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Scam - Be aware of 'rogue traders' cold calling

Royal Greenwich Trading Standards are warning residents about ‘rogue traders’ cold calling in the Borough; they are approaching residents and claiming that they are working on other jobs locally, or have noticed that work needs doing on your property.

Many of the people making these claims are fraudsters; often using scare tactics and high pressure selling to get you to pay for unnecessary work.

If residents allow rogue traders to carry out work it is likely they will be
charged hundreds or thousands of pounds for unnecessary or poor
quality work.

Often no work is done at all and more damage than good is done to
your property.

Never rush into having work done on your property, always get
several quotes to compare and make sure its work you need doing.

Protect others by reporting incidents like this.

If the matter is urgent or the traders are still there, report this to Royal Greenwich Trading Standards as soon as it happens on 0208 921 8223.

Otherwise, call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
or report it to them by email at

Who to contact

Parent Organisation
Royal Greenwich Trading Standards Rapid Response Team