RESIDENTS lost an average of £4,373 from rogue traders in the last year, a report has found.

According to data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, Sussex Police reported £1.5 million in losses from door-to-door sales and bogus tradesmen fraud in the year up to August 2021, with 343 reported cases.

The figure is the third highest in a list of 45 police forces across the country, according to figures analysed by

The Metropolitan Police reported the highest amount lost from such fraud, with a combined total of £8.3 million, with Kent Police second with a combined loss of £1.6 million.

At the other end of the scale, Cleveland Police in North West England reported the lowest amount lost, with only £18,000 across 28 instances of doorstep fraud.’s in-house expert Alex Ion said people should ensure they do their research into traders to ensure they are genuine and qualified.

He said: “Regardless of the proof these tradesmen show you up front, it is vital to do some background research on the company or individual trader to ensure you are making the right decision.

“Look for customer reviews, official websites or online trader comparisons to establish their reputation and whether they are correctly qualified to carry out intended jobs.”

Alex explained that ensuring you have a signed contract before payment and avoid making payments by cash.

He said: “It is highly unlikely that any reputable trade services will request upfront payment before a job commences or demand cash payment only.

“Tradesmen should have the majority of necessary equipment and be in need of traceable bank transfer to ensure they are paying the correct VAT.

“Making sure your payments can be traced through your bank is a primary way to diminish vulnerability to doorstep fraud.”

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