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Warning to Seniors About Unsolicited Calls



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(Woodland, CA)
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Dave Edwards is an enforcement officer for Yolo County's Elder Protection Unit.  He's asking seniors to avoid opening the door to strangers and to call his office if they get unsolicited offers by phone.  
 
EDWARDS:  "Every spring, we get the calls from door-to-door sales about the vacuum cleaner people . That's always trouble.  I always suggest that people don't open the door.  You've gotta re-train yourself to use your peephole.  And if you don't know who it is, just say, 'No, thank you,' and don't even open the door."
 
A code inspector recently spotted a shabby, unlicensed roof repair from the street and found out the woman who owns the home had paid $18,000 for the repair.  She's visually impaired. Edwards says she's also the second person in recent weeks to have been victimized by pushy salesmen offering home repairs. 
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