State warns residents of door-to-door scams

Posted July 05, 2009, at 7:10 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Several cases of door-to-door scams in Maine have prompted state agencies to warn residents to check for licenses of vendors who come calling.

According to a press release from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation and the Attorney General’s Office, police investigations of door-to-door scams have been conducted in Bangor, Lincoln, Auburn and Portland.

The scams involve the sale of magazine subscriptions or driveway paving services, according to the release. The agencies advise consumers to check the license status of door-to-door sellers, who they say could be more prevalent in the summer months.

“There are more people out and about in terms of the weather and perhaps traveling outside of the area into Maine,” Doug Dunbar, assistant to the commissioner of the DPFR, said in a phone interview Friday.

The Office of Licensing and Registration’s Transient Sellers Program and the Door-to-Door Home Repair Seller Program has information for the public on license information and violations of sellers. For information on the licensing programs, call 624-8624 or go to www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing.

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