Suspicious Solicitors..

United States
July 7, 2016 1:26pm CST
It is common sense if you rung a doorbell and no one answers then obviously they are, 1: Not home 2: Home but don't want to answer the door 3: Home but didn't hear the doorbell 4: Other Whichever the situation is, leave and don't return. (This applies only to solicitors.) A few days ago, there were two fellas going door to door (Round 1). We didn't answer the door when they rung. Then, my boyfriend and I went grocery shopping and saw them at the door again (Round 2) so we drove around the block. By the time we got back they were at the next house beside us. As we pulled in, they saw us and didn't say a word. We weren't trying to be sneaky or anything just as if we just had pulled in. I think normally they would be like, hey! We just rung your house and now you're home, blah blah "input their advertisement or what not" right? But nope, they carried on. Later on the day (Round 3), my boyfriend went to go get the mail and the fellas saw him come out of the house and they didn't flag him down yet they can ring the door bell two times that same day already? But when they see us face to face, they don't even say anything. I find that very suspicious. They were in the neighborhood for over 4 hours too. We know the description of their car but if I see them again, I will snap a picture of their license plate. Have you ever encounter suspicious activity in your neighborhood?
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
7 Jul 16
Now that does sound rather odd. Were they just walking around or sitting in their car? You get these gut feelings about these things - yah, get their licence plate just in case!! Maybe a photo of them too! Oh yes, we encounter suspicious activity here all the time - but mostly it's our suspicious neighbors!
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• United States
7 Jul 16
There are some suspicious neighbors But, these two fellas weren't sitting in their car. They were walking around and the last time we saw them, they were hanging out in their car.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
7 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby Hmmm. Usually you can figure out if they are a neighbor's "guest", but if they're just walking around and hanging out, that's weird. Sometimes a strange car will park in front of our house - but usually it is because we have one of the only large trees that create a shaded parking area on the street . . . people sit in their parked cars to eat their lunch - mostly they leave soon enough. We do take note of who parks in front of our house for much longer time - like over night - usually it's either the guy across the street or next to us. The house on the other side of us gets multi-tenants - a few "new" ones are moving in - someone has actually been going into our driveway and then pulling out to park in front of our house - we're trying to figure out who's car this is!
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• United States
7 Jul 16
@much2say Oh these guys were no guest at all! They're walking around ringing doorbells, not just once but we caught them doing it twice at our place. Both within one hour time frame. Then later when we got home, we saw them, and got the mail, we saw them again. Here you cannot park infront (it's red zone) so they have to park in the alley or guest parking. Which is more suspicious, they are definitely solicitors. Haven't seen them since though! It would be very bothering to see people pull into your driveway and park out in front. Do you ever go out to just see where they're going?
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@Lucky15 (33416)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
I always have been..am paranoid. Lol Seriously, yes.
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• United States
8 Jul 16
Same here! I get paranoid. Is there a lot of door to door sales people there too?
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@Lucky15 (33416)
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby few but they were.those that we really try to.not to get in ;(
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• United States
8 Jul 16
@Lucky15 I hope none gets in! They are very bothersome!
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@zarlamain (24527)
• United States
8 Jul 16
That's some suspicious activity and you have told me about this before. What surprises me is that they can't talk face to face yet they are able to ring the doorbell multiple times. I've had some solicitors last month. There's some houses in my neighborhood that have signs that states "No Soliciting" and yet people still do it anyway.
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• United States
8 Jul 16
Yes, I told you about this a few days ago! I was telling this to my parents' and they told me they experienced strange activity also! He had two fellas walk with iPads and my dad said No time, then they went off. And there was a girl who across the street from my house for 2 hours. She was wearing a hoodie and she had her mouth covered and sat there texting the entire time. Who sits there for 2 hours? Anyway, I don't get why ~ they can't say anything when they see us face to face but they can ring the doorbell. In fact they were JUST at the house ringing the doorbell so we drove around the block, they were next door - saw us pull in, got out and didnt mention a word. Though we saw them ring the door bell! And I told you about the church ladies too!
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@zarlamain (24527)
• United States
8 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby Those are definitely some strange activity. I would feel paranoid in those situations. Wow, she was sitting there for two hours? That is really suspicious. So true! If they had to say something to you two, then they should've done so yet they had the nerve to keep ringing the doorbells. So strange and awkward. Yes, you did! They were like stalkers.
