Bogus mobility equipment sellers warning

First published in Dudley Council Noticeboard

People in Dudley are being warned to be vigilant about bogus mobility equipment sellers.

safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership warn they usually target vulnerable and elderly people in the community, calling to arrange an appointment before visiting their home.

The caller will often claim to be working with social services and say a mobility assessment is due when they are actually companies who will send sales people to your home. They pressure people into buying equipment they could get for far less elsewhere.

Even if you have a disability or mobility needs, if you receive a call from someone you don’t know offering a mobility assessment or something similar, check with Dudley Council before making an appointment.

If you have any doubts call the bogus caller hotline 01384 812045 to report it.

Councillor Tim Wright, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said: “These scams are increasingly common and it’s important residents, particularly those who are vulnerable, are aware of the dangers of this scam. “Everyone in the borough can make use of the bogus caller hotline and we will investigate incidents of rogue trader activity from anywhere in the borough.

“With the support of residents, we can stamp out doorstep crime in Dudley.”

People who are struggling with activities of daily living can contact Dudley Council for an assessment by the Occupational Therapy Team at home or at the council’s assisted living centre. To request an assessment or for advice contact the team on 0300 555 0055.

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