Another vulnerable person in Hull has become a victim rogue traders and had a significant amount of money taken from them.
Please be aware that rogue traders and scammers are active in the area. If you have any information that would help the Police prevent further victims then please call 101.
What is a rogue trader?
Rogue traders are any ‘company’ or individual who offers services on the doorstep, often with little or no means of identification, and go on to rip off their victims and take money from them.
Rogue traders will knock on the door, saying they are working in the area, and will point out something like a loose tile on the person’s roof or that their drive needs resurfacing. They grossly over charge and then come back again and again, taking more money each time. They may even charge without completing the work and often demand money before any work is done.
Victims are often vulnerable, elderly and/or isolated people who don’t know about these scams and trust people, they believe anyone who is friendly or seems knowledgeable and genuine. If they have become a victim, they often feel ashamed and/or scared and so don’t tell anyone. This not only means the original scam goes unreported but it also makes it easy for the rogue trader to return for more.
How can you help?
Talk to your friends, neighbours and family – make sure they know about rogue traders and help them to protect themselves.
What are the Police doing?
They are investigating all offences reported, but understand that rogue trader incidents are not always reported – people feel ashamed – please don’t, if you have been a victim please call 101 so that the Police can help you and prevent others becoming victims
They want to make sure as many people know about these rogue traders, the elderly residents don’t see social media and website information and the Police are taking letters out to the areas where they know people have been affected and talking to people on their doorsteps.
The most recent case has left a vulnerable man severely out of pocket and they would appeal for anyone with information to call them – you might be able to help find these criminals and bring them to justice.