House-holders warned about Nottingham Knockers

First published in Southend

HOUSE-HOLDERS are being warned about 'Nottingham Knockers' working in the area.

Trading Standards has recently become aware that a group of young door-to-door salesmen which has been targeting households across the borough.

Named after a scam originating in Nottingham, they travel across the UK targeting a town at a time.

They knock at doors and claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, before trying to sell the householder everyday household products at very high prices.

Southend Crimes & Disorder Reduction Partnership is advising people not to buy from them.

David Baxter, of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Trading Standards team, said: “Many people who sell things on the doorstep, on the phone and even in your home are legitimate traders, but unfortunately some aren't. Rogue traders may use illegal pressure selling tactics to make people buy and they can ignore their legal rights.

“Remember it’s your doorstep and your decision. If you feel pressured for any reason, ask the person to leave.”

Mick Armstrong, Essex Police Crime Reduction Officer for Southend, added: "These Nottingham Knockers work in groups across the country but they are not necessarily involved in any officially recognised offender rehabilitation programmes.

“There are several national charities that do excellent work with offenders and ex- offenders and you can be confident your donations will be properly used.”

Trading Standards has issued the following ten top tips to help you stay safe when approached by unsolicited callers:

1. Don’t sign on the spot Don't feel pressured to agree on the spot - if you are interested in what they are selling, you can ask them to come back at another time that is more convenient for you, maybe when you have someone else with you or you've shopped around.

2. Check the trader's identity Always ask for an identity card and look up the organisation to check the salesperson's identity is genuine. Don't use the number on their card. Check if the trader is a member of a reputable trade body, like the Direct Selling Association, whose members should ensure their salespeople sell responsibly.

3. Be wary of special offers or warnings about your home Don't get taken in by sales banter or high pressure selling techniques. Don't be hurried into a decision even if there is a discount. The discount might be on a price that is too high in the first place.

4. Always shop around for the best price Check with other companies offering the same product first. Make sure the price and product is right for you.

5. Read the small print Always read documents carefully before you sign them and make sure you fully understand your rights. It's best to ask salespeople to call back so you can do this in your own time - don't be rushed into signing before you feel ready.

6. Double check the facts Make sure you fully understand the total costs of the transaction - including estimates, delivery and installation and the arrangements for after-sales servicing, such as the guarantees or warranties. Only agree to make a purchase once you’re entirely satisfied that the transaction is acceptable.

7. Talk to someone you trust for a second opinion Take the time to talk to someone you trust - for example your family, a friend or carer - before you sign anything.

8. Don’t hand over a cash deposit Avoid handing over money before work is started. A reliable trader will never ask you to do this (even if they need materials). Never agree to go with a trader to the bank to take money out.

9. Think very carefully before you agree to a trader starting any work straight away If you agree to have any work done or goods delivered within the seven day cooling-off period, you may have to pay if you later change your mind and cancel the contract.

10. Trust your instincts If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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4:24pm Wed 19 Dec 12

susie5 says...

I have a notice on my door stating "Stop, No Salesmen, No Canvassers,
No Cold Callers, No Religious Bodies". It is bold and colourful and takes care of all possible unsolicited calls. It also gives me the right to sigh heavily and close the door on those rude enough to ignore the message.
I have a notice on my door stating "Stop, No Salesmen, No Canvassers, No Cold Callers, No Religious Bodies". It is bold and colourful and takes care of all possible unsolicited calls. It also gives me the right to sigh heavily and close the door on those rude enough to ignore the message. susie5
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4:28pm Wed 19 Dec 12

soul man says...

put on the door, all northeners keep away
put on the door, all northeners keep away soul man
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7:51pm Wed 19 Dec 12

silverleaf48 says...

not all northeners are bad i'm a southener
not all northeners are bad i'm a southener silverleaf48
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8:47pm Wed 19 Dec 12

DogsMessInLeigh says...

I knew a girl from Nottingham who had great knockers.
I knew a girl from Nottingham who had great knockers. DogsMessInLeigh
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11:58pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Goldilocks1 says...

I had a male knocker who claimed he was an ex prisoner, I bought something from him but didn't pay him the price he asked, it was something I had seen for £9.99 so that is what I paid, he did have an identity card, I'm pleased with what I bought though, seen it on TV for £9.99. But I will get a sign up now for no Salesmen & so on.
I had a male knocker who claimed he was an ex prisoner, I bought something from him but didn't pay him the price he asked, it was something I had seen for £9.99 so that is what I paid, he did have an identity card, I'm pleased with what I bought though, seen it on TV for £9.99. But I will get a sign up now for no Salesmen & so on. Goldilocks1
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12:36am Thu 20 Dec 12

maddriver says...

