FREE legally worded 'no cold caller' signs
To help, we've designed a free-to-print; Trading Standards approved "no cold callers" sign. While the printout is colour, it's designed for easy printing in black and white too.
It's a criminal offence
Recent guidance we've had from Trading Standards says ignoring a sticker may be a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. While untested in court, it's been agreed by a QC so we've added this to our sign. If they knock when they shouldn't, there can be no argument.
Where to stick it?
The best place is on your front door, but as it's a printout, the colour may run. Tape over the small one, or put it in a clear plastic folder and stick that. Or if you’ve glass doors, stick it on the inside to protect from the elements.
When we polled MoneySavers, a huge 42%
said charities think no cold caller signs don't apply to them.
If you don't want them either, we have special MSE No Cold Caller signs. If they knock and you open the door, just point at the sign before politely closing it. Note though, these aren't Trading Standards approved, as they aren't traders.
Get the MSE sign:
As Trading Standards says, it's a criminal offence for traders (not charities/religious groups) to ignore cold calling signs under the regulations on our sign. If they persist, complain to the company and to Trading Standards.Energy sales staff must obey 'no cold caller' signs
Energy sales people are rife, promising to save you money (outrageously, some even say they're backed by 'Martin Lewis' or this site). It's actually the worst way to switch energy - do it right via the Cheap Gas & Elec guide.
In 2010, after pressure from Consumer Focus and Trading Standards, the big six energy companies agreed their sales people would not knock on doors with 'no cold caller' signs.In October 2011 this officially became part of the EnergySure Code of Practice, though the policy was already active, with this new term: