Monday, December 17, 2007
Door to Door Solicitations
Q:My mother is in her late 80's and lives in South Bend. On the night before Thanksgiving a woman came to the door about 7 p.m. saying that she was from AT&T and wanted to review my mother's phone bill to see if they could save her money. I stepped outside on the porch to talk with the woman - she had a badge id and was carrying a binder which looked worn. I called my mother to the door and asked her if she was okay with her services - she said yes and I told the woman no thank you. These solicitations make me uneasy. She has also been getting calls related to this since then. I am thinking of getting her a new phone with caller id - she does have an answering machine and sometimes will just let calls ring through and then picks them up - do you have any suggestions?

A: We receive calls from residents when these people go door to door, however AT&T does do this and it is being done legally. If someone comes to you r door I suggest you ask for proper identification, and if you are unsure do not speak with them further or contact the company office of the business they say they are from and ask if they have representatives in your area to verify.

As for unwanted phone calls, I do suggest you invest in caller ID or a great service called Privacy Manager that self screens unidentified callers before they call in to you.


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