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Website Release Date: July 6, 2012: In loving memory of my beautiful daughter Malinda
Malinda and 6 other kids were killed by Jeremy Holmes, Choan Lane, Karleen Hillery, the NFSA and MPA.
If they don't know about you scumbags yet - they will undoubtedly know about you on July 6, 2012!
Happy Birthday Malinda

MISSING

Ian Daniel Ladd
18 yr old male
DOB 4/15/1993
Brown hair and brown eyes
6'5" tall
weight: approx 145 lbs.
white
Last seen on April 12, 2011 at the San Bernardino, Ca. Greyhound bus station headed for Los Angeles, CA wearing a white graphic t-shirt and jeans, carrying a small black and yellow 5.10 backpack and a small green backpack.
Traveling and working with a mag crew (Dynasty Technologies/ MTS Circulation) possibly in northern ca. maybe headed to Las Vegas. Possibly with a crew manager named Roxanne.
Ian is Bipolar and without his medication. He has not been heard from at all and just had his birthday. He has not responded to birthday wishes on facebook or any e-mails.
This is not like Ian to not respond to friends, etc.
Missing persons case: DR# 0511009698
contact Deputy Sheriff Miguel Placencia or another sheriff if he is not available at
(909) 336-0600
Twin Peaks Station
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
P.O. Box 384/26010 Hwy 189
Twin Peaks, Ca. 92391
Also contact Noelle Ladd (mom)
(909) 648-2937
noelleladd@hotmail.com

A Industry Rife With Fraud, Exploitation, and Crime
Do you love your mother?
Do you love your daughter?

Then contact the Magaizine Publishers of America and the National Field Selling Association
before your loved one is raped and murdered by a traveling door-to-door salesman.
Tell them to put an end to the greed and the crime before another innocent life is lost.

Do you love your child?
Then contact the Magaizine Publishers of America and the National Field Selling Association
before your kid is murdered or killed in a van roll over. Tell them to put an end to the explotation of teens and young adults.
Tell them that you want the GREED for PROFIT to STOP!

Magazine Publishers of America - President: Nina Link - MPA
Nina Link
President & CEO
(212) 872-3710
Office of the President
president@magazine.org
Email Nina Link
Nina Link
President & CEO
(212) 872-3710
Carolyne Tang
Executive Assistant to the President
(212) 872-3711

National Field Selling Association
President: Ms. Sandra Hall (President) NFSA
Alliance Service Company (ASCI)
(847) 253-7766
2390 Esplanade Drive, Ste 206, Gilberts, IL 60136
http://www.allianceserviceco.com
Email Sandra Hall
Email Sandra Hall
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/chicago/business-reviews/magazines-dealers/alliance-service-in-gilberts-il-27000804

DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Trade Group:
National Field Selling Association
http://www.www.nfsa.com
end DMPG Info
December 29, 2011
Ripoff Report: #815672
Complaint Review: NFSA
Submitted: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Reported By: Once a Member — Dallas Texas United States of America
NFSA
Internet Pennsylvania United States of America
Phone:
Web: www.nfsa.com
Category: Cult Organizations
NFSA National Field Selling Accociation Scamming Publishers and Covering up criminal Companies. Internet, Pennsylvania RipOff Report:
http://www.ripoffreport.com
Read The Entire RipOff Report Here
Click Here to read other Ripoff Reports on NFSA






CONSUMER BOYCOTT !!!
It is time to STOP this fowl and immoral industry forever!
It is time to put an end to the exploitation, rape and murder!

We are asking all consumers to boycott magazines until the Magazine Publishers of America discontinue the distribution of magazines to the magazine clearinghouses and magazine companies across the country that continue to rape and murder innocent children and homeowners. This boycott includes but is not limited to the sales of magazines and magazine subscriptions by traveling door-to-door sales agents, newsstands, hospitals, medical clinics, grocery stores, book stores, the internet, and any other means of sale.

This web site and its over 2000 pages receive on an average of between 3500 – 4000 viewers per day. These basis statistic tell us that there are hundreds of thousands of people in this country alone being adversely affected by the immoral practices of the magazine publishers and the National field Selling Association.

When you purchase a magazine from any source you are contributing to the exploitation and the crime that has plagued this fowl industry for decades. In effect you become part of the problem and are supporting an industry built on greed, exploitation, labor violations, human rights violations, human trafficking, and hideous crimes.
Please join us today and boycott magazine sales across the coutry until the magazine publishers discontinue the distribution of magazines to the magazine clearinghouses and magazine companies responsible for the rapes and murders of our loved ones.
"He who profits by a crime commits it."

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BEWARE !!!
On March 26, 2009 the state of Wisconsin passed the most powerful regulatory door-to-door solicitation legislation in the country. The SB-4 legislation named after an 18 year old girl (Malinda Turvey) who was killed along with six other young kids while selling magazines door-to-door in Wisconsin on March 25, 1999, 'Malinda's Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act' will become active on April 10, 2010.

April 9, 2010
Information about Wisconsin’s New Law on Traveling Sales Crews
Section 103.34, Wisconsin Statutes

Read PDF Document
April 14, 2010
Link To Wisconsin: Traveling Sales Crew Disclosure Statement
Read PDF Disclosure Statement

Update: May 1, 2010
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Traveling Sales Crew Documentation:

http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/er/labor_standards_bureau/traveling_sales_crew.htm

Chapter DWD 273 Wisconsin Administrative Code to regulate and register traveling sales crews, to register traveling sales crew workers and to enforce action:
DMPG PDF: Chapter DWD 273
Chapter DWD 273 Wisconsin Administrative Code

Section 103.34 Wisconsin Statutes requires the department to promulgate administrative rules:
CHAPTER 103 EMPLOYMENT REGULATIONS:
http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/er/labor_standards_bureau/traveling_sales_crew.htm
DMPG PDF: Section 103.34
http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0103.pdf

Traveling Sales Crew Application For Registration Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Document Number: ERD-16789-E (erd_16789.pdf)
Description: This form is used to register for a door-to-door sales license.
DMPG PDF: Application For Registration: erd_16789.pdf
http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/dwd/forms/erd/erd_16789_e.htm

New Wisconsin Statute Protects Members Of Traveling Sales Crews

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Attempted Murder
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Location: Austin, Texas
Date: 12/14/11






Rape
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Location: Vancouver, Washington
Date: 10/28/11






Sexual Assault
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Location: Bisbee, Arizona
Date: 9/14/11






Fraud
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Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: 04/14/10






Breaking and Entering, Forgery, Theft
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Location: Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Date: 02/18/10




Choan Alan Lane
Restitution Violations
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Location: Rock County, Wisconsin
Date: 05/10/08



Unsolved Attempted Rape
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Location: Weston, Missouri
Date: 09/26/07
   


Unsolved Murder

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Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Date: 11/26/06




Sex Offender Escapes Courthouse
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Location: Burlington, Vermont
Date: 08/22/06




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Location: Houston, Texas
Date: 6/16/05



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Location: Cerritos, Calif.
Date: 11/19/04



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Location: Cobb County, Georgia
Date: 07/28/03



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Location: Saratoga County, NY
Date: August 2003


Unsolved Attempted Murder
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Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Date: 05/23/01









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Attorney/Media Access:
Raped and Murdered Homeowners for PROFIT
Murdered Sales Agents Selling Magazines
For Readers Digest, Conde Nast, Hearst, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones.
Meeting with Executive Vice President/General Manager of MPA April 5, 2004

Letters to the publishers

Access Hundreds Of Media Videos Deplicting The Exploitation, The Labor Violations, And The Crimes

Magazine Publisher Profilers: Names Of The Monsters, Trade Groups, Detailed Info. On Crimes They Are Responsibe For

Detailed Info. On Owners/Managers of Mag. And Cleaner Companies and Clearinhouses and Crimes They Are Responsibe For

Attorney Access: Legal Documents, Clearinghouse Contracts, Criminal Database, Civil Lawsuits

The Bloody Underworld of the Criminal Door-to-Door Magazine and Cleaner Sales Industry

IRS Fraud

Documented Death Threats

Documented Emails to the MPA: Michael Pashby, Chris Nolan, and Nina Link



DO NOT OPEN YOUR DOOR TO A DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESMAN !!!
LOCK YOUR DOOR AND CALL THE POLICE !!!
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They would not listen, they're not listening still.
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Janesville Van Rollover Memorial March 25, 2012


Breaking News 2011
A Industry Rife With Fraud, Exploitation, and Crime



Attorney/Media Access:
Raped and Murdered Homeowners for PROFIT
Murdered Sales Agents Selling Magazines
For Readers Digest, Conde Nast, Hearst, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones.
Meeting with Executive Vice President/General Manager of MPA April 5, 2004

Letters to the publishers

Access Hundreds Of Media Videos Deplicting The Exploitation, The Labor Violations, And The Crimes

Magazine Publisher Profilers: Names Of The Monsters, Trade Groups, Detailed Info. On Crimes They Are Responsibe For

Detailed Info. On Owners/Managers of Mag. And Cleaner Companies and Clearinhouses and Crimes They Are Responsibe For

Attorney Access: Legal Documents, Clearinghouse Contracts, Criminal Database, Civil Lawsuits

IRS Fraud

Documented Death Threats

Documented Emails to the MPA: Michael Pashby and Chris Nolan



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Vancouver, Washington
Rapist on the Run:
Frightening case where knife-wielding suspect posed as door-to-door salesman - then attacked
November 4, 2011
Suspect sketch - Wanted for rape in Vancouver


WMW
November 4, 2011
WANTED IN VANCOUVER—
Vancouver police need help solving a disturbing rape case.
They say the man drawn up in this sketch pretended to be a door-to-door salesman before busting his way into a woman's home. It has a brazen attack – happening right in the middle of the afternoon on October, 25th. The victim lives near Stapleton Rd. and 4th Plain. Police say he knocked on her door, clutching a clipboard, and claiming to be selling magazines. But then, he pulled a knife, forced his way inside, and raped her. Here’s a description of the suspect: Black, Age: 30-35, Ht: 6’0”, Wt: 180 lbs, Wearing red jacket with hood, Gold hoop earring in right ear, Vertical scar on left side of neck. Even if you don't recognize this guy, here's how you can help: Police want to hear from anyone in Vancouver who's had a door-to-door magazine salesman come to their house in the past month - whether you bought something or not, they need to hear from you. If that’s you, or if you recognize the man in this sketch, call: CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS
Q13FOX, KCPQ-TV
http://www.q13fox.com
Seattle, Washington
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Meriden, Connecticut
Meriden Police Issue Warning About Potential Scams
December 30, 2011
Meriden Police Issue Warning About Potential Scams
The department wants residents to be vigilant about door-to-door solicitors.
December 30, 2011
MeridenPatch
Meriden police issued the following statement today:

The Meriden Police Department would like to make all City residents aware of the following: As of late we have been receiving numerous complaints from city residents regarding unwanted and unwelcomed solicitations from a host of various vendors. In light of the recent news from Connecticut Light and Power, detailing the alleged “scammers” going door to door within our State, the Meriden Police would like all of our City’s residents to be vigilant and ever aware of the happenings in their respective neighborhoods. We have seen solicitors who are out in the neighborhoods going door to door trying to create sales for such things as magazine subscriptions, Cable and/or phone related services as well as trying to entice citizens to change their current energy carriers. Although some of these solicitors do possess the proper licenses and permits, many others do not. In fact, it is well known in the Law Enforcement Community throughout the Country, that very often criminals will go door to door under the guise of being a “salesman” only to determine if a homeowner is at home. If nobody comes to the door, these individuals will then determine if they can burglarize the home without being detected.

This information is not being provided to scare anyone, but rather to remind the citizens of our community to take an active interest in the safety and security of our neighborhoods. The Meriden Police encourage all residents who see anyone or anything suspicious, to contact us right away so that we can make sure that anyone going door to door in your neighborhoods has been properly authorized to do so. The number to call if you have any doubts as to the authenticity of a door to door sales person is (203) 630-6201. Especially in the evening hours once the sun has gone down.
MeridenPatch
http://meriden.patch.com
Meriden, Connecticut
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MERRIMACK, New Hampshire
Police warn about fraudulent solicitors
December 30, 2011
Police warn about fraudulent solicitors
Published Dec 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm (Updated Dec 30, 2011)
Union Leader Corporation
MERRIMACK -- Police are urging residents to be on guard against fraudulent solicitors, after a report of a man falsely claiming to be collecting funds for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Police received a complaint on Dec. 27 that a man was going door-to-door in the area of Scotchpine Lane soliciting for the VFW. A resident was suspicious of the man and contacted the Merrimack VFW, which indicated that they were not running a fundraiser at the time.

The male is described as white, around 30 years old, and driving a silver or gray vehicle.

Merrimack police confirmed that the VFW is not holding a fundraiser, nor does the organization go door-to-door.

Residents contacted by anyone claiming to solicit for the VFW can call the Merrimack VFW Post at 424-7719. They can also contact Merrimack police at 424-3774.

Police also issued the following guidelines for dealing with solicitors:

-- Obtain the organization's name, address and telephone number.

-- Obtain the name of the person who is calling or at their door.

-- If the person is going door-to-door, do not let them into the home.

-- Note the solicitor's description and his or her vehicle or license plate number.

-- People should not be soliciting door-to-door after dark.
Union Leader Corporation
http://www.unionleader.com
Manchester, New Hampshire
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Dallas, Texas
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Trade Group:
National Field Selling Association
http://www.www.nfsa.com
end DMPG Info
December 29, 2011
Ripoff Report: #815672
Complaint Review: NFSA
Submitted: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Reported By: Once a Member — Dallas Texas United States of America
NFSA
Internet Pennsylvania United States of America
Phone:
Web: www.nfsa.com
Category: Cult Organizations
NFSA National Field Selling Accociation Scamming Publishers and Covering up criminal Companies. Internet, Pennsylvania RipOff Report:
http://www.ripoffreport.com
Read The Entire RipOff Report Here
Click Here to read other Ripoff Reports on NFSA


Portland, Oregon
Vacuum cleaner salesman/entrepreneur gets 11 years in prison
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
http://www.dsa.org
Want to get a real chuckle then read the DSA code of ethics:
http://www.dsa.org/ethics/code
end DMPG Info
December 29, 2011
Vacuum cleaner salesman/entrepreneur gets 11 years in prison
Johnny Brown also ran Ponzi scheme along with sales
By Barbara Sherman
The Regal Courier, Dec 29, 2011
Johnny "Mickey" Brown, the infamous Tigard-based door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman turned Ponzi-schemer, was sentenced by a judge Dec. 21 to 11 years in federal prison and ordered to turn himself in the next afternoon.

On May 11, 2011, a federal jury in Portland convicted Brown, then 56, on 14 counts, including evading income taxes from 1993 through 1995, seven counts of wire fraud and six counts of making false statements to a bank.

Prosecutors had asked that Brown be sentenced to prison for 25 years, but U.S. District Judge Garr King issued the shorter sentence in front of a crowd of victims and friends who packed the Portland courtroom to hear the sentencing.

"I truly hope this brings some inner peace to some of the elderly in the Tigard/King City area who are embarrassed by what happened," said a woman who has been closely following the six-year-long case. "It was very hard watching some of the victims testify about what has happened to them and how they are still dealing with the ramifications of the Browns' fraud years later."

According to prosecutors, between 2001 and 2003 Brown defrauded 114 investors out of $5 million and cost US Bank $4 million.

Brown sold Kirby vacuum cleaners out of at least two offices in King City and Tigard while also persuading customers to let him charge their credit cards to the limit so he could purchase more vacuum cleaners. In exchange, Brown would pay interest on loans and make the minimum credit card payments.

About 10 percent of the money he collected did go to purchase more vacuum cleaners, but the rest was pocketed and used to cover ever-growing debt payments, according to prosecutors.
By Barbara Sherman
The Regal Courier
http://www.theregalcourier.com
Tigard, Oregon
Pamplin Media Group, Portland, Oregon
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Bath Township, Ohio
Getting a License to Solicit at Bath Homes Now Tougher
December 29, 2011
Getting a License to Solicit at Bath Homes Now Tougher
Trustees rescind township regulations dating to late 1980s in favor of county process.
By Kasha Legeza
Editor
FairLawn-BathPatch
December 29, 2011
Bath Township officials have done away with their door-to-door peddler regulations of more than two decades in favor of more stringent licensing rules created by the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs.

Township Trustees adopted the county’s application process and licensing regulations for door-to-door solicitors, peddlers and canvassers during their Nov. 21 meeting, but did not do away with the township’s regulations.

At the time, township Administrator William Snow said vendors could either be licensed through the township or the county. "I just want to see how the process works first," Snow had said, adding that he expected to recommend that Summit County eventually take over the process.

During their most-recent meeting, trustees voted to rescind the township’s regulations for peddlers that Snow said were enacted in the late 1980s.

“I had wanted to keep both in place, but the township law director said they were in conflict so we took the (township’s) old transient vendor regulations out,” Snow explained. “It was a housekeeping measure.”

The township’s regulations had required that door-to-door solicitors file an application at the Bath Police Department, pay a $25 administrative fee and wait three days before receiving a license.

Under the county’s rules, solicitors age 18 and older must file an application with the consumer affairs office and undergo a 10-day waiting period. During that time, applicants must be fingerprinted and pay for a criminal background check through the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. That documentation must then be turned in to the consumer affairs office.

The county regulations state that licenses will not be granted to anyone who has been convicted of, or plead guilty to:

Any offense involving a minor victim
Any sexually oriented offense
Corrupting another with drugs, unlawful sale, distribution or trafficking,
or the intent to unlawfully sell, distribute or traffic any illegal drug,
controlled substance or narcotic within seven years of conviction or guilty plea
Any assault within seven years of conviction or guilty plea
Unlawful possession of weapons within five years of conviction or guilty plea
Any homicide offense

A $35 fee is due to the county’s consumer affairs office upon receipt of the license.

Bath Police Chief Michael McNeely said the switch from township licensing through his department to county licensing “reduces our workload a little bit. We usually have less than a dozen vendors come in (for licenses) per year.”

McNeely said no regulations will prevent national magazine sales companies from dropping vanloads of young adults off in the township to conduct their door-to-door sales, so township officers will continue issuing misdemeanor citations for vending without a license.

“This won’t stop them. They’ll still come in, bring these kids in from all across the country. We’ve cited people from the deep south and other parts of the Midwest,” McNeely said. “Some of the young kids are okay, but we find others have a past history that residents should be concerned about.”

McNeely said township residents “are great about calling in” regarding solicitors so police can investigate.

“The (peddlers) that would register and pay the fee were never a problem. It’s the other ones that come in, hit the township and leave in a couple days,” he said. “Citizens calling has probably prevented a crime of opportunity.”

The county’s consumer affairs office will notify McNeely by email anytime a solicitor license is issued for Bath Township. McNeely said he will then pass that information on to his staff. No licenses have been issued by the township or county since the new regulations went into effect in late November.

“Typically this time of year we won’t see many door-to-door vendors because of the weather. But when springtime comes around, they’ll be back,” he said. Related Topics: Bath Police Department, Bath Township Trustees, Door-to-door solicitors, and Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs
By Kasha Legeza
Editor
FairLawn-BathPatch
http://fairlawn-bath.patch.com
Ohio
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Escondido, Calififornia
ESCONDIDO: Suspect in sexual assaults pleads not guilty
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Pro-Tek Chemical
Website:
http://www.protekchemical.com
Phone: 888.776.8351
Fax: 208.366.7676
E-mail: protek@protekchemical.com
Address:
P.O. Box 1057
Glenns Ferry, ID 83623

Pro-Tek Chemical is a member of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
NFSA Website:
http://nfsa.com
end DMPG Info
December 28, 2011
ESCONDIDO: Suspect in sexual assaults pleads not guilty
By MORGAN COOK mcook@nctimes.com | Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 3:30 pm
North County Times
nctimes.com
A 21-year-old cleaning-product salesman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to tying up and sexually assaulting two women at knife point last week inside their home in an unincorporated area of Escondido.

The suspect, Joshua Thomas Nitkin, is accused of entering the home of a 19-year-old woman and her sister, 22, on Dec. 22 under the pretense of demonstrating a "magic" orange cleaning solution he was selling door-to-door, county prosecutor Tracy Prior said during Nitkin's arraignment Wednesday at the Vista courthouse.

Once inside the women's home, Nitkin threatened them with a butcher knife and forced them to take off their clothes, Prior said. He then grabbed the women's breasts, kissed them and forced them to touch his penis, telling them he would kill them if they didn't comply with his demands.

The women begged and pleaded with him to stop, Prior said. She said the women prevented Nitkin from raping them by telling him stories about themselves and their family.

Nitkin forced one of the women at knife point to tie up her sister with a belt, Prior said. She said he then tied up the other sister with a belt.

After the victims were bound, Nitkin rummaged through their purses looking for money, Prior said. Finding none, he left.

Nitkin, who has been held in jail since his arrest Friday, interrupted the court proceedings Wednesday after the judge granted a news outlet permission to show his image.

"I almost got killed in jail yesterday for my picture being IDed," he said in a loud voice. "Next time they try to kill me for my picture being IDed, I'm going to allow it."

He said there had been three attempts on his life at the Vista detention center.

Superior Court Judge Marshall Hockett set Nitkin's bail at $1 million, ruling that he was an "extreme danger to the community."

Nitkin faces 12 felony charges including assault with intent to commit rape, assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and kidnapping, according to court records. He is also charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

If convicted of all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison, Prior said after Nitkin's arraignment Wednesday.

Prior said Nitkin did not have a criminal history before the assaults last week, and there was no indication that he has victimized anyone besides the two women.

She said Nitkin was employed by a company called Pro-Tek Chemical to sell an "Eco-Orange" product door-to-door.

Call staff writer Morgan Cook at 760-739-6675.
By MORGAN COOK mcook@nctimes.com
North County Times
nctimes.com http://www.nctimes.com
Escondido, California
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VISTA, Calififornia
Salesman Pleads Not Guilty To Tying Up, Assaulting Women
December 28, 2011
Salesman Pleads Not Guilty To Tying Up, Assaulting Women
Joshua Nitkin Was Let Into Residence On Felicita Road Near Monticello Drive
POSTED: 7:07 am PST December 28, 2011
UPDATED: 7:11 pm PST December 28, 2011
ABC10
VISTA, Calif. -- A door-to-door cleaning supplies salesman accused of sexually assaulting two sisters at knifepoint in their Escondido home pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 14 charges, including kidnapping and assault with intent to commit rape.

Joshua Nitkin, 21, was ordered held on $1 million bail and faces 25 years in state prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior.

The prosecutor told Judge Marshall Hockett on Dec. 22, Nitkin demonstrated a cleaning product in the victims' home before allegedly assaulting them in a bedroom.

Prior alleged that Nitkin retrieved a butcher knife from the kitchen before threatening and sexually assaulting the 19- and 22-year-old victims.

The prosecutor said the sisters spoke to their assailant about their family in Spanish, and he eventually became less violent.

Nitkin ordered one sister to tie up her sibling with a belt, then he tied up the other sister, Prior alleged.

Nitkin allegedly moved the victims to different locations in the home before leaving. He was arrested the next day.

Nitkin, who also faces charges of attempted robbery, burglary and forcible sexual battery, is due back in court Jan. 6 for a readiness conference and Jan. 11 for a preliminary hearing.
ABC10
http://www.10news.com
San Diego, California
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FORT LEE, Virginia
Commissaries to end magazine sales overseas
December 28, 2011
Commissaries to end magazine sales overseas
December 28, 2011
By Leslie Brown, DeCA public affairs
FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 28, 2011) -- Defense Commissary Agency officials have announced the end of magazine sales in their overseas stores beginning January 2012. This affects all commissaries in Europe, the Pacific (Japan, Okinawa, South Korea and Guam) and Puerto Rico.

The Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, will continue to sell the Stars & Stripes newspaper since they are printed in theater. Commissaries in Alaska and Hawaii are not affected by this sales change. Magazines will also continue to be available in military exchanges and bookstores located near most overseas commissaries.

"With the rising costs in transportation and declining sales, the decision was made to end the sale of magazines in our stores in Europe and the Pacific," said Chris Burns, director of sales. "We have to be fiscally responsible with our taxpayer-provided resources, and this is one way we can do that."

Before deciding to cease magazine sales overseas, DeCA officials had tried other options such as deleting slow-selling titles and reducing the volume of magazines shipped to overseas stores. However, the negative sales trend didn't change.

"The decision to eliminate magazine sales overseas was not an easy one, but a decision that had to be made in our fiscally constrained environment," Burns said. "The contract for selling magazines in the overseas stores ends in fiscal (year) 2012, so this is the proper time to make this change.

"By eliminating the logistical costs of airlifting magazines to overseas distribution centers, we're able to keep other important products flowing to our store shelves," Burns said.
By Leslie Brown, DeCA public affairs
http://www.army.mil
Washington DC
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
E. Idaho council eyes door-to-door sales ordinance
December 25, 2011
E. Idaho council eyes door-to-door sales ordinance
Post Register
Dec. 25, 2011 1:27 PM ET
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Falls City council has taken a step toward implementing an ordinance requiring door-to-door peddlers to pass criminal background checks following a series of crimes including rape and burglary carried out by people posing as salesmen last summer. The Post Register reports (http://bit.ly/ur0FdM) that council members on Thursday voted 4-1 to pass the ordinance on its first reading, and will revisit the topic in January where members could take final action. The ordinance would also require door-to-door salesman to wear a city-issued photo ID badge while on the job. Police Chief Steve Roos says people are coming from out of town and committing the crimes while posing as sales people. Officials say the ordinance wouldn't apply to delivery companies, nonprofit groups or groups distributing political or religious materials.
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ESCONDIDO, California
Door-to-door salesman suspected of sexual assault
December 24, 2011
Door-to-door salesman suspected of sexual assault
1:23 p.m. PST, December 24, 2011
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City News Service
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ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- A 21-year-old man was in custody Saturday in connection with a sexual assault on two women who were bound together and groped in an Escondido home.

Joshua Nitkin was arrested about 5 p.m. Friday on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon, San Diego Sheriff's Lt. James Bolwerk said.

The suspect was selling cleaning solution on Felicita Road near Monticello Drive about noon on Thursday when he knocked on the victims' door and offered a demonstration, Bolwerk said.

When a 19-year-old woman allowed him inside, he flashed a knife and threatened to kill her and her 22-year-old sister. He bound both women and molested them before fleeing on foot, Bolwerk said.

The victims freed themselves and called for help.

Detectives with the sheriff's Sexual Assault Unit gave a description of the suspect to patrol deputies, who found Nitkin and detained him, Bolwerk said.

According to jail records, Nitkin is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Vista Superior Court. He is being held without bail.
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Door-to-door salesmen raise suspicions
December 24, 2011
Door-to-door salesmen raise suspicions
Sunday News
Dec 24, 2011 20:15
By JON RUTTER
Staff Writer
lancasteronline.com
Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.
Anne peeked out the window of her suburban home in Parkfield, Manor Township.

A couple of guys in polo shirts were walking down the street, hawking glass-cleaning products.

Were the men legit?

She had no idea.

They unnerved her when they rang doorbells and sprayed the cleaner on people's windows as a demonstration.

"They talk very quickly and it just makes you uncomfortable," said "Anne," who was frightened enough to ask that her real name not be published.

The incident happened last summer, a peak period for door-to-door sales.

But soliciting spans all seasons, say police and consumer groups who try to weed the honest vendors from the fly-by-nights.

On Nov. 12, for example, police in Lititz arrested three York County men –– Travis L. Wyble, 39; Robert E. Wiley, 19; and Matthew Blimline, 23 –– for pitching carpet-cleaning services without permits.

