Warning over mobile garden furniture sellers

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team is warning members of the public NOT to deal with a mobile gang selling garden furniture from a white hire van bearing the “Enterprise Rental” logo.

The warning follows the first reports of the gang approaching residents in Feock this afternoon.

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Leanne McLean, Trading Standards Officer said; “This isn’t the first time a mobile gang has visited Cornwall selling various items such as power tools or mattresses from the back of a van. Typically the gang will claim that they have excess stocks to sell, items left over from new-build properties or some similar excuse. Cold calling to offer garden furniture is a new version but the same risks and warnings apply.

“In reality there is no idea where the garden furniture has come from, no guarantee as to the quality and even a risk that it may be second-hand. They certainly will not be a bargain.

“And, of course, the gang will be here today and gone tomorrow so any guarantee they promise will be worthless and there will be no chance of getting a refund if problems are found.”

The advice from Cornwall Council Trading Standards is clear: NEVER deal with anyone offering goods from the back of a van or from anyone who knocks at the door without an appointment.

If anyone sees the gang they are advised to have nothing to do with them.

Posted June 28, 2019