State agency: Be wary of door-to-door sellers

Posted Sept. 22, 2010, at 9:37 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation on Wednesday warned consumers to be cautious of door-to-door sales people after reports to police departments in several southern Maine communities.

“While many legitimate companies exist, home repair and door-to-door selling scams continue to occur,” Commissioner Anne L. Head said in a press release issued Wednesday. “We should all be well-informed when purchasing products or agreeing to repairs from individuals who show up at our doors.”

Head reminded consumers to check the license status of any door-to-door sellers of products or services, and to report concerns or possible violations of law to local police officials and to the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

Door-to-door sellers typically are required to be licensed through the Office of Licensing and Financial Regulation, according to Head. Home repair contractors soliciting business outside their home municipality and transient merchandise sellers without a permanent Maine address must be licensed.

The office maintains license status information, compiles a history of disciplinary actions and makes it available to the public.

For information, call 624-8624.

On the Web: www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/

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