Scam alert for Dyson vacuum cleaner ownersCold calling 'engineers' are bogus, warns Dyson
08 December 2010
Dyson is warning customers to be wary of a scam involving bogus companies offering vacuum cleaner servicing whilst masquerading as official Dyson engineers.
Around 760 Dyson owners have been conned into paying up to £150 for a vacuum cleaner service, after being 'badgered by sales calls' claiming to be from Dyson, either over the phone or on the doorstep.
Dyson says in many cases customers are being charged more than originally quoted for the service - which is itself often carried out to a poor standard or with non-genuine parts - and then offered other products to buy.
Dyson told Which? it believes households are being contacted at random, in the hope they have a Dyson appliance, before being told their vacuum cleaner is due a service.
Dyson vacuum cleaner servicing scam
Cases have been reported across the UK and Ireland, with particular hotspots in Belfast, Reading, Newcastle, Guildford and Leicester.
Around 25 bogus companies have already been identified, and Dyson is asking customers to report unsolicited calls to trading standards. It's not yet known if or how these companies are connected.
According to Dyson, a genuine Dyson engineer won't come to your home unless you've called them, never makes cold calls and never passes information to third parties.
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