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Neighbors in midtown Tulsa worried about door-to-door salesmen

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 9/30/2013 7:10 pm Published: 9/30/2013 3:51 pm

The Better Business Bureau said door-to-door salesmen tend to be more active this time of year, but it's getting harder to tell which ones are legitimate and which ones are trying to scam you.

FOX23's Ian Silver found a group of midtown Tulsa neighbors working to keep tabs on salesmen in their neighborhood.

"It did not used to happen. Now, it's like two or three times a week," said Ida Hamilton.

Door-to-door salesmen are selling new windows, or yard service, or this time of year, magazines, but Hamilton said too many of them are just flat-out shady.

"It's just a wild guess on whether or not somebody's actually legitimate," she said.

She's especially wary of the ones who get aggressive in their sales pitch.

"For all I know you were hired and fired in two days, and you've still got all this equipment or paperwork or whatever, and you're just scamming me out of my money till you can disappear," she said.

These days, any time a door-to-door solicitor knocks on her door, she makes sure to post it on the Tulsa Midtown Alert Neighbors Facebook page so others will be prepared. And she's not the only one.

Some post pictures of door-to-door salesmen, in this case pointing out that the salesman had no paperwork or anything to identify his company to prove he is legit.

Another said when she didn't answer her door, she saw the salesman looking in her windows and into her car before leaving.

And while some door-to-door salespeople are just trying to make a living, Hamilton said these days she just doesn't trust anyone.

"It definitely makes us more nervous. We don't leave anything out in the yard anymore," she said."

FOX23 News found that under Tulsa city ordinance, door-to-door solicitors are only allowed to sell between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. They are also never allowed to knock on a door where there's a no soliciting sign.

Violating the ordinance can mean a fine up to $1,200 and up to six months in jail.

However, several homeowners with no soliciting signs up told FOX23 News the sign doesn't seem to deter salesmen at all.

Others said the signs, which you can buy at any home improvement store, have stopped door-to-door salesmen from knocking.

If you do have one and it's ignored, you can call police and report the salesman.

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