Police warn people to beware of rogue tree surgeons operating in Milton Keynes
Police have issued a warning after receiving a report of bogus tree surgeons who take people’s money but don’t do any work.
A group of males knocked at the door of a house on Downhead Park yesterday (Wednesday) and offered to trim the conifer trees outside for a price of £50.
The resident agreed and handed over the money but the men then left without starting the job.
The offence is now being investigated by the North Neighbourhood policing team.
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A spokesman said: “If you receive an offer for similar work, please be cautious. These rogue traders are often unlicensed, uninsured, and don’t dispose of their waste appropriately.”
He added: “There are many legitimate tree surgeons in Milton Keynes who offer professional services. They don’t usually go door to door seeking customers. If you’re offered work at your front door, ask for a business card, ask to see their insurance, and only accept the work if you’re happy to do so.
"We wouldn't recommend handing any money over until the job has been completed.”
If you have any concerns about rogue traders, you can report these police on 101 or Trading Standards at Milton Keynes Council.
Action Fraud specialists warn that door-to-door frauds can take many forms, including pressure, selling unfair contracts, overpriced or substandard home maintenance or improvements, phoney consumer surveys and bogus charity collections.
A spokesman said: “Such frauds involve promoting goods or services that are either never delivered to you or are of a very poor quality. Fraudsters may also bill you for work that you didn’t agree to.”