Warning after scammers target resident with fake mattresses

Lincolnshire Trading Standards have issued a warning after a resident was targeted with a fake memory foam mattress. ANL-170220-104028001
Lincolnshire Trading Standards have issued a warning after a resident was targeted with a fake memory foam mattress. ANL-170220-104028001

Rogue traders have been operating in the Skegness area selling fake memory foam mattresses.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards has issued a warning after a resident, who doesn’t want to be named, was caught out by a cold-caller.

The resident said: “It sounded like an absolute bargain - £130 for a new mattress!

“As soon as I got the mattress inside and took off the plastic packaging, it was quite clear it wasn’t new.

“It didn’t seem to have any of the official markings. I was worried it wasn’t safe – it could have dangerous chemicals on it or not be fire safe.

“I didn’t want it in my house – so its now sitting at the tip and I’m £130 out of pocket.” Angela Kane, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: ”We have major concerns to whether these mattresses are safe products. They may have been manufactured without any thought for safety despite there being strict flammability rules that need to be followed in the event of a fire.

“Our advice is to never buy from cold callers.”

If you have been approached by rogue traders, contact Lincolnshire Trading Standards through the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.

For more consumer advice, visit: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards,follow us on Twitter @lincsts or find us on Facebook under Lincolnshire Trading Standards.