Humberside Police issue rogue trader alert in Bridlington

Humberside Police have issued an alert for rogue traders in Bridlington.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 10:03 am

A spokesman for the force said: "Following a number of recent calls relating to rogue traders calling at houses in the Bridlington area w are issuing a warning to resident to be extra vigilant.

"Don’t fall victim to rogue traders."

A vulnerable man in Bridlington fell victim and was charged £300 for some minor garden clearance work.

Stock image. JPI Media

What is a rogue trader?

Rogue traders are any 'company' or individual who offers services on the doorstep, often with little or no means of identification, and go on to rip off their victims and take money from them.

Rogue traders will knock on the door, saying they are working in the area, and will point out something like a loose tile on the person's roof or garden work or that their drive needs resurfacing.

They often over charge and then come back again and again, taking more money each time.

They may charge without completing the work and often demand money before any work is done.

Who suffers?

Victims are often vulnerable, elderly and/or isolated people who don’t know about these scams and trust people, they believe anyone who is friendly or seems knowledgeable and genuine.

If they have become a victim, they often feel ashamed and/or scared and so don't tell anyone.

This not only means the original scam goes unreported but it also makes it easy for the rogue trader to return for more.

How can you help?

Share this message and talk to your friends, neighbours and family – make sure they know about rogue traders and help them to protect themselves.

What are police doing?

Police say they are investigating all offences reported, but know that rogue trader incidents are not always reported.

The force said: "People feel ashamed – please don’t, if you have been a victim please call us on our non-emergency number 101 so that we can help you and prevent others becoming victims.

"We want to make sure as many people know about these rogue traders, our elderly residents don't see our social media and website information and we are taking letters out to the areas where we know people have been affected and talking to people on their doorsteps."

If you have any information with regard to rogue traders in the area call Humberside Police on 101.