Authorities say to be aware of door-to-door scammers

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Updated: 5/14/2013 6:40 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Next time you hear a knock on your door, be very cautious of who may be on the other side.

While solicitors may be high schoolers raising money for their class, it could also be a criminal scoping out your home and taking advantage of your kids who are home alone.

There is another door knocking scam you should be aware of if you're a Carson City resident. Carson residents are being advised of door-to-door salesman that might be offering a wireless home security system. According to Protect America, scammers pretend to be from an alarm or home security system in an effort to get your personal and financial information. Sometimes these scammers pretend to "upgrade" the system. 

Washoe County Sheriff's Deputies say over the past couple months there has been an increase in scammers going door-to-door, so they are giving some advice on how to protect yourself and your children.

-Remember, solicitors must have a business license or permit. Call the police if a solicitor is trying to get inside your home or refuses to show you the permit or license.

-If you're not interested, simply close the door and lock it. You don't owe the person an explanation.

-Always keep your windows and doors locked.

-If someone does want to talk to you, don't stand in your doorway: c come outside and close the door behind you. You can also put a "no solicitors" sign on your door.

If you are confronted by a criminal, you should call law enforcement.
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