Consumer Alert: Door-to-door salesmen

August 14, 2008 11:44:07 AM PDT
Fayetteville residents may have recently noticed an increase in door to door sales people attempting to sale home alarm systems. The Police Department would like to offer the following information to citizens to assist when dealing with these types of situations:
  • Ask for photo identification from the salesperson.
  • If dealing with a company, verify that they are legitimate and licensed. Ask for the company's address and phone number.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau before purchasing anything from the company or before signing any contracts.
  • Be suspicious of anyone who tries to sell the product or service by playing on your emotions or using heavy handed sales tactics.
  • Be suspicious of anyone who tells you he is selling the service or product at the lowest price or who tells you his competitors do bad work.
  • If you are convinced you need the product or service, always comparison shop.
  • Be suspicious if the salesperson is unable to provide reference information.
  • Do not be rushed. A legitimate salesperson will allow you time to check their claims.

And last but not least:

  • If you do not recognize the person at your door, you do not have to answer it. Call 911 to report any suspicious activity.