Scam attacks by bogus Notts council workers

Stock image: tradesman claiming to work for Nottinghamshire County Council have been reported by concerned residents.

Stock image: tradesman claiming to work for Nottinghamshire County Council have been reported by concerned residents.

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Nottinghamshire County Council has recieved reports of trader falsely claiming to residents that he works for the Highways Department.

The news comes after report that a trader offering to carry out maintenance drive work may be misleading potential customers, and authorities have advised never to emplo traders who make cold calls.

A spokesperson said: "We have received reports of a trader approaching residents falsely claiming to be working for Nottinghamshire County Council offering to carry out driveway maintenance work."

"The Highways Department would never approach individual homes offering to carry out driveway maintenance work.

"Trading Standards never recommend employing a trader based on a cold call - we would advise that any householder who is considering having work done to their property should get quotes from at least three companies before agreeing to go ahead with any work, also speak to friends and relatives for recommendations."

Anyone who needs domestic work to be carried out should contact Checkatrade for details of trades people who have demonstrated their commitment to fair and honest trading, by visiting on www.checkatrade.com or through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service.

All people have the right to cancel a contract with labourers enshrined in the law.

To report suspicious traders in your area, or to receive further advice, please phone Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. If possible please note any registrations and details of vehicles.