We recommend that consumers are vigilant of cold callers operating in Westminster. Many bogus traders pose as reputable:
For example, we've had several calls about fake plumbers telling residents that a neighbour's property is flooded and asking to enter to look for a sign of a leak. While the resident is distracted, the fake plumber spills water in the property and offers to install a pump to fix the leak for a 'deposit' of £5,000 in cash for the hire of the equipment.
Please be aware that bogus traders can:
These callers may also be distraction burglary attempts. Sometimes, callers pose as trading standards officers, the fire brigade, council staff or the police with plausible stories to get access to the victim’s home.
The Met Police has useful tips on how to protect yourself against bogus callers.
If it is an emergency, call the police on 999.
We offer a free handyperson service for minor repairs to residents who are over 60 or receive a disability allowance.