Don’t be caught in a trap by suspicious vans
Gloucestershire County Council’s Trading Standards service is warning residents to be vigilant after a series of reports of suspicious vans reported in the Cheltenham area.
Over the last 24 hours there have been several reports of these vehicles in the Cheltenham area which have caused concern amongst residents.
Rogue traders will often use this method to try and identify homes of people who may be more vulnerable to being pressed into buying on the door step.
They often use scare stories to try and persuade the home owner to agree to work which does not need to be carried out.
The council’s trading standards service’s advice is simple, never agree to work on the doorstep and always obtain quotes from at least three traders before considering you options.
If in doubt:
CHECK with a trusted friend, relative or neighbour.
GET advice from the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03444 111 444 or https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
REPORT scams and suspected scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk
TELL family, friends, neighbours so that they can avoid scams.
If you do see any vehicles acting suspiciously in your area, then please call the police on 101.
Andy Hermiston, head of Gloucestershire Trading Standards, said: “We’re asking residents as always to be vigilant but particularly over the bank holiday weekend following these reports.
“Don’t be pressurised into handing over cash on the door step. Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.”
Advice can be found on the Gloucestershire Trading Standards website glos.tradingstandards.uk