Don't be fooled by bogus traders taking recycling boxes
BOGUS officials dressed in uniforms are conning people out of their recycling boxes and selling them.
North East Lincolnshire Council chiefs warned residents to be on their guard and not to let go of their orange, blue and green boxes.
The advice has been issued following reports from residents that people in uniforms, claiming to work for the council, are telling some home owners that they no longer need their recycling boxes and subsequently are taking them away.
Adam Lech, waste strategy manager, said: “We have not and will not be instructing our staff to remove the three recycling containers from residents. Do not hand your boxes back to anyone if requested to do so.”
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He said an investigation was underway and if anyone is asked to hand over their box they should contact the council’s waste hotline on 01472 3258421 with details.
Meanwhile, a bogus firm claiming to install free security alarms is thought to be operating in the North East Lincolnshire area.
Trading Standards has received queries from residents and is warning homeowners not to agree to any sales offers.
Neil Clark, community protection manager, said: “We are receiving calls from some people seeking advice.
“We understand that free alarms are being offered and when the company returns the next day to fit the alarm, a hefty installation charge is made.
“Furthermore, this company may be making further charges for monitoring the alarm system, however at this stage this information is not known.
“We are aware it is especially the elderly who are being targeted and so we are asking for everyone to be alert for any such neighbour that has workmen at their house installing a new alarm.
“Trading Standards always offer the advice that if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is not true. “No one should be inviting anyone into their home without knowing who that person is and exactly the intention of their visit but people can be caught off guard.
“Be prepared and say ‘no’. It is the easiest and safest option rather than agreeing to a visit and later trying to get someone out of your house that is trained to give the hard sale talk.”
For advice, call Trading Standards on 01472 324815 or report any incidents to the Citizen’s Advice Helpline on 08454 04 05 06.