Spring is in the air people in Montrose are being warned that the arrival of the season also, unfortunately, brings out cold callers.
As the weather improves, there is an annual increase in the number of reports of doorstep selling.
The advice from Angus Council trading standards is that consumers should consider very carefully before trading with doorstep sellers.
Dealing with cold callers can lead to a number of problems for residents.
These include being unable to contact the cold caller if there is a problem with the goods sold or any work after they have left, buying goods which may be counterfeit and any guarantees worthless, purchasing goods which turn out to be dangerous because they are cheap imitations or poor quality and being ripped-off as the price charged for any of the goods or services may not be turn out to be good value for money
All of this advice is particularly relevant if the cold caller wants to be paid in cash.
So whether you are paying to get gutters cleaned, a drive tarred, for tools or tidying hedges, be aware you may be throwing away money if you don’t know who you are dealing with or how to easily contact them when they leave your door.
Trading standards are also urging residents in the area to watch out for their neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable - often considered to be an easy target.
If you have doubts about doorstep callers contact trading standards via ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.
You can keep up to date on current scams by following @scamfreeangus on Twitter.
For further information on local, reliable traders, check out the Angus Reputable Traders Scheme whose members have been audited by trading standards. For more details you can telephone 01241 435600 or visit www.angus.gov.uk/traderscheme.