VIDEO: Beccles woman joins campaign against conmen
A BECCLES woman who is helping the fight against con men, rogue traders and scammers is leading a campaign warning people about the perils of unscrupulous doorstep salesmen and women.
Rhoda Staley is a consumer champion who has signed to a Suffolk Trading Standards 'Scampaign' which is warning people in the area, especially the elderly and vulnerable, about cold callers who may try to con them out of money.
Along with trading standards officers, Rhoda is offering advice and guidance during the six-month Scampaign.
She said: 'I feel so strongly about playing my part during the Scampaign as I had my own personal experience with a doorstep caller.
'As a result of getting drawn into a scam, I had a traumatic time going through the court to get some of my money back. I would hate this to happen to others, so I'm doing what I can to help.
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'It is so important that we do all we can to educate and empower Suffolk people to identify the early warning signs and feel they have the confidence to say 'no' to deceitful doorstep sellers.'
Rhoda, who works closely with Beccles Library manager Stephen Amer to protect people, gives the following advice:
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Don't be scared to say 'no' to a doorstep caller – there is no problem with being over cautious.
Never agree to work on your home on the spot, seek advice before agreeing to anything.
Remember that doorstep callers can come in all shapes and sizes – they can be men, women, pairs and have children with them.
Don't be taken in by illegal pressure selling tactics, such as refusing to leave, repeatedly calling or claiming they'll lose their job if you don't agree to the work.
Check on your elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours regularly if you suspect doorstep callers are operating in your area.
If anyone needs help they can call Action Fraud specialists on 0300 123 2040.
For information on the Scampaign visit www.suffolk.gov..uk/scampaign