Trading Standards Alert – Rogue Traders in CR5

We have been made aware that possible Rogue Traders are cold calling in the Coulsdon area, knocking on doors and handing out leaflets regarding paving.

Please DO NOT engage or use the services of anyone who cold calls at your door asking if you want work done.

If you require a trader, please look at the following Approved Trader Schemes:
Trust Mark – – 0333 555 1234
Buy With Confidence – – 01392 383 430
Which? Trusted Traders – – 0117 405 4689

For further information please see the Croydon Trading Standards web link below:

ALWAYS get several quotes in writing from several traders before having any work done. Ensure it includes a breakdown of costs of labour and materials before having any work done.

Ensure you have time to think about the quote before you allow them to start any work.

If you have been scammed or duped into contracting with a business or a trader, please report to Citizens Advice Consumer Advice Line on 0808 223 1133 or go to the following website to report online:

Have your say on Dog Control in Bromley

As part of the ongoing campaign for Responsible Dog Ownership, Bromley Council is keen to hear your thoughts on their new Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) proposals, which are due for renewal. While most of the proposed guidelines will remain the same as the current Order, the Council have advised that updates to the current system are needed, which they are looking for your feedback on.

This consultation is to ask residents to share their views on a new proposed Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Bromley.

These proposals give the Council the powers to issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling, as is currently the case, and means that dogs should be on a lead in certain places, including notably, on the ‘highway’, i.e. in the street.

Dogs would also be excluded from areas in parks such as children’s play areas, much like they are now. Currently, a permit or licence is required for commercial and residential dogs walkers to walk a maximum of 6 dogs (up to 4 dogs without a licence) at any one time. With these new proposals, this number will be reduced to 4 dogs (3 without a licence) with no more than 2 dogs off a lead at any one time.

These proposals are designed to help ensure that dog walkers can properly control their dogs, including when off lead, and can attend and clear up any dog mess. The proposals look to minimise dog-related antisocial behaviour incidents and place high emphasis on dog welfare concerns, and are in line with guidance from the RSPCA, Dogs Trust, and others to professional dog walkers.

Under the current (2020-23) Dog Control PSPO Order:

  • You may walk no more than 4 dogs without a permit, and up to 6 dogs with a permit (no limit on dogs off or on lead)
  • Dogs to be walked on a lead, identified with designated areas
  • Dog exclusion areas identified with designated areas as equipped and unequipped playgrounds, enclosed/fenced sports facilities, paddling pools, boating ponds, areas within recreation grounds.

Under new (2023-26) proposals:

  • You may walk up to 3 dogs without a permit and up to 4 dogs with a permit (2 of those dogs can be off lead at any time in permitted areas).
  • Retaining the same approach to keeping dogs on leads on the public highway and car parks, excluding dogs from children’s play areas, and from other designated areas within greenspaces. The new proposal is to extend the ‘dog on lead’ designated areas to include cemeteries, allotments, water bodies, and café seating areas.

Elements remaining the same:

  • Offences for dog fouling will continue to apply across the Borough
  • Dogs to be put on leads when instructed by an officer
  • Fixed Penalty Notices of £100 may be issued where evidence arises, where someone has not complied with reasonable instructions to picking up dog waste or removing a dog from a restricted area.

Please fill out the survey at www.bromley.govuk/consultation

The consultation closes on Wednesday 31 May 2023.

Trading Standards – Inheritance Fraud Alert

Inheritance fraud is when you are told that someone very rich has died and you’re in line to receive a huge inheritance.

Usually, a fraudster claiming to be a lawyer or some other legal official overseas sends you an email or a letter telling you that a person sharing your family name has died and left behind a vast amount of money.

They are administering the inheritance and have been unable to identify any of the dead person’s relatives so the money will go to the government. However, because you have the same family name as the deceased, the fraudster suggests that they can pay you the inheritance and you could split the money between you instead; emphasising the need for secrecy and to act quickly.

However, there is no inheritance, it is a fraud!

If you respond to the fraudsters, they’ll ask you to pay various fees – eg taxes, legal fees, banking fees etc. – so they can release your non-existent inheritance. Each time you pay, they will ask you for further payments to release the non-existent inheritance, giving reasons why the fees must be paid upfront. Reluctance to pay is responded to with reminders of how the inheritance is so much more than the fees being paid.

The fraudsters may also ask for your bank details so they can pay the inheritance directly into your bank account. But, if you hand over your bank details, the fraudsters can use them to empty your account.

Croydon Trading Standards have received a report of a resident who has fallen victim to such a scam. Contacted by fraudsters claiming to be in America, she was told that her late husband had left a huge inheritance in the USA bequeathed to her, but that she would need to pay various fees in order to release the money to be paid to her.

Her husband had never been to the USA. It is thought that she may have sold her home to cover the various payments that she has been asked for, which so far are understood to amount to over £100,000.

Preying on people’s vulnerabilities and current hardship, this type of fraud is very real and really does happen.

If you become aware of or think that someone has fallen victim to inheritance frauds, please report the matter to the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 (Minicom users should call on 08451 281384) 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays and public holidays.

Trading Standards – Beware Coronation Scammers!

Don’t be taken for a mug!

With days to go until the coronation of King Charles III, Croydon Trading Standards are warning consumers to be wary of those who are looking to capitalise on the event.

Scammers and fraudsters are very adept at adapting their techniques to particular events and the Coronation is proving to be no different. Websites selling commemorative items such as mugs, plates and coins other coronation memorabilia, will often deliver sub-standard items or nothing at all.

Many of these websites are also insecure, meaning any data entered into them – such as credit or debit card information, addresses and usernames – can be easily harvested and sold onto third parties who will target individuals in the future.

Consumers are advised to stick to official merchandise sites, but even those can be impersonated by fraudsters, so check things such as fonts, grammar and spelling. Basic mistakes will often be a clear sign of a scam. Look also for a padlock symbol in your browser’s address bar – if one is not present, that clearly suggests issues with the website.

It is also important to be aware of phishing emails; if sent an email with a link to a shop, a simple way to avoid getting caught out is to copy and paste it into a web browser to help you identify if it is fake.

If in any doubt about the legitimacy of an email, contact the alleged sender directly but do not use any numbers or addresses in the email – search for the organisation online and contact it directly using the details on its website.

Further advice can be obtained by emailing

To report a suspected crime, or if you have fallen victim to fraud or cyber-crime, contact Action Fraud via its website or by calling 0300 123 2040

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) operates a phishing email reporting service, which can be reached by forwarding any suspicious emails to