Trading Standards have recently received a large number of reports
about criminal gangs phoning residents, falsely claiming to be calling
from the Ministry of Justice. The callers usually claim to be calling to provide the consumer with some sort of grant, reward or compensation.
Beware, don't provide any personal or financial information to people who phone you!
Nuneaton residents are warned to beware of rogue traders offering roofing work door to door in the local area.
Warwickshire Trading Standards advises residents not to buy at the door. You can't tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep. Keep your door closed! Rogue
traders often claim to be based locally but instead use false addresses
and 0800 or local phone numbers linked to untraceable mobile phones.
Their quotes may begin low but soon rocket and the work is typically
done to a very poor standard!
traders dress smartly and can appear very plausible. They often use
professional cards and flyers and may even have their own websites.
traders often offer to replace loose roof tiles, or pressure wash or
‘treat’ a roof with special (often red coloured) ‘heat insulating
Loose 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
Jet 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.
Rogue traders may offer to paint your roof with (often red coloured)
‘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.
requiring further advice or information, or to report a rogue trader
should phone Warwickshire Trading Standards on 03454 040506 (via
Citizens Advice Consumer Service).
Warwickshire resident reported receiving a telephone call from someone
claiming to be from BT. The caller claimed that BT had not received the
consumer's direct debit information and would be cut off. The caller
knew the consumer's address and asked for the name of the consumer's
bank and other bank details. The consumer revealed the name of their
bank and the caller said they would contact them direct.
few minutes later the consumer's phone rang again. This time the caller
claimed to be from the consumer's bank requesting credit and debit card
details and PIN numbers etc.
The consumer did not reveal any bank account numbers or PINS.
phone calls were bogus and the criminals behind them hoped to obtain
enough bank information to steal money and possibly commit identity
reveal any personal or financial/banking information to anyone phoning
you, however plausible they may sound. Genuine callers will always be
happy for you to phone back on a publicly listed phone number. Always
wait several minutes before phoning back or use another phone. Some
fraudsters keep phone lines open!
residents are receiving unexpected phone calls from representatives of a
'Government' group to advise them that, as they were paying their
bills, they had been added to a random draw and would now be receiving
an £8000 award!
This advanced fee fraud scam usually leads to the caller asking for money up front before the £8000 'grant' is paid out.
In reality, the Government group, random draw and grant is a bogus story concocted by criminal gangs.