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Warning about gang offering drive repairs in Newquay

Warning about gang offering drive repairs in Newquay

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:43pm 17th October 2019. (Updated at 10:19am 18th October 2019)

A warning has gone out after a gang offering driveway repairs were spotted around Newquay.

Cornwall Council Trading Standards is urging residents to say no to the scammers.

They have reportedly been offering driveway repairs or replacements at homes in the area this week.

Reports suggest that the gang is pretending to be an established business and is offering ten year guarantees on their work.

Officials are warning that the gang will be here today and gone tomorrow with no come back for anyone who subsequently finds a problem with the work.  

"Our message couldn't be simpler. Do not buy anything from anyone on your doorstep. 

"Genuine traders do not need to go door-to-door touting for work. 

"Anyone knocking on your door offering you something, no matter how good it sounds, is more than likely up to no good".

Leanne McLean, Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime

Other tactics involve persuading homeowners to have the work done to their driveways before the 14 day cooling off period has expired - this prevents other quotes from being obtained - and asking for payment in cash or by cheque to a third party. 
 
Although the cold-callers will be nice and friendly at the start, they can become aggressive and menacing when it comes time to pay or if the work carried out is queried.  
 
If you or someone you know has fallen victim to rogue traders, or if you have any intelligence relating to incidents, please contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or via report-it@cornwall.gov.uk

Cornwall Council Trading Standards says all information is gratefully received and could be vital to investigations.

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