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Mobility aids scams threaten elderly, says OFT

Elderly and disabled people face risks from unscrupulous traders offering stairlifts and other mobility aids on the doorstep, a watchdog is warning.

The Office of Fair Trading is promising to try to stamp out unfair sales practices, by removing credit licences and encouraging trading standards officers to prosecute.

The watchdog said it had received thousands of complaints.

Some have overpaid by hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

Simon Gompertz reports.

  • 29 Sep 2011
  • From the section UK