28th Jan, 2020

More reports of scammers targeting Droitwich residents door-to-door

Tristan Harris 28th Nov, 2018 Updated: 28th Nov, 2018

DROITWICH residents are being warned about a door-to-door sales scam which has led to people being duped into buying poor quality items.

The warning has been issued by the town’s Neighbourhood Watch after several incidents in the town in the last week.

Over the weekend a young man in a blue tracksuit with a blue hold-all was knocking on doors around Langley Road, and Dovecote Road, selling poor quality goods.

Another resident was ripped off by a caller claiming to be from ‘Lakeland’.

The person bought £30 worth of items and then when they went to the store in Wychbold because they had an issue with one of the products they were told the store did not stock the item.

That same caller was then reported to have visited Tagwell Road.

Droitwich Spa Neighbourhood Watch is urging people to be on their guard and also to warn their friends, family and neighbours about the ruse.

It is believed to be a scam similar to the ‘Nottingham Knockers’ where people call, claiming to be reformed criminals who are selling items to help them make a new start after their time inside.

But often the items are of poor quality and residents do not have the same consumer protection they would have if they were buying them from a high street store or a reputable online company.

PC Rich Rees of Droitwich Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) said he was aware the practice was happening in Droitwich.

“We would urge people to be cautious when buying items at the door as the quality may not be as good as it seems.

“If people are concerned about the caller’s selling techniques or feel like they are being pressured into buying items, call us and we will come and check out their credentials.”

Call 101 to reach the Droitwich Safer Neighbourhood Team.

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