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Trading Standards issue warning over scams

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MORAY Council’s Trading Standards are warning householders and local business to be vigilant as two separate scams come to light.

Householders with solar panels are receiving cold calls, offering to supply upgrades or accessories with misleading claims like an inverter requires replacing, a component is broken or faulty, or that a battery will boost the performance of the system.

Meanwhile, local businesses have recently been targeted by bogus traders trying to offload office supplies. The latest scam involves cold callers offering free ink cartridges, and then delivering them alongside an invoice for hundreds of pounds.

Trading Standards advise anyone who receives a cold call not to provide information over the phone. If works are required, contact the original supplier or installer of equipment or, if this isn’t possible, approach several reliable companies and ask for a free, no-obligation quote.

If you or your business has lost out deceptive sales practices, Moray Council’s Trading Standards team can offer advice on 0300 123 4561.
Anyone with concerns about being approached either on the doorstep or by cold callers should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service Helpline on 03454 040506.

More information about Trading Standards can be found HERE »

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