The BBB is reminding residents that springtime and early summer brings out the neighborhood Door Knockers. Sales groups will be blitzing neighborhoods, selling anything from magazines to fake home cleaning supplies.
One of the more worrisome Door Knockers in recent years has been those traveling through the area, selling Home Alarm System equipment and monitoring. In years past the BBB has received reports of “high pressure and fear selling practices.” These Home Alarm System salesmen were citing false police reports of recent burglaries that had not happened. Some home owners were mislead into signing a contract for a new system, before canceling the contract on their existing system, resulting in their having to pay for two different alarm systems at the same time.
The BBB is advising residents, when someone visits your property trying to sell you a product or service:
1.) You do not have to let them into your home.
2.) If you are not interested, say “good bye” and shut the door.”
3.) Individuals should provide credentials and identification.
4.) They should be able to display proof of a city-provided neighborhood solicitation permit.
5.) Ask if the company is local, regional, or national!
6.) Do not be misled by false police reports.
7.) Do not be pressured into signing a contract — if the deal is good today it will be good tomorrow.
8.) Be sure to completely read and understand any contract before signing, and remember your FTC, “right to cancel” a contract within 72 hours since it is signed at your home.
9.) Check with the Better Business Bureau for company information and Review.