Be aware: Rogue builders
Unfortunately we have had a rise in the number of rogue builders targeting the elderly in the borough.
They may do leaflet drops to get interest and then ‘befriend’ interested customers before convincing them to hand over large amounts of cash.
Since October 2017 Newham Trading Standards have investigated 18 incidents of suspected fraud by builders. In six cases, the fraud was identified in time to intervene – and the victims were spared a total loss of £104,000. In the other 12 cases, the money was lost and the builders escaped.
Spotting a rogue builder
We would ask everyone to look out for each other, especially older neighbours.
- Be alert if elderly neighbours are suddenly having a lot of work done to their property
- If you are suspicious, try to check up on the company – have they left paperwork with the home owner, do they have a company name displayed on vehicles visiting the property?
- Have you noticed tradesmen giving your neighbour lifts in a vehicle?
- Have you actually seen any work going on?
If you have any concerns, or think you or a neighbour may have been a victim of a rogue builder, contact Newham trading standards on 0203 373 9937.