Residents in Gedling borough are being warned of doorstep cold callers who have been offering to resurface driveways.
Trading Standards have been notified of a business cold calling residents in the Southwell area claiming to have previously conducted driveway surfacing work at the property and claiming this now needs overlaying or re-spraying.
The caller appears to be falsely claiming to represent another driveway business who do not cold call their customers.
Trading Standards never recommend employing a trader based on a cold call.
If dealing with cold calling tradesmen trading standards would recommend the following:
Keep your front and back doors locked, even when you’re at home. Fix a security chain to your door, and make sure you use it every time someone calls.
If in doubt say “No thank you” and close the door.
Make a note of any vehicle registrations or businesses names – but only if it’s safe to do so
Report any cold callers via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
Phone the police if you feel in danger from the caller.
A spokesman from Nottinghamshire County Council’s trading standards team said: “We would advise that any householder who is considering having work done to their property should get quotes from at least three companies before agreeing to go ahead with any work, also speak to friends and relatives for recommendations.”
If you need work carrying out you can contact Checkatrade for details of trades people who have demonstrated their commitment to fair and honest trading on www.checkatrade.com or through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.