BBB Bureau Briefs: Door-to-door scams

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Officials with the Better Business Bureau stopped by News Channel 6 at Noon to talk about door-to-door sales that could be scams.

Watch the video above or read the tips below provided by the BBB to avoid becoming a victim.

Warmer weather is here and with it brings an eager group of door knockers from all trades to your door.

Don't fall victim to high-pressure door to door solicitors this spring regardless of what they are selling whether it be meat, electricity, magazines or security alarms.

BBB recommends the following on how to handle door-to-door sellers and solicitors:

* Ask for a solicitation permit—If they can't produce one, call the police

* Don't make a hasty decision, shop around—Sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment and make special offers to entice you.

* Don't make a purchasing decision at your door—Get at least 3 estimates from other companies.

* Look at the contract—Carefully review and understand the contract. Only count on what is written in the contract.

* Verify the individual and the company—If interested, get everything in writing including price, warranty and all conditions. Check with BBB and the company and verify this person is an employee.

* Know your rights—The FTC's Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in the home or a location that is not the seller's permanent location.

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