Posted by Sharon May at 03/05/2013 16:35:42
Trading Standards Officers have received several complaints from Nottinghamshire residents who are undergoing work on their properties have recently had scaffolding assembled.
A man dressed in work clothes has called at their home pretending to be connected to the scaffolding, roofing or building company. He requests immediate payment and is known to follow his victim to the bank. Once he has the money, he leaves and does not return.
Afterwards the victim realises that the man is not connected with their original company in any way. Apart from the money they have lost to the fraudster, they will still have to pay the original company for work undertaken.
Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards would advise consumers not to hand over money to strangers at the door and to contact the police on 999 or 101.
For futher information on buying goods and services, please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service (CACS) on 08454 04 05 06, which provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues. Trading Standards are informed of the information reported to CACS.