A COUNCIL is warning of the risks of doorstep scams.

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is marking the end of Scam Awareness month by warning residents of the risks of cold-callers.

Doorstep fraud comprises 13% of all scams nationally and often targets vulnerable members of the public.

Lionel Barnard, WSCC’s cabinet member for residents services, said: “The cold-callers put homeowners under huge strain and can offer a wide range of promises that are extremely appealing – predominantly at cheap and affordable prices.

“As a consumer, you are given a lot of information at great speed before being put under uncomfortable pressure to make an immediate decision.

“On the other hand, honest businesses would be happy to provide you with a quote and allow you time to think about it.”

Anyone facing problems with doorstep callers is urged to call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.