Willis Moves To Protect Seniors from Door-to-Door Scams

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to protect seniors from predatory scam artists, state Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison) is co-sponsoring legislation to increase the time senior citizens can withdraw from contracts signed with door-to-door salesmen.

“This legislation will help protect senior citizens from being caught in a contract they cannot afford that has been hastily signed in a high pressure situation,” said Willis. “This legislation will provide greater opportunity for a senior citizen to withdraw from a contract and to protect their finances from scam artists.”

Under current law, seniors are granted a three-day window to withdraw from agreements signed with businesses when the contract is initiated by a door-to-door salesman. This provides an opportunity for the senior to reconsider the agreement and to change his or her mind without assuming penalties. The proposed bill would increase the time-frame allowed to seniors from three to fifteen days. The measure is currently before the Illinois House Consumer Protection committee.

“Many seniors have worked their whole lives and deserve to know their savings are protected,” said Willis. “This bill will provide greater protections to seniors to ensure they are not caught into an agreement that costs them money all because a door-to-door salesman was not honest or upfront.”

Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.