I only made it home in time last Thursday to catch the 2nd half of the new Buyer Beware programme. That section of it looked at some dodgy tradespersons who seem to have scammed a whole neighbourhood in west Dublin (I gathered) by installing second rate guttering.
The show came across as essentially “Joe Duffy but on the TV” – people futilely complaining about stuff with a “somebody should do something” feel about it. The people concerned, unfortunately for them, fell foul of a scam that is well known and easily identifiable.
Invoices without letterheads and only mobile numbers as contacts are well known signs that you should be on your guard. Given how hard it used to be to find a tradesperson to do any work in the last few years, having tradesmen actually calling to your door offering to do work should have been immediately suspicious.
I can’t top the review from Pat Stacey in the Evening Herald on Friday morning:
Since the gardai are currently powerless to do anything about it, the programme ultimately had a half-hearted feel and you couldn’t help thinking that if some people are gullible enough to fall for such obvious scams, they can’t complain.
For future reference, our Top Tips on Hiring a Tradesperson is available here, plus this article from the You And Your Money magazine might help you to not get caught out like our west Dublin friends with the gutters.