Background Checks for Massachusetts Door-to-Door Salespeople

Posted by Kristina Taylor
September 21, 2010

Background Checks for Massachusetts Door-to-Door Salespeople

It’s a new concept in door-to-door selling in Fall River, Massachusetts — the sales person must now jump through hoops before he or she can knock on someone’s door.  And one of those hoops is that anyone soliciting through door-to-door mean has to undergo a criminal record background check.

Along with the background check, door-to-door salespeople must also wear IDs, have their vehicles registered with City Council and obtain police department permits to solicit.  It’s a sweeping reform that comes on the heels of the problems inherent with door-to-door sales.

Some of those problems include:

  • Door-to-door scams, which are often targeted at the elderly.
  • Door-to-door “salespeople” who are criminals canvasing homes.
  • Door-to-door sales persons who intimidate buyers.

As a start to this new Fall River ordinance, any door-to-door sales professionals must provide City Council with their information, including social security number.   The exception to this rule is school fundraisers, who do not have to complete background checks to ask for donations or purchases.

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