They say there was an attempt to sell cleaning products on Saturday, June 11, at addresses in Eridge Road and then Swift Close in Crowborough. The traders also offered to carry out roof cleaning services but when they were refused became aggressive and abusive.
The police say: “Dressed in a T-shirt and shorts displaying the name of a cleaning company, one of the men is described as being white, Irish, approximately six feet tall and aged in his 20s or 30s.
“No description has been given of the second man other than that he also spoke with an Irish accent.”
Police say there was a similar report on Tuesday, June 14, from a resident in Newick about an Irish man door-knocking to offer driveway cleaning services at a supposedly discounted price.
“He pressurised the householder until she eventually felt obliged to agree to the work being done this morning (Wednesday, June 15).
“Fortunately she reported the incident to police and officers were there to greet the men when they arrived and prevent them from starting any work.
“Their details were taken and passed to Trading Standards for further investigation.”
Police added: “Rogue Traders are criminals posing as authentic tradesman which is fraud. Never agree to work from someone who has knocked on hyour door, a cold caller and absolutely never give them any money.
“If you are aware of work that needs doing we recommend you find a reputable tradesman, either on recommendation or via the Trading Standards ‘Buy with Confidence’ scheme.
“You should also know your consumer rights, which, with a genuine company, will include a cooling off period following any contract being agreed.
“Please do keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours, if you have any, as they are more susceptible to intimidation of this kind.”
“To report a similar incident please contact us on 101, or if there is a risk of anyone being harmed please dial 999 in the first instance.”