Beware of Door to Door Fish Sellers
Dear Watch Member,
Hertfordshire Trading Standards have issued a warning against buying fish from ‘door to door’ salespersons using pressure tactics to sell large amounts. In one instance the fish was left on a ‘try before you buy’ offer with no money being paid upfront. The trader returned later and tried to charge £360 for a small amount of inferior produce. Most mobile fish sellers have regular weekly rounds. These new vans are turning up at random locations and at random times and charging much more than the average market value for low quality fish.
We advise that you only buy fish from a reputable fishmonger at an established shop or stall, or from one with a regular pre-arranged round. With door to door sales It is incredibly difficult to tell if the product you’re buying has been stored properly, is safe to eat or is in fact what it’s labelled up as. If there are any problems, these sellers are often a distance away and won’t be easy to obtain a refund from. When products are sold on the doorstep it means that you don’t have a chance to shop around and check what a reasonable price is, so you are more likely to be ripped off. Residents can end up paying what has been asked because they feel pressured by the seller being in their home.
As with any doorstep caller, do not get tempted to buy and ask them to leave. If at any point, you feel that you are being pressured, then contact the police on 999. Anyone who has been victim of this type of scam or is wanting advice on doorstep trading and wishes to report an incident, can contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 This also gives Trading Standards intelligence to assist them in tackling these rogues.
Please do pass this information on, particularly to any vulnerable family or friends who may get these visits, or to their carers.
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