BBB Says Saleperson Trying To Trade Meat For Prescription Drugs
The Better Business Bureau of Acadiana wants residents to be aware of certain door-to-door salesmen who is willing to trades goods for more than just money.
BBB officials say the man will come to your door offering to sell meat, but then also offering to trade the goods for prescription drugs.
In one case reported locally, a woman says the salesman came to her door and first asked her if she worked for a law enforcement agency. He then offered her the product of her choice in exchange for any prescription drugs she might have in her home.
Obviously, it is against the law for anyone to get prescription medication when it is not prescribed to them by a doctor.
BBB officials say the man tried his trade at an apartment for the disabled and elderly potentially looking to take advantage of a situation where someone might have many medicines.
The woman, who manages those apartments, called her company to report the incident and then called police.
The Better Business Bureau of Acadiana offers these tips about door-to-door salesmen:
- If you decide to open the door, be prepared to verify all information provided by a door-to-door salesperson.
- Get everything in writing! Get all terms, prices and conditions in writing. Tell the salesperson you will check it out and get back to him or her then ask for a business card and contact information.
- Before buying anything, ask to see a copy of their permit, often called a peddler’s license. Many municipalities require a special soliciting permit for companies selling door-to-door.
- Don’t fall for high pressure sales tactics. Unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will pressure you into making an immediate purchase. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable position, end the conversation quickly.
- Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule generally gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in the home. In addition to a receipt, salespeople should also include a cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. Visit FTC.gov for more information on the Cooling-Off Rule.