Trading Standards in Thurrock are carrying out an awareness exercise against scammers during June.
As part of a national month of events – officers are warning residents to be wary of rogue traders who cold call at properties.
The best advice for residents is not to agree to let any cold-callers carry out any work. Anyone who needs to get work done should use a reputable tradesman and make sure that they get an estimate before any work is carried out.
Householders who agree to a contract for work in their home and have second thoughts have 14 days to cancel. They should also be issued with pre-contractual information before any work starts.
If you want to report a rogue trader, have been the victim of a doorstep scam or have concerns about work you’ve had done you can contact Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06.