Camden, N.J. – Despite the stay-at-home order, scammers are still looking for ways to make money during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You can’t underestimate the lengths scammers will go to and the creativity they will show during a time like this,” said acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “While the majority of people are concerned about others and are doing what’s right to keep everyone safe, there are some unscrupulous people out there who will capitalize on the vulnerable.”
It’s important to remember that while door-to-door solicitations are legal, they’re not happening during Executive Order 107 that requires people to stay home. Detectives said if someone knocks on your door claiming to be from PSE&G, the water company, or any other organization who needs to read a meter or check on something during the quarantine, it is not legitimate.
If you hear a knock on your door, investigators said speak through to door to ask who it is, but don’t open it. Ask the person to leave a pamphlet or business card if you’re able to pick it up with gloved hands after they leave or tell them you will research the company on your own. You can also ask the person for their name and company identification number.
Again, though it is legal to approach potential customers in their homes, it is not during Executive Order 107. If a person knocks on your door and you feel unsafe, please call 911 so police can locate the person and investigate the issue.