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|THE DANGERS OF DOOR TO DOOR STRANGERS|
This actually happened to a resident in Nashua. A door to door salesman, supposedly representing DISH network, appeared at a senior citizens residence and was allowed entry into her home.
He then gained complete control and used high pressure sales tactics to cause her to sign a contract with him giving him the authority to remove her Comcast cable box and install a DISH satellite on her rooftop. He obtained possession of her Comcast box and then withheld it for 2 years in his office. He never cancelled her Comcast Service and for those 2 years, she was paying over $200.00 a month for Television services with both companies. This salesman further threatened that she would be charged a high cancellation fee of well over $450.00 if she cancelled her DISH service.
The story gets worse. He came back 2 months before her DISH contract ended and again used high pressure tactics to coerce her to sign up with DIRECTV. He again removed her DISH antenna and box and installed a DIRECTV antenna and DIRECTV box. Again, he held her equipment at his office so that she had no way of legitimately canceling her service without a penalty fee for failure to return their equipment.
DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A NIGHTMARE? IT IS.
Do not allow anyone to enter your home that you DO NOT KNOW. The risks are too high. Anything can happen within the walls of your home if you allow a stranger to walk in. And by the way, this incident has a good ending!!!!!!!!!!
From the desk of Jane Constant
Senior Relations Specialist
Nashua Police Department.
Posted on: September 01, 2016