Louth area police have been receiving a number of reports about unscrupulous door-to-door fish sellers cold-calling householders.
PCSO Sally Hewitt of Louth Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team warns: “These fish sellers are usually in unmarked vehicles that are often un-refrigerated. The fish they show you at the door is nicely packaged, correctly labelled with species type and use by date, but the fish you receive is overpriced, not wrapped or labelled correctly and of dubious quality.”
Residents are initially told the fish costs just a few pounds, but on delivery are subjected to a hard sell and bullying tactics, where the price then greatly increasesPCSO Sally Hewitt of Louth Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team
She went on: “Residents are initially told the fish costs just a few pounds, but on delivery are subjected to a hard sell and bullying tactics, where the price then greatly increases.”
If you have a visit from one of these sellers, police advice would be:
○ Always check the identity of unknown callers
○ Do not allow door-to-door sellers in your home
○ Does the trader have a price list of products?
○ If you are at all uncertain, ask for a price list and say you will think about it and telephone if you want to place an order – any reasonable trader will be happy to do this if it leads to regular custom.
PCSO Hewitt added: “The best way to not become a victim of this type of scam is to never buy on the doorstep from unknown callers.”