Beware rogue traders posing as council crew

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Lincolnshire Trading Standards is warning people to be wary of callers offering to resurface driveways.

They and the police have received reports of traders across the county posing as council road workers selling left over tarmac at a very low price.

Angela Kane, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “With the weather getting warmer, more and more people are starting to tidy up their gardens and driveways. This provides plenty of opportunities for dodgy dealers to con residents into buying their services, whether this be mowing lawns, resurfacing driveways or creating pathways, amongst others.

“We’ve been contacted by a number of Lincolnshire residents who have been pressurised into paying for shoddy driveways completed by rogue traders pretending to be from the council. Common tactics used by these rogue traders have included professional-looking advertising, cold-calling, and high-pressure selling.”

If you are approached, please report to Lincolnshire Trading Standards on 01522 782341 or at tradingstandards@lincolnshire.gov.uk.