Trading Standards officers are once again urging residents to say no to doorstep sellers, with reports of sellers currently operating in the islands.

And they’re calling on householders to display signs warning that uninvited sales are not wanted, as part of the protection they’re entitled to against such sellers.

A CnES spokesperson said on Friday (February 8th): “Our advice is never to deal with anyone who cold calls at your door. Just say ‘No thanks’ and shut the door. Please keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours, particularly anyone who lives alone who may find it difficult to deal with uninvited callers.”

Experience has shown that very often goods sold by doorstep sellers are of a poor quality and may be dangerous. Goods which do not comply with safety regulations may result in overheating, catching fire, electrical shocks and could cause serious injury or death.

Last year CnES Trading Standards and Police Scotland seized dangerous machinery including power washers, generators and chainsaws from doorstep sellers operating in the islands.

Sellers have often left the islands by the time you realise you have bought faulty or dangerous goods, so consumers are unable to obtain recompense.

The spokesperson continued “We want to encourage all residents to display “No uninvited sales people” signage. If you have signage and a seller still knocks on your door they may be committing an offence under Consumer Protection Regulations.” The signs are available from Council offices and Police stations.

To report doorstep sellers contact Trading Standards on 01851 822694 or Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency.