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Cowboy Builder Warning in Wake of Floods

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:02am 28th November 2012.

Pirate FM has learnt of fears cowboy builders could try to cash in on Cornwall's floods.

Cornwall Trading Standards is worried some vulnerable families will fall for offers to do shoddy repairs.

It says in the the past that has left people out of pocket.

Previous floods in the UK have attracted doorsteps fraudsters offering a range of flood recovery services and other assistance including tree chopping, garden clearance, guttering, tarmacing and roof cleaning.

Nigel Strick, Fair Trading Manager said “We are worried that some of the more unscrupulous traders may try and take advantage of the victims of the recent flooding in Cornwall. We want to remind people to be careful with whom they contract with for their flood repairs. This is an upsetting time for all those who have suffered damage to their homes, and we don’t want anyone to be taken advantage of whilst in this vulnerable state.”

Councillor Lance Kennedy, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Community Safety, Public Protection and Waste Management, said "There are unfortunately people who prey on the misfortunes of others, don't become a victim of these cowboy con men. Make your own appointments with reputable tradesmen - if you didn't call them then don't use them. Genuine trades people will welcome your asking for references and identification, check them both carefully."

For further advice on choosing a reputable tradesman or for help with consumer disputes contact Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 08454 040506.

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