WARNING – branded watches being sold from the back of a van in Ipswich
November 11, 2015 Leave a comment
UPDATE: 12th January 2016 – The ‘Globenfeld’ salesman has been out and about in Ipswich again, this time in the B&Q car park on Ransomes Euro Park, Ipswich. He was extremely convincing, claiming to work for Globenfeld as a Sales Manager and was based in London but he was up here for a promotion. Apparently he only had 5 watches left and he even showed his ‘customer’ a website and some promotional pictures.
The ‘customer’ got an absolute bargain paying just £40. Lucky man you might say but ask yourself why would someone be selling a watch for just £40 when the recommended retail prices start at £325 with most watches being sold for more than £400!
So if you are approached by any one selling anything in a car park do not buy it. Report the matter to Suffolk police by contacting the number 101 or by calling the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
UPDATE: 12th November 2015 – Today we’ve had another report of a smartly dressed man selling ‘Globenfeld’ watches, this time he was in the car park of Lloyds Bank on Bramford Road, Ipswich. A gentleman did purchase 3 of the ‘bargain’ watches but later found that the same watches were available for much less on-line – not such a bargain after all!
If you are approached by any one selling anything in a car park do not buy it and report it to the Police on 101.
11th Novemer 2015 – This afternoon we have received reports of a man selling ‘Globenfeld’ watches from the back of a Toyota Rav 4×4 style vehicle in the B&Q car park on Euro Retail Park in Ipswich. The vehicle was last seen heading towards the Ransomes Euro Park and Trading Standards Officers and local police are currently in the area.
Please be especially cautious of any individual who approaches you and offers to sell you something at an incredibly reduced price.
Trust your instincts – If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Anyone who is offered goods for sale out the back of a van, by a person who approaches them in the street, or uninvited at the doorstep, should be highly suspicious. Goods sold in this way may be stolen, counterfeit, unsafe or simply overpriced.
Our advice is simply never to deal with traders in this way.
Anyone who is suspicious of goods offered for sale in this way should report the matter to Suffolk police by contacting the number 101, or by calling the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.