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• United States
8 Jul 16
@zarlamain I was paranoid. I tried taking a photo through the peephole of the ladies but the sun was shinning brightly! If it wasn't around noon, earlier or later - I would have captured a good photo. I have tried when my boyfriend stood outside to see if I can snap a photo encase for the future. Yes, the other night - my boyfriend dropped me home and he said some girl is sitting across the street from your house. I did not see her until I got out of the car and saw her turn the corner and walked away. Then, before I even reached my house door, my mom was jumping and looking around. I asked my mom what was her problem She was like did you see that girl with the hood? I said, yeah, my boyfriend mentioned her. My mom said did she leave? She's been sitting there for over 2 hours! In front of someones house, on the side walk looking straight at my house. And I was like that's awkward. We have never seen her there. At least why not walk down to the park down the street or something. Plus it's unsafe to sit at the curb of the side walk anyway. And, it doesn't make sense why they didn't approach us when we got out of the car. But yet they had the nerve to ring the doorbell twice within 2 hours! We saw them 3 times that day within 4 hours span. They have been around the neighborhood for quite some time (hours). I don't feel that is right. If you go through the neighborhood once and no one opens, leave.
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@Corbin5 (103332)
• United States
7 Jul 16
The fact that they did not come over and talk with you once you pulled in seems rather odd. If they were trying to make a sale, they would have taken the opportunity to talk with the person they may have missed when the person was seen nearby.
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• United States
7 Jul 16
That is the strange part! The neighborhood here is closer together. For example: the side of your house is the neighbors house (sort of like a town house but not connected, shared among the fence's wall though) So, by seeing us pull in and they were right next door. And, they did not try to greet us or make a sale shocks me. Especially when they JUST rung out door bell. We saw, them ringing our doorbell but drove around the block (which isn't short) and pulled in. Still within a hour or two's span ringing the door bell 2 times, and seeing them 3 times around the neighborhood isn't acceptable. I don't know what their intensions were but they came to this neighborhood by car and parked in the alley.
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@cacay1 (32757)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
8 Jul 16
@Corbin5, Who knows if they are spies conducting surveillance first then after attack the owners. They better be reported to police.
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@Corbin5 (103332)
• United States
8 Jul 16
@cacay1 Yes, seems like they may also have been casing the neighborhood to possibly rob homes that looked easy to enter.
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@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
7 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby That sure did not look good or some insurance guy trying to make a sale.Next time( let`s hope they dont come back) snap a pictrure just because you never know.
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• United States
7 Jul 16
I agree. Now a days there a lot of imposers out there. I don't understand why they didn't bother approaching when they saw us, but they can ring the doorbell on two different occasions.
@nomus24g (22291)
• India
7 Jul 16
they probably don't remember, if they have rung your door bell or not...dont think its suspicious, but nevertheless one should be cautious
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• United States
7 Jul 16
I think they remember as there aren't many homes in this community. The houses here are strictly a comment, almost like a gated community. There aren't many traffic in and people will notice.
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@nomus24g (22291)
• India
7 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby Do u have CCTV camera in your premise, then these activities can stay recorded
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• United States
7 Jul 16
@nomus24g Oh no, I don't think you can because of HOA.
@LadyDuck (152581)
• Switzerland
8 Jul 16
Snap a picture of their car and also take a picture of the two guys. I do not like their attitude, better to be vigilant.
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• United States
8 Jul 16
I will next time if I see them again. I really hope not. I don't like their attitude either. Seriously though, if you go one round and no one opens the door continue on. Even Trick or Treaters know not to go to the houses that has their lights off. This is the same situation except if they don't open the door, keep moving. And the fishy thing is when they see us (boyfriend & I) they don't even bother coming up or saying anything like Oh I just rung your doorbell and go on with whatever they have to offer or say. Normal people would go back and be thrilled to see someone.
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@LadyDuck (152581)
• Switzerland
8 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby The fact that they said nothing to you and your boyfriend is fishy. I wonder if they were testing to see which houses are empty and at which hours. Take a photo.
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• United States
8 Jul 16
@LadyDuck I think they were because they were making rounds at least 3 times we've seen them and physically ring our doorbells twice. Within the 4 hour time span that we've been noticing. But we were home at all times they rung the doorbell. We came out after seeing them purposely once to get the mail. Boyfriend ran right into them and they didn't say anything knowing we just walked out of the home. Then when we pulled in, they SAW us and didn't say a word.
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@paigea (22010)
• Canada
10 Jul 16
That does sound a bit like they were just checking who was home!
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• United States
10 Jul 16
I think they were jotting down the times and seeing if people are home! And yesterday I had two fellas ring again (older though).
@paigea (22010)
• Canada
11 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby it is annoying how many scammers there are out there.
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• United States
12 Jul 16
@paigea Yes, totally do not know who to trust now a days!
