Friday, 20 November 2009

Doorstep Danger Warning

Whilst the majority of sellers at your door are genuine, Council Trading Standards officers are urging people to be cautious and think before you buy.

Principal Officer Steve Adie said, "Millions of people every year are targeted by rogue sellers".

He added, "People risk losing hundreds of pounds from being duped by these highly skilled, well trained con artists. It is important that you take control of the situation, you are the customer and you reserve the right to say no".

Mr Adie's warning coincides with a national campaign by the Office Of Fair Trading. Your Doorstep - Your Decision' aims to highlight the dangers of succumbing to high pressure selling techniques and is encouraging people to remember the following advice:

  • check the seller's identity
  • it's your doorstep, your decision
  • be wary of special offers or warnings about your home
  • don't hand over a cash deposit
  • don't agree to a trader starting any work straight away
  • take time to consult with someone you trust for a second opinion, speak to friends, family or neighbours before making any decision
  • Ask the seller about cancellation rights, if you don't get them in writing don't buy
  • if in doubt, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06


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