Protect Yourself from Door-to-Door Sales Scams this Fall

When you think of the fall season, the first thing that comes to mind is probably great weather and spending the holidays with your family.  But, fall is also the beginning of door-to-door sales season, where thousands of fraudsters in the area begin canvasing neighborhoods to find their next financial victim.  The consumer protection attorneys at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A. have put together a list of the most common schemes this year, along with a few legal tips to help you fight against these in-home scammers.

First, you should know that the most common scams this year include magazine subscription sales, “home energy audits” and other energy efficiency offers, meat and poultry sales, and medical wellness checks.  If a slick-talking salesperson knocks at your door wanting to talk about any of these topics, treat the salesperson with a healthy dose of skepticism.  Or better yet, shut the door and don’t invite them into your home.

Second, many of these door-to-door scammers get your information through massive phone solicitation operations.  They typically call with an offer of “free money” or free gift cards in exchange for setting up an in-home demonstration.  To cut these calls off before they even begin, make sure to register for the National Do Not Call Registry,” run by the Federal Trade Commission.  Head to www.donotcall.gov to register your home phone, cellular phone, and all of your family’s phones.  This will prevent unscrupulous companies from calling you to setup these shady in-home visits.

Finally, rest easy knowing that federal law protects you from door-to-door salespeople and their respective companies that sell expensive, bogus products based upon lies.  Federal law requires any company that sells products door-to-door to give customers a “three-day right to cancel” letter, along with any paperwork the customer signed.  Congress mandated that this three-day “cooling off period” is required after a customer signs a contract with a door-to-door sales company, giving the customer the right to think about the contract and consider whether it was the correct financial decision to make.  During this three-day window, you can send this “right to cancel” letter back to the company and cancel the contract with no repercussions.

If you believe you’ve become victim to a consumer scam, contact the experienced consumer protection attorneys at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A. to discuss your specific matter.

Matthew Villmer is a civil litigation, consumer protection, and business law attorney at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A. Contact Matthew at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A. at (704) 844-1400.  The information contained in this article is general in nature and not to be taken as legal advice nor to establish an attorney-client relationship between the reader and Matthew Villmer or the law firm of Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A.

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