For-profit traveling vendors in Lancaster and most of its suburbs are supposed to check in with police or obtain permits before they rap on your door.

Over the years, many have not.

Some vendors are themselves trapped in dead-end jobs pushing magazines for a few dollars a day, said Reid Maki, who coordinates the Child Labor Coalition at the National Consumers League in Washington, D.C.

He keeps a file of on-the-road horror stories, including fatal accidents and violent assaults on –– and by –– traveling sales vendors.

At the least, he said, that magazine subscription you sign up for is suspect.

If you don't know personally or can't easily identify the home or school of the person ringing your doorbell, he added, the odds you'll never lay eyes on your purchase "go way up."

It's wisdom Anne has taken to heart.

So has her husband, who she says fended off a man peddling meat out of an unmarked Maryland truck a few months ago.

"You've got to be kidding me!" was Anne's reaction.

"Who drives to a different state to sell meat? There's red flags all over that."

Wham, bam, scam?

Illegal peddling reports crop up here consistently, if not in great numbers.

The problem "comes and goes," said Officer Chris Armato of Lititz Borough police.

Officers in Lititz so far in 2011 wrote up the three citations noted above, according to police Chief William Seace, who said violators can be fined up to $300.

Manheim Township handed out two citations, Sgt. Thomas Rudzinski said.

West Lampeter Township officers issued none, according to Chief James Walsh.

Exact numbers were unavailable for Lancaster city and Manor Township.

East Hempfield Township has no ordinance, police Chief Stephen Skiles said.

Police officers in communities with ordinances typically let off first-time violators with a warning.

Police chiefs say most of the people who are stopped either get a permit or pack up and leave.

Lititz typically approves 10 to 15 permits a year, Seace said.

West Lampeter Township issued seven permits in 2011, an average number, according to Walsh.

Permit stipulations vary. In Lititz, for example, the documents must be approved by the mayor.

Lancaster charges $100 to issue a license; police run a criminal background check first.

Licensed insurance agents and farmers selling fresh fruit and vegetables are not covered by the ordinance in Manor Township, where convicted violators can be fined up to $600 and sentenced to up to 90 days in jail.

People tucking flyers in doors and nonprofits, such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, are generally exempt.

So are businesses that take orders or make previous appointments to visit customers, Rudzinski said.

"It's the ones that show up door-to-door unannounced" that are illegal, he said.

Such as young, high-pressure magazine vendors working for independent subscription companies.

The vendors typically drive out-of-state cars, or a van will drop them off to canvas a neighborhood, Rudzinski said, noting:

"They'll give you the line" that they're selling stuff to help pay for school.

Ron Atwell, who lives in the Manor Oaks development in Manor Township, has heard such spiels.

"I was on my front porch after supper one night and a young man pulled up in his car" with Michigan license plates, Atwell said.

The man said he was scouting a sales route for "high-end" meats but could provide no literature or other information about his company, Atwell said.

Atwell told him he needed a permit. "With that," Atwell said, "he walked down the street and crossed to the other side."

Atwell, a former cop and sheriff in Lehigh County, said he spotted the same car in a nearby community the next day.

Two more groups of peddlers materialized in the following weeks.

"When you have all these strange people floating around in your neighborhood it kind of makes you leery because you don't know if they're casing your house or what," Atwell said.

In 2010 and 2011, according to reports compiled by the Consumers League, three traveling magazine sales vendors were arrested for unrelated sexual assaults on customers in Connecticut, Florida and Nebraska.

Watchdog groups say bogus sales and exploitation of workers are the more common problems.

"We hear a lot that [consumers] don't always get the products they buy," Maki said.

Some companies operate "fairly legitimately," he said.

But others are scammers who leave a trail of changed names and disconnected phone numbers.

Kids frequently don't often get the attractive, exotic jobs they think they're applying for, Maki said.

Sales crew members have been murdered, raped and robbed.

"There's a lot of partying, hard drinking," according to Maki, who said he fielded a call last year from a boy abandoned by his crew along the road, 1,000 miles from home.

The boy was lucky.

"Sometimes when young people don't make their sales quota," Maki said, "they've gotten beaten up."

Websites such as travelingsalescrews.info –– launched by a man who lost his daughter in the wreck of a crew van –– are rife with tales of kids sucked into this shadow economy.

"It puts the consumer in a difficult dilemma" whether to help a kid going door-to-door, Maki said.

The safer bet is to pass, he added. For the family of a youth asking to go on the road, that's the only bet.

"Any responsible parent would say 'no.' "

Contact Sunday News staff writer Jon Rutter at jrutter@lnpnews.com.
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Escondido, California
Suspect in Escondido Home Invasion Arrested
December 24, 2011
Suspect in Escondido Home Invasion Arrested
Joshua Nitkin, 21, arrested for invading the home of two women on Thursday afternoon, officials said
By Joseph Young
Saturday, Dec 24, 2011 | Updated 1:30 PM PST
KNSD
A 21-year-old man was arrested Friday evening in connection with an Escondido home invasion where two women were tied up at knife-point by a suspect posing as a salesman, according to San Diego County Sheriff's deputies.

Deputies identified Joshua Nitkin as the suspect who tied up two women, ages 19 and 22, inside a home in the 2300 block of Felicita Road and Montecito Drive sometime after 4 p.m. Thursday.

Nitkin reportedly came to the home pretending to sell cleaning products.

“He looked like a decent enough guy,” said Sgt. Mark Haynesworth just after the incident. “He had a flyer...advertising the products he was selling.”

After demonstrating some products in the home’s entryway, deputies said Nitkin asked if he could do so in other areas of the home.

The women let the suspect inside the residence and at some point the trio ended up in one of the home's bedrooms; at which point Nitkin produced a knife, according to Lt. James Bolwerk.

Nitkin then tied up both of the women, as he threatened to kill them, and also groped the victims before fleeing the home, Bolwerk said.

A preliminary investigation led officials to Nitkin who was detained and arrested on Friday around 5 p.m. once he was positively identified as the suspect, according to a report.

Nitkin was booked into the Vista Detention Facility and faces charges for kidnap to commit rape, assault with a deadly weapon, and false imprisonment. He was held without bail and is set to be arraigned in court on Thursday, Dec. 29.
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San Diego, California
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Sacramento, California
Call Kurtis: Is My Door-to-Door Salesman Legit?
December 23, 2011
Call Kurtis: Is My Door-to-Door Salesman Legit?
December 23, 2011 10:35 PM
CBS13
It wasn’t the first time Sandi Schlosser had bought magazines from a door-to-door salesperson.

But it was the first time her order hadn’t been fulfilled.

“I truly think the young salespeople they employ aren’t aware of this,” she said.

Her receipt, from Houston-based Freedom Sales, Inc., details her $134 order: three years of Vegetarian Times and Weight Wachers, and two years of Mac Life.

More than 15 months later, she hasn’t seen a single issue, she said.

“They market themselves as recruiting and trying to help kids,” she said of the saleswoman who came to her door.

The saleswoman had spoken of personal financial troubles and how the door-to-door job helped feed her family, Schlosser said.

Her order had been confirmed with the company last December by phone, according to Schlosser, when she was told to be patient, as these things can take some time to process.

Now the company won’t return her calls, she said.

“We just feel like we’ve been burned by someone we were trying to help,” she said.

Schlosser trusted the solicitor with her money, but how can customers ever really know whether buying from a door-to-door seller is safe?

“Your best protection is to look at the reputation of the seller,” said Gary Almond, President of the Better Business Bureau of Northeastern California.

A simple Google search on a cell phone or computer will find the company’s reputation and educate a consumer about the risks, he said.

Freedom Sales has hundreds of complaints from across the country about freedom not delivering magazines.

Schlosser’s receipt from the company reads: “If you do not receive delivery within 120 days please contact Freedom Sales. You will be compensated.”

But also printed is this apparent disclaimer: “Refunds will not be issued.”

“They’re affirmatively telling you they don’t have a refund policy,” said Almond.

CBS Sacramento’s messages to Freedom and manager Twanna Engerman were not returned.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office said it has received 26 complaints about Freedom, but is yet to take any legal action against it.

“They’re not honoring their agreement,” Schlosser said, before adding she won’t buy from a door-to-door salesperson again anytime soon.

“To order on blind faith [that an item will arrive later on],” she said. “I would be reluctant to do that.”

Many cities and counties, including the City of Sacramento where Schlosser resides, require door-to-door solicitors to obtain permits and business licenses and carry them on routes.

The City told CBS Sacramento Freedom Sales never had any permits to operate door to door.
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PIKETON, Ohio
Sheriff Says Burglars Are Posing As Sweeper Salesmen
December 23, 2011
Sheriff Says Burglars Are Posing As Sweeper Salesmen
By: Lauren Evans | NBC4i.com
Published: December 23, 2011
PIKETON, Ohio --
Pike County Sheriff Richard Henderson is alerting residents that someone knocking on their door selling vacuum cleaners might really be casing the house for a burglary. He said that the office had several complaints of men driving a maroon, 90’s model four-door Chevrolet coming into homes and making a pitch to sell sweepers. The sheriff said the men may be linked to several burglaries reported recently in the county. If people are approached by the men claiming to sell sweepers, the sheriff said residents should call his office immediately and try to get the license plate number of the vehicle. The Pike County Sheriff’s office number is 740-947-2111.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida
Questions surround Pinellas man's death
December 22, 2011
Questions surround Pinellas man's death
Updated: Thursday, 22 Dec 2011, 8:27 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 22 Dec 2011, 8:27 PM EST
Steve Nichols
FOX 13 Pinellas reporter
WTVT, channel 13
ST. PETERSBURG - Pinellas sheriffs detectives would like to speak to three men soliciting in the area of a murder Wednesday morning. One was peddling magazines door-to-door.

"An Hispanic male, around 20," neighbor Trudy Golden recalled. "I didn't answer the door, but the neighbors said that he was asking for money for college."

The other two "...looked to me like...they had papers, stacks of papers with rubber bands on the end of them like you hang on the doorknob," said Brent Jeffers, who lives across the street from the crime scene.

"We think because he was seen in the area that he may have seen or heard something that would be helpful in this investigation" said sheriffs spokesperson Cecilia Barreda, referring to the magazine salesman.

The sheriff's office received a telephone request to check on the well-being of 21-year old Landy Martinez at 5476 57th Avenue North around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies discovered an open back door and Martinez' body inside one of the home's bedrooms.

Investigators will not say who made the call, nor how the victim died. Neighbors say at least six people live in the house, including a man who moved in with Martinez within the past month.

Since then deputies have been called to the same address four other times this month, but it is not clear whether those incidents involved the victim.

The sheriff's office also will not say whether there is any connection between the homicide and Martinez' arrest in nearby Kenneth City this past February. According to arrest records, Martinez and another man lived together as a couple. The other man was cut with a hair trimmer during a shoving match that ensued when he tried to join Martinez in the shower.

Neighbors find the uncertainty of what happened unsettling.

"Am I supposed to worry about a murderer loose in the neighborhood?" Jeffers pondered. "If it's a domestic thing you figure, oh well, people have their problems. But if you've got some guy loose just breaking into houses?"
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Fort Worth, Texas
Door-to-Door Schemers Prey on Holiday Generosity
December 22, 2011
Door-to-Door Schemers Prey on Holiday Generosity
Door-to-door schemers look to sell you a story
By Mola Lenghi
NBC 5 TV
|Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 | Updated 7:18 PM CST
Door-to-door schemers come in different ages, selling different products, or claiming to raise money for different causes. But it always begins the same way...with a knock.

“In my case it was a woman in her late 20’s who was very polished, very articulate, very slick and reportedly was trying to raise money so she could stay in school,” recalled Greg McNeese, an investigator with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.

McNeese recently had a person posing as a solicitor come to his home, selling magazine subscriptions in an effort, as she phrased it, “to try and raise money for school tuition.”

After asking a few questions, McNeese says he was able to poke holes in the schemer’s story. The stories are often emotional ones – requesting money for school, or a camp, or an illness, or a military family.

“I think some of these people are so well trained that's it’s difficult to determine whether these people are legitimate or not,” said McNeese.

Authorities advise when a stranger shows up asking for donations, ask questions about the cause they’re raising money for, a solicitation permit and for ID.

“Don't feel pressured by their slick sales technique, don't feel pressured by the fact that they claim to be doing good or stay in school,” he said.

Whether you choose to donate or deny, authorities say always have a healthy suspicion.

McNeese said, “It may be for legitimate business and there may be something you can get for your money, but unless you know who they are you don't know for sure, so it's a good idea to be careful.”
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Portland, Oregon
Former vacuum-cleaner salesman sentenced to 11 years in prison in fraud
December 21, 2011
Former vacuum-cleaner salesman sentenced to 11 years in prison in fraud
Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 4:17 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 4:30 PM
By Tom Hallman Jr., The Oregonian
A federal courtroom turned into a stage of sorts Wednesday during the sentencing of Johnny Brown, a former door-to-door vacuum salesman who in May was convicted of operating a Ponzi-like scheme that ultimately defrauded 114 investors and a bank out of millions.

So many people packed the courtroom that the judge allowed people to sit in the jury box while others were forced to stand along the walls. Victims and supporters -- each convinced of their position -- took turns weighing in on Brown's character and guilt.

Brown -- armed with a hand-held microphone -- made an impassioned plea for leniency, at times sounding like a preacher as he paced, turning to face people throughout the room while he touched on a variety of topics including grandparents, his own family and growing up in the racist South.

After listening for 10 minutes, U.S. District Judge Garr King called for a recess, telling Brown that when court resumed he had to narrow the focus of his comments to the matter at hand: How long he should spend in prison.

King said the case was one of the toughest he's handled during his 13 years as a federal judge. He wondered if there were "two Mr. Browns." One, he said, was a businessman who went "astray." The other, he said, was a man who committed "outright fraud."

In Brown's trial, prosecutors said he persuaded customers to let him charge their credit cards to their limits and use the proceeds to buy additional vacuum cleaners for his Tigard-based operation. In return, he would pay them interest on the loans and make minimum payments to the credit card companies. He also promised to pay off the cards at any time. But the scheme meant Brown had to bring in more and more investors to make the interest and credit card payments.

Prosecutors said Brown received $5 million from 114 investors' credit cards, and U.S. Bank was saddled with $4 million in losses.

When U.S. Bank finally shut down his account, Brown used his credit card machine to refund customers' cards, reversing about $1 million in charges until his machine broke. He also faxed fake credit slips to customers to dispute the debt on their cards, prosecutors said, which ultimately moved the losses onto U.S. Bank.

"He preyed on the elderly, the financially unsophisticated and people who trusted him through church," said Scott Asphaug, assistant U.S. attorney.

Asphaug asked that Brown be sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Brown's defense attorney said that for a 57-old man that was a life sentence.

One victim told the judge that she had once considered Brown to be a "friend for life." She said she was devastated when the scheme fell apart and she lost more than $50,000. She told Brown that not only did he steal money, he took her peace of mind.

She said she would keep the vacuum cleaner she bought from him as a reminder of all that had gone wrong.

But a supporter said he and his father had loaned Brown more than $96,000 and all of it had been paid back. He said Brown was the leading salesman of Kirby vacuum cleaners in the region and ran what he described as a "clean and honest" business.

Brown said he was "very sorry" and asked that he be put in the position to pay people back. He waved a $100 cashier's check that he said would be part of the first payment.

That didn't sway King, who said Brown used his relationship with his customers to mislead them. He noted the case has been ongoing for six years and that Brown made no effort to during that time to make restitution or admit his guilt.

Noting that Brown had no prior criminal history, he sentenced Brown to 11 years in federal prison for seven counts of wire fraud, six counts of making a false statement to U.S. Bank and one charge of evading income taxes from 1993 through 1995.

King told Brown to turn himself in to authorities this afternoon.

-- Tom Hallman Jr.
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Clay, New York
Door-to-door salesman sentenced for sexual contact with Clay teen
December 20, 2011
Door-to-door salesman sentenced for sexual contact with Clay teen
by Megan Coleman
CNY Central
Posted: 12.20.2011 at 1:25 PM
CLAY -- A door-to-door salesman selling care packages to be shipped to U.S. troops will spend the next year in jail for having sexual contact with a teenager. 22-year-old Ashlond Reeder, of Utah, had pleaded guilty in Onondaga County Court Tuesday to two counts of criminal sex act. Reeder admits he had inappropriate sexual contact with a teen under the age of 15 on August 16. Investigators say he met the teen while going door-to-door in a Town of Clay neighborhood. Reeder will spend one year behind bars at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility.
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SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida
Sarasota Sheriff: Con artists knocking on doors
December 20, 2011
Sarasota Sheriff: Con artists knocking on doors
Staff Report
Herald-Tribune
Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
SARASOTA COUNTY - Young men posing as college students are reportedly attempting to con Sarasota County residents. The Sheriff's Office says the men claim they attend area universities and that their families live nearby. They say they are raising money so they can attend an overseas sports tournament or that they are selling magazine subscriptions. In another scam, the perpetrator claims to be a contractor or a state or county worker trimming trees in the neighborhood. The culprit attempts to distract the resident so he can quickly slip into the home and steal a checkbook or other valuables. Anyone encountering a potential con artist is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (941) 316-1201.
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UK
Cold callers to get village ban
December 20, 2011
Cold callers to get village ban
lep.co.uk
Published on Tuesday 20 December 2011 08:36
Cold-callers are to be banned from part of rural Lancashire.

Police and trading standards chiefs are looking at making parts of Goosnargh ‘no cold-calling’ zones.

It comes in response to concerns people are being targeted by doorstep sellers.

And community leaders today welcomed the move.

Police and trading standards bosses are looking at making Whittingham square and the Church Gate, Church Lane and Beacon View areas no cold calling zones.

The plans were raised at the village’s last Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting.

A number of elderly and vulnerable people live in the areas.

Coun Ken Hudson, who represents Preston Rural North on Preston Council, said: “The problem is that any people who are now living on their own because their husbands or wives have died, they become very vulnerable to those people who tell them their roof is leaking and that sort of thing.

“It is despicable act preying on lone people who are on low incomes. I’m fully in favour of anything which stops these villains operating.”

Mike Brown, chairman of the area’s Neighbourhood Watch, said: “I think it’s a good idea.

“They don’t come bothering me but I have heard about them.”

PC Chris Banks, of Lancashire Police, said: “Because it has been so successful in Broughton, we took it to the PACT meeting and Neighbourhood Watch and said do we think we will benefit from a similar scheme in Goosnargh and they were all for it.”

Dave Reid, a PSCO for the area, said: “It is for everybody because there are a lot of people going around at the moment doing cold-calling and they are selling things that are well over-priced.”

Cold callers are defined as people who arrive at the door stop without prior invitation.

This may include traders looking for work or salesmen trying to sell products or attempting to get people to sign up for things.

No cold-calling schemes generally see signs erected around an area telling doorstep sellers they are not welcome.
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Del Valle, Texas
Teenage girl brutally attacked, left unconscious
December 14, 2011
Teenage girl brutally attacked, left unconscious
by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News
kvue.com
Posted on December 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM
Updated yesterday at 6:22 PM
DEL VALLE, Texas -- It was the visit nearly every home in a Del Valle neighborhood got Wednesday afternoon -- Austin police asking questions on a crime without a culprit.

"At this point we're looking at minimally aggravated assault, attempted murder," said Lieutenant Michael Eveleth with the Austin Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit.

"It makes me feel kind of unsafe," said neighborhood resident Bibiana Campos. "I don't know what else could happen here."

Campos lives just two doors down from the house on Dearbonne Drive where the attack happened Tuesday afternoon. She says no one has lived there for months.

"It was surprising that somebody would be in there you know," said Campos.

Police say the man met the 19-year-old girl as she was going door-to-door selling vacuums. When he requested a demonstration, she followed him inside the home. Once inside the home, the man attacked the girl who soon fell unconscious. When she came to several hours later, she found a neighbor who called 911.

Police believe the attack was sexual in nature and are now looking for the man responsible. They describe him as a thin, white male in his mid 30s. The man stands around 5'10" with blond hair. He was last seen wearing a burnt orange shirt and jeans in a dark blue jacket and baseball cap.

"There's no signage or markings from the street to indicate this home is vacant," said Eveleth.

The only indicators the home was empty are a sticker on the door and a vandalized back yard. Few signs leading investigators to believe the suspect knew exactly what he was doing when he approached the girl.

"Now that this happened we're going to be more aware of our neighborhood," said Campos.

Police say the victim was released from University Medical Center Brackenridge Wednesday.

Due to its proximity to the attack, Del Valle School District emailed parents of students with a description of the suspect.
by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News
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Jeffersonville, Indiana
New regulations considered on door-to-door sales in Jeffersonville
December 12, 2011
New regulations considered on door-to-door sales in Jeffersonville
Public safety board explores issuing permits for a fee
By DAVID A. MANN David.Mann@newsandtribune.com
News and Tribune
JEFFERSONVILLE — A policy limiting door-to-door sales is getting a fresh look in Jeffersonville.

Previously, Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan had pledged not to give door-to-door sales permits through his position on the Jeffersonville Board of Public Works and Safety. Now, the Jeffersonville City Council is looking to regulate the issue through a new ordinance that’s being considered.

The ordinance actually allows door-to-door solicitors, but requires a license issued by the board. It says that sales cannot take place before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sales aren’t allowed on Sundays.

Potential solicitors have to turnover criminal background records before they can receive their license.

Licenses will cost $20 for a day, $100 for a month or $300 for a year.

The ordinance got an initial vote Dec. 5 and would likely go back before the council at its Dec. 19 meeting.

Council members were unanimous in favor of the measure.

Councilman Mike Smith, whose district covers downtown, said he voted for the ordinance because there’s been a rash of burglaries wherein phony salespeople knock on doors. If no one is home, they break in.

“It’s really to try and get a handle on that,” he said.

At-large councilman E. Wayne Carter said he too sees it as a safety issue.

“To me, we don’t need a bunch of door-to-door salesmen [knocking on doors,]” he said. “Some were just looking for a place to break in.”

Galligan declared in 2010 that he would no longer issue permits through the board. He’s no longer going to be on the board, however, as his term as mayor ends in January.
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News and Tribune
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LEE COUNTY, Florida
Deputies arrest man posing as a soldier selling magazines
December 12, 2011
Deputies arrest man posing as a soldier selling magazines
Story Created: Dec 12, 2011 at 5:51 PM America/New_York
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. - If you've purchased magazines from a man named Michael Moorefield, chances are, you've been scammed.

He was seen going door-to-door in a Fort Myers neighborhood, telling un-suspecting homeowners he's a soldier selling magazines for fellow servicemen and women. Turns out, his whole story was a lie.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says scams like this one are common around the holidays. People pose as veterans, tugging at your heartstrings, tricking you give up hard earned cash.

That's exactly what deputies say Michael Moorefield was up to, as they closed in.

Lloyd Wickett had a front row seat to the arrest of Michael Moorefield. "The sheriff was right behind the bushes, he just walked over called him over and took it from there," said Wickett.

Deputies say Moorefield went door to door on a street off McGregor Boulevard Friday, claiming he was a soldier selling magazines, but not telling a straight story.

"Supposedly he was selling magazines to give them to servicemen overseas so I think that was his game," said Wickett

According to his arrest report "Moorefield lied and said he was in the service along with his father, and they were going to financially support soldiers in Afghanistan. Another homeowner says he was trying to raise money for the University of Florida rugby team.."

His ploy was working. "He had taken a 200 dollar check from the lady down the street," said Wickett.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office urges you to pay extra attention to solicitors around the holidays.

"As we get towards the end of the year with Christmas and holidays, things tugging at our heart strings, we see more and more the door to door solicitors coming by, wanting to sell magazines," said Stacey Payne, with LCSO.

LCSO says if you encounter a solicitor, ask for a permit.

If you buy something from a door to door salesman, and the purchase is over $25 dollars, you're protected under the Federal Trade Commission's Cooling-Off Rule which gives you three days to cancel your order and receive a full refund.

Visit the FTC's website at ftc.gov, or call toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-3824357)
WINKNEWS.com
http://www.winknews.com
Florida
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Lee County, Florida
Beware of buying from door-to-door salespeople
December 12, 2011
Beware of buying from door-to-door salespeople
Posted: Dec 12, 2011 3:26 PM CST Updated: Dec 12, 2011 5:19 PM CST
By Elizabeth Billingsley, Reporter
NBC2
WBBH-TV
A man going door-to-door trying to sell magazine subscriptions was arrested Friday for soliciting without a permit, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Michael Moorefield was arrested for soliciting without a permit on Shaddellee Lane in south Fort Myers.

The sheriff's office report indicates Moorefield told one resident he was in the military and selling the magazines to support soldiers in Afghanistan, while he told another he was raising money for the University of Florida Rugby team.

Carol Battles heard a similar story from two other men, who knocked on her door on Thursday claiming to be college students from her neighborhood.

The men told Battles they were working on their communication skills as a class project at the University of South Florida.

Battles listened to their presentation, which turned out to be a sales pitch. He told her he was selling magazines for the Wounded Warrior Project and hoping to earn a trip to London.

Battles bought one subscription to Reader's Digest for $69.

"I based it on the fact that he said he was from the neighborhood, and who doesn't want to help a neighborhood college kid or a warrior?" said Battles.

After the solicitor's left, Battles began to wonder whether she'd been taken.

"They also told my next door neighbor they lived in a different area than they told me," says Battles. "When we started to compare notes, the stories didn't match up at all."

But the Wounded Warrior Project confirms they do not do any door-to-door solicitations, and the solicitors knocking on the doors of Southwest Floridians are not affiliated with their organization.

"Often times these kids don't even realize that what they're doing is illegal, that they're lying to customers when they say that the magazines are going to wounded soldiers or it's going to pay for them to have a trip to Europe or wherever it may be," says Stacey Payne of the Lee County Sheriff's Office Fraud Department.

Payne recommends residents check the identification of the door-to-door salespeople and ask to see their permit.

She also recommends asking to see their cancellation policy because the Federal Trade Commission's Cooling-Off Rule gives customers three days to cancel a door-to-door sale for more than $25.

It also requires the solicitor to carry the cancellation policy.

Battles got her money back thanks to the quick actions of her next door neighbor, who chased the solicitors out of the area after demanding the checks back.
By Elizabeth Billingsley, Reporter
NBC2
WBBH-TV
http://www.nbc-2.com
Fort Myers, Florida
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Royal Oak, Michigan
Police join senior forum in Royal Oak to talk about safety in wake of murder
December 10, 2011
Police join senior forum in Royal Oak to talk about safety in wake of murder
Published: Saturday, December 10, 2011
By CATHERINE KAVANAUGH
For The Oakland Press
ROYAL OAK — What do you do when an uninvited stranger shows up at your door? Ignore the knocks because it might be a salesman?

A Linwood Avenue resident did that Nov. 28 and the person started breaking down her front door.

Do you ask what they want? After all, they could be offering a service you need like shoveling snow. Then again, it could be a ruse to gain your trust and access to your valuables or worse.

The homeless couple hired to rake leaves by 80-year-old Nancy Dailey are facing charges this week for her murder.

“There is no one-size-fits-all answer for every scenario,” said interim police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue, who will speak about crime prevention for seniors at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Mahany-Meininger Community Center, 3800 Marais.

“We can cover questions like these in the police forum. People are on edge and we want to talk about safety.”

O’Donohue is joining Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper at the forum.

“This was originally scheduled as an Internet safety talk, but in light of the recent tragedy we will cover physical safety for seniors and laws aimed at people who take advantage of vulnerable adults,” he said.

Royal Oak police worked around the clock to apprehend the suspects in Dailey’s murder within 48 hours. The victim was found in her home by a relative on Nov. 20. Her throat was cut, her hands were tied behind her back and there was evidence of a robbery.

