PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Local police and the Better Business Bureau are both warning people about the dangers of being robbed and scammed by people who are claiming to be door-to-door salespeople.
Northern Regional Police Det. Scott Rick and Caitlin Driscoll, of the Better Business Bureau, joined “The KDKA Morning News” with John Shumway to give information on how residents can avoid becoming the next victim.
Det. Rick says that these robbers are mainly targeting the elderly population. This is the case, according to Rick, because of their “caring ways” among other things.
The perpetrators dress up as utility workers and tell the residents they need to see the rear of the property. While the phony utility worker and resident go into the back, a second person will go inside and grab “cash and jewelry,” according to Det. Rick.
Police in Butler County are currently investigating a series of these types of crimes.
How should you react if you suspect someone to be a phony worker?
Det. Rick says if you are alone and are suspicious, you don’t have to open the door.
“Just stay inside and wait for them to leave,” says Det. Rick.
He also said if you make contact with them and are not comfortable with the type of questions they are asking, tell them to leave.
“If they don’t leave, [the resident] needs to call the police department,” says Det. Rick.