South Wales Police said rogue traders
use unscrupulous tactics and target residents, particularly the elderly or vulnerable, and deliberately overcharge for unsatisfactory services.
Chief Superintendent Peter Costello, from Merseyside Police, said: "The aim of Operation Rogue Trader
is to work with partners to disrupt and enforce the law against rogue traders
In addition, the county council is experiencing a rise in the number of people reporting rogue traders
and poor animal welfare.
In some of the cases victims have reported that the rogue traders
have driven them to the bank to withdraw cash.
Cllr Philip Evans said: "We have implemented more than 1,000 cold calling controlled zones and contributed to a significant reduction in rogue trader
Mike Lynn, Consumer Protection Manager for Trading Standards, issued advice to Coventry residents regarding rogue traders
If cold calling by rogue traders
and high pressure sales people was banned, as Age Cymru is calling for, there is a strong chance that a lot of these crimes would cease.
However, under the new regulations rogue traders
can be challenged by victims in a more effective manner.
are dishonest traders who sell goods or services on line.
Officers pulled over transit vans and flatbed vans and used automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology to identify suspect vehicles as part of an operation to target rogue traders
, this week.
We have been deluged with calls from residents who have been stung before by rogue traders
," he said.
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