SWINDLES, stings and scams and how to avoid them will be the theme at the Devon Trading Standards Roadshow when it comes to the Ilfracombe Centre on Thursday (November 6.) Experts will be on hand to answer consumers' queries or concerns about goods or ser

SWINDLES, stings and scams and how to avoid them will be the theme at the Devon Trading Standards Roadshow when it comes to the Ilfracombe Centre on Thursday (November 6.)Experts will be on hand to answer consumers' queries or concerns about goods or services they have paid for, contracts entered into and what the law says about it all."Devon Trading Standards deals with a range of issues from food standards to fair trading and farm animal health and welfare," said Peter Greene, Fair Trading Manager.Targets often included the elderly or vulnerable, he said, with scams including the offer of building work or letters claiming wins in overseas lotteries resulting in the theft of thousands of pounds.One local action following the DTS Scamwise campaign saw a stair lift installer found guilty of deception and theft, telling his elderly customers their lifts were irreparable in order to sell them a new one.Not only did the promised new machine not arrive, but the old models were removed and sold on, leaving some people virtual prisoners in their own homes.There is no need for an appointment to attend Thursday's roadshow and the drop in service is at the centre from 10am-4pm.Alternatively, consumers can have their questions answered by calling Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 (call free from the Ilfracombe Centre) or email enquiries@consumerdirect-southwest.gov.uk.