Door to Door Frauds and Scams
Our friends over at ABCs of Fraud have given us this great list of cues you should be aware of when dealing with a door-to-door sales person or charity representative.
“Red Flag” Phrases at the Door
- If you hear one of these phrases from someone at the door, think twice!
- I was driving by and noticed that your roof needs repair.
- I have some left-over materials I can sell you at cost.
- I’ll need a 50% down payment to purchase materials.
- I’m from the Gas Company and I need to inspect your furnace.
- I’m asking for a donation to a worthy cause. I’m only in the neighbourhood today, so I need your money now.
- I’m from the police. We think you may have received counterfeit money.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Did I initiate this meeting?
- Do I really need this product or service?
- What do I know about the company (e.g., location of headquarters, length of time in business?)
- Did I check the business license number with the local licensing commission or the Better Business Bureau?
- Have I called and received at least three written estimates for this service?
- Have I called and/or visited the references provided?
- Is the person requesting a donation a professional fundraiser or a volunteer?
- Do I know how much of my charitable donation is actually going to the charity?
- Have I called the police station to verify the police officer’s identity?
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