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Renewed warning issued amid reports of rogue traders

'Cold calling' is an illegal practice on the Isle of Man

The Office of Fair Trading has renewed warnings of rogue traders, after reports of suspicious behaviour on the Isle of Man.

It says the elderly and vulnerable are most at risk of traders illegally touting for work by 'cold-calling'.

The OFT has provided some advice to householders and is encouraging word to be spread to neighbours and relatives:

  • Do not use traders who call at your home without prior appointment
  • Do not be pressurised into having work carried out
  • Do not fall for patter “we were just in the area and noticed a problem”
  • Do not part with a significant amount of cash up front
  • Consider displaying a sign deterring rogue traders from approaching the property

Chair of the Office of Fair Trading MHK Tim Glover says: "[If approached], report such occurrences to the police or Trading Standards and also report any instances of suspicious behaviour at the homes of elderly or vulnerable friends, neighbours or relatives."

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