ROGUE TRADERS

12/07/2013 Intrusive ‘Warwickshire’ Survey
Warwickshire Trading Standards Service has received a number of complaints from consumers who received unexpected phone calls from someone claiming to be calling on behalf of Warwickshire County Council or District Council.
The caller has been trying to ask personal questions (including height and weight) and shopping habits etc. Trading Standards are unaware of any local council surveying residents in this way and suspect this is more likely to be an unscrupulous marketing company collecting data which they can then sell. Personal data is very valuable and has a high value to businesses wanting to send junk mail etc.
Never give any personal or financial information to anyone who calls you unexpectedly.
12/07/2013 ‘Safety’ Hard Sell
Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of cold callers offering ‘safety’ equipment after Trading Standards received a complaint from a 90 year old South Warwickshire resident. The caller had used hard sell tactics to try and encourage the resident to agree to a visit from a sales rep.
12/07/2013 Rogue Trader Doorstep Warnings
Warwickshire Trading Standards has received a number of complaints about rogue door to door traders:
Nuneaton: A resident reported paying £3750 in cash to have her driveway jet washed and some pointing done, (very poorly). The rogue traders left a large amount of rubble on her property and took her to the bank to withdraw the money.
Whitnash: Beware of rogue traders operating door to door in the Whitnash area offering to ‘steam clean’ driveways.
Kineton: Rogue traders are operating door to door in the Kineton area. One resident was quoted £1900 to clean his driveway! The rogue traders drove a white van and were extremely persistent.

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