Bogus Trading Standards Officers Demand Money
The Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) would like to remind to residents to be wary of cold callers, whether they visit in person or by contact you by telephone.
In December, Trading Standards officers received reports of a resident receiving telephone calls demanding money from someone claiming to be a trading standards officer.
The police have now dealt with a similar report in the South West of England, where an elderly couple were approached by men claiming to be Trading Standards officers investigating rogue traders and were demanding money. The couple reported handing over a substantial amount of cash. Two men remain in police custody, whilst a third has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
The SCLTwould like to reiterate to residents that Trading Standards officers will never request money from them. Even if a resident makes a complaint to Trading Standards which is investigated and pursued through the courts, there is no reason to request money from the victim.
If residents receive a call similar to that above, the SCLT urges them to report it to your local Trading Standards Department or the Police immediately.
If there is a need to visit a resident or business, Trading Standards officers wear identity cards and will be happy to wait whilst their identities are confirmed with the Council. If there you have any doubts about the identity of any caller to your home, you shaould immediately call the police (using the 999 system if you have fears that a crime is being committed or the 101 system for an incident which is not on-going)