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North East Lincolnshire Council issue doorstep scam warning

Trading standards officers are warning households in North East Lincolnshire to be wary of cold callers. 

The warning comes after a report of a young male called at the home of an elderly woman and claimed to be from a work programme set up by a young offenders’ institute in Wakefield.

He told her he was selling goods so he could add the work to his CV and that he could keep any money he made to pay for equipment he needed to buy for a plastering course he was planning to take.
While the caller did present some form of identification, trading standards officers are not aware of any such schemes and believe it to be a scam.

Councillor Hazel Chase, the council’s portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “If you’ve not requested a trader to call then always be wary of anyone who arrives uninvited at your home offering to sell you something, they’re usually just out to rip you off. This recent complaint goes to show that doorstep scammers are active in our borough and we need to guard against them, no matter how genuine they might appear.”

Neil Clark, community protection manager at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “There’s only one way sure fire way to stop yourself from being ripped off on your doorstep and that’s by saying ‘no’ to cold callers.

“At best they’re an unwanted nuisance, at worst they are ruthless criminals preying on the vulnerable. Either way, our advice remains the same – don’t do business on your doorstep.”

People who are concerned about rogue traders operating in their area should contact trading standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506 or online at


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Doorstep scam warning

DATE:24 July 2013