OLDER people at a charity coffee morning were tricked into buying fake John Lewis luxury duvets.
Police said a man in his 40s had been selling the items from a blue van outside the Swinton event on December 2.
Andy Foster, South Yorkshire Police’s Lifewise project officer, said: “When the products were opened later in the day, they were not as advertised.
“The quality was very poor and the senior citizens who bought them were frustrated and disappointed that they had been scammed.
“This type of scam tends to happen this time of year due to the colder weather.”
He added: “Buying goods from the back of a van or people cold calling by telephone or at the door is always a risky business.
“If things go wrong there is little or no redress if the trader can’t be found. Bargains always seem tempting but if it sounds too good to be true it usually is.”