Don’t let fish rogues catch you

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IT sounds like the set-up to a joke, but people are being ripped off for hundreds of pounds by doorstep scammers selling fish.

Residents and Derbyshire and Sheffield have complained about callers who show a piece of white fish claiming it’s ‘cheaper than supermarket prices’.

Householders believe they are only buying a few pieces but are handed a massive bag and a bill for £100.

Kevin Parkinson of Derbyshire County Council, said: “Trading Standards officers have had calls where elderly residents have been pressured into making a purchase and end up with a large bill and a freezer full of fish they do not want. The people selling the fish are unlikely to return to the area and rarely give a receipt so their business premises are impossible to trace. Consumers buying in this way should have a legal right to cancel within seven days. In a situation like this it is virtually worthless.

“The buyer doesn’t know the quality of product when it is a one-off purchase. If something appears too good to be true, it usually is. We’d advise people to buy from their local shop or supermarket, or mobile fishmongers who regularly visit their area.”

Call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0845 04 05 06.