Operation Rogue Trader
Kent Police joined forces with Trading Standards to target fraudsters and aggressive doorstep sellers. Operation Rogue Trader, which ran from Monday 8 until Friday 12 October, is a national week of action aiming to stop unscrupulous business practices and raise awareness on the dangers linked to hiring cold-callers.On Wednesday 10 October officers executed warrants across the county which resulted in:
A 47-year-old man from Ashford being arrested on suspicion of money laundering. He has been bailed until Tuesday 30 October pending further enquiries.
A 20-year-old man from Gravesend being arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation. He has been bailed until Wednesday 31 October pending further enquiries.
A 24-year-old man of no fixed address being arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation. He has been bailed until Wednesday 31 October pending further enquiries.
A 34-year-old man of no fixed address being arrested on suspicion of money laundering. He has been bailed until Wednesday 31 October pending further enquiries.
Detective Sergeant Marc Cananur from Kent Police said: “During this week we have been focused on pursuing those responsible for rogue trading and bringing them to justice.These people prey on the most vulnerable members of our society, often leaving them feeling frightened and embarrassed. Rogue traders and cold callers can leave a profound and lasting impact on their victims.Working with our partners, we are committed to tackling this type of criminality and protecting vulnerable households.”
There are a number of steps everyone can take to prevent becoming a victim:
Check the identity of the caller by phoning the company they are purporting to be from. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider.
Check whether traders are members of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme, local authority Assured Trader Schemes or the Government Trust Mark scheme.
Ask a neighbour or friend nearby to check out the caller before you open the door or agree to have work done.
Don’t be rushed into home repairs and don’t pay cash upfront for work to be done.
Remember, consumers are legally entitled to a 14-day cooling off period in most home improvement contracts formed at their home.
If you suspect a rogue trader is at your door contact the police by dialling 101. In an emergency, call 999. You can also report rogue traders to your local trading standards service by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on Telephone. 03454 040506.
Always remember – If in doubt, keep them out!
P.S.E. 59727 Andrew Judd
Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer
Telephone: 01233 896151 / Mobile 07584 164 348
South East Kent Police
Police Station, Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1BT
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org