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Bogus traders seen selling jewellery

PUBLISHED: 11:36 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 12:17 07 May 2010

Bogus traders have been reported selling jewellery around Norwich.

Bogus traders have been reported selling jewellery around Norwich and in Caister today.

Police are warning people to be on their guard after reports of men and women seen near to the Tesco supermarket in Yarmouth Road, Caister selling jewellery to shoppers.

An investigation had already been launched by Norfolk Constabulary after three reports of bogus traders selling jewellery in Norwich yesterday.

A man and woman were seen attempting to sell jewellery to passers-by in a nearby café on Hall Road at about 12.30pm.

The man was described as 6ft 2in tall, in his early 30s, with dark hair and was wearing a white T-shirt and black tracksuit bottoms. The female was described as having long dark hair in a pony tail, in her mid 20s to early 30s and a black vest top and blue skirt.

Then at 1.40pm on Drewray Drive in Taverham there were second reports of a man in his 30s selling gold jewellery. He was described as having dark coloured hair. A female with him was described as of being a stocky build and wearing dark clothing and had some neck chains in her hand. They were in a maroon car that was possibly a Vauxhall Vectra.

Two children were believed to be in the vehicle as well.

Then a third incident was reported at 8.15pm on Drayton High Road when one male and a female and a young boy, aged about 12, were in the car park of Asda approaching customers selling gold jewellery.

They were described as 35 years old. The woman was wearing a black and beige jumper and a white skirt.

A spokesman from Norfolk County Council's Trading Standards said: “Officers request that residents never agree to have work done, or buy goods from, someone that calls unannounced at their door, or approaches them on the street.

“Often such traders don't provide full names, trading addresses or contact telephone numbers, resulting in it being virtually impossible to trace them if there are any problems with the work or goods - which is all too often the case.

“Such traders often ask for cash upfront, and don't offer the entitled seven-day cancellation rights also.”

Anyone experiencing problems with traders, or needing further advice, can call the national consumer helpline Consumer Direct on 0845 440 506.

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