A rogue trader is a tradesperson that exploits their customers in a range of ways to scam them out of their money. A few examples of this includes providing low quality or dangerous work, not producing work to the standard and/or price that had been agreed. There is also sometimes bullying or threatening a customer into agreeing to work.
Detective Constable Jarrod Kenyon said: “We’re working with a number of partners across the region - including Trading Standards - targeting rogue traders and sending the message that these illegal operations will not be tolerated.
“Rogue traders often target vulnerable and elderly people, this week is a good time to make sure you know how to tell the difference between genuine tradesman and those who are out to exploit you, and have a conversation with friends and family to make sure they do the same.”
Anyone who has concerns about fraud is asked to call 0300 1233040.