Home security scam

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- You think you're beefing up your home security but police say instead, you might be getting scammed. Surprise police are warning residents about a scheme that at first can be pretty convincing.

Investigators were called to a home on Cottonwood Street Wednesday morning.

Angelina Rizzo says the man who rang her doorbell appeared to be a legitimate door-to-door salesman but she says she quickly suspected he was up to no good.

"He asked my 16-year-old son a lot of questions but then I noticed them moving farther out of my driveway, which kind of made me nervous," she said.

Rizzo says she then became suspicious of the so-called sales pitch and started asking questions.

"The gentleman looked over at me and said, 'I'm trying to sell your son drugs.' He had a really straight face," she said. 

Rizzo immediately called the Surprise Police Department and then turned to the Surprise Community Facebook page to provide a description and warn her neighbors.

"When we see a stranger, somebody that doesn't look right, we warn each other...and make sure everyone is aware of what's going on in the community," she said.

It turns out Rizzo isn't alone. A thread of comments about her post revealed more residents claiming to be victims of similar crimes.

Incidentally, hours earlier, Surprise police issued an alert on their Facebook page about door-to-door scams, reminding residents to stay alert and remain vigilant at all times.



"I've heard stories -- one day they have something like that happen, the next day the house is broken into," said Rizzo. 

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