Scammers target Suffolk households with bogus device

Consumers are being cold-called by rogue companies using aggressive sales tactics and offering substandard cold call...

Consumers are being cold-called by rogue companies using aggressive sales tactics and offering substandard cold call blockers Picture: GETTY IMAGES - Credit: Getty Images

Brazen scammers have been trying to dupe Suffolk residents into buying bogus devices designed to block nuisance calls.

Suffolk Trading Standards said it had received a number of reports of residents being targeted by rogue companies trying to sell a device to stop nuisance calls.

Some fraudsters have claimed to be calling from official central opt-out register, the Telephone Preference Service, or to be working with the government.

A Trading Standards spokesman said: “Call blocking services can be a useful tool in helping consumers screen out nuisance or unwanted calls. But we are seeing an increase in the bogus selling of these services.

“Consumers are being cold-called by rogue companies using aggressive sales tactics and often offering substandard cold call blockers. Or worse still, taking their money for no product or service in return.”

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For Ofcom’s comprehensive guide to identifying and dealing with nuisance calls, click here