Detectives in Gaston County are warning residents to be careful before opening the front door after a man, dressed in a Dish Network shirt, has appeared in several neighborhoods and towns asking for money.
WBTV spoke with 24-year-old Courtney Tignor, who says the strange man asked her for money Sunday afternoon.
"[He said] 'I need $22. I just had a baby last week and my wife was told this morning she has ovarian cancer,'" Tignor said.
Tignor says the man was about 5'6" tall with brown hair. She said he appeared to be in his 30s, and was aggressive with his tone.
"He kept on asking, and I just kept saying 'I don't have any money. I don't have any money,'" she said.
Tignor didn't buy the man's story, and shut the door. She then called her mother in Bessemer City, and found out that the same man had appeared last week at her Bessemer City home.
Police say he's hit a handful of other homes, and that there could be more.
"My sister-in-law got in the car and drove down the road and there was a child toddler-size in the car and he told me it was a week-old baby," Tignor said.
Tignor took a picture of the car, a blue Mitsubishi. It has an NC license plate with the first three letters CFX.
"It's just ridiculous because there's so many out there who need the help, and I would be glad to help but then you have someone like this who just uses you," Tignor said.
WBTV reached out to Dish Network and a spokesman replied: "We are not aware of an employee taking these actions. We would not authorize solicitation from the public for private purposes."
Gaston County Police say if the man comes to your door you shouldn't answer it, but should call 911.
You should also call police if you have any information about the man's identity.