Householders in Northwood are being warned about cold callers.
Hillingdon Trading Standards say there have been a number of reports of rogue workmen targeting the vulnerable and elderly in the area in a bid to fleece them of cash.
Officers say there have been reports of them knocking on local doors and offering to do unnecessary roofing or gutter repairs after lying about the state of their condition.
Fraudsters may initially offer to carry out a small job for a low price before falsely claiming that more work needs to be done. It’s feared people could be stripped of their life savings if they are not vigilant or clued up.
Advice is never allow cold callers to carry out home maintenance type work like guttering, patios, tree care or even pest infestation. Always ask for ID if you are visited by officials from water, gas or electricity officials and call the customer services department to check the visit is authentic.
Rogue traders may want to take you to your bank to withdraw large amounts of cash or make a transfer. Banks are aware of these frauds and say if you find yourself in this position, say the words ‘Banking Protocol’ to the cashier.