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Roofing Scams

Alert message sent 29/02/2020 21:45:00

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Roofing Scams - how to recognise them and how to find a trusted trader.

The following is an excerpt from an excellent article from the website of Loftworld Ltd, to raise awareness of this common scam:

What is a Rogue Roofer?
Rogue roofers are scam artists who prey on vulnerable home owners by offering bogus deals for unnecessary repairs.  In many cases, the elderly are conned out of several hundreds or even thousands of pounds through these scams.

Typical Rogue Roofing Scams:
The following is a common roofing scam scenario.  A ‘roofer’ or a group of ‘roofers’ shows up at your home suddenly. They tell you that they drove by and noticed a problem that they will offer to correct on the spot.  For example, they claim that your existing roof tiles have deteriorated and warn of the risk of water damage should it not be repaired immediately.  Rogue traders will pressure victims by claiming repairs are urgent.

Then a discount will be offered.  Rogue roofers often offer a bogus ‘deal’ by suggesting a much reduced price from an extremely high initial quote. They’ll ask for cash and often for money up front.

Rogue roofers may have business cards or even arrive in a van with a roofing company logo on it.  They can look quite official and carry tools on them to perpetuate the scam.

Who Rogue Roofers Target:
Unfortunately rogue roofers target the vulnerable; often victims of this scam are elderly pensioners who are frightened.   They believe that the trader is legitimately trying to help.

What the Law Says About Rogue Roofers:
Since 2014, the law in the UK has stated that there has to be a ‘cooling off’ period of 7 days between a quote being given and the work being started.  Be very wary of anyone who offers to start immediately.  Be extremely cautious of anyone who shows up at your door uninvited.  Especially be on guard if they request cash on the spot.  Even be wary of cold callers who contact you and offer discounts.

If you are considering having repairs done to your roof, you can find traders in your area that have been approved by Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards department (trading fairly and doing work of an appropriate standard) at the Buy With Confidence website: https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/. Listings should state whether or not the company is affiliated to the Guild of Master Craftsmen.
 
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Alison Drury (Police, PCSO, Kidlington)

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