Just received a door-to-door alert that, as its sender notes, could be legitimate, but the hour and the subject seemed odd to her; we also have had one in queue about a magazine seller. Read on for both:
First, just received from Emily:
A guy in a Comcast hat & shirt just came to my apartment wondering how I like my service. I live in the Fairmount Park area. The first problem was, I don’t have Comcast and never have. The second problem was he had a list of names and addresses of people who apparently have the service. I could have been completely legitimate, but it was very strange to have someone inquire like that at 8 at night, door-to-door. Just thought I would let you know!
This one came in a few days ago:
Had a young man at my door this evening trying to sell magazines for La familia. He was the same guy who came to my door last year, must have thought I would not have remembered him. He was not aggressive; however, did not want to leave in spite of me telling him I couldn’t do anything for him. I googled ‘La familia’ and saw the archive from Sept 2010 blog, the description matches him perfectly. Anyway, I haven’t seen a posting on the blog and thought it would be worth noting and referencing last year’s entries as well. There has been a lot of crime in the area lately and having someone going door-to-door isn’t a confidence booster. We all know that door-to-door sales is a very low yield occupation even IF it is legitimate.
Here’s the reports from this time last year. Always ask door-to-door sellers for a license, which city law requires; the name “La Familia” is used by at least one company that’s in the Better Business Bureau database – read about it here.