POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 9:59am
UPDATED: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 10:28am
From the Smith County Sheriff's Department:
TYLER - According to the Smith County Sheriff's Department, a group of people has been working the southern portions of Smith County this week, selling ADVANTAGE Wonder Cleaner. People have reported some of the salesmen are very aggressive and eager to get into their homes.
One person watched a salesman walk into his neighbor's backyard after he didn't get an answer at the front door. The man was seen looking into the back windows of the home.
Sheriff's deputies say people selling this product have gotten bad reviews from other parts of the country. It has been reported that the product used in demonstration works very well, but the product that is sold to them doesn't work well-- or sometimes at all. Some people selling the product have been linked to identity theft, and some have felony convictions from other states.
The Smith County Sheriff's Department warns residents not to let anyone they don't know inside their homes. If residents do choose to buy the product, pay in cash and do not release credit card, debit card or checking account information. Once someone has your personal information, your accounts could be wiped out in a matter of hours.
If you do encounter any suspicious door-to-door sales activity, report it to law enforcement.