Perhaps Trading Standards could let us know the type of goods these people are selling. Judging by the advice they give they sound like extremely expensive items and not normally the type of things sold door to door.
Perhaps Trading Standards could let us know the type of goods these people are selling. Judging by the advice they give they sound like extremely expensive items and not normally the type of things sold door to door. maddriver
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12:55am Thu 20 Dec 12

alert says...

I can tell you I got catch and gave one £2 . He stuff was too expensive so it was a tip for him cloths pack of 3 for £9.99 gardening mats gloves ironing board covers etc in a large sports bag they were in billericay about 2 wks ago.said he got 10% for every thing he sold and if he done well may get a job from it and I'd like to think I'm savvy I've been done.tattoos on his neck young about 19/20 yrs old
I can tell you I got catch and gave one £2 . He stuff was too expensive so it was a tip for him cloths pack of 3 for £9.99 gardening mats gloves ironing board covers etc in a large sports bag they were in billericay about 2 wks ago.said he got 10% for every thing he sold and if he done well may get a job from it and I'd like to think I'm savvy I've been done.tattoos on his neck young about 19/20 yrs old alert
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9:25am Thu 20 Dec 12

madmax1 says...

David Baxter scaremongering to justify his job yet again.

"trying to sell the householder everyday household products at very high prices"

Then says :

"Trust your instincts If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!"

Make up your mind are they over charging or selling cheap goods which you seem to be saying are stolen?

Basically a group of ex offenders are selling products door to door to make some cash, they are not killing, raping or burgling and if any of the products were stolen I think its safe to say it would be covered in this article (Knowing the echo on the front page!).

So what if you can spend a few hours rummaging the internet to attempt to find the item slightly cheaper (even when postal charges is included) ? They have products, they have every right to make a margin and if its a good deal for an item you need then purchase it. If not just say sorry not for me and close the door.
David Baxter scaremongering to justify his job yet again. "trying to sell the householder everyday household products at very high prices" Then says : "Trust your instincts If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!" Make up your mind are they over charging or selling cheap goods which you seem to be saying are stolen? Basically a group of ex offenders are selling products door to door to make some cash, they are not killing, raping or burgling and if any of the products were stolen I think its safe to say it would be covered in this article (Knowing the echo on the front page!). So what if you can spend a few hours rummaging the internet to attempt to find the item slightly cheaper (even when postal charges is included) ? They have products, they have every right to make a margin and if its a good deal for an item you need then purchase it. If not just say sorry not for me and close the door. madmax1
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10:36am Thu 20 Dec 12

susie5 says...

I must admit that some years ago I bought a couple of items (one,a feather duster) from someone who said that he was unemployed etc. They were a little expensive but are still as good as when I bought them.
I must admit that some years ago I bought a couple of items (one,a feather duster) from someone who said that he was unemployed etc. They were a little expensive but are still as good as when I bought them. susie5
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5:37pm Thu 20 Dec 12

runwellian says...

I have a note on my door,
If you haven't been invited ... don't knock!

Unsolicited callers will be reported to the police!

I look through my curtain to see who is calling at my door and if I don't them, I walk away without answering the door!

I never attempt to answer my door after dark!

Problem is some folk can't read!
I have a note on my door, If you haven't been invited ... don't knock! Unsolicited callers will be reported to the police! I look through my curtain to see who is calling at my door and if I don't them, I walk away without answering the door! I never attempt to answer my door after dark! Problem is some folk can't read! runwellian
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8:32pm Thu 20 Dec 12

DogsMessInLeigh says...

susie5 wrote:
I must admit that some years ago I bought a couple of items (one,a feather duster) from someone who said that he was unemployed etc. They were a little expensive but are still as good as when I bought them.
But then he would be self employed(sales)..or employed(sales) and earning something...so he was lying somewhat.
[quote][p][bold]susie5[/bold] wrote: I must admit that some years ago I bought a couple of items (one,a feather duster) from someone who said that he was unemployed etc. They were a little expensive but are still as good as when I bought them.[/p][/quote]But then he would be self employed(sales)..or employed(sales) and earning something...so he was lying somewhat. DogsMessInLeigh
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8:06am Fri 21 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

A little birdie told me that a number of burglars were caught in Leigh on Sea recently all from Nottingham!

Although that could be wrong!
A little birdie told me that a number of burglars were caught in Leigh on Sea recently all from Nottingham! Although that could be wrong! Brunning999
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8:49am Fri 21 Dec 12

Son of Stropmag says...

susie5 wrote:
I must admit that some years ago I bought a couple of items (one,a feather duster) from someone who said that he was unemployed etc. They were a little expensive but are still as good as when I bought them.
Have you tried using them?
[quote][p][bold]susie5[/bold] wrote: I must admit that some years ago I bought a couple of items (one,a feather duster) from someone who said that he was unemployed etc. They were a little expensive but are still as good as when I bought them.[/p][/quote]Have you tried using them? Son of Stropmag
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