Bogus workmen warning

Published on: Friday, 19-September-2014

Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team is warning residents across the borough to be on their guard after reports of bogus workmen posing as gardeners and roofers operating in the Whiston area.

Two elderly people have been approached for work with excessive charges demanded for the work undertaken.

Further enquiries are taking place relating to both incidents.

The men are described as: a male in his fifties, of heavy build with grey hair and a strong Irish accent, who may be accompanied by a younger male aged around 16. Both were wearing high visibility yellow jackets.

They were in a Hyundai car, registration VN62 UKA.
Please keep a look out for anyone who may be targeting elderly or vulnerable residents in your neighbourhood.

Signs to look out for:

  • Traders cold calling
  • Builders’ maintenance vans
  • Pickups parked nearby which only display mobile or free phone numbers
  • Building, maintenance or gardening work starting on a neighbour’s house unexpectedly
  • Poor quality work on the roof, driveway or property
  • A neighbour appearing anxious or distressed
  • Your neighbour visiting the bank or post office more frequently, particularly if they are accompanied by a trader – notify trading standards and/or the police immediately.
    If you suspect a crime or have any concerns contact:

Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on 03454 040506

Knowsley Trading Standards on 0151 443 4738

Merseyside Police - emergency 999 and none-emergency 101