Residents warned about rogue traders

Councillor Cynthia Ransome and Trading Standards officers model a selection of seized counterfeit goods.
Councillor Cynthia Ransome and Trading Standards officers model a selection of seized counterfeit goods.
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residents are being given advice on how to deal with untoward doorstep sellers.

The move comes after Consumer Direct figures reveal there were more than 1170 doorstep selling complaints in Yorkshire and Humberside last year.

In a push to protect the vulnerable Doncaster Trading Standards is joining forces with the OFT’s Summer Doorstep Selling campaign.

Judith Frame, Head of Campaigns at OFT said: “Complaints about home maintenance and illegitimate doorstep sellers traditionally peak in the summer months. While it is not illegal to canvas for work door to door, rogue doorstep trading remains a serious issue for vulnerable groups, particularly the elderly who live alone.

“Decisions made on the doorstep can result in a great amount of distress for those who are duped out of money for substandard products or services. It is crucial to be aware of your consumer rights and share this knowledge.”

Tips include don’t sign on the spot, check the trader’s identity, be wary of special offers or warnings about your home and always shop around for the best price.

For more advice visit If in doubt, visit www.adviceguide.org.uk or call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0845 04 05 06