Warning over roofing scam

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ROGUE traders are cold calling in the Waterlooville area and offering roofing repairs, Trading Standards have warned.

Officers say people have fallen victim to the scam after signing up for repairs such as cleaning or resealing.

A statement from Hampshire Trading Standards said: ‘Information collated thus far would indicate that prices initially quoted are often increased before completion of the work to a level which is grossly inflated. The trader is not complying with the law by providing the home-owner with a written cancellation notice which explains their legal right to cancel the contract within seven days.

‘Trading Standards would advise consumers not to agree to work that is instigated as a result of a cold call or via a leaflet drop.’

Officers said people should get at least three written quotes from traders who are members of the county’s Buy With Confidence Scheme or a recognised trade association.

Anyone with information about traders who are cold calling can telephone (01962) 833666.