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Know your rights when dealing with aggressive door-to-door salespeople

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Recent reports of aggressive salespeople going door-to-door in Grande Prairie have prompted a reminder from RCMP that you should never allow someone you don’t know into your home.

“There is never an obligation for you to let anyone in your home, unless it’s the police with a search warrant, and if that’s the case they’ll show you the warrant,” explains Constable Melanie McIntosh. “Never let anyone inside your house for any reason unless you can verify that they’re there for a valid purpose.”

McIntosh residents should contact police if someone is aggressively trying to get into their home, doesn’t have valid ID or is acting suspicious or threatening. Another option is to contact Grande Prairie Enforcement Services determine whether the company has a valid license from the city to be selling products door-to-door.

“Anybody who’s working for a legitimate organization doesn’t have a problem producing [ID]. Refrain from making a purchase right at the door; let them leave and you can think about it and do some research. Find out on your own the reliability of the company and the reputation the company has.”

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RCMP also recommend carefully reviewing any contracts before signing them to check for information on maintenance and repair and cancellation clauses.

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