Neighborhood Watch: How to Spot Scams

BBB Warns of Misleading Door Knocking Solicitors

Anchorage, Alaska — August 6, 2018 While communities across the nation celebrate National Night Out on August 7, Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific urges neighborhoods to be wary of door-to-door scams.

National Night Out is an annual event promoting police-community partnerships. The event helps citizens bolster their defenses against crime by strengthening community bonds and educating people on how they can participate in creating safer neighborhoods. BBB wants to remind home owners that while many trustworthy home improvement and security system companies solicit door-to-door, residents should watch out for high-pressure or deceptive sales practices.

Last year thousands of consumers filed complaints against door-to-door solicitors. Some of the top scams BBB hears about involve home improvement work, magazine sales, meat sales and home security alarms.

Here’s how the scam works:

Often, scammers stop by your home offering a special service or pretend to be with a utility, security or cable company. Whether they are selling you a product or trying to get inside your home, it’s important to be vigilant whenever a salesperson shows up at your door. 

Here’s some tips thelp avoid deceptive door-to-door scams:

If you’ve been a victim of a door-to-door scam, help others avoid being scammed by filing a report with BBB.org/ScamTracker.