Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Two arrests made after investigation into ‘rogue traders’ at Sevenoaks home

AN investigation into rogue traders charging excessive fees for building work in Sevenoaks has led to the arrests of two men.
On 1 April 2019 Kent Police was contacted by a bank in the High Street to concerns a pensioner was attempting to withdraw large sums of money.
Enquiries revealed the man had previously been offered renovations to his home, after a cold caller had knocked on his door.  Although work has since been carried out to the property an investigation is ongoing into possible fraud offences amid concerns the man may have been exploited into paying inflated costs.
On 5 June a 27-year-old man from Edenbridge and another man, also aged 27 and of no fixed address, were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation.
They were later bailed, pending further enquiries, until 28 June.

Advice from police to deter rogue traders

Never deal with doorsteps callers. If you have any doubts at all, tell them you need to check with a neighbour or family member and close the door.

Call the police if you think they are acting suspiciously.

Ask for quotes in writing and ring more than three traders to get an average price for the job so you know what is reasonable.

Research ‘check-a-trade’ websites or business directories to confirm the trader’s ID.

If you still have concerns contact the police or Trading Standards

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