Scamming salesman tries to break into Lehigh home

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 11:51 PM Updated:

A door-to-door sales pitch turned sketchy after a woman caught the salesman trying to enter her home.

It happened in Lehigh Acres Monday afternoon. Homeowner Julia Lebron said a man claiming to be with Xfinity knocked on her door trying to sell her service. She refused, but the man kept knocking.

“I knew something was kind of off. He was looking around a lot. He kept looking back and forth," Lebron said.

She said moments later her dog alerted her, and that's when she came face to face with the man trying to enter her back sliding glass door.

“I was shaking. I was crying. I saw his face and he just like opened his eyes, looked down, and just ran," she said.

Lebron said the man had no ID, no marked vehicle, and didn't leave any pamphlet information with her. Area neighbors reported a different salesman with Comcast near the neighborhood, but after reviewing surveillance video, Lebron confirmed her solicitor wasn't him.

NBC2 reached out to Xfinity's corporate offices to verify the claims, and check what the company's specific door-to-door policy is, but have yet to hear back.

Crime Prevention Practitioner with the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Miriam Dotson said there are several red flags to look for when confronted by a salesman.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for their ID right away. Don’t be afraid to ask for their license numbers. Don’t be afraid to ask for who their boss is, and ask for that info," Dotson said.

She said while the practice of door-to-door sales still exists in Lee County, it's important to stay alert and ask the right questions to avoid falling victim.