Derbyshire’s Probation Service is urging residents to be vigilant about bogus door-to-door salespeople.
The warning follows reports of people posing as ex-offenders or offenders trying to sell products or services door-to-door who claim to be working for a project backed by the Service.
But Derbyshire Probation has no such scheme and their advice is not to buy from salespeople who claim to be part of this project.
Anyone being approached in this way should immediately contact police on 101, the non emergency number, giving as much detail as possible about the person and the business they claim to represent.
Derbyshire police urge people to always ask to see identification when a stranger calls at the door, or ring the company they claim to be from to make sure they are who they say they are.