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Warning to Hartlepool Residents Following Reports of Fraudulent Door to Door Salesmen

Alert message sent 28/10/2019 16:33:00

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Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant following a report of fraudulent door-to-door salesmen in Hartlepool.

Officers received a report of a fraudulent salesman in a white Renault van in the West View area on Friday 25th October.

The man was reportedly selling Samsung TVs from the vehicle.
The victim purchased four of the TVs for over £600 and after the salesman left she found they were incomplete and not useable.

Cleveland Police are offering advice for anyone who may be called upon by door-to-door salesmen:

• Always ask for identification or a legitimate certificate from any salespersons. 
• Check credentials, including business address and telephone number. To be sure, call the organisation concerned to check that the person works for them. 
• Don’t let anyone into your home if you feel uneasy about it.
• Don’t purchase any items until you are satisfied that they are legitimate.
• Always get an agreement in writing with price, quote and contact details. 
• Beware of filling out personal forms or when giving out personal or financial information. 
• Ensure you are happy with your product and it is in working order.
• If in doubt, call your local trading standards authority.

If you have been a victim of fraudulent sales or have any information regarding any incidents you can contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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