Rogue Trader Alert
We have received reports from two local residents, within the Whitby area who have been visited by rogue traders this week.
On both occasions there were 3 males who have asked if they would like their gutters cleaning. Once a price has been agreed, £20, they have got their ladders and gone up onto the roof.
After around ten minutes they have knocked back on the door and showed a bucket full of tiles and mortar, stating they were from the roof which is damaged. A mobile phone picture has also been shown to the homeowner, apparently of their roof and the so called damage.
They have then offered to carry out the work for around £300, leaving upon receipt of the money with no work having been carried out.
These incidents occurred in the Vale Road area on Wednesday 27th May at approx. 3pm and in Chester Road, Whitby on Friday 28th May at 1230pm.
All of the males were described as being late teens and clean shaven. 2 males were wearing hi-vis tops, with the 3rd male wearing a grey tracksuit. No vehicle was seen with the males.
If you have any information that you think may be of relevance please can you re-contact us on 101, quoting CC15151819.
While there are many legitimate tradespeople and officials, it is wise to be on your guard when you answer your door.
A doorstep scam is when someone comes to your door with the intention scamming you out of your money. They may also pose as officials in order to access your home and steal money and valuables.
They can be pushy and persuasive and it can be easy to fall victim.
A cold-caller may offer you a service you don’t really need. They may try to push you into agreeing to unnecessary home repairs or improvements, often at extortionate prices.
- Do not sign any contracts or hand over any money until you have talked to someone you trust.
- Never disclose your personal identification number (PIN) or let anyone persuade you to hand over your bank card or accept their offer to be taken the bank to withdraw cash for a payment.
- Do not be afraid to ask a salesperson to leave. If they refuse, call the police.
You don’t have to let any stranger into your home.
Dial 999 if you’re suspicious or the caller won’t leave.
Call the police non-emergency number 101 if you’re not in immediate danger but want to report an incident or contact Trading Standards.