A company is currently cold calling older residents and selling £10,000 boxes to attach into their central heating systems, with promises of a reduction in heating bills. Savings are not guaranteed, and any obtained are unlikely to amount to the cost of the gadget.
The recent bad weather and high winds have bought out bogus workmen cold-calling householders with offers to repair roofs, fences, guttering and remove trees damaged by gusts. Rogue traders will prey on vulnerable householders' concerns about the condition of their property and often undertake work that is not needed, of poor quality and vastly overpriced. If consumers think work needs to be done as a result of storm damage, they are advised to first check with their insurance company. If you do need to find a trader to do work, get quotes from two or three local businesses or ask friends and relatives to recommend a reputable business. You can also use the Safe Trader Scheme.
For more information visit www.safetrader.org.uk or call 0303 333 1111.