UNION, S.C. -
Authorities in Union County are warning residents to beware of increasingly popular door-to-door scams.
The scams, which often involve a person pretending to be a salesman, happen regularly, and usually target elderly people and others who might be vulnerable.
Joyce, who asked that we withhold her name, said she was sitting home Tuesday night when a man knocked on her door. "I'm not listed in the phone book, and nobody ever uses my first name," she said. "Had he been professional he would have said, 'My name is John Doe, and I represent the Doe Life Insurance Company.'"
Joyce eventually told the man she wasn't interested and he left. But this isn't the first time something like this has happened. Sheriff David Taylor said scams involving con artists who pretend to be salesmen are common. While he said outdoor scams are more prevalent during the warmer months, he said there are reports on these kinds of incidents filed every couple months.
He said most of the door-to-door scams involve con artists trying sell carpet cleaning services. Often, he said they're not interested in selling anything, and just want to get inside you home. "Once they get inside the house you're at their mercy."
Taylor said there are several other scams going around the area, especially near the holidays.
If you notice a door-to-door salesman who looks suspicious in your neighborhood, authorities want you to give them a call.