Police are advising residents to be alert after a man was tricked into paying over the odds for gardening work in Buxton.
The victim, a 63–year–old man, was greeted by two other men in his back garden in Bennett Street at around 4.30pm on Thursday, September 5.
They offered to cut back a bush in the garden and agreed a price with the home owner.
When the man came to pay for the work, he was met by a third man and they charged a much greater price than the one they had originally agreed.
The two men who carried out the work have been described as being aged in their 20s, one with short blonde hair, wearing jeans and a T–shirt. The other had dark hair and was of a skinny build.
The man who took the payment was described as being in his 50s with greying hair.
All the men are believed to have spoken with Irish accents and were using a white van which was parked on Byron Street, and left in the direction of London Road.
Sergeant Jon Lloyd of the Buxton Police said: “We would advise residents not to trade with people who call at your home unannounced. If you think you need work doing contact a few reputable companies and ask for quotes.”
Doorstep traders should legally provide a written form setting out a seven day cancellation period for goods or services over £35 bought as the result of an uninvited visit.
For information and advice about rogue traders contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.
Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.