Householders warned to be cautious of cold callers

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At the Inveresk Community Council meeting, held at Lethnot Hall on June 16, members of the public were urged to be vigilant about cold calling.

Convener of the council Duncan Smedley urged people to be cautious of anyone calling at homes to enquire about odd jobs.

Community officer PC Billy Rattray explained: “We are always concerned when people are subjected to cold calling techniques which often involve householders being approached by individuals and companies stating that work is required to their homes. This usually includes roof work or tarmac work to driveways. These individuals and companies are bound by legislation relative to the work they are offering, including a cooling off period following the work agreement which must be given.

“I would urge householders to get a second opinion on whether work needs done prior to agreeing this work with a cold caller. Angus Council operate a Reputable Trader Scheme where traders have been audited and have signed up to a code of conduct and this is a good starting point for reliable advice and work. Most of all I would advise people not to pay in advance of any work and to check the quality of the work before making payment.

“Police in Angus work closely with Trading Standards and we both welcome any information in relation to any callers you think may be bogus tradesmen.

“Police can be contacted on 101 whilst Trading Standards can be contacted through Angus Council ACCESS line 08452 777 778.”