"Don't be pressurised into paying for work in your own home."
Neath Port Talbot Council is warning residents to beware of rogue traders who are cold calling and offering building, home improvement and garden maintenance services.
The warning comes after the Council's Trading Standards team received calls from homeowners who have fallen victim to them.
After calling at residents' homes, the rogue traders have been inspecting their property and giving inflated estimates for sometimes unnecessary work. They also falsely claim to be members of well-known trader approval schemes and provide false business addresses.
For work carried out at a resident's home which is more than £42 in value, traders are required by law to provide cancellation rights. This gives 14 days for contracts to be cancelled.
Councillor Rob Jones, the Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said: "I want to remind residents to be vigilant of these practices to avoid becoming a victim of a rogue trader.
"Don't be pressurised into paying for work in your own home. I would urge residents to take their time, do their research on a business before entering into an agreement and to be cautious when paying money upfront.
"We would also ask that if you are approached in this way or receive any flyers through your door, you contact us as it may help us prevent somebody else falling victim to these rogue traders"
Homeowners and businesses who believe they have been a victim of this type of scam can call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040 506.