Trading Standards is warning householders living in the Southam area to
beware of rogue roofers. Reports indicate that residents are being
charged thousands of pounds to clean moss off their roofs which are then
painted 'for protection'.
the rogue traders claim the work will take a few days, they typically
only spend a few hours at the consumer's property before disappearing,
leaving behind them 'work' which is massively overpriced and often
The rogue traders, who are well dressed and operate door to door also leave behind worthless warranties and other paperwork.
You can't tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep. Never accept offers of work from unexpected door to door traders. Seek local traders with recommendations to maintain.
Rogue traders often offer to replace loose roof tiles, or pressure wash or ‘treat’ a roof with special ‘heat insulating paint’.
Roof Tiles: Rogue traders often falsely claim that an owner’s property
has loose roof tiles as it is difficult to for a householder to verify
if this is true or not. Once on the roof, rogue traders can then ‘find’
other jobs to do and may even damage roofs on purpose, just so they can
charge to repair them.
Spraying Roofs: Rogue traders may offer to jet spray a roof to clean it
and remove moss. However, roofing experts warn that roof tiles should
not be subject to high-pressure washing. To do so can potentially damage
or break the tiles and remove any aesthetic granular tile finish.
Paint’: Rogue traders may offer to paint your roof with ‘special
insulating paint’. There is no evidence that the products they would use
would have any insulating qualities. Further, to allow them to carry
out this ‘work’ may damage your roof.
North Warwickshire resident reported receiving a phone call from a
bogus computer 'fix' caller. The scammer claimed his name was John
Edwards and that he was calling from Microsoft Security , based in
Manchester. He claimed the call recipients email had been compromised
and was sending out spam mail (although the email address he gave was
not the residents). He went on to ask if the resident carried out
Internet banking or on-line shopping. The caller then gave a genuine
Microsoft Office telephone number to the resident and said he would call
back later. A number of further scam calls were then made from what was
believed to be the same Far Eastern call centre.
A similar incident was also reported by a Rugby resident.
Microsoft does not cold call consumers
Never reveal personal or financial information to unexpected or cold callers, even if you think they are genuine
Always put the phone down quickly, don't attempt to engage scammers in conversation, it only encourages them
Consider screening your calls using an answer-phone or similar.
Warwickshire butchers are
a cut above the rest! That’s the verdict of Warwickshire County
Council’s Trading Standards Service following their inspection of 20
premium independent butchers based across the County.