Facebook Warns of Possible Door-to-Door Scam in Flint
There are reports of an unusual scam involving door-to-door book sales and someone posing as a school official in the Flint area circulating on Facebook — get all of the details here.
Update: We were contacted by the Montrose Township Police in regards to the story below, and they said that this particular case was, in fact, a misunderstanding and the saleswoman in question is legitimate. However, you should never let strangers into your home, you should always be suspicious of door-to-door scams and if you have any concerns or suspicions, you should contact the police immediately.
Anytime Facebook is your only source of info, that info should be taken with a grain of salt. However, there is nothing wrong with being informed of a potential safety threat by others in your community. It is that reason alone that we’ve decided to bring this story to your attention. Again, these are not confirmed facts (the Flint Township Police would neither confirm nor deny these reports) just a citizen-created warning that is circulating via social media.
There are claims that a young woman is going door-to-door claiming to be a representative of schools and attempting to enter people’s homes under false pretenses. Keep in mind that this may be a misunderstanding, so don’t act impulsively should you encounter this person. It’s probably best to just contact the authorities to straighten the whole thing out. The report is as follows:
There’s a possible scam artist going around the Flint area, so parents should read this. A woman claiming to be with the district’s schools is going door to door trying to sell early learning children books. She also tries to find a way into people’s homes. She’s about 5’2″, blonde, drives a green bonneville, and says she’s from a college/university in Minnesota.
Example: Yesterday she acted like she was going to step inside when I first opened the door, but I stepped out so she could only talk to me on the porch. She told me she’s with Carman-Ainsworth. Later in the convo she said she’s not with the school or familiar with them. When I told her I didn’t have the money for her program, she got up to leave, but wanted to use my bathroom. I told her where the nearest business was where she could use one.
Today, she tried this with an old friend of mine, but with more creepiness. After discussion on facebook, one of her friends said, “Flint Township police said shes a con call 911. ******** and our family both called 911 on her the other day. Detective who spoke with us and the school said “call 911 immediately”
So if she approaches your door or you see her in your neighborhood, take a picture of her car and license plate and contact the police.
Whether or not this is true, it’s never a good idea to blindly let strangers into your home. Stay safe, Flint.