We have been made aware that a trader is touting for work in Aberdeen, claiming to be City of Edinburgh Trading Standards approved. It appears that a large number of misleading leaflets may have been distributed in the area, citing telephone numbers for Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh.
At this time of year, companies will be looking for driveway, property maintenance or gardening work. Some traders may make misleading claims about being local (using local numbers diverted to mobiles), or the quality of their work to convince householders to part with large sums of cash. Please be aware that currently City of Edinburgh Trading Standards do not approve the work of any trader.
You now have 14 days to cancel most contracts you enter into for property maintenance, and you must be provided this information in writing.
You must also receive paperwork spelling out the business details of the trader, what work is to be undertaken and for what price.
Trading Standards advise against agreeing to purchase goods or services on the doorstep.
If you have any concerns, please contact your local Trading Standards team. They will be able to let you know if there is a Trusted Trader or Reputable Trader scheme operating in your area.
You can contact Police Scotland on 101, or dial 999 in an emergency.