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Now that it’s warm, you’ll see more door-to-door salesmen. Some could be looking to scam you out of your hard-earned money.

Jonathan Wahl Jonathan Wahl, Reporter,
SPRINGFIELD, Mo – –

With the arrival of Spring, comes even more opportunities for you to be scammed out of your hard-earned money.

“In most cases, when you know that work needs to be done, it’s you that’s going to the phone book, or some other source to find somebody to fix that gutter, fix that fascia, cut down some trees,” explained Judy Mills with the Better Business Bureau. “You’re the one seeking out the company, so when the company seeks you out, that’s your first red flag.”

The Better Business Bureau says there are several warning signs when dealing with scammers:

  1. They go door-to-door
  2. They say the offer is only good for a limited time
  3. They have out of state license plates
  4. They ask you to pay up-front

Mills says to take your time and do research. She recommends you:

  1. Look online to see if they have a legitimate website
  2. Call the better business bureau to see if they are in the registry
  3. Always sign a work contract
  4. Don’t pay more than 1/3 of the contract up-front

 Mills said not everyone going door-to-door is a scammer, but you have to be careful.

“If somebody comes to your door, just be aware that you need to check them out thoroughly. If they want to do work for you, have them write you a contract, give you time to check them out, and be sure that they’re licensed and all of that before they do work on your house.”