Rogue trader warning issued
25 May 2021
Residents in Powys are being warned by the county council that a rogue trader is in the county selling household items for an extortionate amount of money.
The warning has been issued by Powys County Council's Trading Standards Service to ensure residents are not conned out of money by rogue traders.
The service has received a report that the unwanted salesman has targeted a vulnerable resident, who was charged £60 for three dishcloths, two pairs of socks and a pair of scissors. The victim was also not offered any change by the individual.
It is believed that the rogue trader is targeting elderly and vulnerable residents to make a quick sale of items at exaggerated prices. They are selling household items out of a black holdall and rushing victims into paying larger amounts for the goods.
Cllr Graham Breeze, Cabinet Member for Corporate Governance, Engagement and Regulatory Services, said: "We believe that this rogue trader is targeting elderly and vulnerable residents to make a quick sale of items at exaggerated prices. They are selling household items out of a black holdall and rushing victims into paying larger amounts for the goods.
"Rogue traders and cold callers have a devastating impact on peoples' lives and often prey on the most vulnerable in our communities.
"Our advice is always if in doubt, keep them out."
Residents and businesses should be aware of the following signs if a rogue trader is operating in their community:
- Unfinished or poor-quality services
- Increased prices and urgent work required
- Pressure to agree there and then
- Upfront cash payments
- No paperwork and/or cancellation rights given
- No traders details provided
- Flyers stating Statutory Cooling off period
- Ignoring signs or stickers asking the trader to leave and not return
- Selling goods from a van following an unsolicited doorstep call
- Sold from unusual places e.g. car boot sales
"If you think a rogue trader is operating in your community or someone you know has become a doorstep crime victim then report it to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit http://crimestoppers-uk.org and tell them what you know. Your information can help keep communities across Wales safe," said Cllr Breeze.
If it is an emergency or a rogue trader is at the property contact 999, or if you need advice to help with a dispute, concern or suspicion call Citizens Advice on 0808 223 1133.