Scam Alert: BBB Calls Magazine Sales "Highly Suspect"

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is warning people about door-to-door magazine sellers.

Officials say the sellers are sometimes legitimate, but the Better Business Bureau has labeled door-to-door magazine sales as a "highly suspect industry." Some companies bus young people in to neighborhoods who may claim to live locally and use emotional sales pitches.

Officials warn that many people who order magazines subscriptions from door-to-door sellers never receive a single issue.

Remember, in North Carolina, you have three days to cancel certain purchases, like door-to-door sales, even after you pay and sign a contract.

If you’ve had a problem with door-to-door magazine sales, you can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office online or by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina.

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  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on May 4, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    It is more than just a scam. The poor kids that end up going door-to-door are victims too. Many are tricked into it by promises of pay. Also, so of these outfits claim to be raising funds for different charities...this is toatlly untrue. I checked on a claim that St. Judes Children's Hospital was receiving a percentage from the sales. St. Judes' representative stated that they have never received anything and haven't authorized anyone to fundraise in their name or on their behalf. On the Internet, there are lots of horror stories about these types of "magazine" sales scams!
  • by jerry Location: enc on May 4, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    Dang, I shudda known something was up when that 10 yr. old selling magazines had a beard!
  • by pIRATE Location: Greenville on May 4, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    I have bought subcriptions from these pushy kids twice. The first time my magazines came as offered. The second time I had to call and call to receive them, but both times I felt very uneasy afterwards. On both occasions I could smell the scam.
  • by Been there..done that Location: ENC on May 4, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    When living in the tidewater area of Virginia before moving here, it was not uncommon for teen males to come around selling candy bars out of a laundry type basket they were carrying, saying it was for school,etc.. I would never answer the door when I would peek out the window and see it was them. One time I was expecting someone else and opened the door to find it was a "candy" salesman. I sent him on his way but two weeks later my house was broken into and they got a gun, money, check book and all of my credit cards except the one I had in my wallet. Talk about a headache trying to get all of that stuff straight! I came home from work to find the back door kicked in, all of the drawers dumped on the floor, mattress pulled off of the box springs, closets gone through,etc. I have always felt that the "candy" seller was a "scout" casing homes for potential break ins. As this home did not have a foyer, he had a straight shot to see the living room and everything it it while standing at the door. Not to brag, but I do have some nice things and I'm sure he noticed. My advice is DON'T answer the door or only talk to them through the door and NOT let them see inside. I think that door to door canvassing should be illegal.
  • by Fooled Once Location: Newport on May 4, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    Do not give these people the time of day.

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