Warning Issued Over Bogus Sales Callers

Residents in the Banbridge area have been warned about bogus callers claiming to be from a department store.

Trading Standards and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) issued the warning following a complaint from a resident who received an unsolicited call at the door from someone claiming to be from a well known retailer.

A Trading Standards spokesperson explained how the bogus calls work: "The caller produces a form of ID which they show briefly to the resident, then proceed to offer the resident a deal if she switches her phone line to their company.

"In this case the resident declined the offer and pointed to the No Cold Calling Sticker, which she had displayed on her front door, this informs people that you do not wish to have sales people calling with you and at this point the caller left."

Trading Standards contacted the retailer and they confirmed that they do not conduct door to door sales, or offer phone deals.

The spokesperson continued: "The advice from Trading Standards is clear. Never deal with anyone who cold calls at your door. Also, beware of scammers who make contact by phone, you should never pass any of your personal details, including bank account details to anyone. If you would like to obtain a No Cold Calling Sticker please telephone 101 and ask to speak to the Crime Prevention Officer for your area."

If you’ve had a recent visit and suspect that it may have been from a rogue trader or a bogus caller, please report the matter to one of the following:

• Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) on tel: 101

• Trading Standards Service phone number on tel: 0300 123 62 62

• Action Fraud phone number on tel: 0300 123 2040


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