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Warning over doorstep conmen offering home improvement grants
3:31pm Friday 28th September 2012 in News
HOUSEHOLDERS are being warned to be on the lookout for doorstep conmen offering government home improvement grants in return for a cash deposit.
Wirral Trading Standards has received several reports of door-to-door scammers claiming they're working alongside the council or providing grants for "roof spraying" services or insulation work.
Councillor Brian Kenny, Wirral Council cabinet member for environment, said: “This seems to be becoming an alarming trend, people falsely claiming to be working for or on behalf of the council in an attempt to con vulnerable people.
"However, by following a few simple rules of thumb, people can protect themselves against becoming a victim of this kind of crime.
“People should always be wary of cold callers to their door anyway, whoever they are. Always find out what organisation they are from and ask to see official ID. "Don't sign any paperwork even if they're only offering a quote."
he said readers should be aware the council only works with Energy Projects Plus and British Gas to provide free loft and cavity insulation to privately rented and owner occupied households.
Anyone calling at your door to offer these services will be carrying official identification and people should always ask to see this ID.
For more information contact Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 040 506.