LATEST Consumer Direct figures reveal there were over 1480 doorstep selling complaints in Fife last year.
In a push to protect the vulnerable, Fife Trading Standards is joining forces with the Office of Fair Trading’s Summer Doorstep Selling campaign, to help residents to deal with untoward doorstep sellers.
Research conducted on behalf of the OFT highlights the elderly as being particularly at risk of doorstep selling scams. One in five people over the age of 70 who were interviewed admitted to not being confident in deciding whether to employ a tradesperson and a fifth of those questioned couldn’t see through pressure sales tactics, such as having to pay cash in advance or having to make a quick decision to get a good deal.
Alan Hamilton, trading standards service manager, said: “Not all doorstep sellers are bogus; however unlawful traders can be unscrupulous and use a range of persuasive tactics to sell seemingly irresistible offers to unsuspecting and often vulnerable people.”