A KIRKLEES councillor urged people to make double checks before buying goods or services.
Clr Mohan Sokhal spoke out after a court case involving a double-glazing firm which targeted households across West Yorkshire.
Conman Thomas Major was convicted this week in Liverpool Crown Court after misleading consumers as to the availability of EU and local authority grants to install UPVC windows.
Clr Sokhal, who serves on West Yorkshire’s trading standards committee, said: “West Yorkshire Trading Standards are focussed on tackling such scams and will take legal action against such traders.
“I urge all consumers to make checks before parting with their money and to report any suspect activity to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06”.
Major, who used a range of aliases, opened up a virtual office trading as Thermaglaze and embarked on a large advertising campaign.
He was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for 2 years for breaches of the Consumer Protection regulations, 100 hours Community Service order and ordered to pay £17,830 in costs.