Published: Jan 09, 2013 10:21 PM EST
Updated: Jan 09, 2013 10:34 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -  Authorities are warning homeowners to beware.  Thieves are in neighborhoods, knocking on doors and asking personal questions so they can use the answers to rob your home when you leave.  Neighbors in McGregor Groves have seen them first hand.

A resident who lives in this community says someone came to her home claiming to be selling magazines for the troops.  When she said she wasn't interested that person asked when her husband would be home and what kind of car he drove.

Beth Schell with the Lee County Sheriff's Office's Crime Prevention Unit says never buy anything from someone you dont know.  She also warns scams like these pop up everyone in a while, especially when the snowbirds are back in town and offers this advice, if a stranger comes to your door say you are not interested, shut the door and lock it.  Call the Lee County Sheriff's Office and report anything suspicious.