Trading standards warn people to be vigilant after rise in dodgy traders

PUBLISHED: 12:43 18 September 2019 | UPDATED: 17:49 18 September 2019

Never be afraid to check a trader's details - they will be happy to wait if they are genuine. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Never be afraid to check a trader's details - they will be happy to wait if they are genuine. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Park home residents in North Somerset are being warned to be vigilant after a recent rise in rogue trading activities.

Trading Standards have advised people to not engage with cold callers and display 'no doorstep stickers' on their doors.

The warning comes after a five-day campaign by the organisation to raise awareness of consumer protection.

The campaign highlighted ways residents looking to improve the condition of their homes can avoid falling victim to dodgy traders selling repairs and insulation products.

Cllr Mike Bell, deputy leader of North Somerset Council whose portfolio includes trading standards, said: "By giving consumers the right information, we hope to be able to empower them to say no to doorstep traders.

"We hope that communities will be able to spot the problems and report them to Trading Standards so that together we can stop the misery caused by doorstep criminals."

For more advice, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506.

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