Gas Safety Register staff have been out warning retired people about the dangers of tradesmen who are not fully qualified.
Research carried out by the gas industry’s regulator revealed that almost 50% of elderly people in Britain have been targeted by unscrupulous or criminal tradesmen on their doorsteps.
Representatives from the organisation attended an Age Concern coffee morning at Church Cottage in Church Square, Basingstoke.
They told people how important it is for them to check for an ID card before handing over any of their money.
Paul Johnston, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, which is in Daneshill, Basingstoke, said: “All too often our investigations team find illegal gas fitters specifically preying on the elderly, offering discounted OAP rates and using charm tactics.
“Many use the Gas Safe logo on their van, adverts or paperwork when they are not registered.
“With a quarter of a million gas jobs carried out every year by illegal gas fitters who don’t have the skills or the qualifications to work safely on gas, it is vital that older people always check that the engineer they use is on the Gas Safe Register or they could be putting their lives and pocket at risk.
“If you’re in any doubt, contact us immediately on our free helpline.”