Door-To-Door Scams

Some scammers will show right up at your door. First, beware of opening your door to anyone you do not know. Be even more cautious of letting them into your home, especially if you are alone. If you feel uneasy or in any way threatened, contact your local police.

The Virginia Home Solicitation Sales Act provides you with protections when dealing with sellers that solicit your business at your door or over the telephone. One important provision of this law generally provides the buyer the right to cancel a home solicitation sale until midnight of the third business day after the day on which the buyer signs an agreement or offer to purchase.

 

Read the Virginia Home Solicitation Sales Act law.

 

Tips to Protect Yourself from Becoming a Victim of a Door-To-Door Scam

  • Don’t let anyone come into your home unless you have a pre-scheduled appointment.
  • Don’t show your bill to anyone who comes to your home claiming to be with a utility company or other service provider.
  • Confirm any necessary work, upgrades or special offers with your service provider — using the number on your bill or their website.
  • Never sign any agreement where you feel pressured to do so.
    Do not sign anything that you have not read thoroughly.
  • Pay by credit card, if possible since that may provide you with additional protection if there’s a problem. Otherwise, pay by check. Never pay in cash.
  • Before hiring a contractor, contact the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) to determine if they are licensed. Then deal only with reputable local contractors.
  • Get a written contract that specifies the price, work to be done and time frame for completion.