Scam warning issued by Trading Standards after cold caller tries to sell items in Lowestoft
- Credit: Archant © 2009
Suffolk Trading Standards has issued a warning to householders to be mindful of a group of young salesmen – so-called 'Nottingham Knockers' – who are believed to be working in the area.
A spokesman said: 'We've just had a report of Nottingham Knockers going door to door in Pakefield, Lowestoft.'
Named after a scam originating in Nottingham, young people travel across the UK targeting a town at a time. They knock at doors and claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, before trying to sell the householder everyday household products at very high prices.
The spokesman added: 'Trading Standards always advise residents to refrain from buying at the doorstep and not to buckle to pressure from salespeople offering supposedly one-off 'buy it now' low prices.
'These Nottingham Knockers work in groups across the country but they are not involved in any officially recognised offender rehabilitation programme and many do not possess Pedlar's Certificates, which are issued by police and are necessary for salespeople to be legally allowed to sell door-to-door.
You may also want to watch:
'If any salesperson comes to your door, we'd suggest you ask to see their Pedlar's certificate – these are only issued to individuals under very strict conditions. You can contact the police station it was issued at in order to prove if it's genuine.'
If a Nottingham Knocker visits you, please inform police on 101 and/or report it to Trading Standards on 03454 040506.
- 1 Pub ordered to pay £23.5k compensation to sacked disabled worker
- 2 Man released from hospital after being stabbed in Lowestoft
- 3 Lowestoft man badly hurt after being attacked by gang in his own home
- 4 Have your say on plans for 150 homes at former hospital site
- 5 Pakefield Man set for summer showcase
- 6 Green light for new shop's alcohol bid
- 7 Diversions in place with stretch of A12 to be closed overnight
- 8 Tree planted in memory of town councillor who 'worked tirelessly'
- 9 Millions of bank customers hit by cashpoint and app glitch
- 10 Royal visit from Princess Anne marks Suffolk Wildlife Trust 60th anniversary