PADDOCK WOOD COMMUNITY ADVICE CENTRE

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As from Trading Standards/KCC Public Protection : 30 August 2018

 

Doorstep criminals targeting vulnerable residents

   

We have received reports of doorstep criminals targeting vulnerable residents using high pressure sales methods.

 

The doorstep criminal claims that their pest-guards will keep your solar panels free from pigeons and asks for an upfront deposit. A business flyer is also left with the resident.

 

To stop doorstep criminals from scamming you, remember that you must never:

 

•Agree for work on your house or garden by someone who knocks at your door uninvited

•Give money to or sign any forms for people who turn up on your doorstep

•Open the door to strangers or allow uninvited callers into your home

•Let somebody take you to the bank to get money for them

•Call a business on a number that you have been given on your doorstep

 

Please look out for vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours that may come across a similar scam.

 

If you feel afraid or threatened by a doorstep caller, phone 999. For non-urgent calls, phone Kent Police on 101.

 

Collect your NO DOORSTEP CALLERS sticker from your local Community Warden