I started off in Harborne High Street at the Conservatives’ monthly street stall to coincide with the Harborne Farmers’ Market. We were giving out my “We don’t buy from the door” cards – just the thing to keep rogue traders away from your house. It’s heartening how many people across the constituency are displaying these cards at the front of their houses, and after today, even more will be on show.
From there, it was off to the Tally Ho! Police Centre in Edgbaston for a packed PACT meeting! After dealing with the local issues for police and Councillors, as part of Rogue Traders Awareness Month, there was a talk by Trading Standards Officers. We heard about rogue traders (who are often connected to distraction burglaries), and the kind of door to door scams which go on, and then the meeting was told about other kind of scams – such as email, telephone, internet, direct mail, and even scams in the small ads of local papers – perhaps offering job opportunities but which require payment up front.
Basically the message is that if you are asked to part with money in advance of receiving anything – don’t. And if a thing seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Both goood things to remember in Rogue Traders Awareness Month.