Gardaí in Cork have asked people to be “extra vigilant” regarding rogue traders after they seized a vehicle in the area in recent days.
Gardaí in Cork city seized a vehicle with no tax or insurance which had badly worn tyres in recent days. The van appeared to contain tree trimmings and work equipment.
In a statement, gardaí warned people to be extra vigilant of rogue or bogus traders in the area.
“This week, Detective Gardaí in Cork city on patrol targeting rogue traders seized this vehicle for no insurance/tax,” gardaí said in a statement on social media.
“Tyres also badly worn.
“We are appealing for everyone to be extra vigilant regarding bogus traders and cold callers,” gardaí added.
“If you are offered services from someone who cold calls to your door, and you don’t believe they are genuine, call us.
“If you do wish to avail of their services, ask for a brochure or documentation so you can carry out checks and verify their credibility.
“This should include a contact number and a VAT registered number.
“If you are satisfied that the company or individual(s) are credible and you want to make a purchase, ask for an itemised written quotation for the exact goods/services being offered.
“Always seek comparable estimates for services. Never engage a person who insists on a cash payment as it is untraceable.
“Genuine trade’s people won’t be offended by any queries that you or Gardaí may make.
“If anyone feels like they, or someone they know, paid for building work or other services that was not carried out or that was substandard, to call any Garda station and report the matter.
“There is nothing to be embarrassed about and we will carry out a full investigation.”