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Sheriff's Office Warn Residents About Suspicious Salesmen

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is warning county residents to be "wary" of people posing as door-to-door salespeople.  Legitimate salespeople may be going door to door pitching various products and services but criminals sometimes go door to door posing as salespeople to identify homes that could be targets for crime.

Here's the official news release from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office:

Crime Check has received numerous reports of suspicious persons representing themselves as salesmen this week, and the men involved may or may not be Comcast employees, a company representative said Thursday.

Residents in Hillyard, Gleneden and other neighborhoods in North Spokane County have been contacted by pairs of men who claim to represent Comcast.  In one instance the men asked for personal financial information and in another case the men walked back to a woman's shop after she did not answer their knock on the front door.

One "salesman" was a black male in his 20's who drove away in a gold Tahoe or Suburban.  In another incident, two younger white males were walking through the neighborhood and no vehicle was seen.

Contacted Thursday morning, a Comcast representative said the company currently has a promotion in Spokane County and that "subcontractors" are going door-to-door to pitch the sales.

He said that all Comcast employees, including subcontractors, should be wearing clearly visible identification.  At a minimum, company representatives should produce identification if asked, even if it is not being worn.

Criminal suspects often knock on the doors of their intended victims to ascertain if the home is occupied, and then give some sort of phony sales pitch or excuse if a resident answers the door.

Spokane County residents who encounter someone claiming to be a Comcast employee and who does not produce Comcast identification should call Crime Check at 456-2233 to report the matter.

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