Rogue traders in Essex: Residents warned to be on the look-out

RESIDENTS are being warned about rogue traders who are believed to be operating in the area.

One victim, who lives in the Braintree district, commissioned what turned out to be “shoddy work” at an inflated price, the authority’s Trading Standards team said.

Advice is now being offered so others do not end up in the same situation.

Trading Standards say residents should never agree to have work carried out on their house or garden by anyone who knocks at the door. When looking for someone to employ, the team suggests people ask family and friends for recommendations and say “it is always best to get two or three quotes” before making a choice.

Buy with Confidence businesses are recommended because they have been audited and approved by Trading Standards.

Cllr Roger Walters, cabinet member for Trading Standards, said: “I am urging residents not to do business with people they neither know nor trust or with those who just knock at the door.

“Rogue doorstep traders can be extremely persuasive and be very convincing and it is easy to be taken in but only look to recommended reputable traders if you need work carried out.”

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If you believe you have been caught out by a rogue trader, call Trading Standards on 08454 040506.