Peterborough City Council's Trading Standards department are warning
local businesses to be on their guard against unsolicited invoices,
following a number of complaints they have received.
The most recent complaints have been
from businesses who have received a telephone call from someone trying
to sell till rolls and although they have not placed orders, till
rolls have later arrived, along with invoices for £200.
It appears that once these telephone
sales staff have a named individual within a business they then use
that name to send the goods and the invoice.
It is thought the invoices originate
in Canada, and The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are liaising
with the Canadian authorities to try to stop them. However, it is
emphasised that in cases that originate outside the UK it is unlikely
that action can be taken by Trading Standards.
Nick Garnham, Section Head of Trading
Standards for the Peterborough City Council, said, "We would urge
local businesses to be alert to this latest scam and not to fall into
the trap of paying for goods they have neither ordered or do not
Meanwhile the advice from Peterborough
City Council's Trading Standards department is:
Do not order supplies from unknown
If you receive unsolicited goods,
retain them unused, notify the sender that they are unsolicited,
and make them available for collection.
Do not pay invoices if the goods
Keep copies of all correspondence
Peterborough City Council Trading
Standards can be contacted on 01733 453532 for advice.