Trader Cold Calling Selling Fish

Tim Watson (Trading Standards, Trading Standards Officer, Nottinghamshire) writes: Nottinghamshire residents are being warned about door-to-door fish salesmen who are visiting residents and trying to persuade them to buy fish.

Residents are presented with fish that is largely unlabelled and some of which is unfit to eat.

This type of scam involving door to door fish sales is a growing national problem. We advise that the best place to buy fish is from a reputable fishmonger at an established shop or stall.

Doorstep sellers also tend not to offer customers cancellation rights or provide a receipt to allow them to seek a refund if they are not satisfied with the goods.

Anyone who has been approached by fish sellers in this manner should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

Source: Broxtowe Community email. 

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3 Responses to Trader Cold Calling Selling Fish

  1. Dr Allan Dodds says:

    Many thanks for the warning- they called this evening and I turned them away. What further concerned me was that I spotted one man loitering in my driveway and after he left he seemed to be speaking to someone on his mobile ‘phone. He then made several changes of mind, walking quickly up and down the road before retracing his steps. He looked worried and anxious. If I were a suspicious person I would suggest that he was giving details of properties to a colleague over the ‘phone and that the fish sales perhaps disguised something more sinister.

  2. Joan Wade says:

    I think that there is a good case for making any cold calling whether in person or by phone unlawful. I have never come across any householder who welcomes such activity and it poses clear security and health and safety issues. It would be an easy offence to define in statute – i.e. where there has been no prior contact from house owner or occupier – and would not stop advertising of door step deliveries.

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