We have had reports locally of people trying to sell various products out of the back of a van, now Police Scotland have issued a warning about bogus callers.
Police Scotland has received several reports of groups of bogus callers attending at the homes of people in Fraserburgh and the surrounding area and are warning the public to be aware.
The callers have typically attended in panel vans and have been offering householders tools and equipment for sale from the rear of the vans.
Some residents have spent over £500 and on closer inspection have found the tools did not work, are not the make they purport to be or are simply inferior quality.
PC Kev Marron, Crime Reduction Officer, said
Police Scotland is committed to tackling doorstep crime and take a serious course of action in relation to all aspects of it.
In this case there is a concern that some of these tools are not safe for use. We would never encourage anyone in our communities to purchase items on their doorstep as it could cost them a lot of money for poor quality goods, they could unwittingly be guilty of handling stolen items or putting themselves or others in danger. Often items that seem the genuine article are actually counterfeit.
With the help of the public we can discourage criminals from attending at our homes. Often these type of criminals are involved in other criminal activities and residents should refrain from buying items. This, in turn, will help to discourage criminals from coming into our communities. We want the people in our communities to assist us in making the North-east a hostile environment for criminals.
If anyone has any information regarding bogus callers or doorstep crime they should advise Police Scotland by telephoning 101.