I would like to inform you of a new initiative by Bromley Trading Standards.
In partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Bromley Adult Safeguarding we at Trading Standards have initiated a campaign to raise awareness about rogue traders and mass marketing scams which are particularly affecting elderly and vulnerable adults in our local communities.
Rogue Traders are generally those who “cold call”, i.e. knock without an invitation and offer to carry out, often unnecessary, works on homes and gardens. They make untruthful statements and carry out shoddy work with the intention of obtaining as much money as they can.
Mass marketing scams are mass-produced letters made to look like personal letters or important documents, in the hope of tricking the recipient into sending cash, making money transfers or disclosing personal information such as bank details.
If you would like further information, please visit our website at www.bromley.gov.uk/scams
To raise awareness we have produced new publicity materials urging family, friends and neighbours to call the Trading Standards Rapid Response number when they suspect vulnerable neighbours and relatives are, or could become victims of doorstep crime.
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Most importantly these give those affected the advice, support and assistance to deal with the problems they have become a victim to and will also allow Trading Standards to gain valuable information about rogue traders and scam mail criminals operating within the borough.
I would like to ask for your assistance in disseminating this information to members of your Residents Association. This could be by delivering our new leaflets to individual homes, sending messages via email or a combination of both. Further, if you publish a newsletter perhaps you could include an article on this initiative highlighting the Rapid Response telephone number, I can provide some copy for your convenience. In addition to this we would be happy to come along to your meeting and give a short presentation.
If you think you can help in sending out this message more widely and would like some leaflets and posters I would be grateful if you would provide me with the following information, as appropriate:
Your home address to send the leaflets to
number of A5 leaflets required,
which roads you are able to deliver to,
approximate number of emails you could send to your group members with a pdf document attachment.
Contact details for the editor of your Residents Association newsletter
Details of the meeting you would like us to come along to speak at
If you would like more information or to discuss this campaign further please call Beverley Nicklin at Bromley Trading Standards on 020 8461 7832.