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@shaggin (36676)
• United States
10 Jul 16
That does sound a little suspicious. You should report it to the police just in case!
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• United States
10 Jul 16
It is too late, they left already! But if they come back I will definitely get a photo of the license plate, and of them too!
@shaggin (36676)
• United States
10 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby Here they just report it anyway and let people know things like that can be happening and what the people or vehicle looks like.
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• United States
10 Jul 16
@shaggin oh! I'm not sure if we can here! I don't know if I'll get introuble but I don't have enough info just suspicious activity next time I'll get a license plate number or something! A few days later (yesterday) two older men rung the doorbell! No one opened so they knocked. There's been a lot of solicitor activity in the neighborhood this week!
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
8 Jul 16
I wouldnt trust that either, they could be scoping home out to rob them when nobody is home
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• United States
8 Jul 16
Yeah but they see activity , leaving/coming back so I don't think they will bother.
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
8 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby Just keep an eye out for those kind of people
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• United States
8 Jul 16
@BACONSTRIPSXXX I will definitely thank you!
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@cacay1 (32757)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
8 Jul 16
Better report that matter to the police before it is to late. I Ph, there are also like them,but we do not open if we do not know the persons. It is hard to trust right away especially this time when bad elements are getting numerous day by day.
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• United States
8 Jul 16
Yeah, I do not trust opening the door to anyone (especially strangers or people I don't know) Even they may appear harmless we don't know who is with them or hiding from behind. I will report it suspicious activity if it persists. Thank you.
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@cacay1 (32757)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby It's frightening opening the door with unknown people outside.You had that right decision not to open your door.
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• United States
9 Jul 16
@cacay1 Yes I will not open the door to unknown people. I don't recommend anyone to either.
• Philippines
8 Jul 16
Well, maybe they are shy to talk to you? who approved their permit to solicit? is there a government agency that approves solitication there, better ask their names and have it validated. otherwise, they can be seriously suspicious.
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• United States
8 Jul 16
I do not think they are shy. There were two of them. I have no idea if government agency approves it. People just ring the doorbell. They do seem very suspicious though!
• Philippines
9 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby maybe you can report them, must be look out for robbers or something spying on the house hold.
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• United States
9 Jul 16
@Letranknight2015 I will definitely look out. Today there was two older men that rung the door bell but just once and knocked once.
@JustBhem (32880)
• Davao, Philippines
8 Jul 16
If we see new faces in the place all of our neighbor gather around in the gym and talk. Some will take photo of those person.
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• United States
8 Jul 16
Yeah they are new people. I have never seen of them before. The neighbors don't talk often as everyone has their own schedules, but if I see them again ~ I will take a photo!
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@JustBhem (32880)
• Davao, Philippines
8 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby It's better than be cautious right? I sometimes get panic whenever I see new faces around here. I always ask my mother who they are and even my mom dont know them.
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• United States
8 Jul 16
@JustBhem Same here. We are always alert and aware of our surroundings.
@Susan2015 (20437)
• United States
14 Jul 16
That's a long time for them to be in the same place. We do notice who is coming or going.
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• United States
14 Jul 16
It is for a small community. I will be on the look out!
@lilnana1111 (2343)
• United States
14 Jul 16
That does sound suspicious, hope they don't come back.
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• United States
14 Jul 16
I hope so too thank you. There was weird things happening all week.
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@brokenbee (7813)
• Philippines
13 Jul 16
Yup, and I tell my parents about it and they were the ones who investigate. Hihih
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• United States
13 Jul 16
Yes, my boyfriend lives there so he keeps an eye out!
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@DianneN (76154)
• United States
13 Jul 16
That is creepy. I'd take a photo and report them immediately. You can't be too careful now.
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• United States
13 Jul 16
Yes, I will next time. I haven't seen them lately! But it's been a suspicious week filled of strange activity!
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• Rochester, New York
10 Jul 16
We're starting to get them around my neighbourhood. I ignore the door and just don't answer it.
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• United States
10 Jul 16
We got more this week too. I will ignore them also!
@teamfreak16 (40936)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 Jul 16
Nothing like that.
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• United States
10 Jul 16
Glad you don't experience any activities like this in your area!
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• United Kingdom
9 Jul 16
It sounds a very weird way for them to act, we had some men around here recently who a neighbour spotted looking inside people's windows when they didn't open the door - they reported it to the police and it turned out they were wanted for burglary!
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• United States
10 Jul 16
Oh my gosh! I am glad they were caught then! It is very weird they act too. It's like they will only greet you if you open the doors. My boyfriend walked passed them, they saw us pulling in out of the car didn't bother to say anything which is very suspicious.