Our View: Warm weather scammers spring into action
For the past week, magazine sellers have been going door-to-door proposing to raise money for nonprofit groups. Although the sellers claim to be local, they are actually part of traveling groups working for a for-profit company.
Before you buy, be sure you know and trust the seller. And, nonprofit organizations which use such fundraisers will typically provide the seller with some form of proof, such as a letter of endorsement. Most importantly, remember that in North Carolina you have three days to cancel certain purchases, such as those made door-to-door, even after you sign a contract.
Other scammers to watch for are more subtle. Boone police officers report that distraction thefts are on the rise. In these scenarios, two people typically work as a team to wheedle their way into your home, perhaps by posing as utility workers or inspectors. Once in, one of the thieves will keep you distracted while another performs the thefts.
Before you let anyone into your home, demand identification. If in doubt, don't let them in. Keeping your back door locked will prevent entry that way if you are detained at the front of the house.And, if you encounter a situation such as phony salesmen or distraction thieves, you can help your neighbors by calling the Boone Police Department at (828) 268-6900.