DOOR-TO-DOOR SCAMS

Alert message sent 05/05/2021 07:57:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary


Dear Resident,

Many legitimate businesses sell products door-to-door (windows, solar panels, cleaning products, home maintenance, tree surgeons, etc.).
Gas, electricity and water companies will also visit to read meters.
In addition, charities may visit to ask for donations or post collection bags for you to fill and leave out for collection.
However, scammers also do the above to part you from your money, gain entry to your home to steal, or profit by posing as charities in order to collect donations.

WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW:

1-Door-to-door scams involve selling goods or services that are not delivered or are very poor quality. You won't get value for money and you may get billed for work you didn't want or didn't agree to.

2-Some scammers conduct surveys so they can obtain your personal details or disguise their real intent to sell you goods or services you don't want or need (e.g. unnecessary roofing work or patio replacement).

3-Door-to-door sales are normally uninvited and the people selling MUST leave if you ask them to.

4-Even when a genuine business and product are being sold, unscrupulous employees can sometimes still act illegally.

5-If someone knocks at your front door claiming to be from a company, always check their I.D. If you are not happy then do not let them into your home.

6-Never ring the telephone number on the I.D. card. Tell them to wait outside, shut the door, and ring the genuine number from the telephone book or website.

REMEMBER-If someone knocks at your door, always examine and check their identification.

CAUTION-Never let anyone in your house unless they are someone you know and trust.

THINK-Don't immediately agree to any offer involving a significant amount of money, time or commitment. Always seek independent/legal advice first.

INVESTIGATE- If you are interested in what a door-to-door salesperson has to offer, take time to find out about their business and their offer. Shop around to make sure you are getting a good deal. Confirm with charities that they are collecting in your area.
Message sent by
Carlos Paulo (Police, PCSO, Warrington)

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