Authorities say beware of the latest scam artists, who are traveling door to door to homes claiming that residents requested information from a company online or by phone, trying to gain entry to your home.
Helen Stubbs of Meridian says she is one of those people who encountered a scam artist.
"I went to the front door, and I saw this gentleman, out there. I cracked the door just a tiny bit, because hes not right up close to the door," said Stubbs. "Well he said 'Mrs. Stubbs' and he knew my name, and that concerned me. And he said I want to come in and talk to you about your writing or calling about questions for Medicare."
But that was not the case.
"We think that he would call ahead of time, notifying that it was who he was and what he intended to do, and not come to the door knocking and asking those things," said her husband, Billy Stubbs.
"I just want to warn people that they are out there," said Helen Stubbs. "Scams and everything. And we have to be so careful."
Authorities say you should never let someone you don't know into your home. They say if you need some protection, and if you don't have a gun, pepper spray is a great alternative.
"I advise....instead of purchasing a gun, to go purchase pepper spray," said Sheriff Billy Sollie. "So pepper spray is much more readily available, much more considerable and provides you an opportunity to escape someone who has been aggressive to you."
Authorities say when someone knocks on your door be cautious at all times. Look out before you open your door, and ask for their identification.