The Council department says they have received a worrying number of reports that groups of men, who are provided with a holdall full of overpriced and poor quality cleaning products, are cold calling local residents.
The men are knocking on doors trying to sell the items. They will often claim to be ex-prisoners trying to turn their lives around to guilt you into buying items from them, however, if you refuse can become persistent and aggressive. Any ID card that they may carry is likely to be fake and they may be taking this opportunity to check out your property for future scams.
It is believed the practise originated in Nottingham, hence the name.
A spokesperson has said:
“The best advice we can give is if you don’t know the person at your door, don’t open it or use a chain. If they become intimidating and you are frightened close the door and call the Police on 101”.
No Cold Calling Door Stickers can be obtained from [email protected].