Police are warning people to beware of rogue traders following reports in Creswell, Staveley and Killamarsh.
The latest incident happened on Wednesday, November 7. A man approached staff at an engineering company at the Speedwell Industrial Estate at Staveley and offered to carry out repairs with some left over tarmac.
They agreed to pay £60 for the work but the man returned later and demanded a much higher sum of more than £5000.
Police received a report the same day from a woman on High Street at Staveley who said a man in wearing florescent clothing had called to offer to carry out work with left over tarmac, which she declined.
A similar incident happened at a doctor’s surgery on Elmton Road in Creswell on Wednesday, November 6. A man claiming to be from the council offered to patch holes with left over tarmac, carried out some work but later demanded £900.
Officers also received a report of four men calling at homes in Killamarsh to offer roofing and guttering repairs at 12.55pm on Wednesday, November 7.
Insp. Dakin added: “Our advice is quite clear – don’t accept work from strangers calling unannounced at your home or workplace. They may convince you to have work done that might not always be needed or you could end up paying high prices for low quality repairs.
“If you need work doing we would advise people to ask friends or neighbours for recommendations or to check a local trade directory, and ask for the names of people they have completed work for, so you can find out about the quality and cost of the work.”
Doorstep traders should legally provide a written form setting out a seven day cancellation period for goods or services over £35 bought as the result of an uninvited visit.
A trader commits a criminal offence if they fail to provide the written cancellation notice or if they make false claims about who they are or work for.
Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For further information and advice about rogue traders contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.