THE organisation which will lead the digital TV switchover has warned Mid Cheshire residents not to get ripped off by opportunistic con artists.

In 2009, the Granada area will be one of the first regions to have its analogue television switched off and replaced with a digital system. But Digital UK, the body created to ensure the change runs smoothly, is warning that unscrupulous salespeople are trying to scam cash from residents.

A Digital UK spokesman said: 'We are aware some traders in Mid Cheshire are telling people they will need a digital aerial costing thousands of pounds.

This is not the case and we would advise anyone with concerns to contact us.'

* If you suspect you have been ripped off, call Consumer Direct on 08454 040506, or visit

For impartial advice, call Digital UK on 0845 650 5050, or visit