Bogus callers

PUBLISHED: 14:02 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:15 31 May 2010

BOGUS callers claiming to be selling advertising space in Essex police publications are preying on shopkeepers. The message from the police and Essex Trading Standards is not to commit to any advertising unless you are sure the magazine that is described

BOGUS callers claiming to be selling advertising space in Essex police publications are preying on shopkeepers.

The message from the police and Essex Trading Standards is not to commit to any advertising unless you are sure the magazine that is described is genuine.

The force's marketing manager Tina Starling said: "There are a number of genuine publications, such as community safety booklets, being produced at any one time on our behalf.

"If the publication is for

Essex Police, there will be a named officer in charge of the project and the advertising sales representative will be able to give you those details, which you should check before proceeding.

"Some bogus sales calls mention a diary or a magazine and if you are in any doubt, do not commit to anything."

Ms Starling added in some instances saying you would like to receive more information can land you with an invoice.

County Cllr Roger Walters, Executive Member for Trading Standards, said: "We advise businesses to have one person within the team who is responsible for taking calls offering advertising space, so they can be aware when a caller is not genuine.

"All members of staff must be aware of these types of call, and ensure that nobody makes any sort of commitment or credit card payment over the phone.

"If the caller becomes abusive or threatening then we advise to end the call immediately."

To get more information and advice, call Essex Trading Standards on 08456 037626.

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