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    Beware of bogus workmen

    24 November 2023

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    • Cadent has received reports that ‘workmen’ are charging to clear up following repair work 
    • Several reports received in the Chelmsford area following recent repairs 
    • Always contact Cadent if you have concerns about how a repair site has been left

    Cadent, the UK’s largest gas distribution network, has seen an increase in calls regarding workmen claiming that they are visiting homes to clear up after planned gas repair works have taken place, but then attempting to charge customers for the work.

    Over the past few weeks, a number of calls have come through following a series of planned works in the Paddock Drive and Pump Lane areas of Chelmsford.

    After Cadent’s engineers completed their work and left the area, residents have received calls at their door from ‘workmen’ saying that they are there to clean their driveways.

    While these ‘workmen’ haven’t claimed to be from Cadent, there is a concern that some residents could be fooled and end up parting with money.

    Eleanor Lewis, Cadent’s Head of Customer Experience in the East of England, said: “It is worrying to hear that bogus workmen are trying to scam residents following planned repairs that have taken place in the area.

    “When one of our engineers arrives at your door, they will always show you their identification card. They also won’t be offended if you close the door and call us to check that they are who they claim to be. They are happy to wait on the doorstep until you are happy.

    “Once our engineers have completed their work, they will always restore excavations to make sure that they are safe, and they will do their best to leave the site as clean as possible.

    “If our customers are ever unhappy with how a job has been left by our engineers, they should contact our customer service team straight away on 0800 389 8000 and we will resolve the problem as quickly as we can.”

    For more tips about door-to-door scams, please visit the Essex Police website - https://www.essex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/door-to-door-courier-fraud/

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