As the weather warms up, you’re likely to get more activity on your doorstep. First – be aware that commercial solicitors are required to have licenses/IDs, and you don’t have to be shy about asking to see them, if you choose to answer the door. Second, if you put up a “No Solicitors” sign, solicitors who ignore it are breaking the law. (City rules on “residential sales” are here.) 2 door-to-door reports from the WSB inbox, ahead, plus a phone-scam alert, received via e-mail:
From Brian tonight:
Last night around 6 pm two men went door-to-door in the 53rd Ave SW / Genesee neighborhood. They were ostensibly involved in some type of magazine subscription sales. One man would approach the door while the other stood in the street watching. The man at the door became very aggressive when one neighbor tried to politely express non-interest. Either poorly trained or just plain shady, they are definitely worth avoiding if you can!
And Kaela sent this last night:
Not sure if this is anything to be concerned about or not, but wanted to let you know. Today at about 2 pm a tall thin African American male in his early 20s wearing a blue zip-up fitted hoodie and khaki pants came to my door (on California just south of Morgan Junction) with a laminated written pitch on a clipboard about earning points for being polite or something and a wrinkled half page of signatures. I interrupted him and said I’ve seen this before and it sounds really sketchy, so I’m not interested. He said it’s not sketchy, it’s backed by the Better Business Bureau. I said no thanks, he mumbled something and left. Maybe he was casing the neighborhood?
Just checked the city maps - no burglaries reported in that area yesterday or today, so far. Speaking of the maps – more information on the city’s online resources for crime info/stats, coming up later tonight in our report on the latest West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network meeting. Meantime, Lola shared this scam alert:
Just got an e-mail saying that cell-phone numbers on the Do Not Call Register have to be renewed and giving an 888 number tocall. According to the DNCR home page, cellphone numbers DON’T have to be renewed:
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