Even in this era of advanced technology, some scam artists prefer to conduct their “business” the old-fashioned way – by knocking on your door. Door-to-door solicitations can be very effective in perpetrating scams. Once the front door is open, people can be intimidated, pressured, or even charmed, into revealing information and/or handing over money.
There may be legitimate reasons for coming to your door. Perhaps the person represents a real company looking for your business. Maybe he or she is genuinely soliciting funds for a worthy charity or cause. The bottom line is, it really doesn’t matter whether it’s legitimate or not. It’s always best to err on the side of caution.
In other words, don’t open your door to strangers. Just don’t.
If you need a contractor, do some research and make the call. If you want a magazine subscription, contact the magazine directly or fill out one of those handy dandy subscription cards. This is the 21st century. There’s no need to rely on door-to-door salesmen or contractors. Chances are, it’s a scam. And even if it’s not, why take the chance?