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Watch out for slick magazine sales pitch

Wednesday, November 02, 2011


North Carolina consumers are reporting that magazine sellers are knocking on doors, using a slick sales pitch to claim they’re raising money for worthy causes. These sellers may claim to live in the neighborhood, but they’re usually part of traveling groups of young people lured into the job by false promises of big paychecks. 
These door-to-door sellers are known to claim that their proceeds will go to a local charity or a school fundraiser. A salesman operating in one Triad neighborhood recently told some neighbors that he was raising money to help troops in Afghanistan, while he told others that sales would benefit a local sports team. In reality, the money collected goes to a for-profit company.
Before you buy a magazine from someone selling door-to-door, think about the following:
  • Only buy magazines door-to-door from someone you know and trust. Beware of sellers who claim to live in the neighborhood if you don’t recognize them.
  • Ask questions before you pay any money. If the seller claims that money will go to a school, hospital, or other worthy group, ask the seller to show you a letter of endorsement from that organization. Better yet, check directly with that organization.
  • If you decide to buy anyway, get a receipt that includes refund and contact information, the total cost of each subscription, and the date you’ll receive the magazine. 
  • Remember your three-day right to cancel. In North Carolina, you have three days to cancel certain purchases such as door-to-door sales even after you sign a contract and pay. 
 
If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.