Businesses in the Moorlands are urged to be on their guard following bogus phone calls being made by people selling advertising for a fictional Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services safety magazine.
“We do not know who this man is, where he is calling from or what his purpose is but it is clear he is not what he claims to be. Here at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service we do not cold call, we will never call from a withheld number and we will not get rude or aggressive. “
Last week a pub in Biddulph received a call from a man claiming to be her local fire officer, who then tried to pressure her into buying advertising in a magazine supposedly highlighting fire safety and drink driving.
The caller became rude and aggressive when the woman politely declined the offer to advertise and he then implied she had already made a booking and needed to pay upfront. The lady again declined to pay for any advertising and the man, claiming to be a ‘Mr Jones’ abruptly ended the call. The lady was unable to trace the call.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is now warning people who are contacted by this man, or anyone else making similar claims, to contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 immediately.
Risk Reduction Manager, David Steele, said: “We do not know who this man is, where he is calling from or what his purpose is but it is clear he is not what he claims to be.
“Here at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service we do not cold call, we will never call from a withheld number and we will not get rude or aggressive. “
Brian Mycock, Head of Consumer Support at Staffordshire County Council said: “This is another case of rogue traders making pressurised sales calls, this time targeting businesses. These bogus callers commonly offer poor quality, sub-standard goods at a high price or can be using tactics to gain knowledge of a business in an attempt to profit. We are working closely with colleagues at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to stamp out this activity in the local area and we ask people to contact Consumer Direct if they are aware of any suspicious activity.”
The warning comes following a similar incident in Leek in March, when a pub owner was contacted by an individual trying to pressure him into booking a fire assessment. Again the caller got quite rude and aggressive when the publican became suspicious.