Action Fraud Information - Door Step Crime

Buying on your doorstep can be convenient. However, a salesman who uses clever tactics can pressurise you into buying something you actually dont want or something thats poor value for money.

 

Buying on your doorstep can be convenient. However, a salesman who uses clever tactics can pressurise you into buying something you actually dont want or something thats poor value for money.

Door-to-door frauds can take many forms, including:

pressure selling
unfair contracts
overpriced or substandard home maintenance or improvements
phoney consumer surveys
​bogus charity collections.

Such frauds involve promoting goods or services that are either never delivered to you or are of a very poor quality. Fraudsters may also bill you for work that you didnt agree to. There are specific laws about door-to-door sales. Many are required to give you a ‘cooling-off’ period (where you can change your mind or request your money back). Bogus tradesmen will offer none of these, and even if they do, you can be sure their  guarantee will not be honoured.

Bogus salespeople will provide false identity or contact information, making it impossible for you to identify or contact them. If youve paid them in advance, you wont get your money back.

Even if your bank or insurance policy covers any loss, youll still have to contend with a damaged credit rating, continued correspondence over a prolonged period to repair the damage, and the emotional distress and anxiety identity theft can cause.

Also, be wary of opening your door to a potential burglar or someone who wants to get inside your property to enable other people to break in. Once they get through your door, fraudulent salespeople can take note of your valuables and any security measures you have in place.

Message Sent By
DANE Plant (Police, PCSO, Rotherham South LPT)

 

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