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Trading standards

Alert message sent 05/04/2020 17:13:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

4th April a resident of Tadley has almost fallen fowl of a garden service company after responding to a flyer that was post through the letter box. The flyer that stated 10% discount applicable within 24hrs of booking. The victim was vulnerable and asked for a quote to replace some fence panels etc.
A quote of “around £1000” was suggested. No concrete offer in writing with a cool off period was put in place by the company, also to be paid in full using cash only. The customer has commented and said that is a lot of cash and offered a cheque which was declined. The customer has called a friend to provide a lift to the bank to withdraw the cash. The friend has had concerns and called the Police.
Police have attended and ascertained details of the company and names of the persons conducting the work. No cash has been exchanged and the Police are working with trading standards to progress possible offences.
Police urge anyone receiving a flyer through the door should consider the legitimacy of the company and always question cash only quotations.
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Andrew Jones (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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