Knock, knock; Who’s there?

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.

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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.

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5 Responses to Knock, knock; Who’s there?

  1. Mike K says:

    The last two weekends, on Fridays, we’ve had salespeople show up at our house in Silversprings. Both times they rang the bell, and then proceeding to knock loudly. It almost seemed as if they were casing the street to see who was there for the weekend.

    • I would advise you to call Police at 306-975-8300 if you notice suspicious people or vehicles in your area. Police will be dispatched, when available, to check the situation. If the individuals or group are still in the area, a simple conversation can clear up the situation.
      Thanks for your comment, Mike.

  2. Tiffany Fredriksen says:

    Just the other day we had a guy from a alarm company trying to give us a deal since we where on a corner lot we could get the installation for free and all they would only ask is they be able to put signs up on the lawn. I then told them no (my husband and kids where in the room so they could hear). He then asked if we had a kitchen table to sit at and go over the different things they had. I again said no we where good with what we had, and that we always had adults home at all times. He then said to me that even if we have something already our family is not protected like they could be. Now that is kind of scary when someone say’s something like that to you. Now I have told my kids what to do and my husband, I’m also putting it on Facebook. We live in Lawson Heights for anyone that might have also had this happen.

    • Again, I remind you that if you have suspicions, to report it immediately to Police. Try to obtain a detailed description of the person. You don’t know whether someone else has had a similar experience and the more information Police have, the better we are equipped to respond to it.

  3. Carrie says:

    Selling encyclopedias?? First sign that it’s a bogus seller- who uses encyclopedias anymore! Welcome to 2013 scammers! 🙂

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