.

“Typically, these opportunistic ‘sham builders’ claim that they ‘just happen to be in the area’ and because they’re not from a registered business or a reputable local firm, they can simply disappear with your cash, leaving you with both a hole in your pocket and substandard work.”

The types of jobs these conmen prefer typically include power-washing, any type of roof work, paving and surfacing, and garden maintenance.

"Wigan Council runs a Good Trader Scheme, which lists honest and reliable local traders and businesses," adds Julie. "They are rated by customers who award them up to 5 gold stars based on service and customer satisfaction. This scheme gives us a way of combating doorstep crime by marginalising rogue traders and helps to raise confidence in local businesses."

For more information about the Good Trader Scheme or to apply to become a member, visit www.wigan.gov.uk/goodtrader or call 01942 827476.

If you suspect your area is being targeted by ‘rogue builders’ or you want consumer advice, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

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