BEWARE door to door scammer

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citizen

United States

#1 Jul 10, 2013
Young blond girl in red grand am with Fla tags came to my house wanting to sell me some $200 school books that I wasn't gonna get til august. She wnted cash, she didn't have any business cards , identification or contact number, and she was asking too many personal questions. She was also name dropping names of ppl who's kids play soccer. Had the names written down and said they had made the purchases today. When I said no thanks, she asked to use my bathroom. She could barely keep her eyes open when she was speaking to me. I feel she wasn't selling but scoping out my home and my situation.
Do Not go to the DOOR

Middlesboro, KY

#2 Jul 10, 2013
She came to my house too. She wanted in my house so bad! I quickly cut her off she changed the subject then went back to the books. That girl knew too much about me and I question where she gets her info.... She couldn't tell me. She is up to no good.
justamom

United States

#3 Jul 10, 2013
What neighborhood/ neighboorhoods? I know she's been to tanglewood drive today trying to sell books.
Hmmm

Middlesboro, KY

#4 Jul 10, 2013
Where did you see this girl at?
I doubt it

United States

#5 Jul 10, 2013
I think you people are just paranoid. She came to my House this evening too. She didn't ask anything personal other than the ages of my school children. I didn't buy the books. I actually bought a set of those books years ago from a college kid from texas. It was the same company. And I did receive my books in august. True I can't know for sure about her but I think she's legit.
justamom

United States

#6 Jul 10, 2013
We took a pic of her leaving in her car and her tags, just in case. Sad world when u have to worry about every single person who stops by now days. But u can never be too careful and she didn't provide any type of identification and said she couldn't give a contact number either. Just seemed a little strange...
I doubt it

United States

#7 Jul 10, 2013
True people do have to be careful for sure . That is strange. I didn't ask for a contact number since I wasn't buying. She did tell me right off that she was from florida. I would say if anyone did buy, surely they got some kind of paperwork. If not then yeah something would definitely be not on the up and up. I am just going by the fact that I had bought these books before. It was the same company. I told her I had a set, she wanted to see them, needless to say compared to what she has now mine are ancient lol! But even back then they were like 200$
simpleton

Middlesboro, KY

#8 Jul 11, 2013
A boy came to my house. I called the company and confirmed that he was legit. He was also from florida. Some of my neighbors were d!ckheads to him. Even if you don't want anything you shouldn't be nasty to people.
noso

Franklin, IN

#10 Jul 14, 2013
yeah well the way things are nowdays you don't let kin folk in the house
Corbin Resident

Fulton, KY

#11 Jul 15, 2013
She came knocking on my door at 7:15 AM. Who does that??? She's very lucky she wasn't shot! She gave several names of coaches and assistant principals that have purchased her materials. Seems a little shady to me. Buyer beware!
simpleton

Middlesboro, KY

#12 Jul 15, 2013
It would take a moron to shoot or even talk about shooting someone for knocking on their door, no matter what time. If someone was trying to break it down, it would be a different story, but threatening to shoot people is just ignorant.
Chill out tex

Wallins Creek, KY

#13 Jul 16, 2013
Corbin Resident wrote:
She came knocking on my door at 7:15 AM. Who does that??? She's very lucky she wasn't shot! She gave several names of coaches and assistant principals that have purchased her materials. Seems a little shady to me. Buyer beware!
You are warning us about her, but you are the one so trigger happy you almost shot someone for knocking on your door!

Sounds like you are the shady nut, not her.
Tre

Somerset, KY

#14 Jul 16, 2013
I never come to Topix, but wanted to see what, if anything, was being said about this situation because this blonde girl has been to our house 3 times now. The first time my mother was babysitting for us and we weren't home. The second time I spoke to her around 8:15 in the morning and I tried to let her know I wasn't interested. She came back a third time and my wife ran her off. Now we have a "No soliciting" sign on the door and I hope she doesn't come back.
She wears inappropriate clothing, asks too many questions, and rambles on about stuff that has nothing to do with what she's selling. I have done some research into this, and have heard that these people come up from Florida every year to try and sell books. I have had people come to my house selling books before, but I'm not sure if these are the same people. Regardless, coming to someone's house at odd hours, asking personal questions, and acting like you're trying to scope things out IS a good way to get shot around here.
If this is a legit thing, someone needs to let this girl know that what she's doing is causing concern in the community, and for her own safety she either needs to start acting more professional, or just stop all together. I don't take any chances when it comes to the safety of my home and my family, so I did call the police just to let them know that someone is going around claiming to be a book salesperson, but that her behavior is very suspicious.
Even if she is from an actual place down in Florida, what's to stop her from trying to mess with people around here before she goes back to wherever she came from? You just can't be sure about people anymore. It's sad, but it's the truth.
Tre

