Please look out for vulnerable neighbours.
To prevent scammers knocking on your door, you can request a No Cold Calling sticker from your local Trading Standards office or from Trading Standards Scotland. If an uninvited trader ignores the sticker, they may be committing an offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
Here are some steps you can take to help protect yourself:
Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly
Don’t feel pressurised into agreeing to immediate work or buying a product or service
Don’t agree to buy from the first person who calls
Don’t pay cash up front and don't offer to go and get money
Shop around if you decide you need work done
Never let people persuade you to let them into your home – they may not be genuine
If someone is persistent, ask them to call at another time and get a friend or family member to be with you
If you have concerns about a purchase that you have made, contact Police Scotland on 101 and Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000. If you feel uncomfortable or suspicious about a cold caller in your local area, phone Police Scotland on 101.