The suspects, Alan Wood, 48, and Tonia Watson, 40, had been staying in cheap motels nearby on Woodward Avenue. They are being held as parole absconders while police build their case.

In the meantime, the chief said he wants to give residents advice and assurance on Tuesday.

“These kinds of incidents are very rare,” O’Donohue said. “We should guard against them, but we can’t live in fear. We will discuss precautions. If someone shows up at your door and offers to do something the answer is never. Most likely they will do shoddy work. (Violence) is the exception.”

In the case of the would-be burglar trying to force open the Linwood home door, the crook fled after the homeowner screamed, making her presence known.

“Most breaking-and-entry crimes occur during the day,” O’Donohue said. “That’s how most burglars operate because they don’t want to confront anyone.”

Royal Oak police caught that suspect, Charles William Oneal, a few blocks away. He had just been released from prison six days earlier. He is being held in the Oakland County Jail on a $250,000 bond awaiting his next court date.

O’Donohue said seniors from all over Royal Oak should bring their concerns to the forum.

“If people have questions, we’ll let the conversation go where they want to take it,” he said.
By CATHERINE KAVANAUGH
For The Oakland Press
http://www.theoaklandpress.com
Pontiac, Michigan
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LAS CRUCES, New Mexico
Magazine Salesmen Charged with Solicitation
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Dynasty Sales
Nxcess Sales
BBB:
Dynasty Sales
This Business is not BBB accredited
Dynasty Sales, LLC
Additional Locations
P. O. Box 82066, Phoenix, AZ 85071
http://www.mydynastysales.com
BBB Rating: F
Additional Information
BBB file opened: November 20, 2007
Business Management
Mr. Ryan Atkins, Principal
Business Category
ENCYCLOPEDIA & BOOK SALES
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
MAGAZINE SALES

Nxcess Sales
BBB:
This Business is not BBB accredited
NXcess Sales, LLC
Additional Locations
Fax: (888) 713-9733 24820 N 16th Avenue #110,
Phoenix , AZ 85085
http://www.nxcesssales.com
BBB Rating: F
Additional Information
BBB file opened: January 07, 2010
Business started: 12/09/2009 in AR
Business incorporated: 12/09/2009 in AZ
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Category
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
Alternate Business Names
NXCESS SALES, LLC
DMPG Note:
See:
Prestige Sales LLC
Integrity Program
Integrity Sales
Magazine Fulfillment Services
MTSCirculation
end DMPG Info
December 8, 2011
Las Cruces Residents Warned of Possible Door-to-Door Sales Scam
By Ashley Meeks / Las Cruces Sun-News on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Albuquerque Journal - Online Edition
Albuquerque Publishing Co.
LAS CRUCES — Just $55 to buy a children’s set of dictionaries and picture books, with part of the proceeds benefiting a children’s hospital? Who could say no?

You might want to, with city police warning residents to be wary of this possible door-to-door scam in Las Cruces.

It was around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when firearms instructor Dusty Sensiba, 27, was approached by a “salesman” pitching the books around his neighborhood, near Bataan Memorial and Del Rey Boulevard.

“I was a little suspicious at first,” Sensiba said Wednesday. “I peeked through the peep hole and there’s a guy standing there, and he says, ‘I’m not a robber or anything!’”

The “smooth talking” salesman, who left only a card with his initials behind, said he was a University of New Mexico student raising money for a trip to London. Sensiba wrote him a $20 check for the cause, but quickly canceled it after looking up the salesman’s supposed organization, Dynasty Sales, and finding that half of the top Google results for the business warn of scams. Then, he called the police.

“The officer who was over here says they try a different scam every time they come through town,” Sensiba said.

While the Las Cruces Police Department had no specific information on Dynasty Sales, spokesman Dan Trujillo said Las Crucens should “be wary of all door-to-door sales ventures.”

“Unless you are absolutely sure who you’re dealing with, and what you’re purchasing, do not allow a door-to-door salesperson into your home and do not give them any money in advance of them providing services or goods,” Trujillo said Wednesday. “Las Cruces police suggest that residents refrain from providing personal and financial information to door-to-door solicitors and to exercise caution when answering the door to anyone. Just as consumers are warned about providing personal or financial information over the telephone, the same caution should be exercised when dealing with neighborhood solicitors.”

If you are suspicious of door-to-door sales activities in your neighborhood, call police at 575-526-0795.
By Ashley Meeks / Las Cruces Sun-News
Albuquerque Journal - Online Edition
Albuquerque Publishing Co.
http://www.abqjournal.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Odessa, Texas
Odessa Police Warning Residents About New Scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:
Austin Diversified Products, Inc.
Austin Diversified Products, Inc. is a member of the National Field Selling Association:
NFSA
NFSA Members
Austin Diversified Products Website:
http://www.advanage.com/about.htm
Austin Diversified Products, Inc.
BBB: Austin Diversified Products
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB Rating: F
Austin Diversified Products, Inc. (Headquarters)
Phone: (708) 333-7644
Fax: (708) 333-39811
6615 Halsted St, Harvey, IL
60426-6112
sbeard@austindiversified.com
http://www.advanage.com
Additional Web Addresses
http://austindiversified.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 07/01/1982
Business started: 10/01/1981
Contact Information
Primary Contact:
Mrs. Ruth M. Edwards (Vice President)
Complaint Contact: Syreeta Beard
Mr. Nathan T. Edwards (President/Owner)
Ms. Dianna Byrd (Office Manager)Ms. Phyllis Statham (Accounts Payable)
Business Category
Cleaning Supplies, Product Sales - General, Door To Door Sales/Solicitation
Products & Services
This company sells cleaning supplies door-to-door.
Alternate Business Names
Advanage Wonder Cleaner
end DMPG Info
December 8, 2011
Odessa Police Warning Residents About New Scam
Staff Report
NewsWest 9
December 8, 2011
With the holiday season comes a whole new set of scams. The Odessa Police Department says a new scam is targeting you at your front door. Sales people are trying to get you to buy a cleaning product called "Advantage-The Wonder Cleaner." Police say they're very aggressive and they're asking for checks. Officers have already arrested one man who was going door to door in the Lawndale area.
Staff Report
NewsWest 9
http://www.newswest9.com
Midland, Texas
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Los Angeles, California
Unauthorized solicitors present a concern for LMU’s ‘open campus’
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
LTP Inc.; aka: USCC Travel; aka: U.S. Circularion Corp.
LTP Inc
USCC Travel
U.S. Circularion Corp
Clearing Business Through Marquis Business Agency LLC
P.O. Box 2243, Buford, GA 30515
Marquis Business Agency LLC; aka: Marquis Fulfillment Agency LLC; aka: United Family Circulation
United Family Circulation is a member of the National Field Selling Association:
NFSA
NFSA Members
BBB: United Family Circulation
See: Fourth person dies following van rollover
end DMPG Info
December 8, 2011
Unauthorized solicitors present a concern for LMU’s ‘open campus’
Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 1:00 am | Updated: 10:18 pm, Thu Dec 8, 2011.
Tierney Finster, News Editor
Los Angeles Loyolan
"Excuse me - can I talk to you for just a minute?" Class projects and organization-sponsored fundraisers have made this a commonplace question on the University campus, where students conducting surveys or hocking event tickets often draw responses or support from their peers. However this type of social interaction is under scrutiny after rumors of a fraudulent magazine salesman on campus have recently arisen.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers apprehended Christopher A. Coppick in front of St. Robert's Auditorium. According to an email Chief of Public Safety Hampton Cantrell sent the Loyolan, Coppick claimed to have been soliciting "capital subscriptions" for "LTP Inc. Capital Subscriptions" on campus. Coppick was identified and questioned by Public Safety and then escorted off campus.

Loyolan Asst. Managing Editor and Sports Editor Michael Goldsholl was approached by Coppick moments before Coppick was confronted by DPS.

"I was walking by the library, and he stopped me. He said he was raising money for college through a scholarship of some kind, and that he needed me to rate him on his public speaking abilities," Goldsholl said. "At first I was happy to help him, but once he brought up the magazine sales, I got suspicious."

Cantrell maintains that DPS has found "no evidence" of "fraudulent activity." Coppick's company was not approved to solicit on campus, thus he was only in violation of unauthorized activities like this remain a constant challenge for the University, particularly because of LMU's "open campus." Dennis went on to say that "LMU has procedures which require all guests who come on to campus to identify their purpose."

Although fraudulent activity has not been determined yet in this case, the Loyolan has verified that at least one other male has recently approached LMU students with a similar sales pitch. A "young, scruffy" male approached sophomore English major Erica Perednia two weeks ago, while she was standing with a friend in front of St. Rob's.

"He approached me and a friend outside of St. Rob's ... and asked if we could help him win a scholarship competition. He didn't mention that we would have to buy anything at first, but eventually told us he would get points towards his scholarship if we bought magazines from him," Perednia stated.

Perednia decided to make a charitable purchase, buying a children's magazine to be sent to children in the hospital. However, she believes that the sale might have been a scam.

"In hindsight, it was strange that the subscriptions were cash only, and that all the magazines cost the same price. He never showed any proof that he was actually competing in something, and none of the materials he had looked very official," Perednia stated. "The way he encouraged us to buy a magazine for charity was really forthright, which seems suspicious since people can't account for those.

Dennis explained that "vendors and companies approved by [LMU] Conference Services will have registration documentation indicating they are approved for on campus," and said that individual sales people without this documentation are "likely [part of] an independent unauthorized company, or individual acting on their own behalf."

These types of situations do not present a new concern for the University. In November 2006, DPS discovered that a trespasser known as "Danny" was soliciting oil changes on campus.

If a student suspects an intruder of any sort on campus, Public Safety should be notified at (310) 338-2893.
Tierney Finster, News Editor
Los Angeles Loyolan
http://www.laloyolan.com
Los Angeles, California
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Wimberley, Texas
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
http://www.southwestern.com
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
http://www.dsa.org
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
December 8, 2011
Ripoff Report: #806642
Complaint Review: Southwestern Company
Submitted: Thursday, December 08, 2011
Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2011
Reported By: Debi — wimberley Texas United States of America
Southwestern Company
Internet United States of America
Phone: 888-551-5901
Web: www.southwestern.com
Category: Tutoring
Southwestern Company Unauthorized charges to credit card. Asked them to stop, charges keep appearing. Books purchase worth 10 percent of what they cost. Scam alert, Internet
RipOff Report:
http://www.ripoffreport.com
Read The Entire RipOff Report Here
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Cornwall, New York
Magazine Salesmen Charged with Solicitation
December 7, 2011
General News: Magazine Salesmen Charged with Solicitation
December 07, 2011
By Charlie B. Scirbona
Cornwall-On-Hudson.com
Two 20-year-old men were charged with soliciting without a permit on November 28 after residents reported them as suspicious persons. Police charged Brett Arron Morris, 20, of Bridgeport TX and David E. Clark, 20, of Elkhart IN with soliciting without a permit after the two allegedly went door-to-door selling magazines. According to the Cornwall police, Morris told one resident that he had to speak with 100 people a day as part of a rehab program. Cornwall Police Chief Todd Hazard said that magazine companies often recruit people from out-of-state and put them up in hotels for a few days to go through an area. He added that these kinds of incidents are not only a nuisance but can be an outright scam. Another group of people were charged with this violation over the summer. The pair were both released on $50 bail each and ordered to appear in town court on December 14.
By Charlie B. Scirbona
Cornwall-On-Hudson.com
http://cornwall-on-hudson.com
New York
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DeRidder, Louisiana
BBB Warns of Door to Door Solicitations
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Majestic Sales; aka: United Family Circulation
United Family Circulation is a member of the National Field Selling Association:
NFSA
NFSA Members
BBB: United Family Circulation
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB Rating: F
United Family Circulation
303 W Shadburn Ave Ste 100
Buford, GA 30518-2692
(770) 831-7733
(770) 831-7003
(770) 831-7002
(866) 299-2619
United Family Circulation
PO Box 2243
Buford, GA 30515-9243
Phone: (770) 831-7733
Fax: (770) 831-7040
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 07/08/1999
Business started: 06/08/1999
Licensing
This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration
in order to lawfully do business. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate
agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
These agencies may include:
Department of Banking & Finance
2990 Brandywine Rd Ste 200
Atlanta, GA30341-5529
(770) 986-1633
http://www.gadbf.org
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Mr. James Clair (President)
Mr. Rick Clair
Ms. Julie Clair
Ms. Jennifer I. Clair (Secretary)
Mr. Nicholas Angel (CEO, CFO, SEC)
Mr. Rick W. Clair
Number of Employees
2
Business Category
Magazine Sales, Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door,
Employment Agencies, Mortgage Brokers
Alternate Business Names
Absolute Marketing, ALP, LLC, Coast to Coast Sales, Inc, CQ Diversified Products,
Empire Sales, Inc., Majestic Sales LLC, Marquis Fulfillment Agency LL, Nationwide Subscriptions, Inc.,
Tuscan Readers Services, Inc., U S Circulation Corp, Ultimate Power Sales, Inc.,
Xcaliber Marketing, Inc., Platinum Sales, Inc., United Family Publication, Heritage Marketing
end DMPG Info
December 7, 2011
BBB Warns of Door to Door Solicitations
Beauregard Daily News
Posted Dec 07, 2011 @ 11:29 AM
DeRidder, La. —

The BBB of Southwest La., Inc. is issuing a warning of door to door solicitors targeting local consumers in the area.

Majestic Sales, Buford, GA (BBB grade F) is soliciting door to door the sale of magazines to consumers in the Lake Charles area. Callers to the Better Business Bureau state that the solicitor has represented him or herself as a neighbor or student trying to earn money for a school-related trip, when in fact; the representative is neither a neighbor nor a student in the area. They are also indicating that the magazines will be sent to the troops.

“These emotion-based sales pitches are effective,” stated Million, “but often not true.” Million also warns consumers that there is an ordinance that prohibits solicitations door to door to consumer’s homes in the city and parish.

BBB recommends that if you have been approached by a door to door solicitor; do not let them in your home, and alert local law enforcement.

If you have signed an agreement for over $25, then you have the right to cancel by sending a letter, certified return receipt requested by midnight on the third day.

For further information or questions, call your BBB at 337-478-6253 or go to www.bbb.org.
Beauregard Daily News
http://www.beauregarddailynews.net
DeRidder, Louisiana
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Gwinnett County, Georgia
I-Team: Aggressive Salesman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Absolute Marketing aka: United Family Circulation
BBB: United Family Circulation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Family Circulation
Phone: (770) 831-7733
Fax: (770) 831-7040
303 W Shadburn Ave Ste 100, Buford, GA 30518-2692
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 07/08/1999
Business started: 06/08/1999
Licensing
This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business.
BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
These agencies may include:
Department of Banking & Financing
2990 Brandywine Rd Ste 200
Atlanta, GA30341-5529
(770) 986-1633
http://www.gadbf.org
Contact Information
Primary Contact:
Mr. James Clair (President)
Mr. Rick Clair
Ms. Julie Clair
Ms. Jennifer I. Clair (Secretary)
Mr. Nicholas Angel (CEO, CFO, SEC)
Mr. Rick W. Clair
Number of Employees
2
Business Category
Magazine Sales, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door, Employment Agencies, Magazines - Subscription Agents, Mortgage Brokers
Alternate Business Names
Absolute Marketing, ALP, LLC, Coast to Coast Sales, Inc, CQ Diversified Products, Empire Sales, Inc., Heritage Marketing, Majestic Sales LLC, Marquis Fulfillment Agency LL, Nationwide Subscriptions, Inc., Tuscan Readers Services, Inc., U S Circulation Corp, Ultimate Power Sales, Inc., United Family Publication, Xcaliber Marketing, Inc.
end DMPG Info
December 6, 2011
I-Team: Aggressive Salesman
Dana Fowle
FOX 5 Atlanta
Updated: Tuesday, 06 Dec 2011, 10:25 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 06 Dec 2011, 6:32 PM EST
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Gwinnett County residents have called police about an aggressive --even scary -- door-to-door salesman. One neighbor says she was so upset she left the house trying to get away from him. The I-Team's Dana Fowle says this salesman is connected to a local company known for its unorthodox practices.

I-Team: Aggressive Salesman: MyFoxATLANTA.com

Dana Fowle
FOX 5 Atlanta
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com
Atlanta, Georiga
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Texas
ALERT SOUTH TEXAS CHECK WAS MADE TO
Atlantic Circulation Complaint by JJ11
pissedconsumer.com
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Google Search: Atlantic Circulation Inc
More Complaints on Atlantic Circulation from pissedconsumer.com
end DMPG Info
December 5, 2011
ALERT SOUTH TEXAS CHECK WAS MADE TO
Atlantic Circulation Complaint by JJ11
Review #: 279468
Posted by: JJ11
Posted On: 2011-12-05
Total hits: 15
pissedconsumer.com
As I was putting supper on the table, I received a phone call from a Check Cashing Business, asking if I had made a check out to a TRACIE ______, I said no. I could hear the girl in the background telling the clerk it was for a magazine subscription, so the clerk ask if I had written a check to TRACIE for the magazines. I told the clerk that I made my check out to " A C I ", not to TRACIE and told her not to cash the check because it had been altered. From what I have read, ACI is not only teaching these youths to be dishonest but very deceptive and for the most part uncaring about how and how much money they are ripping every one off. As far as my order, I have been out of work for 6 months, but it is Christmas Time and I wanted to send a subscription to St. Jude's. Was is over priced YES $46.46 plus $15.00 for P&H for one book for one year.

Now all I can say is thank God that are still people that won't turn a blind eye and let the Public be taken advantage of. So to the clerk at the check cashing store, God Bless you. To ACI and their workers, shame on you for taking advantage.

JJ 1c76ba6
JJ 1c76ba6
pissedconsumer.com
http://atlantic-circulation.pissedconsumer.com
Texas
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Aiken, South Carolina
Police: Group selling carpet cleaning may be a scam
December 1, 2011
Police: Group selling carpet cleaning may be a scam
By Karen Daily - Staff writer - email:kdaily@aikenstandard.com
Aiken Standard
Updated: 12/1/2011 12:02 AM
When an Aiken resident opened her door to a group of door-to-door salesmen earlier this week, she unwittingly found herself in the middle of a possible scam.

The woman called Aiken Public Safety because the group of men, who said they were selling carpet cleaning services, became belligerent when she refused their offer, officials said. And it appears as if she isn't alone.

An Internet search of the West Columbia-based Roberts & Associates shows several people in the state had similar run-ins, officials said

On Wednesday, Aiken Public Safety Sgt. Aaron Dowdy called the organization and talked with a representative.

Dowdy said the men had no business in Aiken - literally. They did not apply for a City of Aiken business license nor did they have a peddler's permit.

Anyone who solicits business door-to-door in the City must have a copy of both permits, he said.

The purpose of the documentation is, in part, to protect the public, he explained.

Peddler's permits are issued by the Director of Aiken Public Safety only after an applicant has submitted to a background check and been fingerprinted.

It's not a perfect solution, but Dowdy said people who get the permits and pass the background checks are typically trying to follow the rules.

Residents should ask to see the paperwork, he added.

Dowdy told the representative by phone that the organization needed the proper paperwork or those selling door-to-door may face arrest.

"This type of thing is not unusual," Dowdy said.

Earlier this year, Dowdy said a group of men and women selling cleaning products ended up under arrest.

They had been warned several times that they needed the permits or they would be charged.

Police ended up taking eight of those hawking the cleaning products to jail, he said.

Contact Karen Daily at kdaily@aikenstandard.com.

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By Karen Daily - Staff writer - email:kdaily@aikenstandard.com
Aiken Standard
http://www.aikenstandard.com
Aiken, South Carolina
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Arkansas State Umiversity
Campus Crime for Dec. 1
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
KLMN Readers
Website:
http://klmnreaders.com
BBB: KLMN Readers
end DMPG Info
December 1, 2011
Campus Crime for Dec. 1
The Herald
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Updated: Thursday, December 1, 2011 14:12
Nov. 17

UPD officer Ryan Crawford was dispatched to Collegiate Park on Nov. 17 in regards to two males soliciting magazines. The two males were described as cleanly dressed with ties and short hair.

Crawford reported UPD officer Ron Smith was the first on the scene. Smith checked the front of the buildings but did not find anyone who matched the description. Crawford stated he was walking behind building three when he observed a male, who fit the description, exiting one of the apartments.

Crawford reported the male has several magazines in his possession. The male is reported as 28-year-old Sven Murray. It's reported that Crawford asked Murray if he had been attempting to sell magazines in the area. Murray stated yes.

It's reported that Crawford asked Murray where the other subject was. Murray said he was the only one on campus.

Murray stated he works for KLMN Reader Services, Inc. and attempts to sell books on college campuses from coast to coast.

Crawford advised Murray he was going to be cited for soliciting.
The Herald
http://www.asuherald.com
Arkansas State Umiversity
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Castro Valley California
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Unique Subscription Agency
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/denver/business-reviews/magazines-subscription-agents/unique-subscription-agency-in-kittredge-co-90120237
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB: No Rating
Unique Subscription Agency
(303) 674-8252
PO Box 1060, Kittredge, CO 80457-1060
BBB file opened: 07/20/2010
Business started: 08/10/2009
Licensing
Many local municipalities, townships, and counties have registration,
bonding and/or licensing requirements. The BBB encourages you to check
with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Permit and license requirements for regulated industries in the state of Colorado
can be viewed at the following website: http://www.colorado.gov/oed/industry-license
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incrporated: August 2009, CO
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Mr. Larry Lee McClellan (Owner)
Complaint Contact: Ms. Jennifer Payne (Registered Agent)
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents
Industry Tips
Magazine Subscription Solicitations
end DMPG Info
November 30, 2011
Ripoff Report: #594770
Complaint Review: Unique Subscription Agency
Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Last Posting: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Reported By: boatrocker — Castro Valley California United States of America
Unique Subscription Agency
26055 Columbine Trail Kittredge Colorado 80457
United States of America
Category: Newspapers – Magazines
Unique Subscription Agency Jennifer Payne, Jennifer Proffitt, Jennifer Dukes, Cody Payne, Ashton Dukes, Edmund G. Lambert, Larry Lee McClellan, James Faulkerson, Priority One Clearing Services, American Cash Award, Performance Mag Crew Recruiting, Magazine Subscriptions, Kittredge, Colorado *General Comment: What a loser...
Fraud, embezzlement and exploitation of young adults is standard practice by those at the top of organizations who enlist Mag Crews as independent contractors to solicit magazine subscriptions for them. The story below centers on the Colorado operations of a ‘Mag Crew’ that is currently soliciting and recruiting in the SF Bay Area on behalf of Unique Subscription Agency, Inc owned by Larry Lee McClellan of Pearland, Texas with Jennifer Payne listed as the Registered Agent.
RipOff Report:
http://www.ripoffreport.com
Read The Entire RipOff Report Here


KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany
Commissaries Overseas to Stop Selling Magazines
November 29, 2011
Commissaries Overseas to Stop Selling Magazines
November 29, 2011
Stars and Stripes|by Jennifer H. Svan
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Starting in February, commissaries overseas will stop carrying magazines and most newspapers due to declining sales and the expense of airlifting the periodicals from the States, Defense Commissary Agency officials said this week.

Commissaries in the United States will continue to sell magazines and newspapers, officials said. Overseas, those items will still be available at Army and Air Force Exchange Service retail stores.

Over the last four years, magazine sales at overseas commissaries have steadily dwindled, from about $1.98 million in fiscal 2008 to about $1.46 million in fiscal 2011, according to information from DeCA. That is due in part to DeCA purchasing fewer magazines, but stores still only were selling about half the magazine inventory, said Kevin Robinson, a DeCA spokesman at the agency’s corporate headquarters in Fort Lee, Va. Between January and March of last year, for example, 49 percent of magazines on commissary shelves overseas went unsold, according to DeCA.

"No business model in the world could survive" with that type of sales rate, Robinson said.

DeCA was also spending over half a million dollars on getting the magazines overseas, officials said. In fiscal 2011, DeCA spent about $673,000 in taxpayer dollars -- money appropriated by Congress -- to airlift magazines to commissaries in Europe and the Pacific, according to figures from DeCA.

With budget cuts looming across the Defense Department, agencies are scrambling to find ways to cut costs. While stopping magazine sales overseas will save money, Robinson said, it’s also a decision that makes good business sense "regardless of the budget climate."

"DeCA recognizes that it has an inherent responsibility to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars," he said in a written statement.

"This was something we could do as an agency to drive down our costs and not impact the customer as much," added Leslie Brown, DeCA-Europe spokeswoman. She said customers can read magazines online or purchase them at the base exchange.

Customers shopping at the Vogelweh commissary near Kaiserslautern on Tuesday said being able to buy magazines with their groceries was convenient, but something they could live without.

"I used to buy a lot of magazines (at the commissary) but stopped about three years ago," said Air Force spouse Niki Gould. "You can see everything online. It’s kind of a waste of $5 or more, depending on the magazine."

Commissaries in Europe and the Pacific will continue to sell Stars and Stripes newspaper, which is produced overseas and not shipped from the States, officials said.
Stars and Stripes|by Jennifer H. Svan
http://www.military.com
WASHINGTON D.C.
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CONSUMER BOYCOTT !!!
It is time to STOP this fowl and immoral industry forever!
It is time to put an end to the exploitation, rape and murder!

We are asking all consumers to boycott magazines until the Magazine Publishers of America discontinue the distribution of magazines to the magazine clearinghouses and magazine companies across the country that continue to rape and murder innocent children and homeowners. This boycott includes but is not limited to the sales of magazines and magazine subscriptions by traveling door-to-door sales agents, newsstands, hospitals, medical clinics, grocery stores, book stores, the internet, and any other means of sale.

This web site and its over 2000 pages receive on an average of between 3500 – 4000 viewers per day. These basis statistic tell us that there are hundreds of thousands of people in this country alone being adversely affected by the immoral practices of the magazine publishers and the National field Selling Association.

When you purchase a magazine from any source you are contributing to the exploitation and the crime that has plagued this fowl industry for decades. In effect you become part of the problem and are supporting an industry built on greed, exploitation, labor violations, human rights violations, human trafficking, and hideous crimes.
Please join us today and boycott magazine sales across the coutry until the magazine publishers discontinue the distribution of magazines to the magazine clearinghouses and magazine companies responsible for the rapes and murders of our loved ones.
"He who profits by a crime commits it."


KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany
Commissaries overseas to stop selling magazines
November 29, 2011
Commissaries overseas to stop selling magazines
By Jennifer H. Svan
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 29, 2011
Customer Siri Thomter stands in front of a magazine rack while waiting to check out at the Vogelweh commissary near Kaierslautern, Germany, on Tuesday. Starting in February, magazines and most newspapers will be cleared from check-out aisles at all commissaries in Europe and the Pacific, as the stores will no longer sell them, a decision being driven by declining sales and increased transportation costs. Jennifer Svan/Stars and Stripes

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Starting in February, commissaries overseas will stop carrying magazines and most newspapers due to declining sales and the expense of airlifting the periodicals from the States, Defense Commissary Agency officials said this week.

Commissaries in the United States will continue to sell magazines and newspapers, officials said. Overseas, those items will still be available at Army and Air Force Exchange Service retail stores.

Over the last four years, magazine sales at overseas commissaries have steadily dwindled, from about $1.98 million in fiscal 2008 to about $1.46 million in fiscal 2011, according to information from DeCA. That is due in part to DeCA purchasing fewer magazines, but stores still only were selling about half the magazine inventory, said Kevin Robinson, a DeCA spokesman at the agency’s corporate headquarters in Fort Lee, Va. Between January and March of last year, for example, 49 percent of magazines on commissary shelves overseas went unsold, according to DeCA.

