Macedon Ranges warns of fake door-knockers

Macedon Ranges council is warning residents to be wary of door-knockers claiming to conduct safety checks in the home on its behalf.

In a Facebook post, council said it had received reports of people door-knocking houses in Gisborne asking to check fire safety and complete energy audits.

“Council doesn’t conduct or authorise contractors to do such audits on our behalf,” council said.

Council suggested a list of tips to avoid door-to-door scams:

• Always ask people for identification.

• Be cautious of anyone who demands up-front payment or offering ‘today only’ deals.

• Do not provide personal or billing information.

• You can say no and ask them to leave at any time.

• If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

• The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has a ‘Do not knock’ sign you can print and display to tell sales agents not to visit your home.