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Police issue warning after cold callers target Thetford area

18:28 13 May 2014

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Home and business owners in the Thetford area have been urged to be on their guard for cold callers.

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The warning from police comes after workmen cold called at an address in Whitepot Road, Methwold Hythe offering Tarmac services.

The homeowner agreed to have work carried out only for the workers to return later and demand more money than was originally agreed.

A similar incident in Great Dunham was also reported to the police, where workers demanded more money than had been agreed for Tarmac work.

Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards Officers advise people to never agree to have work done, or buy goods from, someone that calls unannounced at their door, or approaches them on the street.

A spokesman said: “Often such traders don’t provide full names, trading addresses or contact telephone numbers, resulting in it being virtually impossible to trace them if there are any problems with the work or goods - which is all too often the case. Such traders often ask for cash up-front, and don’t offer the entitled seven-day cancellation rights.”

For more advice on crime prevention, visit www.norfolk.police.uk

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