PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — You may have noticed door-to-door salespeople in your neighborhood recently. Some solicitors are legitimate – but others just want your money and your personal information.
If you’re interested in the service someone is offering, make sure to take your time and ask a lot of questions.
“As a homeowner, it’s up to you to check out the business,” said Paula Fleming of the Better Business Bureau. “There are some that are reputable. But there are some that are trying to get your personal information or get funds from you that you can’t recoup in the end. So taking your time and not feeling pressured is imperative.”
According to BBB, you should always do the following when dealing with a solicitor:
- Ask about licensing. Many cities require door-to-door salespeople to have a proper license.
- Ask for identification – including a photo ID.
- Call the company directly to confirm that the person at your door is actually an employee.
- Read any contract before you sign it.
If a solicitor tells you he’s collecting donations for charity, do research to confirm.
“If it’s a charity and they can’t answer your questions such as what percent goes to the charitable organization versus the overhead, then that’s a red flag,” Fleming said. “A reputable business, a charity will take your money now or later.”
Of course, don’t invite solicitors into your home and if you feel unsafe, contact the police.