Bogus tradesman, door-to-door sales or doorstep fraud involves criminals trying to scam residents after knocking at your door. It can take many forms "“ pressure selling, unfair contracts, overpriced or substandard home maintenance, phony consumer surveys or bogus charity collections.
Cambridgeshire County Council's Acting Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities, Aileen Andrews said "Buying on your doorstep can be convenient. However, a doorstep seller who uses clever tactics can pressurise someone into buying something they don't actually want or that's poor value for money. Don't be rushed. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is."
To help where cold calling has been a particular problem, the Council works with the police and with parish councils and local residents to help them set up a "˜No Cold Calling Zones' in their street or neighbourhood.
If you think your neighbourhood would benefit from a No Cold Calling Zone and you are willing to co-ordinate that for your area, please contact 0345 045 5206 or [email protected]
This is the final week of Scam Awareness Month and residents are urged to remain wary. For further advice contact the Citizens Advice Consumer service on 08454 04 05 06.