Trading standards October 19

Beware cold callers offering
driveway cleaning
Complaints have been received regarding
cold callers offering to jet wash driveways
and remove moss. In one instance an
elderly lady paid £500 up front, but when
the job was finished the trader became
aggressive, demanded £3000 and drove
her to the bank. Often such cold callers
provide professional looking flyers, will
wear logod clothing and will initially come
across as reputable and believable.
Say no to cold callers, never feel pressured
into agreeing to any work. If your drive does
need attention, ask the advice of a known,
local reputable trader.
Trading Standards advice is to always
say no to cold callers. The Safetrader
scheme can help you find a trader in
your area, contact 0303 333 1111 or go
Green Deal Grants  - be alert
Green Deal grants for affordable warmth
measures may be available to residents in
their homes, depending on eligibility
criteria.  Trading Standards have recently
received enquiries from the Hyndburn,
Burnley and Fylde areas of Lancashire
about the legitimacy of such free offers.
Never feel rushed into agreeing to have
work done.  Do your research, ensure you
have the name and address details of the
trader, where possible check the business
online, check reviews on line, and make
sure the trader does have an association
with any logos and claims made in their
advertising.  Make sure the product they
are offering is right for you and your
property.  Sometimes services can be free,
sometimes you may need to contribute -
make sure you are aware of any additional
costs and that the price is made clear at the
The Green Deal ORB is responsible for
maintaining a register of all authorised
Green Deal Providers, Certification Bodies,
Assessors and Installers,

Fake EE email
Beware receiving an email from EE asking
for your payment details, it is a scam. The
message states there is an issue with the
direct debit instructions of your EE account
and asks you to verify the details.
Be suspicious if you receive any emails
asking for personal details. Check
independently with your service provider.
Often scam emails will contain grammatical
errors. Check the address the email is sent
from, often the address has nothing to do
with the company it is purporting to be from.

Scam Tesco text
If you receive a text from Tesco saying that
you have won an iphone, beware, it is a
scam, do not click on the link. A
supermarket will never randomly contact
you for information in exchange for a prize.
Never click on any links and never give
your personal details.
Contact the Trading Standards Service
via the Citizens Advice Consumer
Helpline on 03454 04 05 06

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