“No business model in the world could survive” with that type of sales rate, Robinson said.

DeCA was also spending over half a million dollars on getting the magazines overseas, officials said. In fiscal 2011, DeCA spent about $673,000 in taxpayer dollars — money appropriated by Congress — to airlift magazines to commissaries in Europe and the Pacific, according to figures from DeCA.

With budget cuts looming across the Defense Department, agencies are scrambling to find ways to cut costs. While stopping magazine sales overseas will save money, Robinson said, it’s also a decision that makes good business sense “regardless of the budget climate.”

“DeCA recognizes that it has an inherent responsibility to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars,” he said in a written statement.

“This was something we could do as an agency to drive down our costs and not impact the customer as much,” added Leslie Brown, DeCA-Europe spokeswoman. She said customers can read magazines online or purchase them at the base exchange.

Customers shopping at the Vogelweh commissary near Kaiserslautern on Tuesday said being able to buy magazines with their groceries was convenient, but something they could live without.

“I used to buy a lot of magazines (at the commissary) but stopped about three years ago,” said Air Force spouse Niki Gould. “You can see everything online. It’s kind of a waste of $5 or more, depending on the magazine.”

Commissaries in Europe and the Pacific will continue to sell Stars and Stripes newspaper, which is published overseas and not shipped from the States, officials said.

svanj@estripes.osd.mil
Stars and Stripes|by Jennifer H. Svan
http://www.military.com
WASHINGTON D.C.
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Australia
Australian have had enough of door-knockers
November 28, 2011
Door-to-door 'pest' crackdown
Posted by: 3AW Radio | 28 November, 2011 - 8:42 AM
Australian have had enough of door-knockers
Pushy door-to-door sales people could be charged with trespassing under new, tougher laws. The Consumer Action Law Centre wants so called 'sales pests' who ignore 'do not knock' signs to be charged and fined. There's been an increase in complaints about sellers pushing deals on a range of products and services, including electricity and gas. Gerard Brody from the Centre says home-owners are fed-up.
3AW Radio http://www.3aw.com
Australia
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PLAY: Ross and John take a look into the knockers issue



Australia
An end to the door to door salesman?
November 28, 2011
An end to the door to door salesman?
Do Not Knock campaign to stop door to door salespeople?
Posted by: 2ue | 28 November, 2011 - 7:46 PM
2ue 954 News Talk
Aggravating door-to-door sales people may soon be a thing of the past. The Consumer Action Law Centre has launched its Do Not Knock campaign after an increase in complaints of pushy sellers dealing door to door.
Posted by: 2ue
2ue 954 News Talk
http://www.2ue.com
Australia
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PLAY: An end to the door to door salesman?



Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa City councilor G.T. Bynum targets door-to-door scams, bulglars
November 25, 2011
Tulsa City councilor G.T. Bynum targets door-to-door scams, bulglars
By P.J. LASSEK World Staff Writer
Tulsa World
Published: 11/25/2011 2:23 AM
Last Modified: 11/25/2011 7:59 AM
City Councilor G.T. Bynum plans to move forward on an ordinance amendment aimed at curbing door-to-door scam artists and burglars who use peddling to "case" a residence.

The amendment, which will be one of the first issues Bynum said he will place before the new City Council for consideration, would set up a permit requirement to establish the legitimacy of the salesperson or, for nonprofit organizations, a registration process, he said.

"We live in a very different era where in decades past you mainly heard from legitimate door-to-door salespeople or Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts," Bynum said.

"But now, a lot of the time you have people using peddling to scout out houses or people who are ripping folks off by taking their money for a product that is never going to be delivered."

Bynum and other councilors have heard from constituents about "aggressive door-to-door salespeople with questionable legitimacy," he said.

"You know - the middle-age people selling magazines for a high school trip to Mexico or something like that," he said.

Bynum noted that most urban areas already have ordinances addressing the issue, "and because Tulsa doesn't may be the reason that we are seeing an influx of this type of activity."

The city's Legal Department has drafted an amendment modeled after an Oklahoma City ordinance addressing peddlers, he said.

The permit would require a background check and restrict door-to-door activity to certain hours.

Bynum said the permit exception for nonprofit organizations, for which only registration would be required, would not require Girl Scouts to get a permit to sell cookies.

The draft amendment calls for the penalty for anyone violating the ordinance to be a fine of as much as $750.

Bynum said the Police Department supports the amendment because it gets calls from residents but that authorities have no way of discerning whether a salesperson is legitimate.

"The ordinance would be a tool they don't have right now," he said. "Once we have it, when they get a call about a salesperson, they can take action if there is no permit."

Bynum said that "Tulsa is not the only place where this is happening."

"It's a phenomenon that has been over the past decade or so accepted around the country," he said. "We're just late in putting a protection in place for our citizens. This is basically us playing catch-up."

Original Print Headline: Door-to-door theft targeted
By P.J. LASSEK World Staff Writer
Tulsa World
http://www.tulsaworld.com
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Bath Township, Ohio
BATH TOWNSHIP
Sellers, beware
November 24, 2011
Local news briefs — Nov. 24.
By Beacon Journal staff
Published: November 24, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Akron Beacon Journal / Ohio.com
BATH TOWNSHIP
Sellers, beware
BATH TWP.: Trustees have authorized Summit County’s Office of Consumer Affairs to oversee the licensing of solicitors, peddlers and canvassers in Bath.

“This will provide much more safety for our residents,” township Administrator Bill Snow said of transient vendors selling door to door.

While Bath has required the licensing of transient vendors since 1986, the county’s ordinance has a longer waiting period for licensing (10 days compared to Bath’s three days) as well as a background check requirement.

The trustees’ action allows Bath’s licensing to work in tandem with the county’s ordinance. Transient vendors, peddlers and solicitors wanting to work in Bath would be required to comply with county regulations for licensing. The county would then identify those permitted to solicit door to door and provide the Bath Police Department with copies of the licenses for monitoring purposes.
By Beacon Journal staff
Akron Beacon Journal / Ohio.com
http://www.ohio.com
Akron, Ohio
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La Mesa, California
Magazine Solicitor Charged With Taking Diamond Bracelet from Bathroom
DMPG Info:
LA MESA , California Police Department
Case # 11-05810
Police reports indicate that Courtney Deeanne Townsend
was employed by Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Google Search: Atlantic Circulation Inc
More Complaints on Atlantic Circulation from pissedconsumer.com
end DMPG Info
November 21, 2011
Magazine Solicitor Charged With Taking Diamond Bracelet from Bathroom
La Mesa police arrested San Diego woman, 23, who also was wanted on a burglary warrant.
By Ken Stone
LaMesaPatch
lamesa.patch.com
November 21, 2011
A 23-year-old woman was arrested Sunday night while part of a group soliciting magazine subscriptions after a resident noticed a $900 diamond bracelet missing from her bathroom, authorities said.

Courtney Deeanne Townsend of San Diego was arrested at 8:17 p.m. at 9395 Hilmer Drive, according to police records. The same woman also faces a charge of loitering with intent to commit prostitution—an earlier case.

She had matched the description given by the victim, who let a solicitor into her house on Amaya Drive to use the bathroom, said police Lt. Dan Willis.

“The suspect was subsequently arrested for the warrant and during a search, the diamond bracelet was located hidden in [her] pants,” Willis said Monday morning. “The suspect was booked into County Jail for residential burglary, the burglary arrest warrant, and for falsely identifying herself to police.”

The suspect and another solicitor contacted the female victim by knocking on the victim’s door in the 5600 block of Amaya Drive, Willis said.

After the bracelet was reported missing after 8 p.m., La Mesa police were called, he said. While searching the surrounding area, they found a group of solicitors.

“One of them matched the description of the suspect and while she was being detained, it was discovered that she had a felony arrest warrant for burglary,” Willis said.

Townsend is being held on $60,000 bail, with an arraignment on the La Mesa charges scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at El Cajon Superior Court, according to jail records.

Willis noted that it is unlawful to solicit in the city without a La Mesa solicitation permit. The exceptions, per the Municipal Code, are disabled veterans and children under 17 years. All others, including charities, must be permitted, he said.

“If contacted by a solicitor, ask to see their city of La Mesa solicitor’s permit,” he said. “If they do not have one, politely end your conversation and report the illegal solicitation to the La Mesa Police Department at 667-1400.”

He added: If you see solicitors in your neighborhood, contact the Police Department so officers can determine whether the solicitors are properly permitted.

“It is not unusual for criminals to act as solicitors in order to attempt to find out if anyone is home, or to gain access into your home,” he said.
By Ken Stone
LaMesaPatch
lamesa.patch.com
http://lamesa.patch.com
La Mesa, California
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Additional Information:
San Diefo County Sheriff's Department WHO IS IN JAIL - INMATE DETAIL


Southfield, Michigan
Watch out for a slick con going door to door
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Hand Up Distribution
BBB: Hand Up Distribution
Hand Up Distribution
(888) 509-7962
1432 W Capitol Ave # 35, West Sacramento, CA 95691-3216
mholpe84@gmail.com
http://www.handupdistribution.org
BBB Rating: F
Additional Information
test general
The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Cooling-Off Rule gives you three days to cancel purchases of $25 or more if you buy an item in your home or at a location that is not the seller's permanent place of business. There are a few exceptions, such as: the goods or services are not primarily intended for personal, family or household purposes. (The Rule applies to courses of instruction or training.); are made entirely by mail or telephone; are the result of prior negotiations at the seller's permanent business location where the goods are sold regularly; are needed to meet an emergency; are made as part of your request for the seller to do repairs or maintenance on your personal property. Also exempt from the Cooling-Off Rules are sales that involve: real estate, insurance, or securities; automobiles, vans, trucks, or other motor vehicles sold at temporary locations; arts or crafts sold at fairs or locations such as shopping malls, civic centers, and schools.

If the seller provided you a cancellation form, sign and date one copy of the form and mail it or hand deliver it to the address provided. Otherwise, simply write a letter of cancellation. You don't have to provide a reason for cancellation. When cancelling you should consider sending the cancellation form certified mail so you can get a return receipt. Whether sending it certified or by regular mail make sure the envelope is post-marked before midnight of the third business day after the contract date. (Saturday is considered a business day; Sundays and federal holidays are not.)

The seller has 10 days to: cancel and return any promissory note or other negotiable instrument you signed; refund all your money and tell you whether any product you still have will be picked up; and return any trade-in. Within 20 days, the seller mush either pick up the items left with you, or reimburse you for mailing expenses, if you agree to send back the items. If you received any goods from the seller, you must make them available to the seller in as good condition as when you received them. If you do not, or if you agree to return the items but fail to - you remain obligated under the contract.
BBB file opened: 01/29/2010
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Owner/Manager Mr. Marrio Holpe (Office Manager)
Business Category
Magazines/Books Door-To-door
end DMPG Info
November 21, 2011
Watch out for a slick con going door to door
Action News ABC 7
WXYZ-TV Channel 7
Scripps Media, Inc.
Posted: 11:36 PM
November 21, 2011
They are convincing, and well trained to spot someone sympathetic to their claims, and to the sales pitch that makes you want to buy.

The victims were all impressed with the sharp young person who came to their homes trying to convince them to buy magazines, either for themselves or a local charity.

Kristin Dwyer says, "They said what they were doing was collecting money so they could purchase books to send to the sick children at the hospital."

Professor Henry Greenspan says he was happy to help, even if they didn't need magazines for themselves.

But when he looked online and discovered the bad reputation of the California sales company Hand-Up Distribution the well spoken young man represented, he moved quickly to try to get a refund for his $120.

Months later and still no refund. And all attempts to get someone at the company to even answer the phone, much less send money back to victims, was a joke!

On the Better Business Bureau web site, the companies "F" rating is what more people should see before they consider a similar purchase from a door to door salesperson.

The Better Business Bureau says anytime you have a door to door salesman in your neighborhood knocking on your door, the first thing you want to ask them is have they gotten their proper licencing..

The city of Ann Arbor had not granted solicitation licenses for Hand-Up distribution, and Mott Children's Hospital, where the salesman claimed Professor Greenspan's magazines would go to little patients? They never heard of them.

Two customers who lost their money both feel they were conned.

They're now angry or disappointed.

Dwyer cancelled her check in time, but learned a lesson for other homeowners.

Dwyer says, "And then said to them as they left, if this is a scam I'm gonna have a really good laugh about this. And they turned around and laughed too and I thought we were laughing for different reasons."

Losing money to salespeople representing unscrupulous companies is no laughing matter.

The Better Business Bureau suggests that you simply don't let a smooth talking door-to-door salesperson pressure you into a quick decision to buy magazines or anything else.

The BBB says, instead, you should ask for written literature on the company, and have the salesperson come back if you're interested at all.

Take the time to do some research, before you write the check.
Action News ABC 7
WXYZ-TV Channel 7
Scripps Media, Inc.
http://www.wxyz.com
Southfield, Michigan
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Bullhead City, Arizona
Community Watch
FALSE INFORMATION/WARRANT ARREST, BULLHEAD CITY
November 17, 2011
Community Watch
Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:31 AM MST
Daily News Staff
Mohave Valley Daily News
FALSE INFORMATION/WARRANT ARREST, BULLHEAD CITY — Martin Joseph Nowak, 23 was arrested after police were called to the area of Country Club Drive and Country Club Plaza for a report of a group of males going door-to-door selling cleaning products. The peddlers were contacted, police spokeswoman Emily Montague said, and advised that they needed to obtain a city peddler’s license. Police ran a check on each of the subjects, she said, and Nowak gave officers a fake identity. She said they subsequently discovered that Nowak had lied because he knew he had an outstanding felony warrant. Nowak was arrested on a charge of taking the identity of another and on the warrant, out of Steamboat Springs, Colo., for failure to appear. He was taken to the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.
Daily News Staff
Mohave Valley Daily News
http://www.mohavedailynews.com
Bullhead City, Arizona
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Madison, Wisconsin
Door-to-door salesman turns customer's $20 check into $120, police say
November 15, 2011
Door-to-door salesman turns customer's $20 check into $120, police say
BILL NOVAK | The Capital Times | bnovak@madison.com | Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 11:45 am
A Madison man was bilked out of $100 after a door-to-door magazine salesperson altered the victim's $20 check into a $120 check, Madison police reported.

Police said the fraud was reported by a 40-year-old west side resident, who said a young woman came to his door selling subscriptions as a fundraiser.

"She told him part of the proceeds were going to help young people study abroad," police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a police press release.

The man told the woman he didn't want a subscription but he wrote out a check for $20 to MTS Circulation.

"When he got his bank statement he found the check had been altered," DeSpain said. "Someone put a '1' in front of '20' and had written the word 'one' in front of the word 'twenty.'"

"His $20 donation turned out to be six times that," DeSpain said.

No description was given of the young woman other than she was 18 to 23 years old.
BILL NOVAK | The Capital Times | bnovak@madison.com
http://host.madison.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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Bell Acres, Pennsylvania
Bell Acres Council Approves New Solicitation Ordinance
Solicitors must pay a $150 permit fee, which covers a criminal background check and permit-preparation costs, among other rules.
November 15, 2011
Bell Acres Council Approves New Solicitation Ordinance
Solicitors must pay a $150 permit fee, which covers a criminal background check and permit-preparation costs, among other rules.
By Larissa Dudkiewicz
SewickleyPatch
November 15, 2011
Bell Acres Council unanimously approved a solicitation ordinance Monday that requires people to apply for a permit before going door to door.

The new ordinance also prevents strangers from going to residences where “no solicitation” signs are posted.

Councilman Kenneth Alvania made the motion and Councilman Chris Abell moved to second it before the board approved the measure 6-0. Councilman Robert Powner was absent.

Borough officials say the ordinance protects and assures the public that people who are soliciting in their neighborhood have been checked out in advance. Solicitors must pay a $150 permit fee, which covers the costs of a criminal background check and permit preparation.

Permits containing the name and address of the person soliciting must also be visible at all times. The ordinance limits solicitation to the hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and it bars soliciting after 5 p.m. to places that do not want evening soliciting.

Nonprofit organizations, such as churches and scouting groups, are exempt from the ordinance, as is anyone under age 18.

“We want to make sure we’re not forcing 8-, 9- and 10-year-old kids to pay $150 to sell some cookies,” said council President Dennis Young.

The ordinance also limits solicitation to the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and no soliciting after 5 p.m. to places that do not want evening soliciting. Penalties range from $100 to $300 in fines, up to 30 days in jail or revocation of the permit.

Solicitor Robert Junker said some organizations may be required to have permits at the state level as well, under the Charitable Solicitation Act.

For more information on the new ordinance, click here.
By Larissa Dudkiewicz
SewickleyPatch
http://sewickley.patch.com
Leetsdale, Pennsylvania
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Toms River, New Jersey
Toms River police make arrest in child door to door sales scheme,
conjuring up the grisly history behind township’s no-knock registry
November 13, 2011
Toms River police make arrest in child door to door sales scheme,
conjuring up the grisly history behind township’s no-knock registry
By Phil Stilton
Sunday, November 13th, 2011 | Posted by Toms River, NJ
tomsrivernjonline.com
Toms River, NJ – Ocean County has a grisly history when it comes to door to door sales. It’s one of the reasons why Toms River now has a no-knock registry. Once again, local door to door sales are in the spotlight after authorities arrested a Newark man after he sent children out on the streets of Toms River to sell products, with no adult supervision, food, drink or money to buy food. It started as Toms River police began getting calls about stranded young children throughout the township. Louis Cruz, 25 of Newark, NJ was arrested by police and charged with child neglect and child abuse.

Luckily, this time, local police and concerned residents made calls before things got too far out of hand for the children. In the past, things have gone from bad to worse. In 1997, 11 year old Jackson Township resident, Eddie Werner was brutally murdered by then 14 year old Sam Manzie as he was going door to door raising money for his school. Manzie was eventually tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to 70 years in prison.

In 2004, a door to door salesman from Chicago went into the home of 77 year old Shirley Reuter and brutally murdered the woman. 17 year old Azriel Bridge, of Chicago, spent his morning going door to door in the Chestnut Street region of the the township with rejection after rejection before being allowed into the home of Reuter. This story hit close because my house was one of the doors the teen knocked on shortly before murdering Ms. Reuter. I vividly recall the day because after answering the door, I told Bridge that I wasn’t interested and closed the door, which he stuck his foot in the door and said. “How do you know you’re not interested if you haven’t seen what I have?” It was at that point I instructed Bridge to remove his foot from the door and went about my day. A few hours later, the teen came down Citta Court again and asked a group of neighbors sitting outside after doing their lawn and yard maintenance if there was any way through the development across into the Toms River Little League complex behind. The men told the teen no and he went back up the hill. Again, nobody thought anything of it.

At the time, I didn’t think about it either, until the next morning, we had another knock on the door at 8:00 am. This time, it was the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, asking if we had seen anything suspicious in the neighborhood and at the time, I didn’t even think twice, but once the news broke about the murder, it was all clear as to what happened. This case was the driving force behind the no-knock registry in the town.

Last weekend, it was the New Jersey Youth Club going door to door selling products in the Township. They dropped off kids around the township to go door to door to sell their products.

At 615p.m. on Saturday, Officer Greg Errion responded to check on a juvenile at the Dunkin Donuts in Silverton in reference to the welfare of a juvenile a 14 year old girl from Newark who has been there since 10 a.m. Officer George Fernicola was dispatch to a similar call at McDonalds on Fischer Blvd involving a 12 year old boy . That boy told police he told Mr. Cruz he did not want to work anymore cause no one was buying anything. He stated that Mr. Cruz stated he would find him a store to wait in till he came to pick him up. The juvenile had no phone nor money and was given food purchased by a concern citizen.

Office Joshua Pedalino responded to a call at 630 p.m. to check on a youth standing alone on Shenandoah Blvd. The 12 year old juvenile did not have a jacket and the officer brought him to police headquarters for his safety. Lt James Harris and Sergeant Ralph Stocco lead an investigation and found there were 14 children, males and females between 11-17 years old that were going door to door trying to sell products to residents who were not registered with the Township’s no-Knock program. These juveniles were under the supervision of Louis Cruz 25 168 N 12th street Newark who dropped them off in various neighborhoods in the Township from a van. As a result of the police investigation the Division of Youth and Family services were notified and Mr. Cruz was charged with child neglect and abuse and was released on a summons.

As a result of this investigation and numerous other complaints the Police Department is recommending that this group is no longer permitted to be authorized permits by the Township until the safety of these children and the concerns of the residents are properly recertified. The department is also requesting any resident who is registered with the Township No-Knock program and believes that were illegally contacted at their home to contact the Chiefs Office at 349-0150 ext 1132. Under the No-knock program each violation of the ordinance is subject to a fine up to $1,250.
By Phil Stilton
tomsrivernjonline.com
http://www.tomsrivernjonline.com
Jackson, New Jersey
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DMPG Info:
Azriel Rashad Bridge murdered Shirley Reuter on June 9, 2004.
Bridge was employed by a magazine sales crew by the name of Phoenix Imagery, Inc.
aka: American Community Services, Inc.
BBB: American Community Services
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB Rating: F
American Community Services, Inc.
Phone: (219) 874-7248Fax: (219) 879-4656
8557 W. U. S. Highway 20, Michigan City, IN 46360-7628
http://www.americancommunity.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 03/19/2002
Business started: 01/01/1979
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: March 1979, IN
Contact Information
Primary Contact: LeVan Ellis (President)
Ms. Tina Green (Office Manager)
Number of Employees
7
Business Category
Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
Products & Services
According to information supplied by the company, American Community Services
began business in February of 1979. The BBB opened its files in May of 1979.
LeVan Ellis is the President. The company sells magazines nationally door-to-door.
Customer complaints generally concern non-delivery of magazines. The company does
cooperate in making adjustments. The company say a customer receipt number is
helpful in resolving a complaint.

American Community Services is a member of the National Field Selling Association (NFSA)
http://nfsa.com

View Criminal Profiler For Additional Crimes
end DMPG Info.


Provo, Utah
Mask sentenced to prison for 2008 assault
November 10, 2011
Mask sentenced to prison for 2008 assault
Jim Dalrymple - Daily Herald | Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 1:17 pm
Brian Mask

PROVO -- In a slow and stilted voice, Brian Mask apologized in court on Thursday for a violent 2008 attack.

"I'm sorry for the harm I caused in Utah," he said. "I wasn't in my right state of mind."

Fourth District Judge James Taylor listened to Mask, but when the apology ended he said the crime was among the most heinous he had seen in 30 years as a judge.

"It was a terrible thing that you did," Taylor added. "You left a broken and very harmed woman."

Taylor then sentenced Mask to three years to life in prison for his conviction on one count of attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and one to 15 years in prison for his conviction on one count of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. The sentences will run concurrently, and Taylor recommended that corrections officials take into account the roughly three years Mask has spent in custody waiting for his case to conclude.

Mask's case began when he was working as a door-to-door magazine salesman. According to police, a 58-year-old American Fork woman invited Mask into her home and gave him water and a cigarette. At some point during the encounter, Mask grabbed the woman in a bear hug, carried her to a bedroom and beat and sexually assaulted her. She reportedly required stitches, lost a tooth and suffered other injuries.

Prosecutor Jeff Buhman said Thursday in court the woman continues to suffer from the experience. Buhman described the woman as "traumatized" and "disturbed" by what happened, and indicated Mask may not have fully accepted responsibility for the crime.

"He tries to express remorse while trying to deny responsibility at the same time," Buhman said.

But defense attorney Tom Means argued that Mask had taken responsibility for his actions, in part because he has already spent years in custody.

Mask's case dragged out for years because of questions about his competency. Following his arrest, Mask underwent numerous mental evaluations, which often produced conflicting reports on his ability to understand the legal process. Mask originally was declared incompetent in 2009, but Taylor reversed that ruling in August after a final evaluation.

The conflicting reports on Mask's competency left him in legal limbo for years, and he spent much of his time in Purgatory Correctional Facility in southern Utah. After Taylor finally found him competent to proceed, Mask entered a Sery plea, meaning he still has the right to appeal decisions related to his mental state. Defense attorney Michael Brown has previously said some evaluators determined that Mask is mentally retarded.

For the time being, however, Mask was ordered to report to prison. Buhman said after Thursday's hearing that corrections guidelines suggest that Mask will serve more than eight years in prison before he gets out. Taylor also ordered Mask to pay $12,516.69 to the crime victim's reparations fund and $1,314 to the victim.
Jim Dalrymple - Daily Herald
http://www.heraldextra.com
Provo, Utah
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AMERICAN FORK, Utah
Magazine salesman ordered to prison for '08 American Fork assault
November 10, 2011
Magazine salesman ordered to prison for '08 American Fork assault
Published: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 12:50 p.m. MST
— Emiley Morgan DNewsCrimeTeam
Deseret News
Utah County Sheriff's Office
Door-to-door salesman Brian James Mask was sentenced
Thursday to prison for assaulting a 58-year-old woman
in American Fork to whom he was trying to sell a magazine.
He got into her house, dragged her into a bedroom and sexually
assaulted her, then punched her repeatedly, police said.

AMERICAN FORK — A door-to-door magazine salesman who pleaded guilty to beating and sexually assaulting a woman who let him in her home following a sales pitch has been ordered to prison.

Brian Mask, 28, of Chicago, was sentenced to three years to life in prison for attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and one to 15 years for forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. Fourth District Judge James Taylor ordered the sentences to run concurrent with each other.

He also ruled that Mask pay nearly $14,000 in restitution.

The 58-year-old woman had opened her door on Aug. 25, 2008, to listen to Mask's sales pitch and then briefly allowed Mask inside to get her signature, police said. Mask then dragged the woman to a back bedroom in her American Fork home where he punched, choked and sexually abused her.

The victim later underwent facial reconstruction because Mask broke bones in her face and severely dislocated her nose.

The case was delayed following a number of inquiries into Mask's mental state. At one point, the man was deemed incompetent to stand trial, but nearly two years later it was determined that he had an "adequate understanding" of the proceedings, court records state.

Mask pleaded guilty to both charges in September.
— Emiley Morgan DNewsCrimeTeam
Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Atlantic Circulation Complaint
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

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end DMPG Info
November 9, 2011
Atlantic Circulation Complaint
Pissed Consumer
misrepresentation
Review #: 273900
Posted by: Anonymous
Posted On: 2011-11-09
Yesterday,a representative of "Atlantic Circulation" came to my residence attempting to "sell magazines". I retorted that I do not read magazines.He then changed his approach and stated that he was asking for a donation to a "Children's Hospital",. I gave him four dollars as I thought this would be for a significant cause..He asked me to sign a receipt as I felt that was the receipt for the four dollar contribution/.Upon looking at it carefully,I find this is a $61/.00 bill for a magazine entitled "Family Fun;."This is totally unsatisfactory to me/.I have sent the cancellation via FAX'.If there are additional cancellation procedures necessary,I would like to be informed?.Perhaps more training is necessary for your representatives to sell magazines. 16e2dd0
Pissed Consumer
pissedconsumer.com
http://atlantic-circulation.pissedconsumer.com
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Owensboro Kentucky
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Google Search: Atlantic Circulation Inc
More Complaints on Atlantic Circulation from pissedconsumer.com
end DMPG Info
November 8, 2011
Ripoff Report: #796234
Complaint Review: Atlantic Circulation
Submitted: Tuesday, November 08, 2011 Posted: Tuesday, November 08, 2011 Reported By: Kim — Owensboro Kentucky United States of America Atlantic Circulation 2550 Kingston Rd, Suite 113 York Pennsylvania 17402 United States of America Phone: (717) 755-3480 Web: www.atlanticcirculation.com/index.html Category: Door to Door Sales
Atlantic Circulation Does not deliver magazines, does not refund money SCAM!! York, Pennsylvania
Rip Off Report:
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Door to Door Sales
November 8, 2011
Door to Door Sales
Mary Bodel MH
Yahoo! Contributor Network
associatedcontent from Yahoo!
associatedcontent.com
Nov 8, 2011
As a child, I would make potholders and other small items and sell them to neighbors. They probably didn't need another potholder, but kids can sell just about anything. When my own children were young, I had an Avon route. That was also largely door to door.

