Vulnerable residents are being increasingly targeted by door step traders claiming their roofs need urgent repairs, according to Trading Standards officers.
Lancashire County Council’s team of enforcement officers claim bogus traders are causing problems on the Fylde Coast by approaching people at their homes and telling them work needs completing.
The workers demand cash payments, which victims never see again, and any work carried out is often unnecessary and poor quality.
In the last four months, the team has received calls from residents in Wyre and Fylde about roofers cold calling them offering to replace fascias, roofs and porch roofs.
Victims told officers they were subjected to aggressive practices to extract money and the agreed price was increased.
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards said: “Bogus roofers continue to cause problems.
“Often little or no work is done and any that is completed is of very poor quality.”
Terri Sawkill, a chief officer at Age UK Blackpool, urged people to make sure traders are legitimate before handing over money.
She said: “When people phone us asking for information about workmen we always encourage them to get a copy of the Safe and Secure Directory which is issued on behalf of ourselves, Care and Repair, Trading Standards and police.”
Call the Safe Trader Scheme on 0303 333 1111.