Police warning following reports of cowboy traders knocking on doors
Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant following reports of cowboy traders operating in the area.
Cleveland officers are urging people to check on friends and family and pass on a series of tips if they are potentially vulnerable to this type of offence.
The plea follows incidents involving suspected rogue traders in Billingham recently.
Cleveland Police are now offering the below advice for anyone who may be suddenly called upon by door-to-door traders.
The force say:
• Always ask for identification or a legitimate certificate from any salespersons;
• Check credentials, including business address and telephone number. To be sure, call the organisation concerned to check that the person works for them;
• Don’t let anyone into your home if you feel uneasy about it;
• Don’t purchase any items until you are satisfied that they are legitimate;
• Always get an agreement in writing with price, quote and contact details;
• Beware of filling out personal forms or when giving out personal or financial information;
• Ensure you are happy with your product and it is in working order;
• If in doubt, call your local trading standards authority;
• Remember – if you’re not sure – say “no thank you” and don’t open the door.
If you have been a victim of fraudulent sales or have any information regarding any incidents you can contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number.
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.