Recently, we’ve become aware of a few incidents where people have been approached at their home by door to door sellers. In some cases it’s a rep from an alarm company, in others, it’s someone selling encyclopedias.
Raises the question of what to do if you’re approached by someone whose motives seem questionable to you. So, if you are approached, here are a few things you need to know before continuing the conversation.
Are they legitimate? If they are, their employers should have provided them with credentials and identification. They should have resources too. These could be hand outs, call sheets, etc.
If they are trying to sell you something, ask them to provide their Direct Sellers License, which is requires companies and their people to licensed and bonded under The Direct Sellers Act (a Provincial directive). They must have that license before they can apply for the City of Saskatoon Direct Sellers License.
If they don’t have any of these things, the conversation should end there. Politely decline and close the door. If you feel strongly about donating to their represented charity or nonprofit, look ‘em up. Use the internet, the phone book, or, heck, even tweet them. Tons of businesses, charities and nonprofits have Twitter and will be able to answer your questions, as well as provide you with details to securely donate.
If the person at your door becomes aggressive or rude, again, close the door. If they try to push their way into your home, tell them you’re calling the police and dial 9-1-1 immediately.
If you doubt their legitimacy, check with the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Listings website.
Imagine Canada is another resource for checking the validity of charities and nonprofits in Canada.