Somerset, KY

#15 Jul 16, 2013
UPDATE: After making that post earlier I got to talking about this with someone I work with. They said that these people are coming from a company called Southwestern. Evidently, they recruit college students from all over the place, send them to their headquarters in Nashville for training, then send them out to different areas/regions to find host families. Once the host family is found they begin going door to door, asking people if they know of any homes where small children live. They then go to those houses and try to sell these educational books.

There is a Wikipedia article on the company here...http://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Southwestern_Company

I wish I would've had this information before. Maybe then I wouldn't have went so far as calling the police to report a possible scam going on, but I still stand by my comments in my previous post. If you're going to do this job, then you need to do it the right way. Be professional. In an area like this it's just dangerous to go door to door and not know what you're doing. You have to be clear about where you're coming from and what your purpose is, instead of just talking about other people you've visited and asking all kinds of suspicious questions.

Anyway, since I found this additional info I thought I had better pass it along. FYI - It does say in the article that complaints to local police and police scrutiny is common with these people. Maybe they need to rethink this thing a little. Just sayin...
....

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Jul 23, 2013
Tre wrote:
UPDATE: After making that post earlier I got to talking about this with someone I work with. They said that these people are coming from a company called Southwestern. Evidently, they recruit college students from all over the place, send them to their headquarters in Nashville for training, then send them out to different areas/regions to find host families. Once the host family is found they begin going door to door, asking people if they know of any homes where small children live. They then go to those houses and try to sell these educational books.

There is a Wikipedia article on the company here...http://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Southwestern_Company

I wish I would've had this information before. Maybe then I wouldn't have went so far as calling the police to report a possible scam going on, but I still stand by my comments in my previous post. If you're going to do this job, then you need to do it the right way. Be professional. In an area like this it's just dangerous to go door to door and not know what you're doing. You have to be clear about where you're coming from and what your purpose is, instead of just talking about other people you've visited and asking all kinds of suspicious questions.

Anyway, since I found this additional info I thought I had better pass it along. FYI - It does say in the article that complaints to local police and police scrutiny is common with these people. Maybe they need to rethink this thing a little. Just sayin...
dont be sorry for posting this. Shes been to my home and was really weird. Since i had read all about her i knew to watch her closely and ask lots of ques. Well everything u said is true and she cant nor wont give a number i can call to verify she is who she says. I didnt let her inside and she tried everyway in world to get in. Had to tell her to leave three times before she finally left. I even told her about this post and all she said was" the bathroom part is tru" then ask if she could use mine. I told her no and she needed to leave that i wasnt interested. 20min later she left. Unreal!!!!!!
Nosey

Corbin, KY

#19 Jul 23, 2013
They are very nosey and ask about neighbors, they want names and etc... Do your neighbors a favor and don't give out information about them!
....

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Jul 24, 2013
Nosey wrote:
They are very nosey and ask about neighbors, they want names and etc... Do your neighbors a favor and don't give out information about them!
exactly!!!!! She was asking things like" how can i tell when shes home next door?" i dont think so.. Thats when i told her to leave again. I even told her how shady she acts and no one in a right mind would trust her.
Blonde girl

Middlesboro, KY

#21 Jul 25, 2013
I bought books from the college student from Texas last year. It's the exact same books. I just told her not to waste her time b/c I wouldn't buy twice. The guy last year was really nice but this girl did seem a little strange!
well

Georgetown, KY

#22 Jul 27, 2013
She was also in the Williamsburg area. I really like the part when she asks if she can buy something to eat off you. Of course you hand them something for free because you feel bad for not buying the books. I told her the boy had been to my house last year and she acted a little dumbfounded. She didn't try to go in my house, but I have a house dog that was going to give her a bite in the butt. lol.. They need to stay away from this area, most people if they care about their child's education have the tools necessary to provide and do not need a door to door sales person helping. We have the internet for gosh sakes.
meeeee

United States

#23 Jul 27, 2013
Just because a company is legit doesn't mean every one who works for them are. Be careful people.

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