Cumbria Trading Standards are warning residents in Millom & the surrounding areas to be on their guard against cold callers who have been in the area offering to carry out tarmacking or driveway work.
A spokesperson said:
"Rogue tarmacers often claim they are working on the local highway & have left over material that needs to be used and can be sold at a low price.
"We would like to reinforce previous messages that people should use extreme caution when approached by cold callers offering to carry out any work. These types of callers often use persuasive or aggressive tactics to get people to agree to having work carried out and then charge a far higher price, sometimes thousands of pounds more than was originally quoted, for extremely poor quality work.
"Cold callers often fail to provide a legally required cancellation notice (which informs and lets you know how to cancel the work) which enables the householder to cancel the work within a statutory fourteen day cooling off period.
"Remember if you want them to start work within your 14 days cooling off period you must give them written permission to do so."
Advice from Trading Standards is:
• DO NOT do business with cold callers who knock on your door uninvited.
• Look out for those who are vulnerable within your neighbourhoods and family.
• Report suspicious activity to us or the Police.