Scam Awareness Month – Home and House Insurance
July is Scam Awareness Month and OFTEC, who represent the domestic oil and heating industry, are urging homeowners to be vigilant of doorstep callers. One in five consumers have been the victim of a scam in the last three years according to the Consumer Council. With doorstep crime often cited as one of the most unreported crimes,
OFTEC is appealing to the public to take precautions and ‘Look for the Badge’ when tradesmen and particularly home heating installers ask to enter your home.
OFTEC has a competent person registration service which certifies technicians and provides an identity badge with the OFTEC logo to prove their certification and membership within the professional trade organisation, and provides customers with the assurance of a safe, professional service.
Over 85% of victims of doorstep scams are aged 65 and over according to National Trading Standards,so it is important to ensure elderly family members or neighbours know to take precautions and doorstep ‘ID check’ any tradespeople to keep your home safe from incompetent repair or installation work.
David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager said:
“With seasonal trends often leading to an increase in crime during the summer, Scan Awareness Month urges homeowners to be aware of rogue traders and doorstep crime. Before you invite anyone to start work on your property, it is vital to ensure they are a safe, professional, competent and can undertake the job safely. Don’t be afraid to ask for identification, tradespeople expect you to check and are happy to show their ID. Organisations such as OFTEC exist to protect the tradespeople and ensure they meet certified standards, but to also reassure consumers that their home is in good hands.”
To find your nearest OFTEC Registered Technician, visit www.oftec.org.uk/Consumers/ FindTechnician.