Salfordians have been urged to remain vigilant after a spate of alleged rogue traders have been reported operating in the area.

The warning comes after Salford Trading Standards were alerted to a number of reports where residents have been targeted by alleged rogue traders offering housing work which has been to a poor standard, for extortionate amounts of money, and with no written contracts in place.

A number of criminal investigations are now underway.

The agency explained that rogue workers often target vulnerable individuals and the elderly, deploying pressure tactics and arriving uninvited to homes.

Lead Member for Environment, Neighbourhoods, Sports and Leisure, Councillor Barbara Bentham said: “These deceptive practices are deeply concerning. To protect our community, we are actively pursuing these culprits. Salford City Council has a proven track record of successfully prosecuting rogue traders and will make every effort to hold them accountable.

“Following steps, such as not contracting with a stranger who knocks on your door, getting three quotes, checking reviews, and avoiding payments up front for a job in cash, will help keep you safe.”

Residents have been reminded to do research into workers, ask for references, ask for written agreements, avoid cash payments and to trust their instincts.

They have also been urged to “look out” for those who may fall prey to scams.

Councillor Bentham continued: “I’d urge everyone to be on their guard and take precautions when hiring tradespeople for home projects.  Please keep a watchful eye on elderly or vulnerable family, friends and neighbours so scammers can’t prey on them.

“To report a trader call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133 – and if you have been conned, don’t be embarrassed to come forward. Your help could spare someone else.”

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