A suspicious solicitor made his way through an Omaha neighborhood, claiming to need money to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
While residents didn't buy anything from the salesman, the run-in has left them on edge. The solicitor's recent stop at Lois MaGill's southwest Omaha home even had the dog barking at the smell of a bad deal. It was an interaction MaGill won't soon forget.
“I said what are you selling and who for and he goes, well I'm associated with UNO trying to get into school. I said who are you working for, he said Teen Tomorrow.”
UNO said it has already seen this type of activity elsewhere across the city. Security staff said it usually picks up at the beginning of each school semester and urges the public to use caution when dealing with door-to-door salespeople.
In fact, the solicitor who stopped at MaGill’s house is a scammer because UNO doesn't associate with this type of activity. MaGill said she pressed the salesman asking him to show an ID, which she says he never did. The more questions she asked, the angrier he became and the shorter his responses were.
Down the street, the salesman came to Shane Kramer's home. Kramer didn't even give the solicitor the time of day. "He wanted money for college and I told him we weren't interested and he moved on. He was here obviously soliciting or selling something."
MaGill said once the scammer left her home, he headed north through the neighborhood. She hoped no one will fall for the scam. "We have too many elderly people around this area and I am tired of people scamming the elderly."
Neighbors can help each other stay safe by asking for two pieces of ID from door-to-door salesman. The first is a City of Omaha Peddler Permit, complete with the city’s seal. The second is a city-issued photo ID. This is a special ID, unlike a driver’s license. This one will also have the city seal on it.