A number of residents in St Helens have been duped into paying scammers to clean their gutters, St Helens Council officials say.
They have receive a number of reports from homeowners in the Haydock and Moss Bank areas of doorstep rogues offering to to do the household chore for £30.
However, they spend little time doing the job and once they are gone with the cash pocketed, the victim finds no work has been done.
Officials there are one or two men working together, in their late 20s and wearing jumpers or sweatshirts marked with a business name and hi-viz vests.
Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron, cabinet member for Green Smart and Sustainable Borough, said: “Residents need to be on their guard –
and should always demand to see some form of ID. No one should feel pressurised.
“They should not employ workmen who cold call, as often the work will be of poor quality at a high price, and as no paperwork is provided, the resident has no chance to claim their money back.
“This type of low-cost work can be an opportunity for doorstep criminals to gain trust, before seeking more expensive work or, in a few instances, gaining entry to the home to steal from the resident.”
Anyone concerned about a trader who knocks on their door, should report the matter to Trading Standards and Merseyside Police (on 101).
Residents who do require household maintenance work, should contact a number of businesses and obtain written quotations for the work.