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    Just a quick note to my fellow small business owners out there to warn /remind of a scam doing the rounds once more.

    Yesterday I get a call from a lovely sounding young lady claiming to represent a magazine called Community Aware, which is published by (in this case) Suffolk Police Community Policing Unit. After a bit of chat about the recent high crime levels in my area (news to me, it's very quiet here) we get to the crux of the call.
    Would I like to show my support by advertising in this magazine, etc....?

    When I point out that money is tight, suddenly she can offer me the medium sized ad for the small ad price....

    I agree I would be interested to know more so she lets me know the printers will soon call to confirm my interest.

    Within 15mins I get a call (from a mobile number) claiming to be the printer, confirming my 'order' , etc, etc.. however due to printing dealines once I agree, I cannot cancel. (Hmm, against Distance Selling Regulations methinks?)

    Today, the info pack arrives on the mat.... poster, sticker, welcome to the club stuff.... all nice and professional in appearance, complete with an invoice for £175. (10% discount if I settle within 7 days) (Distance Selling Regs again - where's the 14 day cooling off period?)

    Being ex-Forces I'm already a suspicious git, and so I wander down to the local ploddery to get their take on this.

    'Yes sir, it's a well known scam. As long as you haven't signed anything or parted with any money, bung it all in the bin and have no further contact with anyone who contacts you.'

    So beware. No UK Police Force cold calls for advertising purposes. Any genuine representative will provide full name, number, job title and will offer to let you call back via openly published Police switchboard numbers.

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    has anyone ever had a good outcome from being cold called by a salesperson.

    i am always sceptical and generally hate sales people anyway but no good ever comes from a cold call

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    No - I keep winning competitions I haven't even entered - I keep asking them to send me what I've won but nothing ever arrives - and the ex prisoners that keep calling trying to sell dusters I can get from our local Asda for a tenth of the price never seem very happy when I say no

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    Quote Originally Posted by J P S View Post
    has anyone ever had a good outcome from being cold called by a salesperson..
    Yeah, the sales people get 15% of the value of their cold call sales. I'd call that a good outcome for them

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    random sales merchants are all scammers in my book, phone down straight away here.
    get loads of junk email everyday asking me to sign into bank accounts to view urgent messages. these are "phishing" scams (god knows what the silly word means) -- but in a nutshell, just put them all straight into the junk folder because they are bad.
    never click on an email message/advert to log you into an account - that is always a scam.

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    Cheers mate, i will give them **** if they ring the work phone lol

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    Its suprising how many people fall for it though as they use the name of other well known companies or like in your case the police. Im getting 5/6 calls a day from one company whom said they are part of the AA called rapid response or something.....well I listened as im a full platnium member with AA. They tried to sell me personal travel insurance in any mode of transport including my own feet.......If im involved in an accident outside of my home at fault or not at fault I can claim on this policy, to make it more tasty so can my houshold inc my 2 year old twins lol....Yeah whats next insurance whilst taking a dump.
    Told em where to stick it but they call at least 3 times a day up to 6, had a call at 20:43 tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty84 View Post
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    Told em where to stick it but they call at least 3 times a day up to 6, had a call at 20:43 tonight.
    Ofcom allows 1 company to call a maximum of 3 times a day to each number. They are also only permitted to call between 8am and 9pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyandy-UK View Post
    I get a call (from a mobile number) claiming to be the printer, confirming my 'order' , etc, etc.. however due to printing dealines once I agree, I cannot cancel. (Hmm, against Distance Selling Regulations methinks?)
    This does not breach the DSR as the customer is a business
    The DSR only applies to retail sales, it does not apply to business transactions

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    This does not breach the DSR as the customer is a business
    The DSR only applies to retail sales, it does not apply to business transactions

    Yes, having just looked this up in more detail, you are quite right.

    However, even with that aside as the call claims to be for a magazine approved by and with the support of (your local) Police, which according to my local Police it is NOT, any claim for unpaid invoices that will surely follow is completely false. Apparently there will be claims for payment and then threats of court action to follow. Police advice - ignore.

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