Family of rogue traders sought in Nottinghamshire

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A family of conmen in Nottinghamshire is responsible for a quarter of all doorstop crime complaints in the past six months, Trading Standards officers said.

The family, which cannot be identified for legal reasons, often take on repair work for elderly residents and overcharge them, the spokesman said.

The rogue trading family usually operates in the north of the county.

Trading Standards officers are appealing for victims to come forward.

Sob story

Dealing with cold callers

A builder at work
  • Always ask for identification from traders
  • Check with Trading Standards for advice
  • Get several quotations for repair work or other jobs
  • Never give your chequebook to anyone else

The rogue traders have charged as much as £500 for simple grass cutting work, trading standards spokesman Matt Rawson said.

"The family is very active - and they are using the same scams as last year and they are having some success already this year," he said.

"They seem to have got it down to a fine art."

He said they use four different tactics, including a sob story which claims the family has had "a particularly hard winter".

The family also claim to be a member of Trading Standards' Buy With Confidence scheme when they are not, he said.

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