BARNT Green residents are being warned to be on their guard after reports of door-to-door scammers operating in the area, writes Louise Newton.
A man claiming to be an ‘ex-prisoner’ was reported to the police for selling cleaning products in Edgewood Drive by using a piece of laminated paper as identification.
He was about 25 years old, white, 5ft 9ins tall and had brown hair and a beard.
It is suspected to be a ‘Nottingham Knocker’ scam – a fictional group whereby fraudsters say they are reformed criminals, selling items to help them make a new start.
Often the goods on offer are low quality, cheap items at inflated prices and it has also been suggested some ‘knockers’ gather information for future crime activity.
Residents who buy these items do not have the same consumer protection they would have if they were buying them from a high street store or a reputable online company.
People should alert friends, family, and elderly or vulnerable neighbours to keep them safe.
To legally sell products door-to-door a valid Pedlars Licence is needed.
Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.