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I get home from work and sit down with some tea to read the Internets, and there's a knock on my door.  I'm not expecting anyone, so who the hell can it be?

I open the door.  Standing on my porch is a guy in a nice windbreaker, khakis, carrying a clipboard, and wearing a trucker's hat (NOTE:  there's a difference between a baseball cap and a trucker's hat.  A trucker's hat  has a foamy front that makes it stand out so a logo or patch can be put there.  A baseball cap actually conforms to the shape of the head.  I know hats, goddammit).  He has an ID in a badge holder like you get at a convention or at OfficeMax.  They bear the logo, "Just Energy."

"Hi," he says, "I'm from Just Energy, and we're a natural gas supplier who could save you money.  I can show you by comparing your current gas bill.  I'll just wait here while you go get it."

Literally.  No name.  Never heard of Just Energy, and he wants to see my bill, and apparently thinks I see nothing wrong with a complete stranger asking for such information, I'll be so glad he might be able to save me money, I've got to give him stuff.  I've already had my identity stolen once (years ago, before all the current wonderful protections in place now), and I'm not anxious to repeat that tour of duty.

I simply did my usual rude, "No," and slammed the door on him.  Maybe he was legit, but I had no way of checking on that.  No business card, he didn't even tell me to check the Internet.  Just pops up there and can I see your bill?

My parents in Florida will tease me that I'm too paranoid about personal information.  So why is it that they always have me order stuff online for them through my Linux computer instead of my sister with her Windows computer?

Addendum:  just heard back from the fuzz.  They say there are no permits for a company calling itself "Just Energy" to canvas the neighborhood and a BOLO has been issued.

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mongrelheart
May. 5th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
I don't think you're paranoid, just cautious.

Incidentally, we have a sign at our front door that says "No Soliciting". It's amazing how many people still ring the doorbell & try to sell or give us stuff. Grr...
sinetimore
May. 5th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Quick note: I just added this to the entry:

Addendum: just heard back from the fuzz. They say there are no permits for a company calling itself "Just Energy" to canvas the neighborhood and a BOLO has been issued.

I don't think I'm paranoid. I think I'm smart. ;-)
pinkmossrose
May. 5th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
I don't think you are paranoid either. I wouldn't give a complete stranger my bill.
sinetimore
May. 5th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Just a quick note: I just amended the post with this:

Addendum: just heard back from the fuzz. They say there are no permits for a company calling itself "Just Energy" to canvas the neighborhood and a BOLO has been issued.

At least I told the cops. I may not have fallen for it, but there are plenty of people who might....
pinkmossrose
May. 5th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Unfortunate but true. ^_^ I'm glad you didn't fall for it, and told the cops.
clionona
May. 6th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Scary. I'm glad you have a good head on your shoulders. Who knows what that guy could really have been after?...
ying_ko_4
May. 7th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Hi. I'm from Just Internets. I can save you a bunch of money if you'll show me your current bill...

They must think stupid is in the water supply....I like how you handled it, then wrote it. :-) This was perfect "I simply did my usual rude, "No," and slammed the door on him."

Brilliant!
sinetimore
May. 7th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
Hi, I'm from Just Bank Accounts. I can save you a bunch of money if you'll show me your current statement....
mornblade
May. 7th, 2011 10:32 am (UTC)
I read this shortly after you posted it, and immediately told Keltoi and called my parents and told them. Is he legit? Maybe. Do we want to have anything to do with him? Hell no.
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