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Alert message sent 10/07/2019 13:26:00

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The following information is being circulated on behalf of Police Scotland

On Thursday 4th July, 2019 a local resident from the Bo’ness area has contacted Trading Standards to advise that a male person has been within the local area making representations on behalf of the Trusted Traders Scheme.

This male person (not further described) was wearing an Orange coloured high viz jacket and was knocking on doors advising residents that he was working on behalf of the Trusted Traders Scheme and that he could assist in obtaining financial grants for Harling and Roofing work.

It is not believed that there is any such financial grants scheme being offered at this time.

Advice
Residents in Forth Valley are being urged to be cautious after reports of cold callers going door to door looking for property maintenance work and gardening work and stating they are there on behalf of Trusted Trader Scotland.

However, investigation showed they were not representing or associated with the organisation in any way.

A spokesman for Trading Standards urged residents to check identification of anyone cold calling and if in doubt, contact the organisation direct using their official number, not a number provided by cold callers.

“We would advise that if you receive a cold call from someone you are not expecting, that you simply ignore them and do not engage in any way. However, should you engage with them and they refuse to leave when requested or become aggressive, you should phone Police Scotland on 999”.

“If homeowners are thinking of having any work carried out on their home or garden, they should only use reputable firms they know or that have been vetted by a scheme approved by Trading Standards like Buy with Confidence.”

https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

Doorstep sellers, or other suspicious activity, can be reported to Trading Standards on (01324) 506070 and (01786) 404040 or Police Scotland on 101.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland or Trading Standards on the above numbers or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 
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Varrie McDevitt (NHWN, Admin Assistant, NW Scotland)

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