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Local residents across the Falkirk area are being warned to be vigilant after a recent incident in Bo’ness of cold calling where a male claimed he was part of the Trusted Traders Scheme offering financial grants for external work to a property.

Falkirk Council Trading Standards has issued the warning believing the male (described as wearing a high visibility orange jacket) may target other areas and potentially con members of the public.

Councillor Laura Murtagh, spokesperson for Public Protection said: “Many people are tricked into handing over money or their financial details to criminals intent on deceiving the public through cold calling.

“Anyone not expecting a cold caller should politely but firmly tell them  that you do not need or want their services and should leave.

“You can report any suspicious activity to Trading Standards on 01324 506070 or Police Scotland on 101.”

Consumers can use websites to get information on reliable traders such as Buy With Confidence and can obtain no cold calling window stickers via Falkirk Council’s contact centre on 01324 506070.