Police warn residents in Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire after roofing scams

NORTH Yorkshire Police have warned residents after a string of cases of fraudulent roofers targeting the elderly and vulnerable.

Police have launched an investigation after being informed of recent cases of suspected false roofers targeting elderly people in Harrogate, Wetherby, Middlesbrough and Stockton.

Officers are investigating whether the scammers are related to a further six reported to them late last year, four of them in York and two across the border in Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough.

According to police, the fake dealer will usually call a victim unannounced by showing up unannounced and offering to clean their gutters for a small fee.

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The scammer will then claim to the victim that they have found major damage to their roof that requires immediate attention.

Sometimes they even show the victim rotten wood and felt, convincing the victim that it is coming from their roof.

The rotten wood and felt was usually brought in by the roofer as part of the scam.

A police spokesperson said: “Never allow cold callers to perform work on your property. If you need repair work on your property, get three quotes from a reputable professional. By law, they must notify you of your entitlement within 14 days to cancel and not start the work within the notice period of 14 days.

“Don’t be pressured to let cold callers do work. If someone shows up at your door unannounced or behaves suspiciously, please don’t hand over money. Say you’re not interested, lock the door, and call someone you trust.

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“Beware of your loved ones and neighbors – especially anyone who is older, lives alone or has any work done on their property that seems suspicious – fraudsters are persuasive, persistent and can often prey on the most vulnerable in our communities.

“If you believe you or anyone in knowledge has been targeted by rogue traders, please use the ‘Report’ link on our website. You can also contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 12180015933 or North Yorkshire Trading Standards on 0808 223 1133.”

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