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Warning to cowboy builders targeting the vulnerable when the lockdown ends

Warning to cowboy builders who call vulnerable households unsolicited when blocking ends

Homeowners are warned of an increase in cowboy builders targeting vulnerable households as the UK leaves the closure.

Experts say they expect “significant escalation” from fraudsters forcing older people to accept unreliable repairs at high prices.

Conmen usually calls unsolicited and comes up with reasons why work is needed before homeowners are pressured to pay hefty sums, often in cash. Repairs are usually of low quality.

Experts say they expect ‘significant escalation’ from fraudsters forcing older people to accept unreliable repairs at high prices

Lawyer Lee Reynolds, who specializes in marketing standards, predicts a “surge” in illegal traders targeting high-risk groups.

He says cowboy builders who are unable to work or access support schemes during the cut will try to make up for lost time and “vigorously attack the vulnerable in our community.”

It follows reports of rogue roofers targeting bungalows in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Residents said imposters had begun to work without permission, removed tiles before claiming to replace them and quoting high prices.

Experts warn against accepting unexpected job offers and advise you to seek advice if you need repairs.

m.dilworth@dailymail.co.uk

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