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Old 10-07-2010, 01:09 AM
 
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Yesterday, I was doing yard work when my doorbell rang around 1PM. I looked out the peephole to find a younger woman with tattoo's up and down her arm. She wasn't exactly the kind of girl who looked like she goes to Sunday School.

I ended up surprising her as I came around the other side of my entry way to meet her. She mentioned that she was doing a survey and had to talk to 100 "friendly people." I asked her, "So, you're not selling anything?" She said, "We just need to talk to a bunch of friendly people and find out what they do for a living."

Sketchy.

After a little bit of dialog, the sketchy looking girl admitted she was selling magazines.

At 1 in the afternoon on a weekday? No business card? Tried to tell me she was affiliated through the BBB....in Chicago? She couldn't tell me who hired her.

I figured the woman was not just running a scam, but probably casing. I'm just curious how many of you, even those who live in gated communities, get these random doorbell knocks in the afternoon? Do you report them to Metro?

I called 311 and explained the situation. Metro was quick to make contact with the woman. While she was not arrested, she was advised to leave the area. I reported her anonymously. I think more people should be aware of this activity and report it. You never know, you might be stopping a scam or worse, a home invasion or robbery, from happening.

Anyone else with similar stories?
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:13 AM
 
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dumb question... what is 311? we didn't have that in Ohio
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Door to door scams are common. If they are legitimate they are supposed to be licensed. The girl was probably a victim herself and didn't know it.

Police Warn of Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Scam - washingtonpost.com


311 is the number to call the police when it isn't a 911 emergency.
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:21 AM
 
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311 is the non-emergency (life threatening) line for Police, Ambulance and Fire.
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:28 AM
 
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cool... i like that idea... non emergency question.... help i'm hungry.. need in n out burger.. where's the closest location
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:50 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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cool... i like that idea... non emergency question.... help i'm hungry.. need in n out burger.. where's the closest location
Yeah. I wanna be there when you do that.

If it's like 911 they know where you are.
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:58 AM
 
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I never open my door to anyone I don't know, during daylight as well as never at night.
That door to door magazine scam has been going on since the 1970's. My Mom was scammed by them back in the mid-70's.
What they will do is try anything to get you to order some magazines, and they want the money up front. They will never deliver the magazines. But they will gladly take your money.

They usually say they are trying to earn a trip to another country or Disneyland, or wherever and they need so many subs to get it. Then they will tell you that your neighbors all bought magazines already, so you should too. (the neighbors of course did not buy any)
I've heard all their spiels before and they are all the same: scam.

They usually do not work alone, and have one or two people hiding around the corner to try and hard sell you to get some magazines if the first person doesn't convince you. I wonder who hires these kids, mafia? lol
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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Ditto to 'never open my door to anyone'. If I'm not expecting you, I'm not answering the doorbell. FedExpress, UPS and Postal Service will ring the doorbell and leave the package on the patio. They don't even wait for you, unless something needs signed.

Not answering the door could be bad, if they're checking to see if anyone's home, but if they choose to enter, they're in big trouble if I am home.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR / Las Vegas, NV
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cool... i like that idea... non emergency question.... help i'm hungry.. need in n out burger.. where's the closest location
I think that number is 411, but I think it costs .75 per call IIRC.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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Ditto to 'never open my door to anyone'. If I'm not expecting you, I'm not answering the doorbell. FedExpress, UPS and Postal Service will ring the doorbell and leave the package on the patio. They don't even wait for you, unless something needs signed.

Not answering the door could be bad, if they're checking to see if anyone's home, but if they choose to enter, they're in big trouble if I am home.
Same here, I never open the door to for someone I dont know. If I happen to be outside & I see someone going door to door I go inside until they pass.
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