Those years are long since over for me, but I still get quite a few knocks on my front door. As I live on a major street, that's not surprising. What is surprising is the lack of attention to legal matters when it comes to this type of sales.

Several years ago, a man knocked on the doors in our neighborhood. He claimed to be a teenage member of an international soccer league. They were selling magazines to make money for the league.

It was readily apparent that he was lying through his teeth. He wasn't fit enough to be an athlete, his skin was too pale to indicate a lot of outdoor activity and he was definitely not a teen. We later found out that he was a rapist looking for likely victims.

Our city now has an ordinance requiring all door to door salespeople have a badge. Various details must be on this badge and if they don't wear one, they can be arrested. I won't list the details, as they could be forged. How many of them show up with the badge? Maybe one in five.

If you want to be a successful door to door salesperson, here are a few things for you to consider. It is always wise to check with the city you are selling in for ordinances like that in our town. These ordinances are as much for your protection as it is for your clients. I'm not buying if you don't have one.

Second, take the time to make a good impression. Don't throw used tissues into my rose garden (I saw that…). Many of your potential clients…the ones with the money to purchase things…are older and set in their ways. Green hair and piercings in unusual places are not a professional look, and they aren't going to get you as many sales.

Door to door sales is not easy. I've done it enough to have sympathy for those who knock on my front door, but there are limits to that sympathy. Show respect and follow the city ordinance and you have a much greater chance of making that sale.
Mary Bodel MH
Yahoo! Contributor Network
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Boise, Idaho
Police: Don't let door-to-door salesmen in your house
November 7, 2011
Police: Don't let door-to-door salesmen in your house
by KTVB
KTVB.COM
Posted on November 7, 2011 at 5:47 PM
Updated yesterday at 6:00 PM
BOISE -- The Boise Police Department and the Better Business Bureau are warning residents in Northwest Boise to be careful about opening their homes to door-to-door salesmen.

Police also say they received a call from a woman in the Ellens Ferry Drive and State Street area about a salesman going door-to-door telling residents of a recent burglary in the neighborhood and that he needed to do a "house security check to keep you safe."

The resident who called police said the man covered up the card around his neck when she asked what business he represented, and the man would not answer the questions. Police say the man wanted to access her home, but she would not let him in.

The woman said that her persistence paid off and the man left.

"If you don't know the person at your door, and they do not have a valid city business permit to solicit door to door, don't let them in," says the BBB.

According to the BBB, other recent door-to-door activities include free carpet cleaning, packaged meat, magazine subscriptions, and vacuum sales.

Police say that the salesman and others may be working their way through neighborhoods in the Boise area and that there were no recent reported burglaries within the last few months in the resident's neighborhood.

Here are some tips from the BBB to protect yourself:

· Avoid letting them into your home, as a general safety tip. Burglars are known to pose as salesmen to case a house they may be planning to burglarize.

· Ask the salesmen for written material about the company and let him know you are going research the company before making a purchase. Check the company's BBB Reliability Report at www.bbb.org or contact 208-342-4649.

· Verify the company has a recent city-issued salesman's solicitor permit for door-to-door sales.

· If you decide to make a purchase, ask for a dated cancellation form and a dated receipt. Note: The Federal Trade Commission Cooling-Off Rule gives buyers a three-business-day period to cancel a purchase. Saturday is considered a business day.
by KTVB
KTVB.COM
http://www.ktvb.com
Boise, Idaho
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Scambook
Summarized Group Report for Lrumar Publications
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Lrumar Publications
aka: Lucretius Phocylides LLC
BBB
BBB Rating: D
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Lrumar Publications LLC
(805) 275-1576
11605 Meridian Market Vw #124-380,
Falcon, CO 80831-8238
http://www.lrumarpublications.com
www.lucretiusphocylides.com
Additional Information
The company requests a legible copy of the consumer's receipt be included to expedite complaints.
Please fax receipts to the BBB at 719-636-5078 or email a copy to info@bbbsc.org
Information in this BBB Business Review is believed reliable, but not guaranteed as to its accuracy.
The BBB has not verified information including, but not limited to: business start date, ownership, licensing,
and registration (if applicable). BBB does not endorse any product, service or business.
BBB file opened: 11/13/2008Business started: 07/21/2005
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: July 2005, DE
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Mr. David Bacon (CEO)
Complaint Contact: Crystal Cox (Resolution Division)
Crystal Davis (Manager)
Mike Davis (Office Manager)
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents
Alternate Business Names
Lucretius Phocylides LLC
end DMPG Info
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Vancouver, Washington
Rapist on the Run:
Frightening case where knife-wielding suspect posed as door-to-door salesman - then attacked
November 4, 2011
Rapist on the Run:
Frightening case where knife-wielding suspect posed as door-to-door salesman - then attacked
Q13FOX, KCPQ-TV
November 4, 2011
Rapist on the Run:
Frightening case where knife-wielding suspect posed as door-to-door salesman - then attacked


Suspect sketch - Wanted for rape in Vancouver


WMW

November 4, 2011
WANTED IN VANCOUVER—

Vancouver police need help solving a disturbing rape case.

They say the man drawn up in this sketch pretended to be a door-to-door salesman before busting his way into a woman's home. Sign up for Q13 FOX News Daily

It has a brazen attack – happening right in the middle of the afternoon on October, 25th.

The victim lives near Stapleton Rd. and 4th Plain.

Police say he knocked on her door, clutching a clipboard, and claiming to be selling magazines. But then, he pulled a knife, forced his way inside, and raped her.

Here’s a description of the suspect:

Black
Age: 30-35
Ht: 6’0”
Wt: 180 lbs
Wearing red jacket with hood
Gold hoop earring in right ear
Vertical scar on left side of neck

Even if you don't recognize this guy, here's how you can help: Police want to hear from anyone in Vancouver who's had a door-to-door magazine salesman come to their house in the past month - whether you bought something or not, they need to hear from you.

If that’s you, or if you recognize the man in this sketch, call: CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS
Q13FOX, KCPQ-TV
http://www.q13fox.com
Seattle, Washington
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Police warn against door-to-door salesman with new story
November 4, 2011
Police warn against door-to-door salesman with new story
10:22 PM, Nov 4, 2011
Written by WBIR.com
WBIR TV-10
Knoxville Police said scammers selling magazines are throwing out a new story. Over the past few month, officers have been receiving complaints about door-to-door magazine salesmen. Many are extremely aggressive and in the past, some have been accused of forcing their way into people's home. Now, some are telling potential customers they are convicted criminals just looking to turn their lives around. If you have any question about any salesman coming to your door, police said you should get the name of their business then call the Better Business Bureau.
Written by WBIR.com
WBIR TV-10
http://www.wbir.com
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville BEWARE !!!
When Crime Knocks
By: Jim Balloch - KnoxNews
January 4, 2004
Read this story of how Rodger Eric Broadway a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman
employed by American Community Services rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde, a 66-year-old grandmother.
Rodger Broadway rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde


Stockton, California
Police warn of magazine sales scam
Woman lost $500 to man claiming to be Delta student
November 4, 2011
Police warn of magazine sales scam
Woman lost $500 to man claiming to be Delta student
By The Record
November 04, 2011 12:00 AM
MANTECA - The Manteca Police Department is warning residents about a scam being performed by a man claiming he's a San Joaquin Delta College student selling magazine subscriptions.

The department issued the warning after taking a report earlier this week from a woman who was victimized in late October, said Officer Jason Hensley, a spokesman for the department.

The woman was approached in the parking lot of the Manteca Target on Oct. 27 by a man claiming to sell magazine subscriptions to obtain points through the college. The victim purchased more than a dozen subscriptions at about $30 each, Hensley said. The woman pulled more than $500 from her bank account and paid the man, he said.

The victim made the report on Tuesday after no one from the subscription company called and she became suspicious, Hensley said.

The man is described as a 30-year-old black man who is about 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. He has short hair or is balding and has multiple tattoos on his arms and hands. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.

Authorities believe the scam has taken place in other cities across the county, and the police force at the college is also investigating, Hensley said.

Police ask anyone with information to call Officer Dan Chesnut at (209) 456-8174 or South County Crime Stoppers at (209) 823-4636.
By The Record
http://www.recordnet.com
Stockton, California
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Regulating Solicitors
November 4, 2011
Regulating Solicitors
Posted: Nov 04, 2011 3:13 PM CDT
Updated: Nov 04, 2011 3:13 PM CDT
posted by: Latoya Silmon
KTUL-TV
Associated Links
How to Handle Solicitors

Tulsa, OK -

The dreaded knock, Jennifer Harmon says she and her midtown neighbors have encountered plenty of cleaning salesmen, people selling magazines subscriptions, and people wanting your information to allegedly enter you into a drawing. She says they haven't always been friendly. In fact, Harmon says some of salesmen are down right scary. "Basically if you say no or don't answer, they've become really aggressive. Some of my neighbors have been yelled at -and some of them really improper words," she told Tulsa's Channel 8.

Harmon suspects some of the solicitors are part of crews casing neighborhoods to commit future crimes. She says a lot of Tulsans are fed up and have turned to social media to get the word out and ban together to stop the practices on the Tulsa Midtown Alert Neighbors page on Facebook. Harmon eventually took their concerns to city councilors, who are now considering an ordinance to regulate soliciting in residential areas, and it would require a permit. The ordinance would also crackdown on peddlers in roadways, a part that a lot of people are applauding as well.

Randall Mink says he never feels guilty about not giving to some panhandlers. "They can work if they wanted to. As much time as they spend out here, they could be a security guard somewhere and do the same amount of work," he explained.

Charitable organizations are excluded from the proposal, while some may want to stop that too, Harmon sees no harm in that. "There's really no reason to suggest that a girl scout go get a permit downtown to sell cakes and treats," she said.

Harmon says she's pleased that city councilors are taking the concerns of Tulsans seriously. The proposed ordinance had it's first reading at Thursday night's city council meeting. Councilors will also take up the issue next week in committee.
posted by: Latoya Silmon
KTUL-TV
http://www.ktul.com
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Houston, Texas
Crime
Beware: Magazine Scammers in Houston
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Dynasty Sales
Nxcess Sales
BBB:
Dynasty Sales
This Business is not BBB accredited
Dynasty Sales, LLC
Additional Locations
P. O. Box 82066, Phoenix, AZ 85071
http://www.mydynastysales.com
BBB Rating: F
Additional Information
BBB file opened: November 20, 2007
Business Management
Mr. Ryan Atkins, Principal
Business Category
ENCYCLOPEDIA & BOOK SALES
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
MAGAZINE SALES

BBB:
Nxcess Sales
This Business is not BBB accredited
NXcess Sales, LLC
Additional Locations
Fax: (888) 713-9733 24820 N 16th Avenue #110,
Phoenix , AZ 85085
http://www.nxcesssales.com
BBB Rating: F
Additional Information
BBB file opened: January 07, 2010
Business started: 12/09/2009 in AR
Business incorporated: 12/09/2009 in AZ
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Category
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
Alternate Business Names
NXCESS SALES, LLC
DMPG Note:
See:
Prestige Sales LLC
Integrity Program
Integrity Sales
Magazine Fulfillment Services
MTSCirculation
end DMPG Info
November 3, 2011
Crime
Beware: Magazine Scammers in Houston
By Craig Malisow Thu., Nov. 3 2011 at 12:31 PM
Houston Press
A roving band of scamming douchebags calling themselves Nxcess Sales have parked themselves in Houston; these bottom-feeders have been making their way across the country, telling people they're selling magazines to raise funds for, among other things, local children's hospitals. This particular crew, which is incorporated in Phoenix and also operates the name Dynasty Sales, was recently sued by Seattle Children's Hospital for just that.

For those of you unfamiliar with the crime masquerading as door-to-door magazine sales, it goes beyond just ripping people off; it's a trade plagued by murders, rapes, assaults, kidnappings, and setting people on fire.

In case you want to place an order in person, they're staying at the Venetian Inn near Greenspoint Mall; feel free to call and ask to be connected to anyone with the magazine crew, in case you want to find out about their subscription offers and/or criminal background.

Besides the children's-hospital spiel, they tell potential customers (which they call "Joneses") that they attend a local high school and that they're raising money for a school sports team, orchestra, or a trip abroad (usually London). If for some reason you aren't compelled to slam the door in their faces, go ahead and ask to see their solicitors' licenses, or, better yet, get as much as information -- and paperwork -- as you can from them, and send it our way, because we like to keep tabs on these folks. Tags: Fraud
By Craig Malisow
Houston Press
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Houston, Texas
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North Carolina
Cooper warns residents of door-to-door scam
November 3, 2011
Cooper warns residents of door-to-door scam
November 03, 2011 9:24 AM
Times-News
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning residents to look out for a scam involving door-to-door sales of magazines.

In a press release, Cooper said that North Carolina residents 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, the release states.

These sellers have said 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.

The release said the money collected goes to a for-profit company.

Cooper offered some tips to residents before they buy a magazine from someone selling door-to-door:

?- 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.
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Police say: Beware of door to door magazine sales people
November 3, 2011
Police say: Beware of door to door magazine sales people
A warning from Knoxville Police, a group of people are going around town trying to sell magazine subscriptions.
Posted: 8:08 PM Nov 3, 2011
WVLT VOLUNTEER TV
KNOXVILLE, Tenn(WVLT)-- A warning from Knoxville Police, a group of people are going around town trying to sell magazine subscriptions.

On November 2, 2011, just before four in the afternoon, officers responded to a suspicious person call in the Sequoyah Hills area. Callers told officers the man was going door-to-door attempting to sell magazine subscriptions.

Police found the man trying to speak to a resident. The suspect could only provide an Arkansas ID. He told officers, he along with numerous other individuals just arrived in Knoxville and had been dropped off to sell magazine subscriptions.

A check of the Arkansas business indicated numerous complaints through the Better Business Bureau. Most of the complaints indicated the magazines were never received or that refunds were never provided. The company typically failed to respond to complaints.

Historically, these companies employee teens and young adults that have criminal backgrounds. Residents have also frequently reported being harassed by these individuals to the point that they will not leave the premises until the homeowner buys a subscription. Residents need to be cautious of these individuals and report any suspicious behavior.
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Knoxville BEWARE !!!
When Crime Knocks
By: Jim Balloch - KnoxNews
January 4, 2004
Read this story of how Rodger Eric Broadway a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman
employed by American Community Services rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde, a 66-year-old grandmother.
Rodger Broadway rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde


Wisconsin
Wisconsin Concealed Carry Gun Law Signed By Governor Scott Walker
November 2, 2011
Wisconsin Concealed Carry Gun Law Signed By Governor Scott Walker
The Huffington Post
November 2, 2011
ROTHSCHILD, Wis. — Wisconsin has become the 49th state to legalize the carrying of concealed weapons.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Friday removing the state's ban. Except for a few minor aspects, the bulk of the law goes into effect in November.

Gun supporters say legalizing concealed carry in Wisconsin has been long overdue. Opponents argue that it won't curb crime and will put more guns on the street.

Under Wisconsin's law, people who obtain a permit and go through training will be allowed to carry concealed weapons in most public buildings, including the state Capitol and city halls, unless a sign is posted saying they are not permitted.

With the legalization in Wisconsin, Illinois is now the only state that doesn't allow concealed carry.
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Wisconsin
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Amarillo, Texas
BBB warns that deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the area.
November 2, 2011
BBB warns that deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the area.
BBB of the Texas Panhandle
11/2/2011
Amarillo, Texas
Your BBB is receiving an increase in calls from consumers who have unknowingly purchased multi-year magazine subscriptions from door-to-door solicitors. Oftentimes, the door-to-door presentations are so slick that consumers aren't even aware that they have bought several magazine subscriptions until they receive the bill. These high pressure sellers use tactics that can have anyone falling victim.

Most complaints allege that sales representatives took their check and the magazines never arrived, while some complainants also allege being subjected to high-pressure and misleading sales tactics and overpriced subscriptions.

In Amarillo a door-to-door solicitor must have a permit issued by the city. Ask to see the permit, if they do not have one contact the city and the BBB.

Other tips to help you when approached by a door-to-door solicitor:

Listen carefully and be aware of high pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment, and even make special offers to entice you. Listen to their tone and watch for increasing volume as they speak to you and ignoring you despite saying you are not interested. Find a way to end the conversation quickly; politely say you are not interested and close the door. If you are not interested, do not hesitate to do this even if they continue talking.

Stand strong. Do not invite unsolicited salespeople into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside and decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a purchase, simply ask him or her to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, threaten to call the police, and follow through if they don’t leave immediately.

Verify the individual and the company. Tell the salesperson you will check out their company and get back to him or her. Ask for a business card and contact information. Look the company up at www.bbb.org. and verify the person works at the company. If they do not allow you to do his, consider it a red flag and end the transaction.

Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives you three days to cancel purchases made in your home of over $25. The rule also pertains to sales at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business; such as a street corner or parking lot. Along with a receipt, salespeople must also include a completed cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. By law, the company must give customers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.

Victims of fraudulent magazine sales can file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org, local law enforcement, and state Attorney General offices.
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Amarillo, Texas
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Vancouver, Washington
After sexual attack, police seek calls about alleged salesman
Man with knife attacked woman in home, police say
November 1, 2011
After sexual attack, police seek calls about alleged salesman
Man with knife attacked woman in home, police say
By John Branton
Columbian Staff Reporter
The Columbian
Originally published November 1, 2011 at 8:23 p.m.,
updated November 1, 2011 at 9:52 p.m.
A Vancouver police Major Crimes detective is asking folks who bought magazines from door-to-door salespeople last month to call him as he investigates an alleged sexual assault at knifepoint that occurred last week.

A woman told police that during daylight hours on Oct.25, a man came to the door of her home near East Fourth Plain Boulevard and Stapleton Road and knocked, claiming he was selling magazines.

The man, who was holding a clipboard, pulled a knife, forced his way into her home and sexually assaulted her, according to a bulletin from the Vancouver Police Department.

She described the assailant as a dark-skinned African-American man in his early 30s, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He had a short, Afro hairstyle and was unshaven, with a slight beard and mustache. He wore a red hooded jacket and a thin gold hoop on his right ear. She said he had a thin vertical scar on the left side of his neck.

As of Tuesday night, police had reported no arrest and identified no suspect.

Detective Darren McShea is asking anyone who bought magazines from door-to-door salespeople in the past month to call him at 360-487-7431.
By John Branton
Columbian Staff Reporter
The Columbian
http://www.columbian.com
Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver police asking for information in rape case
November 1, 2011
Vancouver police asking for information in rape case
Posted: Nov 01, 2011 4:55 PM CDT
Updated: Nov 01, 2011 5:05 PM CDT
By FOX 12 Webstaff
KPTV
kptv.com
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Vancouver police are asking for help to find a man who raped a woman while posing as a magazine salesman.

Officers say the man attacked the woman at her home near the intersection of Stapleton Road and Fourth Plain Boulevard last Tuesday.

The victim says the man knocked on her door while holding a clipboard. He then pulled out a 12-inch knife and forced his way inside the home.

Police described the man as black, 30 to 35 years old, 6', 180 pounds with a short afro hairstyle. He was unshaven with a slight beard and mustache, and was wearing a red jacket with a hood.

The man also had a thin gold hoop earring on his right ear and a thin vertical scar on the left side of his neck, officers say.

Vancouver police are asking anyone who bought a magazine subscription from a door-to-door salesperson during October to call them at 360-487-7431.

Previous story:

Oct. 28, 2011: Knife-wielding man raped Vancouver woman in her home, police say.
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Beaverton, Oregon
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Neighbors urge regulation of salespeople
November 1, 2011
Neighbors urge regulation of salespeople
By: Casey Roebuck
Posted: 8:24 PM
Last Updated: 3 hours and 8 minutes ago
November 1, 2011
KJRH-TV
kjrh.com
TULSA - Tulsa could soon have a city ordinance that regulates door-to-door salespeople.

The idea was sparked after group of Midtown residents noticed a spike in door-to-door salespeople in the area, some of whom they say would become aggressive or acted as though they may be casing homes for burglaries.

Jennifer Harmon was used to the occasional door-to-door salesmen in her Midtown Tulsa neighborhood. But she says, since the spring, it has been non-stop and sometimes scary.

"They said they are still coming two or three times a week", says Harmon. "When I don't answer the door, they walk around the back of my house or they get aggressive, or they are taking notes about certain things."

Harmon joined with forces with Midtown Tulsa Alert Neighbor block captains to do something about it. With their support, Thursday night she asked the City Council to pass an ordinance regulating the practice in Tulsa.

Her idea was met with support from the council. Councilor GT Bynum says the timing is perfect, because he and City staff had been taking a look at ordinance in other cities to see what may work for Tulsa. Bynum plans to model Tulsa's ordinance after one in Oklahoma City.

He tells 2NEWS, "In Oklahoma City, they can only sell door to door between 9 am and 9 pm. They have to have a license to be operating. You can only get a license by going through a background check. That's going to cut down big time on the bad actors we have out there that are doing this."

Officer Jason Willingham of the Tulsa Police Department says registering salespeople will help police crack down on the ones who are committing burglaries or scams. "It's going to keep the honest ones honest. It's certainly going to be an asset and it's certainly going to help. It will give us an idea of who is in our city going from door to door doing this type of business."

There will exceptions for non-profit groups. Bynum says, "You're not going to have an eight-year-old kid needing to get a background check. It's a good balance and I think that's why it's been so widely accepted by other cities around the country. Tulsa is just playing catch up with this."

The first reading of the ordinance will be this Thursday night. The council could vote on the issue as early as next week.
By: Casey Roebuck
KJRH-TV
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Vancouver, Washington
Police looking for rapist who claimed he was selling magazines
October 28, 2011
Police looking for rapist who claimed he was selling magazines
Submitted by KATU Communities Staff
Friday, October 28th, 2011, 9:29am
KATU.com

Suspect sketch.
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Police say a woman was raped at knifepoint in her own home by a man who claimed to be a magazine salesman.

The crime happened around 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 at a home near Stapleton Road and Fourth Plain.

According to police, a woman answered her door and a man with a clipboard in his hand told her he was selling magazine subscriptions. But when she declined, he produced a knife, forced his way in and then sexually assaulted her. Police said the woman was so scared that she passed out and the man got away.

It is unclear whether the man was actually a magazine salesman who committed the crime while working or whether he was pretending to be one just to get access to the victim. The woman did not know the man.

Police want to track down the suspect soon because there are transient door-to-door sales groups that come into a community and then leave. And of course police want to warn people to be wary when someone knocks on your door.

"There are some risks when you open your door to somebody," said Sgt. Scott Creager, a detective with the Vancouver Police Department. "You don't know who it is on the other side."

Suspect Description
Dark-skinned black male
Between 30 and 35 years old
About 6 feet tall
Weighs about 180 pounds
Short afro
Unshaven with a slight beard and mustache
Was wearing a red jacket with a hood and had a thin gold hoop earring on his right ear
Has a thin vertical scar on the left side of his neck

Weapon Description
Dagger-style
Brown handle
12-inch blade that was slightly curved at the tip

Tips
If you have information that can aid in the investigation, call Detective Darren McShea at (360) 487-7431 or Detective Barb Knoeppel at (360) 487-7436.
Submitted by KATU Communities Staff
Friday, October 28th, 2011, 9:29am
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Portland, Oregon
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Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver police seek suspect in sexual assault by magazine salesman
October 28, 2011
Vancouver police seek suspect in sexual assault by magazine salesman
Published: Friday, October 28, 2011, 10:33 AM
Updated: Friday, October 28, 2011, 1:19 PM
Lynne Terry, The Oregonian By Lynne Terry, The Oregonian
Police are looking for a suspect in a sexual assault tied to a traveling magazine salesman in Vancouver.

They said a man knocked on the door of the victim's home near Northeast Fourth Plain and Stapleton roads about 3 p.m. on Tuesday, saying he was selling magazines and holding a clipboard. He whipped out a dagger-style knife with a brown handle and 12-inch blade slightly curved at the tip and forced his way into the home.

The suspect is an African American man with dark skin, 30 to 35 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He was unshaven, with a slight beard and mustache, and was wearing a red jacket with a hood. He had a thin gold hoop earring on his right ear and a narrow vertical scar on the left side of his neck.

Anyone with information about the assault should call detective Darren McShea at 360-487-7431 or Detective Barb Knoeppel at 360-487-7436.

This is not the first sex assault in the metro area involving a traveling magazine salesman. In fact, there have been a spate of attacks, including several in 2005-06 in Portland.

Residents should beware. Vancouver requires traveling salesmen to obtain peddlers permits before banging on doors but Portland does not.

-- Lynne Terry
Lynne Terry, The Oregonian By Lynne Terry, The Oregonian
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Portland, Oregon
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Jackson, Tennessee
BBB warns of magazine scams
October 28, 2011
BBB warns of magazine scams
The Jackson Sun
12:53 AM, Oct. 28, 2011
“A young man rang my door bell and started telling me about how this opportunity is changing his life. He told me about how his girlfriend was going to have a baby and how much me buying magazines would help him on his journey. I ordered two of them.”

“The representative assured me that my trusted neighbor contributed to their cause of magazine subscriptions going to charity.”

Trying to help a good cause resulted in both of these people, and many others, being ripped off. After learning that his neighbor didn’t order any magazines, the second fellow stopped payment on the check he’d given the magazine salesman and thought the issue was resolved. Unfortunately, the company re-deposited his check six months later after the stop payment order had expired and he lost $370.

This phony magazine company purports to be located in Tunica, Miss., and is scamming people all over the country. The only address we have is a post office box and mail sent there has been returned, so we don’t know where the company is really located. A similar company that claimed to be in Holly Springs, Miss., generated 156 complaints from across the country a few years ago. For all we know, it could be the same people.

In the past two years, Better Business Bureaus across the country have received complaints on more than 50 fraudulent magazine sellers. The BBB in Charlotte, N.C., issued an alert on a company that started out in Florida but moved to North Carolina after the Florida attorney general shut them down. When the North Carolina attorney general landed on them, they rented a mailbox in South Carolina to make it seem they’d moved there. In reality, they were still operating from North Carolina.

The BBB offers the following advice to avoid getting scammed by door-to-door magazine sellers:
• Some people who filed complaints said that they bought subscriptions because they felt intimidated by the seller. If you feel threatened, call 911. Don’t let anyone you don’t know into your house.
• Don’t be pressured into buying on the spot. Don’t fall for an emotional pitch that could be completely fraudulent.
• Check out the business with the BBB before making the purchase.
• In many municipalities, a “peddler’s” or other kind of license is required to sell door-to-door. Ask the seller if he or she has one. Also ask to see some form of company ID.
• The Federal Trade Commission’s Cooling-Off Rule gives you three days to cancel a magazine purchase over $25 that’s made in your home. If the seller doesn’t give you the required cancellation form, that’s a red flag that you’re dealing with a shady company. Even if you’re given the form, getting your money back may be difficult, if not impossible. One lady said that she mailed the cancellation form almost as soon as the salesperson left her house. It was returned as undeliverable and nobody ever answers the phone numbers on her receipt. • If you’re a victim of a fraudulent magazine scam, file a complaint with the BBB and local law enforcement.
The buyers of the magazines aren’t the only victims of these scams. The young people they employ are often victims, too. They may be forced to work long hours, endure substandard living conditions and have their wages withheld from them. They’re sometimes transported to neighborhoods many miles away and told that getting a ride home depends on how many subscriptions they sell.

