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Warning over north-east rogue trader activity

By David Porter

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Police are encouraging residents in Peterhead to remain vigilant following reports of rogue trader activity in the area.

A man has been attending at properties claiming to be from the local council and offering to tar driveways with left over tar.

North East Division Crime Reduction Officer Constable Urquhart said ‘Rogue Traders usually cold-call, offering to make repairs or carry out work on your house, garden or driveway.

"In reality they charge inflated prices for shoddy or completely unnecessary work.

"We do not recommend dealing with cold-callers for property maintenance and repairs to your home and garden.

"Be on your guard if someone turns up unexpectedly.

"Ask yourself if your premises or garden really require work to be carried out and remember if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

"Be vigilant for vulnerable neighbours who may fall foul of these criminals.

"Don’t feel pressurised into agreeing immediately to work being carried out and never pay cash up front."

Anyone with information regarding Rogue Traders should contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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