The following cautionary tale is from Northamptonshire Police.
Three Cold callers knocked on elderly residents door in Fairoaks Drive, Raunds during Monday daytime stating a roof tile needed repairing. They offered to replace it for £20; and returned with a ladder, took the tile off to show the resident, then as the resident went back inside his house to get the payment the 3 men left – with the roof tile. On Tuesday morning another man has visted the elderly resident and quoted 650 pounds to fit a new ridge tile.
Thankfully the resident was suspicious and turned down the offer. One of his neighbours has organised a “trusted trader” to replace the tile. For more information on the Trusted Trader scheme run by Trading Standards go to https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/
IF YOU’RE NOT SURE DON’T OPEN THE DOOR. Report suspicious callers to the doorstep crime number on 0345 23 07 702