A warning has been issued to residents in Shetland following reports of rogue traders.
In particular, locals have been urged to be wary of individuals selling power tools or offering roof or driveway clearing services.
David Marsh, team leader of Shetland Islands Council’s Trading Standards team, said: “We’re getting reports of visiting vans going door-to-door, or parking up in car parks, selling power tools or offering roof and driveway cleaning services.
“Think carefully about whether you actually wanted whatever these people are selling before it was suggested to you, and then ask yourself, is this really such a good deal?
“Every year we hear about rogue traders pretending to have ‘just done a good deal for your neighbours’, claiming links to the council or to reputable local businesses, making exaggerated claims about warranties and guarantees, and selling items or work which are not up to the quality the consumer was led to expect.
“The best defence is to simply say no, because showing any interest in what’s being offered is only likely to encourage the seller – and if someone at your door refuses to take no for an answer, then phone trading standards or the police right away.”
The trading standards team have also issued packs containing advice on how to deal with cold callers, as well as providing advice on how to support family, friends and neighbours who may be more susceptible to the high-pressure tactics which are often employed.
Information packs are available from Old Anderson High School or can be posted upon request.