Yesterday when I got home from work Charlie told me about an attractive young lady who was walking around our neighborhood soliciting business for a pest control company.
This immediately sounded suspicious to me for a number of reasons:
- the houses are far apart in our neighborhood,
- the properties are surrounded by woods,
- I had never heard of pest control companies soliciting by door-to-door sales,
- she didn’t have a business card.
- she said worked for a local company but gave a Utah phone number.
I emailed these details to others in our neighborhood association and found that the girl (yes, I know her name) had stopped at other houses and was chatty even after being told her services were not necessary.
Our house is set up such that the entire first floor is visible from everywhere else in the house. So the notion of letting someone in the front door then going into the kitchen and another person letting himself in unseen is not possible.
Not all scammers are rough looking, dirty, missing teeth, speak poor English — the ones that hit the big time are often just the opposite.
Since I have no intention of using a cold solicitation for any service in or around my home I did no more research. A neighbor, however, did his own research and made some phone calls which led him to believe this was a legitimate encounter. This time.
Are you cautious?