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Nottinghamshire residents 'must ignore' rogue thermal insulation traders

Residents in Nottinghamshire have been warned by the local council about rogue door-to-door salespeople offering thermal insulation.

The authority's Trading Standards division has received 159 complaints of cold-callers in the past year and as a result, the body is teaming up with the Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) Doorstep Selling campaign to advise homeowners on how to handle these situations.

According to research conducted by the OFT, the elderly are the group most at risk of being targeted by the scammers, with one-fifth of householders over the age of 70 confessing they could not see through the pressure tactics used, which include advance cash payments.

Mick Murphy, councillor and chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council's Community Safety Committee, said property issues caused by the winter weather may be forcing individuals to trust doorstep sellers.

He added: "We advise residents to seek a trader through recommendation from a friend or family members or through an approved scheme such as the council's Buy with Confidence scheme".

The initiative - which is the largest of its kind nationwide - provides consumers with the details of around 370 Tradings Standards-approved firms.

Posted by Rachel Jenkins