How to Spot a Door-to-Door Scammer

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

RENO -- The Reno Police Department is urging people to be alert for door-to-door scammers. Recently, several people posing as missionaries tried to gain the trust of a Las Vegas homeowner in order to steal property.

Tia, a Sparks resident who didn't want her full name used, said a few months ago a suspicious person came to her door.

"He was like: 'I'm selling magazines' then it was like: 'I don't feel so good' when I wouldn't open my door," she said.

"Then I told him I would call an ambulance for him if he would just sit on the porch... he took off running across the street to my neighbors' where he was parked," she added.

A measure introduced during the last legislative session would have limited the hours solicitors could some to your door. Senate Bill 261 would also have mandated that sales people wear badges and businesses that solicit door-to-door would have to obtain special licenses. The proposal failed when the clock ran out on the 120-day legislative session.

Lt. William Rulla of the Reno Police Department said door-to-door solicitors must still have licenses. He said you should ask to see a license when someone tries to sell you something at your doorstep. He said people should also contact police if they see something suspicious in their neighborhoods.


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