A strange one reaches me via Facebook and friend of the blog Julie; it seems there’s an odd door-to-door scam operating in Brownhills at the moment – a lady calls at your door, and when you answer, doesn’t speak but points to a clipboard or paper with something printed on it.
The caller was challenged by a householder yesterday as to what she wanted and what her purpose was, and received no answer.
There have been several reports of this bizarre occurrence of the last couple of days, and I’d advise anyone to be careful, and to contact the police about anything they feel is suspicious.
Please tell your relatives and neighbours about these callers and impress upon them how important it is not to buy from, or accept services at the door, and not to give to charity cold callers who may not be genuine. Some of these people can seem very plausible, but genuine companies will always contact you by other means.
Explain that no official body will turn up unannounced demanding money for services like drain cleaning, tree pruning etc., and that if they are at all unsure of any caller, to close the door and contact the police.
For more information on the signs that give away rogue traders, read Community Partnerships Officer Kevin Pitt’s blogpost – Making Walsall Too Hot for the Bogus Callers.