‘Deaf’ Door to door sellers – Alert

There have been reports of some people going door to door, claiming to be deaf and trying to sell paintings in the Langport area and surrounding villages. Rumour has it that this is a scam and they are looking for things to steal.

 

I’ve made enquiries with our local policing team and they confirm these people are in the area, but there have been no recorded offences in connection with them.

Whilst there is no evidence to suggest these people are up to no good, please take a couple of moments to read through the police advice on cold callers:

Top Tips on staying safe from rogue traders and distraction burglars:

  • Check the identity of the caller by telephoning the company they claim to be from. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider.
  • Genuine callers won’t mind making an appointment for a date when you can have someone with you. This gives you time to check their identity too.
  • Never use companies who make unsolicited calls, who don’t provide contracts, or who offer to do work for cash.
  • Call a neighbour or friend nearby to come along and check out the caller before you open the door to them.
  • Many service providers provide password schemes and it can be helpful to sign up to these. When unannounced callers knock at your door they should know the password if they are genuine.
  • Keep doors locked and windows secure at all times.
  • Where possible, have a safety chain fitted and always attach the chain before opening the door to strangers.
  • Remember it’s your doorstep, your decision.
  • Check whether traders are members of the Local Authority Assured Trader Schemes (www.oft.gov.uk) or the government Trust Mark scheme (www.trustmark.org.uk).
  • The key message is: ‘Not sure? Don’t open the door’.
  • If you suspect a rogue trader is at your door dial 999

Pip Brett

Parish Councillor

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