East Kilbride households targeted by cold callers offering bogus landscaping and gardening services

Residents of East Kilbride are urged to be extremely vigilant following reports of cold callers operating in the town.

South Lanarkshire Consumer and Trading Standards have issued an online warning about fake laborers brazenly door-to-door in East Kilbride offering gardening and landscaping services.

Offering valuable advice to households, the consumer advice service said agreeing to work with cold callers can be risky as you may not be able to contact them if something goes wrong.

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When you agree to work in your home, your cancellation rights, as well as all associated costs, deadlines and the nature of the work must be described in a written contract, a copy of which you must receive.

If you registered at home, by phone or online, you have 14 days to change your mind about the work. If you need jobs, search for companies online.

Consumers shouldn’t accept the first quote given – the advice is to get three quotes for the job and do plenty of research on the company before proceeding.

And always check the Buy with Confidence list of trusted merchants for a suitable company first.

Anyone who has been approached by a rogue trader should report the incident to the police on 101.

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Terri S. Tomasini