Randy Hutchinson is the president and chief executive officer of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South.
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Jackson, Tennessee
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Atlanta, Georgia
Traveling Sales Crew

Traveling Sales Crew
Official Portal of the State of Georgia
Governor's office of Consumer Protection
Atlanta, Georgia
Posted to this web site on: 10/28/11.
Traveling Sales Crew

Be prepared and protect yourself from traveling teams of young people selling everything from magazines to household cleaning products. Traveling sales crews are very different from your neighborhood children going door-to-door selling candy for a local school function. These crews travel in teams from city to city and state to state, far from home. While companies should ensure their employees are taken care of and the products being sold are delivered, this is not always the case. Some companies make their profits by overworking and abusing their young workers, and taking consumers’ money and orders but not sending any products.

Here are some tips to help keep young people and consumers from falling victim to unscrupulous door-to-door traveling sales crews.

Working for a Traveling Sales Crew

A young person might think that being part of a traveling sales crew is an exciting way to gain valuable face-to-face sales experience and earn some money. Unfortunately, reality is that unethical companies recruit unwary youths with ads promising “nationwide travel, all expenses paid, and high commissions”, and then subject them to questionable, and even dangerous, working conditions. Often crew members are abandoned - alone, penniless and stranded in another state. The harsh working conditions crew members are subjected to daily include:

Long days on their feet, walking neighborhoods from morning until dark
No place to rest until pick-up at night
No guidance or adult supervision during the day
Early morning and late night training sessions
Poor tracking of sales and commissions
Pay deductions for hotels, travel, meals
Pay deductions for canceled orders and fines for “misconduct”
Crew members having to work to pay off debts to the company
Inconsistent (or no) delivery of the products sold by the company
Physical, psychological, or even sexual abuse

Horror stories from previous crew members detail that privileges like eating or earning a bed at night are only granted after obtaining a certain number of sales or checks. With a relentless emphasis on sales and commissions, the crew members are pressured to make promises or deals that can’t be kept in order to get a sale. And then, after failing to meet a company’s sales expectations, the crew members recount their fear and desperation after being abandoned in a city or town far from home, with no money.

Anyone considering working for a traveling sales crew should exercise extreme caution and research the company first. Any company that will not or cannot provide easily the following information in writing should be avoided:

The company’s name, address, website, and direct phone number
The name, title, phone number of the primary contact responsible for work teams
The name and phone number of the company President or Chief Executive Officer
The work hours/days and time off
The base salary or hourly wage, and how and when it is paid
Commission rates and bonus programs
The sales goals per person day, week, or month
What happens if sales goals are not met
How sales, salary, and commissions are tracked, and by whom
Employment status – is the crew member an employee or independent contractor
The quality of, and costs for, travel, meals, and housing
The arrangements for laundry and basic facilities
How is money for living expenses, like toiletries, handled
How meals, breaks, and days off are scheduled
What provisions are made for inclement weather or extreme heat
How crew members are supervised during or after work
What kind of protection or security is provided (do the crew members work in pairs, teams, with an adult, or alone?)
What happens if the crew member is robbed of the money they collected or the products they were selling?
Does the company have insurance to cover accidents and illness
Who does the driving, and do drivers have to meet any requirements
What is their travel schedule (what cities/states on which dates)
Will crew members be selling in towns requiring permits, and if so, who arranges these permits
How friends and family can contact the crew member
Who arranges and pays for transportation home

Also ask for a copy of the following documents and examine them carefully:

The company’s cancellation, return, and refund policies on items sold
The company’s sales pitch
The required notice advising the consumer of his right to cancel within a three-day cooling off period

Thoroughly read the contract terms and make sure you understand them. Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau in your state and in the state where the business is headquartered. Visit the Direct Selling Association’s (DSA) website to see if the company is a member.

If the company is pressuring you or a young person you know to make a decision to join a traveling sales crew immediately, walk away. Take time to think things through and consider the options. Good jobs are hard to find, but bad or unsafe jobs should be avoided.

Purchasing from a Door-to-Door/Traveling Sales Person

Buying things at your door can be an impulse purchase, but a little preparation can ensure you don’t “act in haste, repent in leisure." Taking basic steps can reduce the risk of falling victim to a scam:

Don’t open your door to strangers after dark, especially if you are alone
Never invite strangers into your home - they could survey the layout and your possessions
Ask for an ID card that confirms the salesperson’s relationship to the company
Request their local sales permit (your local police department can confirm if door-to-door sales people are required to carry a permit)
Ask where they live – listen for clues that indicate that the person is from out-of-town or are unfamiliar with your town; if so, they might be part of a traveling sales crew
Ask about the delivery time frame – most magazine subscriptions don’t start for weeks, if not months. The sales crew will be long gone before delivery should commence, and if it does not, you might be unable to recoup your investment.
Look beyond the sales pitch that plays on your sympathy: “I’m working toward a scholarship”; “raising money for school”; “it’s a contest for a prize”; “raising money for charity.” If the charity or non-profit is one you recognize, call them to verify this program. If it’s not a charity you know or can verify, it might be a scam.
Ask for the company name, address, phone number, and website:
Call the phone number to see if you reach a live person or answering machine. This could indicate what you would go through if you placed an order.
If the company only has a P.O. Box, be careful - they could be difficult to contact or track down if there are any issues with your order.
Check the website to see if it works and to learn more about the company.
Check the BBB to see if any complaints have been reported.
Confirm that the company is a member with the Direct Selling Association.
Compare prices for similar products to ensure the item is not overpriced
Ask about their cancellation, return, and refund policy
Read the complete contract or sales agreement before signing
Documents should be clear, understandable, and professional
Never give cash or your credit card number at the door
Were you informed about the three-day cooling off period/right to cancel
If you are interested, but need time to reflect or do research, ask the salesperson to return later or another day. Most legitimate direct sellers will schedule an appointment.
If you feel you are being pressured, say you’re not interested
If they won’t take "no" for an answer, close the door and call the police
If the sales person looks underfed or abused, call the police so they can investigate

If you make a purchase, get a copy of the order/contract/receipt, which should include:

the name, address and phone number of the business
the terms and conditions for returning a product or canceling an order
the complete list of items purchased, quantity, price, tax, and total

Making purchases at home can be convenient, but understand the risks associated with purchasing from a transient person.
Official Portal of the State of Georgia
Governor's office of Consumer Protection
http://www.consumer.ga.gov
Atlanta, Georgia
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Mag Crews - Legal Child Enslavement - When They Knock on Your Door.
October 27, 2011
Mag Crews - Legal Child Enslavement - When They Knock on Your Door.
Topic started on 27-10-2011 @ 12:58 AM by 2manyquestions
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Have you ever had eager young kids come to your door and ask you to buy a magazine subscription? Were they overly friendly while they tried to persuade you, and then turned into monsters when you said no? Maybe it was to help them get an education, or help them win a trip. Well...... up until about an hour ago I had no idea what a "Mag Crew" was, and I was most certainly not aware of it's very dark and insidious side.

It was approximately 9:00PM when I heard a heavy knock on my door. I wasn't expecting anyone this late, so I rushed to the door to find out who it might be. I didn't have a good feeling about it, but I cracked the door open anyway and saw a young lady of about 16 to 18 years old standing in front. She put on her best smile and started with the spiel. She's selling magazine subscriptions in order to win a contest to go to some island getaway. She says that if I want to come with her, her suitcase is big enough to fit me right in. She has far too much energy and she smiles so wide, her face is about to split. I tell her "Sorry, not interested." She says "Aww, really? Sorry is so boring", but I say "no thank you" again and close the door.

There are a few things wrong with this picture.

A.) It's 9:00PM. Who sells magazines at this hour???
B.) She's way too energetic and a little young to be selling anything, especially that late.
C.) She had pronounced acne, the type you see on methamphetamine addicts. You can tell because they like to scratch themselves until parts of their faces bleed. It's a shame, because she was quite pretty otherwise.

This encounter peaked my curiosity. I've seen more of these kids selling magazines door to door, but I never researched where the hell they come from. Here's what I found:

For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine Crews

OFF-SITE CONTENT
Two days after graduating from high school last June, Jonathan Pope left his home in Miamisburg, Ohio, to join a traveling magazine sales crew, thinking he would get to “talk to people, party at night and see the country.” Over the next six months, he and about 20 other crew members crossed 10 states, peddling subscriptions door to door, 10 to 14 hours a day, six days a week. Sleeping three to a room in cheap motels, lowest seller on the floor, they survived some days on less than $10 in food money while their earnings were kept “on the books” for later payment. By then, Mr. Pope said, he had seen several friends severely beaten by managers, he and several other crew members were regularly smoking methamphetamine with prostitutes living down the motel hallway, and there were warrants out for his arrest in five states for selling subscriptions without a permit.


Essentially these Mag Crews are managed by adults who treat these kids like slaves. It's a legal form of child slavery, because there are no laws against it as long as they have permits. Most of them don't have permits, and so end up having warrants out for their arrest across many different states.

OFF-SITE CONTENT
“The stories about life on crew you hear from these kids are almost unbelievable,” said Officer George Dahl of the Louisville, Ky., Metro Police Department, who estimated that his department had cited or arrested more than 70 sellers for assault, unlawful solicitation or drug possession in the last two years. “But you get them alone and start hearing the same sort of thing over and over from different crews and you start believing them.” In Collinsville, Ill., Daniel Burrus scrolled through digital photographs of bloodied faces as he described how, on a crew he helped manage for several years, men who missed their sales quota were forced to fight each other.


So, there you have it. I've never seen or heard anyone discussing these Mag Crews, but it seems to me like this is a huge problem.

Onto the next issue. Who hires these Mag Crews??? According to the article, magazines such as Rollingstone and Reader's Digest hire Clearinghouses to sell subscriptions, and the Clearinghouses hire these Mag Crews to go door to door to sell these magazines.

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Rolling Stone declined to comment. A representative for the Hearst Corporation said that in recent years it had stopped hiring clearinghouses that use crews. But when subsequently asked why Redbook, a Hearst publication, appears among magazines sold by one crew, a Hearst representative e-mailed, “We constantly fight unauthorized agents,” adding, “It’s an ongoing battle.” Generally, the clearinghouses get about 40 percent of the subscription money and the publishers about 10 percent. The crew leaders get the other 50 percent, out of which they pay all expenses on the road, including the sellers’ commissions. “Nobody is forced or pushed to do anything,” said Tim Peek, manager and recruiter for New Generation, a crew based in Vero Beach, Fla.


One girl goes on to tell her horror story from her days on the Mag Crew:

OFF-SITE CONTENT
“I know it sounds crazy,” Ms. Steele said. “But I believed my manager when he said he would never let that happen again, and I believed him when he said my mom had told him she didn’t care about me.” In January 2006, Ms. Steele left her crew and was placed in the witness protection program during an investigation of her former managers, who were accused in the beating and kidnapping at gunpoint of her boyfriend from a city bus, an incident that was caught on videotape and led to the conviction of one person for kidnapping for ransom and assault with a deadly weapon.


Now... what can YOU do to help? Here's a suggestion:

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Ms. Williams, from Parent Watch, said her organization advised customers not to buy from the sellers or to let them in the house, but to offer them a phone to call home or her organization’s phone number to help anyone who might want to arrange a bus ticket home. She said her organization had lobbied for legislation to prevent sellers from being categorized as independent contractors and to provide them with minimum wage and safety and health protections.


The link to their website is the following: ParentWatch.org

If you have any of these kids come to your door, please do as instructed and offer these kids a phone to call home, or if you're not comfortable handing them valuables, ask them if there is a number you can call for them. These kids are being taken advantage of and physically abused by their handlers.

I know the article says they only hire people 18 and up, but I know for a fact that they employ even younger children, we're talking 12 to 13 year olds, having them go door to door pretending that they're selling for their school. I know, because I was ripped off by one of them. All the signs were there, but I ignored my instincts. These handlers are ruthless and they prey on weakness. Let's put a stop to this!

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Toms River, New Jersey
25% of Toms River Signs Up for 'No-Knock Registry'
October 25, 2011
25% of Toms River Signs Up for 'No-Knock Registry'
Recent crime and unusual door-to-door sales calls prompt police, clerk to put 'No-Knock' form on forefront
By Catherine Galioto
TomsRiverPatch
October 25, 2011
Young teens from outside of Toms River have been going door-to-door in neighborhoods earlier this month selling merchandise that two residents described as “Dollar Store junk,” in violation of the township’s “no-knock” ordinance.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said two organizations are using young individuals to go door to door selling items, and in light of daytime car and home burglaries, are creating concern for residents in neighborhoods such as Theresa Court.

The individuals are not connected with a local group, nor are they scouts or students selling items as fundraisers, said the police chief.

Instead, they are teens from Newark and Freehold, said the residents. Township Clerk Mark Mutter said when he became aware of the issue from a resident, he brought it to the attention of the police chief. The salespeople had furnished what was described as a “20 times photocopied” permit to go door to door.

In one case police responded with multiple squad vehicles to a report the solicitors were attempting to find unlocked cars.

“There are two organizations causing us a lot of grief,” Mastronardy said. “We are looking to charge the organization with violating ‘no-knock.’” Mastronardy said one group is called Newark Youth, and the other is an environmental group that pays employees $16 an hour to go door to door soliciting for donations.

The no-knock ordinance establishes a registry of addresses where soliciting is not allowed. Residents fill out a short form, receive a free decal to place on their door, and it becomes a violation to knock on the door to sell products, solicit donations or leaflet.

Mutter responded that the one means to prevent solicitors from knocking on doors is to sign up for the “no-knock registry.” Otherwise, it’s not an illegal act nor can the township intervene to prevent door-to-door solicitation.

Mutter said the township website was recently updated to put the form on the home page, allowing residents to submit their form with greater ease. “200 additional registrations have come in since redesigning our home page,” Mutter said. There’s 7,200 addresses on the registry.

“That’s about 25 percent of our town,” Mutter said.

The fines for violating the ordinance: a $1,250 maximum fine, and a permit for solicitation revoked for a year.

“The ordinance has enforcement teeth to it,” Mutter said.

Residents can contact both the police and clerk’s office to notify possible violations.

Toms River has the ordinance due to a local murder, where a woman was killed by a man soliciting door-to-door, Mutter said.

“One of the consequences of that tragedy was the ordinance being enacted,” Mutter said.

The decals still say “Dover Township” as the ordinance came into effect before the township changed to Toms River.

“We ordered 10,000, we’ve used 7,200,” Mutter said. “The police department has ordered stickers that say ‘Toms River.’”

To access the form, visit the township website here.
By Catherine Galioto
TomsRiverPatch
http://tomsriver.patch.com
Toms River, New Jersey
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DMPG Info:
Azriel Rashad Bridge murdered Shirley Reuter on June 9, 2004.
Bridge was employed by a magazine sales crew by the name of Phoenix Imagery, Inc.
aka: American Community Services, Inc.
BBB: American Community Services
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB Rating: F
American Community Services, Inc.
Phone: (219) 874-7248Fax: (219) 879-4656
8557 W. U. S. Highway 20, Michigan City, IN 46360-7628
http://www.americancommunity.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 03/19/2002
Business started: 01/01/1979
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: March 1979, IN
Contact Information
Primary Contact: LeVan Ellis (President)
Ms. Tina Green (Office Manager)
Number of Employees
7
Business Category
Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
Products & Services
According to information supplied by the company, American Community Services
began business in February of 1979. The BBB opened its files in May of 1979.
LeVan Ellis is the President. The company sells magazines nationally door-to-door.
Customer complaints generally concern non-delivery of magazines. The company does
cooperate in making adjustments. The company say a customer receipt number is
helpful in resolving a complaint.

American Community Services is a member of the National Field Selling Association (NFSA)
http://nfsa.com

View Criminal Profiler For Additional Crimes
end DMPG Info.


Flagstaff, Arizona
NAUPD looking for magazine subscription scammers
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Google Search: Atlantic Circulation Inc
More Complaints on Atlantic Circulation from pissedconsumer.com
end DMPG Info
October 25, 2011
NAUPD looking for magazine subscription scammers
October 25, 2011 By Maria DiCosola
Northern Arizona Today
NAU Police Department (NAUPD) is investigating a potential magazine sale scam where people are going door-to-door on and around campus selling magazine subscriptions and collecting cash.

According to a press release, the sales people, who are usually college-age, are telling the customer they are raising money for college tuition or a class project.

“They collect cash from customers but no magazines are ever delivered,” the release said. “At NAU, they have been telling students that they can come to the ‘Student Services’ office for a refund within three days.”

However, NAU does not have a “Student Services” office, Joe Tritschler, NAUPD community relations officer said.

“They were leading the consumer to believe they were part of a student group or organization that the University sponsors, which is not the case at all,” Tritschler said. “That’s why it was kind of a scam with that.”

In addition, Tritschler said one of the companies believed to be a part of the scam, Atlantic Circulation Inc. (ACI), does not have permission from the University to sell products on campus.

After investigating the company, NAUPD found ACI is known for their sketchy business and hiring tactics. The company received a rating of “C+” from the Better Business Bureau, due to their 125 delivery issues and a total of 234 closed complaints, according to their website.

NAUPD is continuing to investigate what other companies are selling magazines.

Tritschler said the easiest way to avoid the scam is to refuse to buy from them.

“Most of the products they sell are available in other places,” Tritschler said. “It’s simple consumer common sense. They will properly identify themselves if they’re supposed to be here.”

NAUPD wants students and faculty to call their office at (928)523-3611 if anyone is approached by one of these solicitors.

“If you are approached by any individuals asking for money on campus, you can always ask for identification and inquire if they have a permit from the Office of Student Life,” the release said.
By Maria DiCosola
Northern Arizona Today
http://northernarizonanews.com
Flagstaff, Arizona
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Flagstaff, Arizona
Door-to-door scammer sells non-existent magazines
October 25, 2011
Door-to-door scammer sells non-existent magazines
By Eric Betz | Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 6:00 pm
Arizona Daily Sun
Locals should be especially cautious of door-to-door salespeople this week.

I was lying on the couch with my dog yesterday, wasting my day off, when a young man showed up at the door. I believe he introduced himself as Jeff - or something of the like - before jumping into a shtick about how he was an NAU student doing a project for his public speaking course.

He was about 5-feet 7-inches tall and in his early twenties with short, dark-hair, light-complexion and a button up shirt.

He told me it was his dream to go to Germany (and tried to get me to talk about my travels) and he needed my help to earn "points" to make it happen. That's when I realized what he was selling and politely closed the door in his face. The whole thing lasted only a couple minutes, but seemed closer to a half-hour.

Later, I took my 80-pound Boxer-mix, Bear, for a walk and saw the magazine seller hanging out next to a white, early '90s Chevy stepside pick-up with a dent on the right rear fender. He was smoking a cigarette with a thin young lady with brown hair who looked like she was about the same age.

Normally, these types of door-to-door salespeople are brought in by van from out of town and dropped off in various neighborhoods to harass residents out of their money. So, the fact that they were parked in the Harkin's Theater parking lot in a beat up truck seemed suspect (yes, now you know where I live).

I bumped into a neighbor on my way back to the apartment and we talked about how shady the magazine salesman was before we walked right past "Jeff" again.

This time, Bear freaked out and lunged towards him on his leash, barking and growling. It was (somewhat) unusual behavior from him, he typically reserves that response for squirrels and cats, but I can't say I tried too hard to stop him.

Apparently, dogs are a good judge of character.

Today, I talked to contacts at the Flagstaff Police Department who said a student was taken in by a nearly identical scammer yesterday. It might not neccesarily be the same salesman, but the student gave the man $360, received a receipt and was told if he wanted a refund for the books or magazines, he could go to NAU Student Life. When the individual did try to seek a refund, he learned he'd been scammed.

When similar information was posted to the Facebook page of Flagscanner yesterday - a local website that posts information heard over the emergency scanner - a number of residents chimed in that they had also had similar individuals show up at their doors in the last month.

If someone comes to your door trying to sell you something in a similar manner, it's best to ask for their permit and identification and then contact police through the non-emergency number if it doesn't add up.

While it's not illegal to sell things door-to-door, the person has to have a permit and is not allowed to be rude about it. The Flagstaff police official I contacted also said they didn't have any reports of people being scammed recently in the city. So, if you were taken in by the salesman, please contact the police as well.

Eric Betz can be contacted at 556-2250 or ebetz@azdailysun.com.
By Eric Betz
Arizona Daily Sun
http://azdailysun.com
Flagstaff, Arizona
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Springfield, Ohio
Man, 77, beaten in home invasion
October 24, 2011
Man, 77, beaten in home invasion
He used ball bat to fight off stranger who forced his way into the house.
By Jessica Heffner, Staff Writer 11:05 PM Monday, October 24, 2011
Springfield News-Sun
SPRINGFIELD TWP. — A 77-year-old man who was trying to be a good Samaritan ended up being beaten with a baseball bat in his home.

The attack happened Friday in the 3000 block of Derr Road. The victim, who asked not to be identified by name, said he is afraid of his attacker.

“He told me if I called the police he’d come back and kill me,” the victim said. “So I still have that in my mind.”

The suspect came to the man’s back door asking for water, claiming that his car had overheated. Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said the request may have been a ruse to see whether the victim was alone.

After receiving the water, the suspect came in the door, pointing to something under his shirt he said was a gun. He ordered the victim to lead him to the bedroom where the victim kept his wallet, according to the sheriff’s office.

That’s also where the victim said he kept a small baseball bat for protection.

“I had that baseball bat sitting there and I grabbed a hold of it,” the victim recalled. “That’s when he fought and I fought back.”

The suspect was able to wrestle away the bat and hit the man several times in the hand, busting it open.

The assailant then took two cups full of pennies, the home’s phone, and threatened to kill the victim if he called police.

The victim said he drove to Hobby Lobby on Upper Valley Pike to seek help from a friend. Authorities were then called.

Kelly advised against residents ever letting a stranger into their home — regardless of the circumstances.

“If anyone in the Derr Road area saw a while male, 20 to 25 years old, 5-foot-9-inches ... going door-to-door soliciting, we would like to have that information,” Kelly said.

For now, the victim said he will be more leery.

“Don’t open your door to anybody unless you know who they are,” he said.
By Jessica Heffner, Staff Writer
Springfield News-Sun
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com
Springfield, Ohio
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Ottawa, Ontario
Man Will Appear in Court Tomorrow After Woman Assaulted By 'Door To Door Salesman'
October 22, 2011
Man Will Appear in Court Tomorrow After Woman Assaulted By 'Door To Door Salesman'
Phil Gaudreau
CFRA
Saturday, October 22, 2011
20-year old Ulas Ozbay will appear in court tomorrow to answer to charges of sexual assault, resisting arrest, attempted break and enter, and breach of probation. A woman phoned police today after a man posing as a door to door salesman entered her home and sexually assaulted her. Officers gave chase and arrested a man as he was trying to hide in another nearby home.
Phil Gaudreau
CFRA
http://www.cfra.com
Ottawa, Ontario
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Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock residents register complaints about door-to-door magazine sales
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Google Search: Atlantic Circulation Inc
More Complaints on Atlantic Circulation from pissedconsumer.com
end DMPG Info
October 21, 2011
Lubbock residents register complaints about door-to-door magazine sales
Posted: Oct 21, 2011 6:13 PM CDT Updated: Oct 21, 2011 6:17 PM CDT
By Michael Slother
KCBD NewsChannel 11
The South Plains Better Business Bureau is cautioning people to be wary of door-to-door magazine sales in Lubbock.

BBB President Nan Campbell tells us the organization has received calls from concerned Hub City citizens as recently as Thursday night.

Campbell's main concern is that the sellers are young people whose sales pitch is that magazine sales will help them earn a scholarship or an exotic trip.

She says there's nothing to suggest the sales pitch is true or untrue and that other salespersons have used similar tactics for years. Campbell encourages consumers to make a purchase because they want the product, not because they want to help the salesperson.

BBBs in other cities have logged several complaints about the company, Atlantic Circulation, but Campbell says most of them have been resolved.

Campbell says there's no evidence that consumers won't get their magazines, but several have complained on other BBB websites about not receiving their orders.

The BBB is also concerned that the Pennsylvania-based company may be employing local teenagers who need to know the law.

Lubbock city ordinance requires a permit for door-to-door sales. Campbell says the BBB called the codes department and they had no record of such a permit from the company as of Friday morning.

Sgt. Jonathan Stewart with Lubbock police warns that selling door-to-door without a permit can get you in trouble.

"For people who are soliciting or peddling without the city-issued permit - they could face a fine of up to $500 for violation of city ordinance," Stewart said.

We called Atlantic Circulation and were told the manager had left for the day. KCBD left a phone number and a message, but so far the company has not returned our call.

Tonight at 10 we'll hear from a woman who was approached in her southwest Lubbock neighborhood at 9:30 Thursday night.
By Michael Slother
KCBD NewsChannel 11
http://www.kcbd.com
Lubbock, Texas
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Altadena, California
Ununsual Door-to-Door Visitor in Altadena Neighborhoods (Updated)
October 21, 2011
Ununsual Door-to-Door Visitor in Altadena Neighborhoods (Updated)
Several local email groups, as well as Sheriff's Department volunteer
Carolyn Seitz, have been sending out warnings about a young, tattooed man
going door-to-door with various stories about trying to meet neighbors or
trying to sell products. By Dan Abendschein
AltadenaPatch
October 21, 2011
Several Altadena residents have reported via local neighborhood email groups that a young man is going door-to-door in Altadena and behaving erratically.

Sheriff's Department volunteer Carolyn Seitz received the following message from one resident who encountered the man Wednesday evening:

This is an update to the neighborhood watch e-mail shown below regarding the young man who was knocking on neighborhood doors in early October.

Last evening just before dark, this same young man, along with a friend, knocked on my door. Both were smiling broadly and thrust their hands out to shake mine. One had a spray bottle in hand which contained a small amount of liquid. When I asked what they wanted, the friend began to ask why I refused to shake hands. My antenna went up. The blond young man told me that they were selling the liquid in the spray bottle - which is guaranteed to clean anything. I was then told that both are being paid to demonstrate the liquid on anything that I wanted cleaned. When I refused, both began to banter about me "not trusting them."

My husband came to the door when he heard the ruckus. He got the same pitch. When my husband refused, both men began to insist upon demonstrating the spray in an angry tone. I then realized that this was the same young man described in the e-mail shown below. I came back to the door and told them both that we'd been warned about them via neighborhood watch. They looked shocked! My husband told them both to leave or he would call the police. They quickly left, cursing my husband as they departed. My husband followed them down the driveway as he phoned the sheriff. My next door neighbor had also been approached by these two last evening for the second time!

Both are Caucasion about 19-22 years or age. The blond one (described in the notice below) has a tatoo on his neck. The second man has light brown hair, stands about 5' 9" and has missing front teeth. Both are very menacing.

I don't think that these two will return to these parts again now that know they're being observed and reported via neighborhood watch. This is truly the beauty and benefit of a good neighborhood watch that works!

Please pass this along as you see fit.

This post referred to an earlier issue that another residents wrote about on October 3:

Just passing on what happened to me this past Thursday evening around 8:30 pm. A young man around 19 yrs of age knocked on my door. I approached, did not open but asked how I could help him? He said that his mother asked him to go around and meet some of his neighbors. As I stared at this young man who is too old to be 'doing what his mother told him' really, I suggested he do that sort of thing during the daytime. He looked around and shrugged his shoulders and said 'What does it matter?' And I told him "well it matters to me, PAL!" And with that he walked away leaving my gate open. I did not open my door to go out and close my gate. But I did call the Sheriff and gave them a description. Please be careful everyone. I did not see him knock anyone else's door. I also immediately ran to my back door to make sure it was closed as you know they say they may try to distract. In case, this man was about 19 yrs old, about 5'8, caucasian male with blonde hair but dyed blonde hair. You could see his dark roots! For what this is all worth!

