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Common Door to Door Scams and How to Avoid Them


On August 17, 2017 By admin

It seems common these days to have someone knock on your door to try and sell you items or services. How can you tell if it is a legitimate cause, or someone just trying to scam you. Here are a few of the most common door scams:

Door to Door Energy Scams: Summer is prime time for energy salesman to come knocking on everyone’s door. While most are legitimate, there are a few people that try to take advantage of how popular the market is, and try to scam people. The salesmen most likely will ask to see your electricity bill, and end up tricking you into switching energy providers without your permission. Don’t ever give your information out if you feel uncomfortable. It’s always a good idea to check with your current energy company to find out if the salesman is reputable. They should be aware of current scammers and can help you know if it’s ok to give out your information or to steer clear of them.

Door to Door Donation Scams: These scammers play to your heart strings. Someone will come to your front door and seek for donations in certain organizations’ name. This will most often happen after a disaster, where there is a specific charitable cause that everyone is aware of. Don’t ever give your information out to a person that you don’t know. Online donations are more secure to help your information not be used in an unlawful way.

Door to Door Art Scams: A group of young people, claiming to be international art students, tell you that they are trying to raise funds for their tuition and art supplies by selling their own piece. This is one you will definitely want to avoid. Don’t give your information, or donations to organizations unless you have researched and know it is a legal, legitimate cause.

Door to Door Survey Scams: The door to door fraudsters knock on your door and claim to be taking a survey for an election or a health department for wellness checks. The door to door census scams are the typical examples.

Door to Door Home Maintenance Scams: These scams include free roof maintenance, carpet cleaning, window cleaning etc….These salesman can be using this as an opportunity to case your home and possibly come back later. Don’t every let anyone into your home that you don’t know. Don’t put your home and family in jeopardy just for a free carpet cleaning.

You can take action against these types of scams by placing signs at or around your front door. Some good signs are:

    • “No Solicitors” sign or “No Trespassing” sign
    • “Be Aware of Dogs” sign
    • “Baby Sleeping” sign
    • “Please no canvassers” or “We don’t donate at the door”
    • “We actively research politics, please don’t knock”

These signs are easy to attain by searching the web. Many companies sell a variety of signs that can help you to avoid scammers knocking on your door. These are also very easy to make and add your own personal touch to.

Another very good way to avoid answering your door and seeing a salesman standing there is by having security cameras outside of your house and front door. There are so many amazing features that cameras can do now. Linking to your phones or computers, you can actually interact with anyone at your door before having to open it and talk to them face to face. CalAtlantic has a variety of security cameras that can help make your day feel less stressed and your home more secure.

A good thing to remember is that anything someone is selling door to door is not urgent. You do not have to make your decision immediately. If you are interested in what they are selling, ask them to leave their information and that will give you time to check their credentials.


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