Thursday, 3 August 2017

Door to Door Sales - Teak Furniture

I have received a report that a gentleman in a large white van has been knocking on doors in Chearsley today, and claiming that a 'close neighbour' has recommended their fine teak furniture.

The normal advice applies:
  • Always ask for identification before letting anyone you don't know into your house.
  • Check credentials, including a permanent business address and landline telephone number. The mobile phone numbers given on business cards are often pay-as-you-go numbers which are virtually impossible to trace.
  • Take control by asking the questions. Ask for references from previous customers or to see examples of their work.
  • Don’t sign on the spot – shop around. Get at least three written quotes to make sure you’re not being ripped off.
  • If in any doubt, ask the person to leave or call Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.
  • If you’re suspicious, why not ask the salesman if you can take their photograph – on your mobile phone, for example? If the person is legitimate, they probably won’t mind.
More advice and information can be found at Action Fraud and

The bottom line is that a genuine salesman has nothing to hide and will always be prepared to call back. And if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.