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Trading Standards Sep 13
There are rogue operators in every line of business. Use the scheme to find an honest and reliable practitioner. Its members include IT, financial and legal service providers as well as trades:
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Trading Standards Sep 13
Essex Trading Standard's film ' Traders' is out! Featuring some well-known actors it takes a slightly different approach to that usually seen to raise awareness of doorstep crime
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Trading Standards Sep 13
Genuine traders will not call uninvited at your door and try to persuade you that work needs doing to your home or garden.
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Trading Standards Sep 13
Never agree to have work done over the telephone or in your home by a cold caller.
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Trading Standards Sep 13
Are rogue traders in your area? Report it to Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
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Trading Standards Sep 13
Reports of doorstep crime increase by 20% at this time of year so be vigilant: If you don’t know who is knocking at your door – DON’T OPEN THE DOOR.
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Trading Standards Sep 13
All 15 local authorities in the SW support the scheme which is helping to stamp out rogue traders. Find out more here:
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Trading Standards Sep 12
With kids back at school the countdown to Christmas begins. Before buying toys make sure they carry a CE mark and details of the manufacturer or importer.
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Trading Standards Sep 12
When you buy a new electrical product, register it with the manufacturer so you can be directly informed if there's a safety issue with it.
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Trading Standards Sep 12
If you've bought a product which is unsafe report it to by calling 03454 04 05 06.
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Trading Standards Sep 12
Buying electrical goods online? Check out this safety advice from before you buy:
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Trading Standards Sep 12
Avoid rogue traders and support those who’ve publicly committed to operating in a legal, honest and fair way by using approved businesses. Find a member here:
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Trading Standards Sep 12
This fake plug was found at a Dorset based importer. Manufactured in China and carrying safety markings it failed safety tests and was removed from sale. For more information on plugs see
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Trading Standards Sep 12
Buying online? Is the item much cheaper than you expected? Common electrical items reported as faulty or dangerous are: Electrical chargers Adaptors Extension leads Hairdryers, tongs and straighteners Kettles, toasters and irons For more info check:
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Trading Standards Sep 12
This fake RED Copper Chef was bought on eBay by a Dorset consumer. It melted on first use but was unplugged before a fire could start. Investigations by Dorset TS found it had insufficient electrical insulation increasing the risk of electric shock and fire. #TSSWWeek2019#safety
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Trading Standards Sep 12
A full list of product recalls and safety notices which have been made by traders about unsafe products is available here:
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Trading Standards Sep 12
To deter rogue traders, display a “No Cold Callers” sticker on your front door. Available from your local Trading Standards by calling Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.
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Trading Standards Sep 11
Don’t get caught out by a rogue trader. Use a reputable trader that has been approved and vetted by :
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Trading Standards Sep 11
Help protect your friends and family from scammers. Download our leaflet to recoginse when someone is being scammed and know what to do to help them:
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Trading Standards Sep 11
If you receive an offer that sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Find out the common scam warning signs and protect yourself from :
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