Doorstep Sellers - Fulford

Alert message sent 29/01/2022 15:35:00

Information sent on behalf of Staffordshire Police

On Friday 28th January 2022, Staffordshire Police received several reports of doorstep sellers around the Fulford location.

The sellers are usually young men who go door-to-door selling household products at inflated prices. They will often claim to be working on behalf of a charity, to support their family, or that they are ex-offenders working as part of a rehabilitation scheme.
They may even show you an ID card before trying to sell to you, the company is unlikely to be legitimate and the card could be a laminated piece of card with a picture on it.
Usually, they work for an unregistered company and are transported to an area in a group to cold call on addresses. They won't hold the licence needed for this type of sale.

Please do not feel under any obligation to buy from people on your doorstep. We would encourage residents to report all incidents to Police, and to firmly but politely refuse the sales. We would discourage all purchases from doorstep sellers unless you're certain of their veracity.

Should the seller become aggressive and refuse to leave, please phone us immediately on '999'. If it is non-urgent and you wish to inform us of the incident please call '101' or report it via the Staffordshire Police website.

See below advice on doorstep callers:
- Always use the door chain when answering the door - If you're not sure, do not open the door.
- Anyone selling door to door needs a pedlar's certificate, which you can ask to see.
- Always check the credentials of unknown callers - do not phone the number on the ID card, use a phone book or a bill.
- Do not keep substantial sums of money in the home.
- Always keep the front and back doors locked.
- Report any suspicious callers or activity to the police immediately.
- Keep and eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family.
Message sent by
Gareth Higgins (Police, PCSO, South West Stone, Eccleshall & Swynnerton )

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