Say No to Cold Callers

Published on Monday 2 May 2022

Our Trading Standards Team is advising residents to say no to cold callers and be vigilant so as to avoid being a victim of doorstep crime.

Spring is a time when doorstep crime creeps up, as rogue cold callers are emerge from a winter hibernation to offer services like gardening and roof repairs that are very much in demand as the weather warms.

Trading Standards also report an upturn in complaints about cold callers offering expensive and substandard driveway repairs and tarmacking. Often and very unfortunately, this type of work is carried out by unskilled and unscrupulous chancers who are more interested in getting your money than doing a good job for you. Sometimes people are talked into parting with their money to pay up front for work materials only for the bogus workers to disappear without any work being done at all .

Please be on your guard.

Angus Trading Standards recommends people 

  1. DON'T engage with cold callers
  2. DO use a local reputable tradesperson – www.trustedtrader.scot
  3. DO get at least three quotes and all information in writing.
  4. DON'T put up with a persistent caller. If a caller persists or refuses to leave, close the door and alert police.
  5. DO PLEASE look out for your neighbours and relatives too, particularly the elderly or more vulnerable.

See our If you need advice please call Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 800 9060.

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