Beware of rogue callers in the Barnsley area

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News: Latest – distributed around Yorkshire April 20, 2017 12:03:26 AM

Barnsley Council is warning residents to beware of rogue callers posing as council officers after receiving calls from concerned residents who were visited by a person claiming to be from the pest control service.

The unknown caller visited a house in the Pogmoor area of Barnsley last week offering to deal with vermin in the resident’s garden for a fee of £20.  When the concerned resident asked for ID, the man quickly produced a piece of paper but would not let the householder look at it in detail.

Barnsley Council’s pest control service confirmed that no officer was in the area at the time and that its staff do not engage in cold calling.

Residents are assured that the only time they will be visited at home by a Barnsley Council pest control officer is if they have requested the service to attend or if it is to discuss a legal matter. Barnsley Council employees always carry photographic ID and will have no objection to this being requested or examined by a member of the public.  Pest control officers are also dressed in a uniform which is usually a white shirt with the Barnsley Council coat of arms embroidered on the chest.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “We urge residents to be vigilant and to avoid dealing with cold callers who come to your door offering goods or services.  If you do need work carrying out it’s a good idea to ask a trusted friend or relative for a recommendation and to use a reputable trader.

“Rogue traders frequently operate by cold calling and will often carry out poor or unnecessary work, at a vastly inflated price. If you identify any problems later on, it will often be difficult to find the person responsible.”

Anyone who may have information about the bogus caller is advised to contact Barnsley Council on  01226 773555. Residents who are concerned about the identity of any caller are advised not to deal with them and to report the matter to South Yorkshire Police on 101 and to Barnsley Council on 01226 773555.  If you do require the services of Barnsley Council’s pest control service, visit www.barnsley.gov.uk and search for pest or call 01226 772050.

 

Post expires at 11:43am on Monday May 1st, 2017

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