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Cedar Rapids Police Warnings on Solicitors
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Chances are you've probably gotten a visit from someone looking to make a sale, but in recent days there have been so many door-to-door solicitations in Cedar Rapids that police are issuing a warning.
It's common enough, people going door-to-door through neighborhoods trying to sell something.
The problem is not all of them are legit.
"We had a company last week that we dealt with that they weren't licensed through the city, they were staying at a local hotel, said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin from the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
Hamblin says they were cited for not having a permit, but says the problem is a growing one.
"The first thing I ask for is may I see your city permit, said Diane Weimer of the Cedar Rapids licensing and boards commission.
Cedar Rapids' city ordinance requires business representative going door-to-door to fill out an application like this one to receive a license from the clerk's office.
The application allows the city to do a criminal background check before granting a permit.
It's not just the city cracking down, however, so is the state.
"Iowa Fraud Fighters" is being launched this week to teach Iowans, especially the elderly, about investment and insurance scams.
"We really want to help people just understand that fraud can really happen to anybody, said Iowa Insurance Commissioner, Nick Gerhart.
Through the web and local forums.
There are certain things that we can offer to help them get educated and more resources to help them get more information, he said.
The idea is to clue you into the scams before you fall victim to them.