MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Midland Police say door to door scammers are becoming more aggressive. Some homeowners say their lives have even been threatened.
This scam is nothing new. But if you answer the door and someone is trying to sell you something over $20 and they don't have a permit with their picture on it, it's a scam.
"There have been too many times where they have put their foot in the door, they have threatened me," said a Midland resident who wished to protect her identity.
She says scammers have knocked on her door after 9 p.m.
They claim they're selling magazine subscriptions for troops.
"The guy said to [my mother who answered the door], 'Do I scare you?' and I was like, OK, that's when you slam the door shut, lock it and go call the police," said the resident.
Midland Police say anyone selling items over $20 must carry a permit issued by MPD.
"That person in records will do a background history on them, and if they've not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in the past two years, then they'll be issued a permit to solicit," said Sgt. Jimmy Young of the Midland Police Department.
Officials say many scammers will cash checks immediately for personal use and never be heard from again.
"If I was you, I would just keep the door shut and just trust your instincts," said Young.
If anyone feels their life is in danger by these salesman, that's an assault by threat, punishable by a hefty fine.
"Is it just to get the money? Or are they going around and checking out houses and who's home? You don't know," said the Midland resident.
The resident says all her neighbors are on the same page. Unless they're expecting company, they won't answer the door.
"Be really careful because you just don't know what somebody's intentions are," she said.
Solicitors with permits are only allowed to sell from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. If they break the rules, they could face a fine of up to $500.