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Tallahassee Police warning residents of recent door-to-door service scam

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 18:06:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit is warning the public about a recent door-to-door service scam in our community.

TPD says investigators have received reports of people claiming to be in sales for a service company while going door-to-door selling products such as DirecTV or Comcast.

The people perpetrating the fraud are offering a service "perceived to be a good deal." The method of the scam involves immediate payment by the fraud victim to set an appointment to receive the product.

But, police say the appointment never happens and by the time the victim realizes it, the scammers have already cashed the checks and keep the cash belonging to the victims.

Investigators are advising that the public be aware of scams which seem too good to be true, where payment is requested before service rendered, where there is pressure to act quickly to obtain the product or service, or situations where the “salesperson” drops by without notice.

Before acting on a service or product offer is to research the company, police recommend you call the company to inquire about the offer made by the “salesperson," don't give in to the pressure of having to act quickly or lose the “special offer," and refuse to provide any money up front.

If anyone in the community notices suspicious activity, call the Tallahassee Police Department via the Consolidated Dispatch Agency at 850-606-5800.

If you are a victim of a scam or fraud, you have the option of filing a report by using the Digitally mobile app or on TPD's online reporting site.