Cold callers target OAPs

11 march 2011.'Amanda Goor leaves Leeds County Court today (friday) after answering charges brought by West Yorkshire Trading Standards.
11 march 2011.'Amanda Goor leaves Leeds County Court today (friday) after answering charges brought by West Yorkshire Trading Standards.
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THIS woman ran a company that has been caught preying on old and vulnerable people.

More than 40 complaints were lodged with Trading Standards against Amanda Goor’s Easynights Ltd, trading as Made to Measure.

Betty McGarroch, 82, of Leeds Road, was one of the company’s victims.

Mrs McGarroch was cold-called by Made to Measure and pressured into buying a vibrating mattress for £1,495 which turned out to be useless.

She is still waiting for a refund.

Mrs McGarrock said: “I just got this call and he said he was working in this area. I said I didn’t want a mattress but he insisted. It is a lot of money to lose.”

Goor, 30, of Middleton Road, Morley, was disqualified from being a director for five years in December 2009 for helping to cheat the elderly out of £3m while company secretary at More Than Mobility.

She was bound by undertakings restricting her business activities until 2021. Leeds County Court heard evidence from 20 witnesses, ranging from 69 to 95 years old on Friday.

Goor could be jailed for up to two years and fined an unlimited sum if she is found breaking consumer laws within that time.

The joint West Yorkshire Trading Standards and Yorkshire Scambusters investigation into Made To Measure was launched when victims, aged from 69 to 95, including eight with short-term memory loss, got in touch

Graham Hebblethwaite, chief officer of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “These individuals have taken advantage of elderly and in some cases extremely vulnerable people in their own homes and pressured them into buying vastly overpriced goods.

“In most cases the consumers did not want or need the goods, or they were totally unsuitable for their needs.

“This case should send out a warning message to any dishonest traders operating in the mobility sector and involved in doorstep sales within West Yorkshire. “

Anybody concerned about cold callers working in their area should telephone Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.