Be Careful of Solicitors

Post date: Feb 2, 2012 1:54:26 AM

Hi All,

I want to alert you to something that has occurred at least once in each the Franconia and Mt Vernon Districts during the month of January. Solicitors knocked on doors of elderly residents and offered to do tree work. The subjects then performed a few minutes of shoddy work and significantly overcharged the residents. Unfortunately, it is not illegal to overcharge in the Commonwealth of Virginia, so we are unable to place a charge. However, most of these individuals do not have solicitor’s licenses, and that is a violation for which we can place a charge. Please keep an eye out for these individuals and call our non-emergency number (703) 691-2131 if they are seen in your neighborhood. They are targeting those who may be vulnerable, so please check on your senior citizen neighbors. Encourage them to call and make a report if this has happened to them.

And remember to call about any solicitors without a valid Fairfax County Solicitors License!