One negative result of the improving weather in the area will probably be the increase of a nuisance that can cost you thousands of dollars — the door-to-door salesperson.
We’ve all experienced this annoyance. They usually arrive when you’re sitting down to dinner or to watch some television. Or you’re just leaving the house, you’re in a hurry, and the last thing you want to do is listen to a sales pitch from someone who invited themselves onto your property.
Even worse, some of these individuals are scam artists and are after your money. A particularly popular trend these days is the salesperson on your front porch trying to convince you that you need a new water heater.
They can be aggressive, manipulative, hard to get rid of, and they’ll tell you they need to come into your house to look at your water heater or one of your utility bills.
No doubt there are legitimate door-to-door salespeople who aren’t out to trick you into buying something you don’t need. They may be a nuisance, but they aren’t thieves.
On the other hand there are also scam artists that homeowners need to be aware of.?The OPP recently warned residents that “if you have a salesperson arrive at your home and offer something that seems too good to be true, it likely is.”
The OPP continued, “You should be wary of anyone coming to your door uninvited, with the purpose of saving you money, offering you products to protect your health or offering a deal on household appliances even though you haven’t called for their help.”
Dealing with such scam artists might be difficult — they can be rude and refuse to take no for an answer. But you always have the option of slamming the door or doing your best Clint Eastwood “get off my lawn” impersonation.
If a so-called “salesperson” shows up at your front door and you are suspicious of his or her intentions, call the police. There is a wealth of information about current popular scams at www.antifraudcentre.ca
Educate yourself and don’t be a victim.