And finally, in response to the first message, on Friday one other resident replied via email:

We had one (blond one) of the described youths at our door 2 days ago. Per my wife's version of the story, he knocked on the door about 6p. Said he lived "up the street" and he was going around collecting money for a trip to Rome, Italy (?). My wife didn't see a 2nd person. We're on Maiden Lane, just north of Altadena Dr.

Keep an eye out!!!

Updated: Following the publication of this article, an Altadena Patch reader emailed us to say they also were visited by one of the men:

Just saw your Altadena Patch post about the two gentlemen knocking on people's doors. They knocked on our door earlier this week (We are on Maiden Lane near Mendocino) we didn't answer the door but watched them as they walked away and for some reason they only knocked in our door and then walked down the street.

Do you think the young man sounds suspicious? What would you do if he came to your door?
By Dan Abendschein
AltadenaPatch
http://altadena.patch.com
Altadena, California
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Attorney General Warns of Door-to-Door Sales by Dynasty
October 20, 2011
Attorney General Warns of Door-to-Door Sales by Dynasty
Thursday, October 20th, 2011 | Posted by Guest Contributor
Hawaii Reporter Inc.
HONOLULU – A licensed children’s hospital in the State of Washington has notified the Hawaii Attorney General’s office that Hawaii residents may be exposed to a door-to-door sales campaign by an organization known as “Dynasty Sales” or Dynasty Sales, LLC. Dynasty Sales is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dynasty Sales allegedly deploys teams of between 20-30 young adults who travel state to state in caravans and sell magazines, books and DVD’s door-to-door, representing that the proceeds of the sales will benefit “Children’s Hospitals” or a local children’s hospital.

In 2001, a restraining order was issued against Dynasty Sales by the King County Superior Court, State of Washington. The restraining order was sought by the Seattle Children’s Hospital after Dynasty Sales' door-to-door salesmen represented that proceeds from the sales would benefit sick children at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dynasty Sales is not registered as either a charitable organization or a professional solicitor under Hawaii’s charitable solicitation and registration law. The Attorney General recommends that consumers should exercise caution before purchasing products from Dynasty Sales.

Better Business Bureau (BBB) offices located in Arizona have given Dynasty Sales an “F” rating. Factors that lowered the Better Business Bureau of Arizona’s rating for Dynasty Sales, LLC include:

· BBB does not have sufficient information to determine how long this business has been operating
· 57 complaints filed against this business
· 2 complaints filed against this business that were not resolved
· Length of time business has taken to resolve complaint(s)

The Attorney General has also been advised by the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii that a firm calling itself Pacific Coast Cleaning Services has been selling magazines door-to-door on Maui, stating to Maui residents that the proceeds would benefit a local hospital.

The Better Business Bureau generally provides the following “tips” for responding to door-to-door sales campaigns:

Listen carefully and be aware of high pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment, and even make special offers to entice you. Listen to their tone. Are they increasing in volume as they speak to you? Are they ignoring you despite saying you are not interested? Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, drawn-out pressure sales pitches.

Stand strong. Do not invite unsolicited salespeople into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside and decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a purchase, simply ask him or her to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, threaten to call the police, and follow through if they don’t leave immediately.

Verify the individual and the company. If you are interested in buying from a door-to-door seller, get everything in writing including price, warranty and all conditions. Tell the salesperson you will check it out and get back to him or her. Ask for a business card and contact information. Look the company up yourself and check to verify that this person is an employee. Also, take the time to check out the company’s BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org.

Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, salespeople should also include a completed cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. By law, the company must give customers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.

Victims of fraudulent door-to-door sales can file a complaint with their Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org or 1-800-388-2222, local law enforcement, and your state Attorney General’s office.

Submitted by the attorney general
Posted by Guest Contributor
Hawaii Reporter Inc.
http://www.hawaiireporter.com
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Research:
Magazine Company:
Integrity Sales/Integrity Program/DYNASTY SALES
Integrity Sales Website: integritysale.com
Integrity Program Website: integritypgm.com
Arizona Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Az. S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Arizona Secretary of State: Integrity Sales:  Integrity Sales
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Integrity Sales
Magazine Scams: Integrity Sales
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Integrity Sales
BBB Report Phoenix, Az.: unsatisfactory
Rip Off Report: Integrity Sales
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/13/06:
Magazine Fulfillment Services - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Sales, Inc. - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Program, Inc.- Operated by Robert Spruiell
Circulation I - Operated by Karkeen Hillery
Circulation II - Operated by Karleen Hillery
SERVICES UNLIMITED PLUS - Operated by Karleen Hillery Spruiell/Robert Spruiell
National Community Clearing, INC - Operated by Karleen Hillery
TEAM X-TREME
DYNASTY SALES
POWERHOUSSE SALES
KAYS NATURALS - Karleen Hillery Crew
Crew Name: 029
Crew Name: 032
IP MARKETING
IMPACT PUBLICATIONS
Subscriptions Plus - Operated by Karleen Hillery
(old mag. company name - may be in use again)

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Integrity Sales is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
President: Vincent Pitts
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org
President: Nina Link


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COMPANY OWNERS:
Karleen Hillery aka: Karleen Hillery Spruiell is curently serving a 10 year prison sentence
in Arizona for multiple counts of felony assault and DUI.
Karleen Hillery owned and operated Subscriptiuons Plus and is directly responsible for the deaths
of seven young kids that were killed in the March 25, 1999 Janesville van roll over.
Subscriptions Plus and Karleen Hillery were a member of the National Field Selling Association
Hillery's husband Robert Spruiell, was stabbed to death in a Miami hotel room in May 2008 during a drug deal gone bad.
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Need for door-to-door sales permits
October 20, 2011
Need for door-to-door sales permits
Reported by: Abbie Alford
Email: aalford@fox23.com
Updated: 10/20 11:17 pm
Published: 10/20 7:22 pm
FOX23
They can be pushy and often don’t take no for answer.

No matter how politely you ask them to leave.

One neighbor in Midtown Tulsa is talking about door-to-door salesman.

Some are honest but others are selling a scam or casing your neighborhood and watching for the right moment to strike.

One Alert Neighbor wants to stop harassing knocks at the door and wants the city councilors to pass an ordinance requiring a permit for door-to-door sales permits.

Over the summer police say Southern Hills neighbors reported a woman posing a curbside-address painter.

However, she was casing neighborhoods and stealing property.

She was also known to hit homes for sale all over Tulsa and posing as a potential buyer.

Now one Midtown neighbor wants the city to pass an ordinance that would require a sales permit for door-to-door sales.

For most people it’s a no brainer, you hear someone knock and you answer the door.

"A couple of times we had someone come to our door twice in one day,” says Jennifer Harmon.

She is a Midtown Alert Neighbor talking about sales people who choose to ignore her “no soliciting” sign.

"You say 'I am not interested,' they still stick around and they try to persuade themselves inside your door. You still say you are not interested and they just don't go away,” says Harmon.

Another neighbor living near 17th and S. Lewis says the salespeople get annoyed if you ignore them.

"They seem to get a little bit offended, and they say ‘why don't you open your door for me?’” says Linda Grant.

Some Alert Neighbors send e-mail warnings about suspicious salesmen.

"A lot of them have warrants out for their arrest. A lot of them are registered sex offenders who can't get a job,” says Harmon. "That's really unsettling I think when you are living in a neighborhood because you don't know who is knocking at your door."

Some are crooks using products as a front to get inside your home or come back when you’re gone.

"I eventually turned off my doorbell,” says Grant.

However, the salespeople still knock on her window and she asks them to leave.

Harmon says the city needs to step up. Next Thursday she will go in front of the city councilors and ask them to consider a door-to-door sales permit.

"If there is some kind of law or ordinance on the books so when we do call police we can call and say they are trespassing or they don't have their permit, they are suspicious and they are not supposed to be here,” says Harmon.

Police recommend that you never leave your door open while you retrieve money, never let a stranger in your home and no matter how smooth and professional they sound do not let them into your home.

Instead speak to them through the door.

They caution that salespeople don’t need to get out of the rain, use the phone, restroom or a drink of water.

Officers also recommend that you call 911 when something just doesn’t feel right about the salesperson.

Again, no matter how legitimate they may look or if they know your name, ask them for identification, product literature and ask them you’ll think about it and ask them to return. Make sure someone is with you when they return.

Bottom line, police recommend that you only make purchases at your door from someone you personally know.

Other cities across the country have similar ordinances with fines, some are commercial only, others exclude Girl Scout cookie sales and school fundraisers.

Harmon would also like Tulsa to include a “Do Not Knock” registry like a “Do Not Call” list.

The City of Tulsa Treasury manager says the city would need to consider implementation and enforcement.
Reported by: Abbie Alford
FOX23
http://www.fox23.com
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Door-to-door scam claims magazine subscriptions benefit local hospital
October 18, 2011
Door-to-door scam claims magazine subscriptions benefit local hospital
POSTED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 1:23pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 1:24pm
NBC 33 TV

BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — NBC33 News has learned of a fundraising scam that is happening in the Baton Rouge area.

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital recently became aware of individuals who are soliciting donations and using the hospital’s name. The scammers claim they are selling magazine sets that will benefit the children’s hospital, but this is totally false.

We’re told the door to door solicitors are selling subscriptions ranging in price from $50 to $118.

Our Lady of the Lake has contacted local authorities and advise the public to do the same if these scammers show up at your door.

If you have been a victim of this scam, we want to know about it. Send us an email to news@nbc33tv.com if you would like to tell your story.
NBC 33 TV
http://www.nbc33tv.com
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Vallejo, California
Magazine salesmen injured by four men, one-armed, in hotel-room invasion robbery
October 17, 2011
Magazine salesmen injured by four men, one-armed, in hotel-room invasion robbery
Times-Herald staff report
Posted: 10/17/2011 01:00:58 AM PDT
Three people were injured in an armed robbery early Sunday morning at a local motel, Vallejo police said.

At about 3:40 a.m., three out-of-state magazine salesmen were attacked in a room at the Travel Inn, 160 Lincoln Road East, police said.

Four men allegedly came into their room and robbed them of an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

One of the victims was pistol-whipped and sustained a deep laceration to the face, while the other two victims sustained minor injuries, police added.

The suspects were only described as two black and two Hispanic men.
Times-Herald staff report
http://www.timesheraldonline.com
Vallejo, California
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Greene Township, Pennsylvania
Monday's Sentinel police log
October 16, 2011
Monday's Sentinel police log
From staff reports | Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011 8:53 pm
The Sentinel
State police at Chambersburg (264-5161)
Two people claiming to be college students selling magazines to pay for a school trip took five blank checks from a victim in the 4000 block of Sycamore Grove Road in Greene Township at 10 a.m. Aug. 31. The "students" told the victim the magazine order would be canceled and she would not be charged any money. The victim provided five blank checks with her signature, which she later learned had been cashed, police said. Police continue to seek information.
From staff reports
The Sentinel
http://www.cumberlink.com
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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Scambook
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
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October 16, 2011
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Atlantic Circulation, Inc., 2550 Kingston Road, Suite 113,
York, PA - Mobile/Social for $134.00 on 10/14/2011 Submitted by animals on Oct 16th, 2011
Had a guy come by on Oct. 6 and I listened to his speech. Ordered a magazine for $61.00. After he left I sent in the form to cancel it. Don't know if it was or not. On Oct. 14 I had a girl come by and dumb me she gave a better speech about it being tax dedutible, could donate it to charity, etc. and I bought one for $73.00. She called her manager to tell her about the guy not giving these facts out, not filling his form out right and several other things. Her manager told her he would give me a call that day about it but never did. They also stated they call before depositing the check to make sure you have the money in your account.
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Phoenix, Arizona
Door-to-door solicitors in Phoenix have hours cut back
October 14, 2011
Door-to-door solicitors in Phoenix have hours cut back
by Ofelia Madrid - Oct. 14, 2011 06:38 AM
The Arizona Republic
Shorter days in October mean a shorter window for door-to-door solicitations in Phoenix.

In March, the Phoenix City Council passed a solicitation ordinance that prevents people from knocking on doors between 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. through September. But from Oct. 1 to March 31, the hours are 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Phoenix is believed to be the first Valley city to impose guidelines on door-to-door solicitation, said Brandie Ishcomer, a management assistant in the Phoenix City Manager's Office.

"Council members were getting complaints that people were going door to door, acting in suspicious ways and not leaving when they were asked," Ishcomer said.

The ordinance came after months of discussion from a housing and neighborhood committee working with law enforcement and local companies that rely on that type of marketing.

Phoenix police have created a new radio code to keep track of specific complaints on door-to-door solicitation, Ishcomer said.

Police were unable to provide the number of citations issued since the ordinance took effect in April.

Ishcomer, who has fielded a handful of phone calls and e-mails asking about the guidelines, expects a six-month review to be issued soon.

Many times, Ishcomer hears from folks who don't know what to do when a solicitor doesn't obey the "no solicitation" sign posted in front.

She tells them the same thing. If they feel threatened, do not hesitate to call 911. However, if they are not in imminent danger, use the police's non-emergency Crime Stop number, 602-262-6151.

The ordinance doesn't outlaw door-to-door solicitation. Instead, it creates hours of operation and defines it, Ishcomer said.

Guidelines include:

- Solicitors who are 16 and older must carry a driver's license, passport or other government-issued identification. If a resident asks to see an ID, the solicitor must provide it.

- Anyone, including solicitors, must leave the premises if a resident tells them to leave or if a sign is posted warning against trespassing.

- Solicitors are prohibited from touching any windows on a property and from passing through the gate of a property where a sign is posted warning against trespassers.

- Solicitors are barred from falsely claiming they have a government-issued business license, a regulatory license or a tax license.

- Violations of the new city solicitation laws are punishable as a misdemeanor. An individual convicted of a violation could be sentenced to up to six months behind bars and ordered to pay of a fine of up to $2,500. A business convicted of a violation could face fines as high as $25,000.
by Ofelia Madrid
The Arizona Republic
http://www.azcentral.com
Phoenix, Arizona
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Salisbury Township, Pennsylvania
Salisbury gets tough on door-to-door solicitors
October 14, 2011
Salisbury gets tough on door-to-door solicitors
Peddlers must register and get a license to sell goods and services in township.
By Sarah Fulton, Special to The Morning Call
The Morning Call
10:29 p.m. EDT, October 14, 2011
Door-to-door solicitors, whether selling goods or services, must now obtain peddling licenses in order to approach homes in Salisbury Township.

The board of commissioners unanimously adopted an ordinance Thursday requiring solicitors and peddlers to obtain a $50 license, register with the local police department and adhere to limited hours and conditions.

The goal of the ordinance is to keep unscrupulous people from approaching residents at their doors. The ordinance states that the board "desires to protect its citizens from crime such as burglaries and undue annoyance by regulating door-to-door soliciting."

Township manager Randy Soriano said the ordinance was modified through the review process, yet still may not have the teeth to withstand a legal challenge.

"The constitutional muster of this ordinance…we'll see," Soriano told commissioners.

Initial ideas called for strict regulations, requiring fingerprinting and background checks, but those ideas were grandiose and the information would not be allowed to be use for any purpose, Soriano said.

Under the approved ordinance, any transient retail business representative, whether selling magazines, wares or services along a public street, from door-to-door or a temporary fixed location must obtain a license.

An applicant must provide his legal name, temporary and permanent addresses, name of his employer and nature of the solicitation business. The applicant must provide two forms of photo identification to the township police department and pay a $50 license fee. The license will be valid for six months and the solicitor or peddler must carry it at all times.

According to the ordinance, peddling may only take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, unless invited by appointment to meet with a resident at another time. Ice cream truck operators may operate until dusk.

Each peddler must report to the township police and sign a registration book on the days they intend to solicit. All peddlers must obey personal "no soliciting" signs posted at residences. Violation of the ordinance carries a fine up to $600 and up to 30 days in jail for failing to pay the fine.

Peddlers soliciting contributions for nonprofits and political entities are exempt from the licensing requirement, as are people licensed by the state, such as real estate agents.

Political canvassers and surveyors for educational or governmental organizations are also exempt. However, canvassing may only take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Soriano said the best way for residents to keep solicitors from their doorstep is to post a "no soliciting" sign at their property.

"Otherwise, you're still going to get people at your door," he said.
From staff reports
The Sentinel
http://www.mcall.com
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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King County, Washington
King County bans unwanted solicitation in unincorporated areas
October 13, 2011
King County bans unwanted solicitation in unincorporated areas
October 13, 2011
By Dan Catchpole
SnoValley Star
Concerns about aggressive sales tactics and scams prompt ban

It has been decades since Fuller Brush Men plied the streets, selling their goods door to door.

For many residents, a solicitor at the door has become at best a nuisance. At worst, a solicitor is a scam artist or even an unknowing victim in — and participant of — a scam.

The King County Council shut the door on door-to-door salesmen Oct. 3 when it made unwanted soliciting a fineable offense in unincorporated county areas.

If a resident posts a “No Soliciting” or “No Trespassing” sign on his or her property, then a commercial solicitor is prohibited from contacting the resident. Under the ordinance, violators face a $100 fine.

The prohibition applies to more than 300,000 residents in unincorporated areas. Many cities, including Snoqualmie and North Bend, already prohibit unlicensed commercial solicitation.

Complaints about aggressive salespeople and concerns about potential scams prompted Councilwoman Kathy Lambert to propose the legislation, backed by the King County Sheriff’s Office. Lambert represents the Snoqualmie Valley.

“These out-of-town solicitors use aggressive tactics that usually intimidate the homeowner,” Capt. Kent Baxter, of the King County Sheriff’s Office, said. “Most people feel intimidated to buy something to just get the person to leave.”

A senior citizen in Redmond Ridge, a planned community in unincorporated King County, was punched in the nose by a solicitor, Baxter said.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office and the sheriff’s office collaborated on writing the legislation.

The prohibition “strikes a balance between freedom of speech and our residents’ right to peace and security in their own homes,” Lambert said in a statement.

The solicitation restriction does not apply to political, religious or charitable activities by nonprofit organizations, such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, in order to avoid any conflict related to First Amendment rights to free speech.

The measure also does not apply to local farmers offering produce for sale. The council also exempted government agencies, such as the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Postal Service, from the ban.

While the ban doesn’t apply to charitable organizations, criminals sometimes pose as representatives of charitable organizations, according to the sheriff’s office.

The King County Sheriff’s Office warns residents not to write a check to a charity going door to door. Instead, donate using a credit card through the mail or the organization’s website.

Residents should ask any solicitor to show identification, which they are required to carry and provide. In Snoqualmie and North Bend, residents can also request to see their peddler’s license.

Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com.
By Dan Catchpole
SnoValley Star
http://snovalleystar.com
Issaquah, Washington
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Toms River, New Jersey
Putting a stop to knocking in Toms River
October 13, 2011
Putting a stop to knocking in Toms River
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Nora Muchanic
Action News
6abc WPVI-TV/DT
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - October 13, 2011 (WPVI) -- Toms River Police say over the last several months they have gotten hundreds of calls from residents complaining about people knocking on their doors soliciting donations or trying to sell things.

"There's no ID and it's something that, as a group we don't know about," said Oilda Betancourt. "They're just carrying a piece of paper with a pen and accepting donations."

Residents say some of those going door-to-door are being dropped of by vans and, while they're permitted to solicit until 9:00 p.m., residents don't want them knocking after dark.

"Strangers in the neighborhood, you don't know what's going on," said Mike Betancourt. "It could be somebody scoping out the house trying to break in, you never know."

Police have gotten complaints about trespassing, intoxication and that some of those soliciting are as young as 10 years old.

"Unsupervised kids walking around the neighborhood that young? I would say no," said David Schiabor.

This is a sensitive issue in Toms River. Back in 2004 Shirley Reuter, a 77-year-old widow, was brutally beaten and stabbed by a 17-year-old door-to-door magazine salesman Azriel Bridge.

"You're wary of strangers anyway but strangers trying to sell? The first thing that pops into my head is that old lady," said Bart Goble.

Toms River has a no-knock law requiring organizations to register before soliciting and it also offers residents who don't want to be disturbed green "no-knock" stickers for their doors.

"If I want something I'll go out and find it myself. I don't need anyone coming to the door," said one resident named Erica who did not want to give her last name.

Complaints to police have focused on two groups: The New Jersey Youth Club of Newark, which did not return phone calls from Action News, and The New Jersey Environmental Federation. Its spokesman says canvassers are respectful and door to door visits are how they get members and money.

The police chief says it's against the law to knock at a house with the no-knock sticker.

"Someone will call us and we'll find out they do have a no-knock sticker and they are registered. Then we have to ID the person who actually went on to the property and violated the ordinance," said Chief Mike Mastronardy.

Police say they are actively investigating these complaints and may cite the individual organizations for violating the no-knock law.
Nora Muchanic
Action News
6abc WPVI-TV/DT
http://abclocal.go.com
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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DMPG Info:
Azriel Rashad Bridge murdered Shirley Reuter on June 9, 2004.
Bridge was employed by a magazine sales crew by the name of Phoenix Imagery, Inc.
aka: American Community Services, Inc.
BBB: American Community Services
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB Rating: F
American Community Services, Inc.
Phone: (219) 874-7248Fax: (219) 879-4656
8557 W. U. S. Highway 20, Michigan City, IN 46360-7628
http://www.americancommunity.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 03/19/2002
Business started: 01/01/1979
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: March 1979, IN
Contact Information
Primary Contact: LeVan Ellis (President)
Ms. Tina Green (Office Manager)
Number of Employees
7
Business Category
Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
Products & Services
According to information supplied by the company, American Community Services
began business in February of 1979. The BBB opened its files in May of 1979.
LeVan Ellis is the President. The company sells magazines nationally door-to-door.
Customer complaints generally concern non-delivery of magazines. The company does
cooperate in making adjustments. The company say a customer receipt number is
helpful in resolving a complaint.

American Community Services is a member of the National Field Selling Association (NFSA)
http://nfsa.com

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United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Fort Myers Division.
MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS' SERVICE, INC. v. NAM MARKETING OF FL GULF COAST, INC.
October 13, 2011
MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS' SERVICE, INC. v. NAM MARKETING OF FL GULF COAST, INC.
MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS' SERVICE, INC., Plaintiff,
v.
NAM MARKETING OF FL GULF COAST, INC., JOHN BLALOCK, Defendant.
No. 2:11-cv-442-FtM-29SPC.
United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Fort Myers Division.
October 13, 2011.

OPINION AND ORDER
JOHN E. STEELE, District Judge.

Leagle, Inc.
http://www.leagle.com
United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Fort Myers Division.
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Suspicious People Driving Around Broken Arrow Neighborhoods
October 13, 2011
Suspicious People Driving Around Broken Arrow Neighborhoods
Posted: Oct 13, 2011 3:32 PM CDT
Updated: Oct 13, 2011 3:39 PM CDT
KTUL-TV
KTUL.com
For some neighbors, it's not hard to notice when people don't belong in your neighborhood and for residents in Broken Arrow, they say that's just what's happening.

"They were driving real slow and that's what made me feel funny because I thought, why are they driving real slow," says resident, Carl Carrlson.

Carlson has been living in his neighborhood for five years now and says he knows when something is up.

"When you live here you know what kind of cars and what kind of people are going around and they have never been in the neighborhood before," says Carlson.

Carlson says he saw a white van on Monday just cruising the neighborhood, around 1:30 in the afternoon. He says two men parked the van and started knocking on people's doors trying to sell magazines.

The Broken Arrow Police Department says burglaries are very common in the afternoon but they have no evidence anything is happening with these guys.

"We don't have any concrete proof in connection with door to door salesmen at this time. However, we do know it is a tactic that is repeatedly used by daytime buglers. To come and knock on the door and may say, I need to use your bathroom, Can I use your phone, would you like to buy this, that, or the other," says Captain Scott Bennett.

The police department says to make your house harder to hit. Make sure you keep your doors locked and your garage door down and don't leave things out in your car. But for Carlson he is just going to keep an eye out on his property.

"Just the way he was acting wasn't right and I'm thinking, I will watch him and he skipped the end house with the dog. Went up there and turned around and came back. I just shut the doors and went in," says Carlson.

In Broken Arrow, people that do sell things door to door do have to have a permit. You can ask them about it when they are at your door. If you see anything you would like to report to the Broken Arrow Police Department their non-emergency number is 918-259-8400.
KTUL-TV
KTUL.com
http://www.ktul.com
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Summarized Group Report for MTS Circulation
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
MTSCirculation
BBB: MTSCirculation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB accredited
MTSCirculation
Phone: (805) 816-7075
PO Box 82430, Phoenix , AZ 85071
http://www.mtscirc.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: January 31, 2011
Business Management
Mr. Glen Curren, Manager
Business Category
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
--------------------------------------------
Interestingly MTS Circulation shares the same
exact address as another magazine sales company:
Prestige Sales LLC
Prestige Sales also has an F rating with the BBB.
See:
Karleen Hillery aka: Karleen Hillery Spruiell and Robert Spruiell
Houston Press: The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues
Houston Press: Related to Robert Spruiell
BBB: Prestige Sales LLC

MTS CIRCULATION, LLC - Ariz. Corp. Comm. -- Corporations Division, Arizona Secretary of State.
According to the Arizona Secretary of State documents MTS Circulation is registered to Mark Shumate.
See: Great Lakes Circulation, aka: Face to Face Technologies, aka: American cash Awards.
See: Miami Dream Team, aka: Face to Face Technologies, Owner: Mark Shumate.
BBB: Miami Dream Team aka: Face to Face Technologies
Consumer Complaints MTS Circulation LLC
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay police warn residents of door-to-door salesmen
October 10, 2011
Green Bay police warn residents of door-to-door salesmen
Monday, October 10, 2011 3:24 p.m. CDT
WTAQ
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Watch out for door to door salesmen and solicitors. Green Bay police arrested two teens Saturday for theft. The two knocked on the door of a home in the 1400 block of Spence Street asking for donations. After letting them use the bathroom, the homeowner saw that a diamond ring and earrings were missing. A 37-yead-old Hartford man was also arrested and fined for driving the boys, who are 12 and 13-years-old from Milwaukee. Police say door-to -door solicitors or salesman must have a city permit.
WTAQ
http://wtaq.com
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Riverton, Wyoming
Riverton Residents Complain About Door-to-door Salesmen
October 10, 2011
Riverton Residents Complain About Door-to-door Salesmen
October 10th, 2011
Reported by Kevin Kocinski, Fremont County Bureau
KCWY News 13
Many door to door salesmen seem intent on making an honest living but there are those who won't accept "no." Riverton doesn't regulate door to door salesmen. This makes it difficult for local police agencies to track down overly aggressive salesmen. At last Tuesday’s council meeting Police Chief Mike Broadhead made the council aware of complaints by residents.

"They had actually asked hundreds of people in her jurisdiction and a lot of people didn't like any of it,"said Steven Weaver, Riverton City Administrator.

Many Riverton city officials suggest creating regulations and a permit process for both localand out of statedoor to door salesmen.

"We are trying to establish some accountability so when people come in to this town and start selling that we know who they are," said Weaver.

Proposals would penalize salesmen continuing to push sales on private propertyand could face charges of trespassing. Door to door sellers like girl scouts do not worry city officials.

"If you are an older person and someone is at your door and there a six-foot-five big guy and overly aggressivesomething needs to be done. We are here to protect the citizens,too,” said Weaver.

