While door-to-door sales can be incredibly lucrative for the businesses that use the technique, they can be particularly frustrating for consumers. At a time when people are more comfortable with researching major purchase decisions, the notorious salesperson tactics used by those standing at your front door can lead to large expenses without time to think.
While pushy and often unwelcome, door-to-door sales are not inherently illegal. Big brands that thrive in local areas, such as a utility company or security company, will send representatives to do all they can to close the deal. However, if the homeowner can refuse decisively, the entire interaction remains within the rules.
However, unscrupulous operators are willing to not only bend the rules, but break them entirely. They might convince someone to part with cash on the spot, without any schedule of work or contract documents, never to be seen again. In some cases, they are not looking to make a sale at all. Instead, they purport to represent a trusted company to gain access to the home.
It can be worrisome and costly, and people should always be more guarded in such scenarios than when buying from a store or in person. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, it is always possible to fall victim to complex and well-executed scams. If that happens to you, it’s time to take action.
Worried About a Door to Door Scam? Call Us Today
Falling victim to door-to-door scams can lead to people experiencing all manner of emotions. Many people are angry at losing out, and some feel embarrassed that they could even fall for something like this.
However, no matter how you feel today, rest assured that you can take action and that the Bell Law team is on your side.
As part of our initial consultation, we will ask detailed questions about your case and assist you with exploring your legal options. Best of all, this consultation is free and without obligation. No matter your concerns, call us today at 816-281-0649 to learn more about how we can help.
Common Door to Door Scams
Door-to-door scams have been around for decades. While being a door-to-door salesperson remains a viable career – and a legitimate way of boosting business, people must still be on the lookout for those who might try taking advantage of them.
Unfortunately, some people who knock on your door might not be who they say they are. Reported examples include a group of young people claiming to be international art students raising funds for tuition fees. Or someone claiming to raise money for Hope Center, a homeless charity that does not ask for donations on the door.
In many cases, these scams take conventional sales techniques, such as scarcity or a time limitation, and take them to another level that eventually breaches laws enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.
Even legitimate door-to-door sales can be pushy and abrasive. A typical door-to-door salesperson works for commission, so they don’t get paid if you opt against buying their product.
Common scams facing people up and down the country today include:
- Home improvements.
- Unlicensed charity collectors.
- Doorstep sales.
- Home security scams.
- Art scams.
- Individuals claiming to be someone they’re not.
For many people, this means that if they want to avoid buyer’s remorse, they must stay vigilant whenever there is a knock at the door, and someone asks them to buy a service or product.
Of course, it is important to remember the legitimacy of the profession. Some people want to raise funds for charity. Many salespeople are college students and other young people new to work or part-time jobs, merely attempting to do their job to the best of their ability.
However, regardless of the person making the sale, it is vital to remain aware that not everyone that might knock on doors has a legitimate offer to make. Residents should end any interaction where:
- They cannot reasonably assume that the offer is genuine.
- They are asked to sign a contract or pay a fee for future work without enough time to consider the real aim of the salesperson.
- They have no right to cancel any agreement made at the door.
- They are suspicious of the salesperson’s motivations, such as a request for their social security number, support for an election, or wellness checks when they do not seem reasonable.
Point of Sale Financing – A Modern Scam
The more well-known a scam becomes, the less likely it is to work. So many people use social media, and word spreads fast when a door-to-door salesman or another individual knocks on the front door with a scam in mind.
As such, scammers try to remain ahead of the public and the police with new takes on old techniques or brand-new scams that reflect developing technology. One such example involves point-of-sale financing.
It is common, but not exclusive, in the home improvement sector. Vendors of door-to-door products and services will use a phone or tablet to provide immediate financing for anything they and their company hope to sell.
This raises multiple potential issues.
A door-to-door salesman could obscure part of the screen or modify information after receiving a potential customer’s consent. They might gloss over interest rates and fail to explain repayment terms fully.
Essentially, door-to-door scams are not immune to technological advancements. Indeed, in some ways, they increase the potential for bad actors to take typical examples of doorstep scams and defraud people even more convincingly.
Remember that technological advancements work both ways. For example, anyone that receives numerous sales callers at their house could invest in a security system featuring a video doorbell.
What Bell Law LLC Can Do For You
If you have fallen victim to a door-to-door scam, the first priority is to seek a full refund for any money paid to the salesperson or the company they represent. In some such cases, companies consider getting caught out as a potential business risk. Upon being contacted by an attorney, they might provide a cancellation form and issue a refund within a few business days.
However, expecting this as standard is impossible, and an individual may be required to pursue the scammers through the legal system.
Consultation and Representation
When you speak to a Bell Law attorney, you can expect a thorough investigation of a potential claim. We will help you understand your rights and how the law applies to the transaction and answer any questions you might have.
We will also help you plan the best course of action, whether that means dealing directly with the company behind the scam or executing the full legal process to recover your funds.
Helping You Report a Door-to-Door Scam
It is easy to become overwhelmed when falling victim to a door-to-door scam. However, there are many interested parties when it comes to resolving such cases. We want as few people as possible to suffer the consequences of being scammed. We will happily contact local law enforcement and other relevant bodies, such as the Federal Trade Commission, to ensure they have every common kind of doorstep scam on record.
Ultimately, people who have been scammed want to recover their financial losses, and working out what is owed is not always easy. For example, some scams thrive on the use of many hidden fees. In these cases, people receive what they believe they bought due to door-to-door sales but pay more than anticipated.
This could signify a scam, even if the other party can produce a signed contract. Your attorney will help you determine whether any aspect of the transaction breached local or federal laws.
Speak To An Attorney About Door to Door Scams
If you’re concerned about being a victim of door-to-door scams, have concerns about hidden fees, or feel pressured to make a purchase, our attorneys are standing by to help.
No matter the nature of the scam and what it involves, from art supplies to utility sales, buyers have the right to mature consideration for most purchases. If you’ve overpaid or been pressured, you may have a case.