COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) Men wearing orange-colored safety vests with badges have been making the rounds in Colorado Springs neighborhoods.
Police say they aren't breaking any laws. But with so many scams out there targeting older people, a handful of vigilant seniors have contacted our 11 News Call for Action team, worried that these men are crooks. Requests for personal information and pushy behavior are among the things that had these Springs residents concerned.
"They're being too aggressive and it's scaring people," said CSPD Sgt. Joe Matiatos of the complaints the police department has received.
"He was persistent in staying and he even used my bathroom," said Marjorie Hoover.
11 News caught up with one of the men just as police pulled up on Claremont Street, east of Memorial Park, to question him.
Angel Ramirez told officers and later 11 News that he's one of 30 salesmen who are traveling to just about every home in Colorado Springs and asking seniors to do a check to see if they qualify for a discounted security system.
He disagreed when Sexton told him people thought he was too pushy.
Betty: "What do you say to that? He just refuted everything you just told me"
Angel: "Is this court or something?"
Betty: "No, I'm just trying to help consumers here."
Angel: "You're not helping them, you're just trying to make a thing seem bad."
Sexton also asked Ramirez what he was doing with all the personal information he collected like names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, emergency contacts, as well as how many doors and windows they have.
Angel said he planned to throw it away.
Betty: "You're going to throw it away?"
Angel: "Oh yeah because I don't need it."
Betty: "Where are you going to put it?"
Angel: "I'm going to shred it."
Matiatos, who works with the Colorado Springs Police Department's Financial Crimes Unit, said he, too, is concerned about the amount of personal information the men are collecting.
"We always have to really be careful with information that we give out ... make sure that we're giving it to a good source and a legitimate source."
He's also trying to get the salesman to scale back the intensity when they speak with prospective customers.
"Our big complaint with them is they're being aggressive. When they're asked to leave a residence, they need to leave. When they're told 'we don't want your product,' they need to turn around and just go. ... Like I explained to the sales guys, I said, 'You've got to understand, you're at somebody's house. You're trying to sell them something they may not want. ... You've got to take no for an answer.'"
While the men have badges that say "GE Authorized Dealer," police said the men told them they work for a company called "The Sales Mob" out of California.
A spokesperson with GE confirms the men are not associated with the company in any way.
"GE does not own a security systems business. We are currently looking into the situation, but we can confirm these men are certainly not GE employees," the company said in a statement Wednesday.
11 News contacted The Sales Company over its practices, but as of air time, has not heard back.
It's a good reminder to never let strangers in your home or share personal information with them.