Door-to-Door Scammers Return, GPD Urges Caution
Published August 27th, 2013
GAINESVILLE -- Police are warning residents to once again be on the lookout for would-be thieves who are posing as door-to-door salesman.
Gainesville Police officers say these men will typically knock on doors pretending to sell some type of product, usually magazines. After the resident answers the door, the men will then come up with an excuse to try and get inside the home.
"They'll make up a story like, 'Oh, I really need to go to the bathroom...' and that gets them into your home," said Officer Ben Tobias, spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department. "Once they're in your home, they're just going to start shopping on any jewelry, any cash and valuables that may be just laying around."
Tobias says most of these scammers have a criminal history and will actually travel to Gainesville from out-of-state. According to Tobias, these types of scams periodically pop up around Gainesville at least a few times every year, for the past several years.
Just this past week, Tobias says GPD received three calls from residents in different neighborhoods alerting them that these men were back at it again.
Police say the best way to avoid being scammed is to simply not answer your door unless you're expecting someone.
If you suspect one of these men could be at your door, you're asked to call GPD immediately at (352) 955-1818.
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