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Don’t let the cold (callers) in your home this winter

Published: 26 November 2020

Person knocking on a door

How to prevent being scammed

Doorstep scams increase during the winter periods, with over a third of all reported incidents occurring during the months of January to March. This is due to bogus callers and rogue traders taking advantage of our need for a safe, warm and dry home during the bad weather.

What could happen?

When rain, sleet or snow sets in it can be difficult, especially for vulnerable residents, to check their property is in good order. So, when they are told by an individual posing as a legitimate tradesman that they have a tile missing, or that their chimney is in danger of falling down they struggle to argue and feel compelled to have the work done.

Due to the second national lockdown and national restrictions, more of us are at home, available for when a bogus caller knocks at the door.

How can you prevent being scammed:

  • find a Trading Standards approved trader by visiting the Traders4u website
  • get a free No Cold Calling stickers packs by visiting our Trading Standards web page
  • don't be afraid to say, "No thank you, please leave" if you answer the door to a doorstep caller
  • if they try and gain entry to your house, say no and close the door. Call 0808 223 1133 for advice or 999 if you feel like you are in danger
  • take your time, don't be rushed or bullied into making a rash decision
  • always protect your financial information
  • never engage with someone or allow them access to your home unless you are able to verify their authenticity and who they are.

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