Police warning over Isle of Sheppey rogue traders
People have been warned to be on their guard against rogue traders offering to carry out work on their paths or driveways.
Kent Police said two residents on the Isle of Sheppey had paid hundreds of pounds for maintenance work to be carried out in the past week.
Officers are concerned others may be forced into handing over money they can not afford to spend.
They urged people to use professional builders rather than doorstep callers.
Pc Ant Hopper said: "One lady in her 80s was charged £250 simply for putting sand between the paving slabs in her garden while a 60-year-old man paid £900 for a concrete drive to be tarmaced over.
"Although on both occasions the residents were happy with the price and the standard of work carried out, we are concerned that others may feel pressured into having work done at a price they can't afford."