Beware of cold callers

Published Date: 

20 Mar 2020 - 10:12
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We understand there have been reports of doorstep callers claiming to be working for the NHS and stating that they are able to provide a Covid-19 vaccine.
Scammers may well try to take advantage of the current situation, whether it is to extort money, or to gain access to your home.

Our advice is:
  • Never sign or agree to anything on the spot;
  • Check the trader’s identity. Always ask for an identity card and look up the organisation to check the salesperson’s identity is genuine;
  • Be wary of special offers or warnings about your home or your health;
  • Read the small print. Always read documents carefully before you sign them and make sure you fully understand your rights;
  • Double check the facts;
  • Talk to someone you trust for a second opinion;and
  • Trust your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Most importantly, be suspicious of any cold calling at this time as everybody should be limiting social interaction!

Argyll and Bute Trading Standards has a limited stock of No Cold Calling Stickers, which can be requested by emailing:

Please report any cold callers to:

Trading Standards by phoning: 01546 605519 or Police Scotland, by calling: 101