Saiko Kakuda (Reporter)
May 19, 2022 (Wood)
“Stop! Fraud” to think about measures to avoid being deceived by fraud.
The theme this time is “Be careful about visiting purchases!”
Home-visit purchase means that a trader visits your home and buys what you have at home.
Recently, troubles related to visiting purchases are increasing in the prefecture.
I will explain based on actual cases.
“I will buy anything”
According to the Prefectural Consumer Affairs Center, in October of last year (Reiwa 3), a man calling himself a visiting purchaser called “I will buy anything at home” at the home of a woman in her 90s who lives in the southern part of the prefecture. I’ve been.
The woman was told to buy everything, so she remembered that she had unnecessary tableware and told the man that she wanted to buy the tableware.
After that, the man visited the woman’s house, and when the woman showed the tableware at the front door, the man asked, “Is there anything else I would like to sell?”
The woman replied “no”, but the man forcibly went up to the house and began to investigate closets and chests of drawers.
The woman said, “I want you to stop,” but the man didn’t try to stop, and found the pearl earrings on the shelf and put them in his pocket.
The woman told her that she wanted her to be returned, and the pierced earrings returned, but the man’s behavior did not stop and she went up to the second floor of her house and was investigated.
In the end, the man left with a contract of 300 yen in cash as the purchase price, but when the woman examined the chest of drawers, it was found that precious metals such as rings and necklaces had disappeared.
The woman consulted with the police and the government office and was introduced to the Prefectural Consumer Affairs Center.
After that, the Prefectural Consumer Affairs Center gave the contractor a cooling-off period to unconditionally cancel the contract, canceled the contract, and returned the ring and necklace.
According to the Prefectural Consumer Affairs Center, there were 53 cases of troubles related to door-to-door sales in the prefecture in the 2nd year of Reiwa and 78 cases in the 3rd year of Reiwa.
Of these, the breakdown of consultations by age group in the 3rd year of Reiwa is 7 for those in their 60s, 18 for those in their 70s, and 19 for those in their 80s, increasing as the age goes up.
By the 18th of this year, 18 consultations have already been received.
To avoid trouble
First of all, it is important not to give a door-to-door sales agent to your house.
Sudden door-to-door sales are prohibited by the Japan Act of Specified Commercial Transactions.
Even if you make a phone call in advance, you will not be able to handle it by yourself, and if you are told to buy another one, refuse it.
Also, if you are sitting or forcibly coming home, call 110 and call the police.