Warning Issued Over Rogue Doorstep Traders
7:31am 7th November 2014
(Updated 7:40am 7th November 2014)
They're often uninvited, carry-out poor quality repairs and cost victims thousands of pounds - which is why Dorset residents are being asked to look out for rogue doorstep traders.
Around 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime happen across the country every year so as part of National Consumers Week we're being urged to make sure these traders don't take advantage of vulnerable people.
The National Consumer Week 2014 'Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders' campaign encourages neighbours, friends, families and carers to look out for signs of uninvited doorstep sellers visiting their neighbours.
Principal Trading Standards Officer for Dorset County Council Richard Herringshaw said: "We had one where they were looking to do some roofing work and they wanted to charge her £11,000.
They drove her to the bank but thankfully we've been doing some work with the bank staff and they contacted us so we were able to prevent that money from being paid out."
Dorset residents have found that displaying a Dorset County Council trading standards partnership 'We do not deal with uninvited traders' door card helps deter uninvited traders from calling.
Recently updated to a two part door sticker, supplies can be obtained from many libraries, district and borough council receptions, or by calling the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.