MP warns of Rogue Traders

Mark Tami MP for Alyn and Deeside is supporting the Office of Fair Trading’s Doorstep Selling campaign in a push to empower local residents to deal with untoward doorstep sellers. This includes those who are invited into the home after a cold call sales approach and specifically traders offering mobility aids and home insulation products and services.

Mark Tami said, “Not all doorstep sellers are bogus, however unlawful traders can be unscrupulous. A charismatic salesperson can be intimidating and it is easy to fall for their charm.”

 He went on to say, “Rogue traders often try to convince vulnerable people to buy mobility aids or home insulation products that they may not need or with terms that they have not fully checked out.”

 Research conducted by the OFT highlighted that the elderly were particularly vulnerable to doorstep selling tasks. A fifth of people over the age of 70 did not recognise pressure sales tactics such as having to pay cash in advance or having to make a quick decision to get a good deal.

 Judith Frame, Head of Campaigns at OFT says: “While it is not illegal to canvass for work door to door, rogue doorstep trading, both invited and uninvited, remains a serious issue for vulnerable groups particularly the elderly who live alone. It is crucial to be aware of your consumer rights and share this knowledge.”