Hundreds of county residents are “targeted by criminals at their own front door” each year by rogue traders offering to do jobs.
The warning to beware comes from Kirsty Toyne, principal trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, who said: “With the weather getting warmer, more and more people are starting to tidy up their gardens, driveways and think about home improvement projects.
“This provides plenty of opportunities for unscrupulous dealers to con residents into buying their services, whether this is mowing lawns, cleaning gutters, replacing roofs or resurfacing driveways.
“Common tactics used by these rogue traders have included professional-looking advertising, cold-calling, and high-pressure selling.
“Everyone likes to think they are safe in their home and fortunately, in the most part they are. But each year, hundreds of unsuspecting people in Lincolnshire find themselves targeted by criminals at their own front door. It’s usually the vulnerable and elderly who fall victim to these tricksters – they are persuaded to hand over money for shoddy and substandard work.”
Residents are advised to use reputable companies, recommended by friends or family, or those in an approved trader scheme, and to get written quotes to compare.
• Residents worried by doorstep callers can call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.