Not many of us are happy about door to door solicitors, but it becomes more frustrating knowing there are people who imposter legitimate solicitors in order to steal from you. Scam artists and thieves constantly employ new ways to deceive, steal and gain personal information or access to your home. They often target women and the elderly seeing them as an easier mark. Don’t be an easy target, learn what to look for to prevent theft and protect yourself.
Impersonating Legitimate Solicitors
Thieves impersonate representatives from legitimate organizations and try to gather personal information to steal your identity and money. Or, just to get you to open the door and rob you. Some of the most popular door knocking scams are imposters posing as:
- Census workers (since the census is only taken in years ending in “0” it would be an easy clue they are frauds!)
- Magazine Subscription Salesperson
- Charity Fundraisers
- Utility Company Worker
- Anyone using high pressure sales tactics to get you to buy today
Never feel compelled to open the door, especially if you do not know and trust the person other side. Look for a properly marked vehicle outside that matches the organization the person represents. St. Louis and most other areas require people selling products or services door to door to have a solicitor’s permit. Ask to see one anytime a solicitor arrives and never give money or information to someone without a valid permit or identification (such as a utility worker).
Security cameras and video surveillance with a security system help deter, identify and guard against home intruders and thieves. A security camera on your property may be enough to discourage a door knocker from your home. Local police suggest always keeping your doors locked, look through door peepholes, check security cameras and don’t let anyone in that you do not know. If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood call the local police and report it.
Contact Butler Durrell for a quote on a video security system and home monitoring.