Keith Hanger from Prestige Developments explains; "Almost every day I get a call from a distressed park home owner who has been duped out of a considerable amount of money, only to realise that he/she has been grossly overcharged, or has had very poor work done, or in extreme cases has paid money out and not had ANY work done....."
Invariably it is very difficult, indeed impossible to track the company and workmen down as they run 'ghost' businesses with addresses and telephone contacts that are untraceable, or not having their contact details available at all!
Some typical examples of tactics and wording used are:-
"We are in the area and can offer a special deal as long as we can carry out the work today,"
"We will need to be paid in cash, but don't worry we can take you to the bank to make a withdrawal,"
"We've noticed a minor problem with your home, which we can rectify whilst we are here for a small sum."
As soon as the client gives the OK they will start work and then escalate the problem, pointing out other 'issues' that they can rectify at the same time, £50 can quickly escalate to £1,000 and beyond.
If you want to check they are not a 'ghost' company, look up the company at Companies House.