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A Letter to the Editor: Be Wary of Possible Scam in Wyandotte

A woman claiming to be from the government is knocking on doors in Wyandotte.

Yesterday afternoon, a woman stopped by my parents' house in Wyandotte. She told my mom that she was with the government and wanted to "interview" them. My mom told her that she wasn't interested, and the woman left.

I asked my mom if she offered her any identification, or told her what agency she was with, or even said what the interview was about, and she said no. The woman offered a paper with some info on it, but my mom didn't read it because she didn't have her glasses on. The woman wouldn't let her keep the paper and asked for it back, saying it was her only copy.

I went to to ask if they were aware of any government agencies canvassing the neighborhoods, and they said no. The police said that if she does show up again, they are to immediately call them.  

I alerted their neighbors who are going to watch for her if she shows up again. Luckily, she did not get past the front door. But I'm afraid that she may convince someone else she is legit and get into someone's home. Who knows what she will do?

Donna Nowaczewski

Al Sheldrake September 07, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I am so glad you are talking about this issue. We have had numerous solicitors in our neighborhood, we have even confronted them about who they represent and called that place, we called the police and they quickly vanish. We had a door to door alarm company person come to our house and that night someone tried to get in our bedroom window. I have taken notice that these solicitors come during holidays when people go on vacation, when my garage door is open and normally Thursday's around 5pm. I have also seen a flyer only on my door when only my garage door was open (it faces the street) and the solicitor never talked to any neighbors who were outside nor did they leave a flyer on any other house on the block. The public needs to be aware! Thanks, Andrea
Mark Zielman September 07, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Wow. That's very creepy/scary. Glad I saw this.
Just Sayin! September 07, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I wish Wyandotte would ban all soliciting, you just dont know who to trust anymore.
laura young September 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM
We had a person claiming to be with "Direct Energy" come to our door and ask for copies of our bills for the last year, claiming they have had complaints over something, and they may owe us money. When I told her I could not find any copies of my bill, she insisted she would be back. She didn't go to any other doors around me? I'm not sure if this was some sort of a scam or not, however my thinking led me to believe that it made no sense for someone to be claiming to go door to door for copies of customer bills when all of our billing information should be available to them on their computer systems.
Art Zasadny September 07, 2012 at 12:51 PM
The rule is " never do business with anyone who comes to your door unless you called them"
Nancy Lange September 07, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I have a No soliciting sign on my front door...most ignore it and knock anyway..I don't answer the door. Had one couple read the front door sign..and went around to side door an knocked. Student at the front door was trying to pronounce what the sign said. Have had political people knock...If they knock..don't open door unless you know who it is...like your paper boy collecting...I also agree never do business with anyone who comes to your door.

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