Rogue traders are operating in the Louth area

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Lincolnshire Trading Standards is warning residents in South Cockerington to be on their guard against rogue traders after a group of ‘workmen’ were targeting residents last week, offering to repair driveways free of charge.

It is believed the men were calling at the homes of people with long drive ways, including farmers.

Kirsty Toyne, principal trading standards officer, said: “Unfortunately every year, thousands of people are visited by a rogue trader, and these criminals will try anything to con people into handing over money.

“We have heard cases of them claiming to be from a local authority, that they have completed work for neighbours, and their services will cost very little.

“Often anyone who agrees to let these people carry out for work for them will be hit with an unreasonable bill at the end, even if the trader has agreed to carry out the work for free.

“Please follow our advice to stop it happening to you, and if you have been targeted please report it to us via the Citizens Advice Bureau on 03454 04 05 06.”

To avoid being conned by rogue traders, Lincolnshire Trading Standards recommends: Use a reputable company that has been recommended by your friends or family, get at least three quotes to compare prices and Keep in control and should never feel pressured.

If you do, or you have been a victim of a rogue trader, please call the police on 101.