Rogue traders claim to be from Fareham Borough Council

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PEOPLE are being warned to be on their guard after rogue traders were reported in Fareham and Portchester.

The fraudsters have been cold calling homes offering free loft and cavity wall insulation, claiming they are working for or on behalf of Fareham Borough Council.

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards is advising consumers not to agree to work instigated as a result of a cold call or from a leaflet drop. They say consumers should obtain at least three written quotes from reputable businesses or traders who are either members of Trading Standards’ buy with confidence scheme or a recognised trade association.

And traders who agree work at the home of an individual are required by law to provide consumers with a notice of right to cancel, which gives consumers a seven-day cooling off period.

Details of the scheme are available by calling 01962 833620, emailing buy.with.confidence@hants.gov.uk or at buywithconfidence.gov.uk

Anyone with information about cold calling or who requires advice on doorstep crime can contact Hampshire County Council’s quick response team on 01962 833666, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.