ITHACA, N.Y. – The Ithaca Police Department issued a warning on Thursday morning after receiving multiple complaints reporting false soliciting in the community.

According to a news release, the complaints have reported solicitors going door-to-door without a valid solicitor permit. The people are representing themselves as independent contractors from Celtic Corp LLC., Prime Time Marketing, and Family Energy said the news release. According to police, none of the listed companies have a solicitor permit, which is issued by IPD.

In one instance, a solicitor showed the homeowner a permit which appeared to be issued by IPD, and was later determined a forgery, according to the news release. Public Information Officer Jamie Williamson said specific neighborhoods have not been targeted and the reports have been received from several locations throughout the city.

“The way a lot of these people work is as an independent contractor, so they’re contracted with whatever company and make referrals based on door-to-door visitation,” Williamson said. “In the cases we have so far the companies say they are not aware that the people are telling themselves that they’re independent contractors.”

Williamson said in a case like that, an independent contractor would still have an opportunity to make money based on the referral.

Police are still investigating whether or not the major companies were involved or had no idea that the solicitors identified themselves as independent contractors, Williamson said. Soliciting without a permit is counted as an unclassified misdemeanor.

If you suspect that some has tried to solicit money from you without possessing a solicitor permit issued by the Ithaca Police Department please do not let them into your home and call police at 607-272-3245.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.