How do residents really feel about the issue?

"I want to know that the people who come to my house have met with the city and meet all the requirements," said one resident.

"If they are the right type of people with the right attitude and not pushy, then you know i think you can a have a great experience with them for sure," said another.

City officials won't regulate door to door salesmen right now but with future complaints, they may reconsider.
Reported by Kevin Kocinski, Fremont County Bureau
KCWY News 13
http://www.kcwy13.com
Mills, Wyoming
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
South Minneapolis standing up to door-to-door salesmen
October 10, 2011
South Minneapolis standing up to door-to-door salesmen
By Mike Mullen Mon., Oct. 10 2011 at 2:33 PM
CITYPAGES
Stop me if you've heard this one.

(Knock-knock.)

"Who's there? Because if it's a door-to-door salesman, I want you to know that I am an angry south Minneapolis homeowner and I've had it up to here with you guys!"

Admittedly, the punchline needs work, but it's pretty much true.

After years of relentless and unwanted knocking, smiling, and schmoozing, City Councilman Gary Schiff, who represents south Minneapolis, wants the city to enact new rules that would force door-to-door shills to wear official licenses and visible I.D. badges.

Even the Girl Scouts, you ask?

Yes, even the Girl Scouts. The last thing we need is some kind of delicious-sounding cookie slush fund. (Actually, that already did happen once... not the girls' fault though, as they were merely pawns in a larger scheme. Or so they claim.)

Schiff is pushing for new city regulations that would force all salesman to have their licenses on hand and identification badges visible while they're on the beat. To Fox 9, Schiff pitched the angle that it's good for the kids.

"Nationally, we know that youth are vulnerable -- particularly in the magazine industry -- to being exploited," Schiff said.

But another interpretation is that Schiff is out to prevent the exploitation of couch-ridden residents, who run to the door hoping for a giant sweepstakes check or the return of their long-lost kitty.. instead finding someone who says that if you'll just sign over the rights to your 401(k), he can get you 18 months of Lady's Home Journal for the price of 14.

Kyle Wennemeyer, a member of the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association, said he first raised the issue after a troubling incident a few weeks ago. When a solicitor came to the door, Wennemeyer asked him to prove he had a license. The man hemmed and hawed, so Wennemery told the man, repeatedly, to get off his porch.

Wennemeyer contacted police and described the solicitor, who'd become aggressive -- his statements had "an element of threat to them," Wennemeyer told City Pages -- and called the cops again when the man was picked later up by a white van with Illinois plates.

In another case, Wennemeyer described a south Minneapolis resident who told off a salesman, only to find later that night that someone had used a pellet gun to shoot out the windows of a car in the driveway.

"My wife actually said to me I don't like you confronting these people," Wennemeyer said, "but I feel I have some responsibility to the other people in the neighborhood to confront them."

Schiff told Fox 9 he'd push for the city to take it easy on the kids trying to scrape together cash for soccer teams, maybe waiving licensing fees. The council will take up the issue during a public hearing in early November, where citizens can tell all their worst door-to-door horror stories.

You've been warned, Girl Scouts. Next time you'd better -- ah, forget it, you look like good kids. Do you still have the thin mints?
By Mike Mullen
CITYPAGES
http://blogs.citypages.com
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
South Minneapolis Pushes for Stricter Door-to-Door Rules
October 9, 2011
South Minneapolis Pushes for Stricter Door-to-Door Rules
Homeowners want all sales people to wear ID badge
Updated: Sunday, 09 Oct 2011, 1:13 PM CDT
Published : Sunday, 09 Oct 2011, 1:13 PM CDT
by Jody Ambroz / FOX 9 News
KMSP-TV
MINNEAPOLIS - Residents in south Minneapolis want stricter rules for door-to-door salesmen that would require all of them to wear ID badges as part of an effort to cut down on fraud.

Homeowners in several south metro neighborhoods say they're being bombarded by sales crews pitching them one raw deal after another -- but they say a simple change in city law could make a difference.

"I don't like their aggressiveness," said Kyle Werremeyer.

Werremeyer said he is tired of tough-talking salesmen who show up on his doorstep with high-pressure sales pitches.

"What you do get is a lot of talk-back," he said. "Always something else. -- 'Why won't you give me a chance? Just let me show you.'"

Werremeyer says he has been approached by peddlers of cleaning supplies, magazines and donation seekers -- but he won't buy if the sellers don't have identification.

Currently, the City of Minneapolis requires that all sales people must be licensed and carry ID -- but they don't always show it. That's something City Councilman Gary Shiff wants to change.

"We hope it helps homeowners know who's legitimate," he said.

Schiff said he grew concerned himself when a young man tried to sell him magazines.

"Nationally, we know that youth are vulnerable -- particularly in the magazine industry -- to being exploited," Schiff explained. "That's one of the real things we want to curb."

According to Shiff, even youth groups seling door-to-door -- even for soccer camps and band trips -- would also need licenses and badges; however, he said he wants to work with youth groups who may be affected to waive fees for children who are fundraising. Yet, parents worry that the move would still add up to a hassle.

Still, neighbors say the badges might be their best line of defense against fraud.

Residents will have a chance to weigh in during a public hearing that is scheduled for the first week in November.
by Jody Ambroz / FOX 9 News
KMSP-TV
http://www.myfoxtwincities.com
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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King County, Washington
County Council Bans Commercial Door-to-Door Solicitation
October 5, 2011
County Council Bans Commercial Door-to-Door Solicitation
by Seattle Medium
The Seattle Medium
Originally posted 10/5/2011
On Monday, the King County Council unanimously approved a new regulation to discourage unwanted door-to-door solicitations in unincorporated areas of King County.

The regulation prohibits commercial solicitors from contacting residents who have posted their property with “No Trespassing” or “No Soliciting” signage. Similar regulations already are in place in many King County cities, but the prohibition now applies to the more than 300,000 residents who live in the county’s unincorporated areas.

Councilmember Kathy Lambert proposed the regulation after hearing complaints from residents in Redmond Ridge, a master planned development in the unincorporated area. They requested regulation of aggressive solicitors such as magazine salesmen who harass neighbors and perpetrate scams. Police reports also have implicated burglars using a phony solicitation ruse to case homes and determine those that are unoccupied.

“I am grateful to our Sheriff’s Office and our Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for working diligently to research and draft a regulation that strikes a balance between freedom of speech and our residents’ right to peace and security in their own homes,” said Lambert.

The restriction on solicitation does not apply to political, religious or charitable activities by non-profit organizations such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, in order to avoid any conflict with First Amendment rights to free speech. Neither does it apply to local farmers who want to offer their produce for sale, because they are specifically exempted by state law. Government agencies such as the Census Bureau and Post Office also are exempt.

Solicitors who ignore signage and try to contact a resident anyway face a civil infraction with a fine of $100.

“I am concerned that residents in the unincorporated area may be more vulnerable to criminal activity connected with solicitation, particularly among immigrant cultures and seniors in retirement communities,” Lambert said. “This tool can help them partner with our Sheriff’s Office to improve the safety of their neighborhoods.”
by Seattle Medium
The Seattle Medium
http://www.seattlemedium.com
Seatle, Washington
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San Diego, California
Kidnapping Victim Helps Kick Off Crime Prevention Month
October 4, 2011
Kidnapping Victim Helps Kick Off Crime Prevention Month
Sandy Vinge Survived Kidnapping, Beating In 2008
POSTED: 2:29 pm PDT October 4, 2011
UPDATED: 6:47 pm PDT October 4, 2011
ABC10
SAN DIEGO -- An elderly La Mesa woman who survived being kidnapped and severely beaten is using her story to help others.

Sandy Vinge, 78, wants others to learn from what happened to her. In 2008, she was kidnapped from her La Mesa home, beaten beyond recognition and held captive in the back of her own car without food or water for 26 hours.

"I had just about given up because I knew they couldn't let me live" said Vinge.

One of her kidnappers, Jeffery Nelson, pretended to be a door-to-door salesman who asked to use her phone. Vinge let him in -- a mistake she said she will never make again.

"I used to be so trusting of everybody. I'm not anymore because you never know. Even thought they look like nice people and they act nice, they aren't very nice," said Vinge.

Vinge said she is alive today because of San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Marc Snelling, who pulled over Nelson for running a red light in El Cajon.

Now, Vinge and Snelling are teaming up for National Crime Prevention Awareness Month. They are focusing on the senior-citizen community and hope to pass on simple lessons that may one day save a life.

"Unfortunately, we tell seniors you can't be as trustworthy as you used to be," said Snelling.

Learn more about National Crime Prevention Month by clicking here.
ABC10
http://www.10news.com
San Diego, California
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh woman victim of magazine scheme
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
MTSCirculation
BBB: MTSCirculation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB accredited
MTSCirculation
Phone: (805) 816-7075
PO Box 82430, Phoenix , AZ 85071
http://www.mtscirc.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: January 31, 2011
Business Management
Mr. Glen Curren, Manager
Business Category
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
--------------------------------------------
Interestingly MTS Circulation shares the same
exact address as another magazine sales company:
Prestige Sales LLC
Prestige Sales also has an F rating with the BBB.
BBB: Prestige Sales LLC
MTS CIRCULATION, LLC - Ariz. Corp. Comm. -- Corporations Division, Arizona Secretary of State.
According to the Arizona Secretary of State documents MTS Circulation is registered to Mark Shumate.
See: Great Lakes Circulation, aka: Face to Face Technologies, aka: American cash Awards.
See: Miami Dream Team, aka: Face to Face Technologies, Owner: Mark Shumate.
BBB: Miami Dream Team aka: Face to Face Technologies
Consumer Complaints MTS Circulation LLC
end DMPG Info
October 3, 2011
Raleigh woman victim of magazine scheme
wral.com
Reporter: Monica Laliberte
Photographer: David McCorkle
Posted: 5:32 p.m. yesterday
Updated: 7:03 p.m. yesterday
With dozens of books and hundreds of movies already filling Jessica Barkdull's apartment shelves, what's a couple of magazines?

After all, Barkdull was certain her heart was in the right place.

"I didn't want the magazines. I just wanted to help him," she said.

But now she feels pretty certain that the clean-cut, friendly, go-getter-sounding guy named Pharaun Gilchrist got the best of her – or at least her money.

"He was very convincing. He had his whole story laid out. He had an answer for every question you had, Barkdull said.

Gilchrist was selling magazines door to door at apartments at North Carolina State University. His story: He was so close to winning a competition with a company called MTS Circulation. It would get him a free trip to Europe, and more importantly, a $50,000 grant to start his own company so that he could help his family.

And when he told Barkdull that she could cancel her order later that day and he'd still get credit for the sale, she agreed.

"When I told him I could only buy one, he said, 'Please, please, I'll do 500 pushups," Barkdull said. "He gets on the ground and starts doing pushups. He says, 'This is how bad I need it.'"

So Barkdull handed over $110. Gilchrist handed her two receipts, handwritten on old credit card slips and quickly left.

"He's like, 'See ya,' and he walks off very fast down the road," Barkdull said. " I say, 'OK, something is not right.' That's when I looked it up, and I found everything."

Along with a picture, her online search revealed post after post about MTS Circulation from others who believe they were duped ordering magazines from very convincing salespeople.

They claim it benefited everything from their education to charities to members of the military. But posters say they never received the magazines and could not find any viable contact information for MTS.

One poster specifically mentions Gilchrist. One poster said that a sellers asked for food or a drink and that when he went to get it, the salesman "helped himself to a check" from his checkbook.

"It's embarrassing," Barkdull said.

Like Barkdull, many posters say they unsuccessfully tried to cancel. Barkdull got a message saying her receipt "does not match MTS records." Now, she just hopes sharing the story of how she lost $110 will help keep it from happening to others.

"I look at it as a cheap investment in a lifelong lesson," she said.

Like many others, 5 on Your Side tried unsuccessfully to reach both MTS Circulation and Gilchrist.

Since it is illegal to sell without a permit, police at N.C. State stepped up patrols. They believe Gilchist and his group moved on.

They say the best way to not get caught up in this sort of scheme is to not open the door for unidentified people.

Reporter: Monica Laliberte
Photographer: David McCorkle
wral.com
Reporter: Monica Laliberte
Photographer: David McCorkle
http://www.wral.com
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Sullivan, Missouri
Peddlers hit town and county, problems arise
October 3, 2011
Peddlers hit town and county, problems arise
Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 6:15 pm | Updated: 6:47 pm, Mon Oct 3, 2011.
Will Sites
Sullivan Journal
SULLIVAN - Door-to-door peddlers without permits are causing problems again in the city limits and north of town. At about 4 p.m. today a homeowner near the Trading Post (Hwy. H/185 area) was confronted by a male selling cleaner. The male, described as 30-ish and Asian, refused to leave the premises after being told to do so. He was eventually picked up by a black male driving a black Ford Excursion with Nevada tags.

About 30 minutes later, the same man was spotted one-half mile away in Cedar Breeze - he was on foot going door-to-door. About two blocks away, the black man driving the Excursion was spotted walking through a yard.

When asked about permission or permits, the Asian salesman said he obtained permits from the county, but did not have them on his person. However, not only did he not know what county he was in, he wasn't aware that Franklin County does not issue peddler permits (that according to a sheriff's deputy).

While talking with the salesman, the black Excursion pulled up and a discussion ensued. This reporter asked about the company and about the confrontation that occurred earlier with a homeowner. Soon after that discussion began, the black "sales manager" said that the county was racist and that's why people were complaining.

The black sales manager and the Asian salesman sped off at a high rate of speed, eventually going north on Hwy. H towards Gerald. About 20 minutes after that, this reporter found another salesman in the city limits. While he was knocking on doors in Deer Meadows (off Elmont Road), I asked if he had a permit. He said no, just an ID. He identified himself as being from Minnesota and that he was dropped off to go door-to-door. He worked for the same company as the black sales manager and Asian salesman.

At about 6:20 p.m., Sullivan Police were dispatched to the Dorson Circle area because of a door-to-door salesman selling cleaner without a permit. A vote on an stiffer peddler's ordinance has been delayed at City Hall and is not scheduled for a vote during Tuesday's meeting.
Will Sites
Sullivan Journal
http://www.sullivanjournal.com
Sullivan, Missouri
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Scambook
Summarized Group Report for MTS Circulation
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
MTSCirculation
BBB: MTSCirculation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB accredited
MTSCirculation
Phone: (805) 816-7075
PO Box 82430, Phoenix , AZ 85071
http://www.mtscirc.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: January 31, 2011
Business Management
Mr. Glen Curren, Manager
Business Category
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
--------------------------------------------
Interestingly MTS Circulation shares the same
exact address as another magazine sales company:
Prestige Sales LLC
Prestige Sales also has an F rating with the BBB.
BBB: Prestige Sales LLC
MTS CIRCULATION, LLC - Ariz. Corp. Comm. -- Corporations Division, Arizona Secretary of State.
According to the Arizona Secretary of State documents MTS Circulation is registered to Mark Shumate.
See: Great Lakes Circulation, aka: Face to Face Technologies, aka: American cash Awards.
See: Miami Dream Team, aka: Face to Face Technologies, Owner: Mark Shumate.
BBB: Miami Dream Team aka: Face to Face Technologies
Consumer Complaints MTS Circulation LLC
end DMPG Info
October 2, 2011
Scambook group report generated on - Oct 2, 2011
Generated From: http://www.scambook.com/group/view/208/MTS-Circulation-
Summarized Group Report for MTS Circulation
Scambook.com
Read Scam Report From Scambook (PDF) Format:
mts-circulation 100211.pdf
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http://www.scambook.com
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Salem, Ohio
Magazine solicitors robbed, ticketed
September 30, 2011
Magazine solicitors robbed, ticketed
SALEM
September 30, 2011
By MARY ANN GREIER , Salem News
SALEM - Three out-of-state women warned by police about selling magazines door-to-door without a permit were later robbed on West Wilson Street, with one of them assaulted.

All three were also cited for soliciting without a permit, since they failed to heed an officer's prior instructions about the solicitation ordinance.

Jessica Bell, 25, of Poteau, Okla., called police at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday to the area of West Wilson Street and Ash Avenue where she said a man described as 20 to 25 years old with facial piercings and gauges in his ear lobes approached her and told her he had a gun.

She backed away, but he approached and robbed her and her two associates of three small cases that contained checks and subscription information. He also punched her in the face several times and knocked her to the ground, fleeing eastbound on foot.

Officers checked the surrounding area and spoke to several people in yards in the direction he ran, but nobody saw anyone come through the area. Bell was taken to Salem Community Hospital for treatment.

She and her associates, Whitney Watkins, 25, of Columbus, Ind., and Laura Stevinson, 21, of Tulsa, Okla., were each cited for a minor misdemeanor for soliciting without a permit.

Police had been called to the 100 block of Brooklyn Avenue at 5:31 p.m. for several females soliciting door-to-door for magazine sales. An officer had made contact with them and told them about the requirements for a permit and told them where to get one. He also explained they would be cited if caught continuing to solicit without a permit.

No arrests have been made for the robbery/assault. Anyone with information should call police at 330-337-7811.

Mary Ann Greier can be reached at mgreier@salemnews.net
By MARY ANN GREIER , Salem News
http://www.salemnews.net
Salem, Ohio
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Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage School District warns of door-to-door scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
HP Consulting: aka: Monitoring Services Network
BBB: HP Consulting
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB Rating: C-
HP Consulting, Inc.
(888) 494-1472
PO Box 1030, Kittredge, CO 80457-1030
-------------------------------------
BBB: Monitoring Services Network
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB Rating: D
Monitoring Services Network
(888) 802-7128 PO Box 1060, Kittredge, CO 80457-1060
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 12/16/2010
Business started: 12/10/2009
Licensing
Many local municipalities, townships, and counties have registration,
bonding and/or licensing requirements. The BBB encourages you to check
with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Permit and license requirements for regulated industries in the state of Colorado can
be viewed at the following website: http://www.colorado.gov/oed/industry-license/
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: December 2009, MT
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Ms. Dona Franks
Business Category
Magazines - Distributors
Products & Services
Monitoring Services Network is a processing clearing house and customer service
center for many door to door retail organizations. The companies contracting with
Monitoring Services Network are traveling sales organizations and are not owned by Monitoring Services Network.
If you have a complaint against one of these traveling sales companies please file the complaint on the
traveling sales company directly and not against Monitoring Services Network.
Below is a list of companies that Monitoring Services Network handles processing for:
D2D Consulting
Frontline Communications
HP Consulting
MD Networks
Preferred Consulting Services
Prime Time Consulting
Revista
Youth Incentive Marketing

Monitoring Services Network no longer handles processing for:
Dynasty Technologies, Inc
Face Off, Inc.
Global Marketing
Miami Dream Team
No Limit Sales
SYN, Inc
Unique Subscription Agency Inc
end BBB Info.
Also see:
Face to Face Technologies Inc.
American Cash Awards
Great Lakes Circulation, Inc.
end DMPG Info
September 29, 2011
Anchorage School District warns of door-to-door scam
Anchorage Daily News
Associated Press
Published: September 29th, 2011 07:41 AM
Last Modified: September 29th, 2011 07:42 AM
The Anchorage School District is warning city residents that a fraudulent salesman is working a scam in the name of a school.

The district says a high school-age male is going door-to-door claiming that he's raising money for a West High School football trip to Italy.

West has no plans to travel out of the country.

The fraudulent salesman has said he's associated with "HP Consulting."

The district is urging residents not to give out money or personal information to someone claiming to be raising money for the trip.
Anchorage Daily News
Associated Press
http://www.adn.com
Anchorage, Alaska
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Sweetwater, Tennessee
Beware of door-to-door sales groups without permits
September 28, 2011
Beware of door-to-door sales groups without permits
Published: 8:37 AM, 09/28/2011 Last updated: 8:38 AM, 09/28/2011
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
The Advocate and Democrat
Be wary of door-to-door magazine sales people because they could be working a scam.

That's what Sweetwater Police are advising residents after citing a group of six people this week for selling magazines without the proper permitting, SPD Chief Eddie Byrum said.

Byrum said there are legitimate sales groups, but they will have the proper permit from the city.

The group cited Monday did not have a permit and included two runaway juveniles and a suspect wanted on an aggravated burglary charge from another state.
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
The Advocate and Democrat
http://advocateanddemocrat.com
Sweetwater, Tennessee
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Pulaski County, Arkansas
Fake door-to-door salesman robs Little Rock customer
September 28, 2011
Fake door-to-door salesman robs Little Rock customer
FOX 16
Published: 9/28 2:40 pm
Updated: 9/28 3:19 pm
He’s a well-groomed smooth talker – and is wanted by deputies.

Police say to be on the look out for a man going door to door and claiming to sell magazines.

Pulaski County Deputies tell me the suspect knocked on a woman’s door along the 14,000 block of Crystal Valley Road.

The man told the homeowner he was selling magazines.

Once inside, he asked for a drink of water – and the homeowner complied.

And that’s when he bolted to her bedroom, grabbed a jewelry box, and left.

Lesson here: Be on guard, be alert – and don’t let strangers into your home.
FOX 16
http://www.fox16.com
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Ada Township, Michigan
Ada Township reminds residents to call police when illegal solicitors come calling
September 28, 2011
Ada Township reminds residents to call police when illegal solicitors come calling
Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 1:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 2:15 PM
Jan Holst | Advance Newspapers By Jan Holst | Advance Newspapers
Ada Township and the East Precinct of the Kent County Sheriff's Department has updated its warning to residents to be on the look-out for illegal solicitors.

Earlier this week, the Sheriff's Department reported that two males, both believed to be in their 20s, were asking homeowners specifics about homes and daily activities. Any solicitation without a permit is illegal in Ada Township.

In addition, residents should be aware that Ada Township has revoked one individual's solicitation permit for door-to-door magazine sales in the township. And, there have been multiple complaints about vacuum sales without permits as well.

Call the Sheriff Department at 632-6394 immediately if your home is visited, said Deputy Julie Vogelzang, community police officer.

While there will be some individuals with permits for magazine sales, residents are asked to make sure they do show the appropriate township solicitation permit and if not, to call the Sheriff's Department.
Jan Holst | Advance Newspapers By Jan Holst | Advance Newspapers
http://www.mlive.com
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Cloverdale, California
Possible scam artists at work in Cloverdale
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
ICS aka: Independent Contractor's Service
aka: Flord Agency
BBB: Independent Contractor's Service
BBB Rating: F
Business Contact and Profile
Name: Independent Contractor's Service
Phone: (561) 749-2060
Fax: (561) 218-8734
Address: PO Box 480309
Delray Beach, FL 33448
Website: www.inconserve.com
Principal: Ms. Darcy Rodriguez
Customer Contact: Ms. Darcy Rodriguez - (561) 749-2060
File Open Date: March 2011
Type of Business: Magazines Retail By Direct Selling, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.
BBB: Flord Agency
BBB Rating: F
Business Contact and Profile
Name: Flord Agency
Address: PO Box 480309
Delray Beach, FL 33448
Principal: Mr. Robert Armijo
Customer Contact: Mr. Robert Armijo
File Open Date: August 2008
Type of Business: Magazines Retail By Direct Selling
BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.
end DMPG Info
September 27, 2011
Possible scam artists at work in Cloverdale
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 | Posted by Mary Jo Winter
PressDemocrat.com
At least one local resident became suspicious when a young lady came to her door late Tuesday afternoon trying to sell books. She said she was trying to help a children’s hospital in order to win a contest to get money to open a business; in this case, the business was to be a diabetic bakery in Cloverdale.

Stephanie Domenichelli said she had a funny feeling about this person, despite the fact the young woman told her others in her neighborhood had helped.

Stephanie finally said “No,” but kept the paperwork she was given and went to her computer to see if she could find any information on the company listed, FloRd Agency Independent Contractor Service in Florida.

“FloRd Agency Independent Contractor Service in Florida is definitely the same company listed as a rip-off company in the report I read,” she says. “The worst part is the personal information collection they are getting in addition to the money.”

The report she is referring to can be found at http://www.ripoffreport.com/directory/FloRd-Agency.aspx

Cloverdale residents who have someone they don’t know come to their door trying to sell books or magazines, no matter what the person says they are raising money for, should be immediately suspicious – especially if they ask for the money up front.

The best course of action would probably be to take a close look at the person so you can give the police an accurate description and then immediately call the Cloverdale Police Department at 894-2150. They will then attempt to make contact with the person and at least verify they have secured a business license to solicit door to door in Cloverdale.

If you have already been a victim and maybe given them a check for your purchase, it might not be too late to call your bank and put a Stop Payment on it.

Have you had a similar experience? If so, was their reason for trying to raise money similar to what they told Stephanie or did they tell you something different, like raising money to win a scholarship or something? How did you handle it?
Posted by Mary Jo Winter
PressDemocrat.com
http://cloverdale.towns.pressdemocrat.com
Cloverdale, California
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
Door-To-Door Salesman Sentenced For Attempted Rape
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
International Sales
Door-to-Door distributors for: ADVANAGE Wonder Cleaner
aka: Austin Diversified Products
Website: http://www.advanage.com/about.htm
Austin Diversified Products, Inc.
BBB: Austin Diversified Products
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB Rating: F
Austin Diversified Products, Inc. (Headquarters)
Phone: (708) 333-7644
Fax: (708) 333-39811
6615 Halsted St, Harvey, IL
60426-6112
sbeard@austindiversified.com
http://www.advanage.com
Additional Web Addresses
http://austindiversified.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 07/01/1982
Business started: 10/01/1981
Contact Information
Primary Contact:
Mrs. Ruth M. Edwards (Vice President)
Complaint Contact: Syreeta Beard
Mr. Nathan T. Edwards (President/Owner)
Ms. Dianna Byrd (Office Manager)Ms. Phyllis Statham (Accounts Payable)
Business Category
Cleaning Supplies, Product Sales - General, Door To Door Sales/Solicitation
Products & Services
This company sells cleaning supplies door-to-door.
Alternate Business Names
Advanage Wonder Cleaner
end DMPG Info
September 27, 2011
Door-To-Door Salesman Sentenced For Attempted Rape
By Staff Writer
Local News 8
POSTED: 12:51 pm MDT September 27, 2011

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- A door-to-door salesman was sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating and trying to rape an Idaho Falls woman.

Judge Dane Watkins Jr. said 18-year-old Akeem Thomas must serve at least three years before he will be eligible for parole. Bonneville County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Clark said Thomas, of Oakland, Calif., was going door-to-door selling cleaning products when the assault occurred.

The victim in the case said Thomas entered her home to demonstrate his cleaning products, and after the demonstration took off his pants and raped her.

Police said after Thomas left the home, the woman called a friend who called police.
By Staff Writer
Local News 8
http://www.localnews8.com
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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DMPG Info:
Read Incident Report (PDF) Format:
Case # 2011-06336
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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Selling More Than Magazines?
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
World Wide Reader
end DMPG Info
September 26, 2011
Selling More Than Magazines?
By Samantha Turner
northkingstown.patch.com
September 26, 2011
7:02pm
The following information was supplied by the North Kingstown Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Police received a call of a woman selling magazines in the area of Dupont Circle. According to the caller, the woman was making roundabout references to prostitution as well. When police found the woman, she claimed she works for World Wide Reader selling magazines door to door. When police asked her if she made references to prostitution, she allegedly replied, “Hell no. I am trying to sell magazines.” Police brought the woman to Kentucky Fried Chicken to be picked up by her employer.
By Samantha Turner
northkingstown.patch.com
http://northkingstown.patch.com
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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Provo, Utah
Man pleads guilty to attempted murder, sex abuse charges
September 24, 2011
Man pleads guilty to attempted murder, sex abuse charges
Jim Dalrymple - Daily Herald | Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011 12:25 am
Brian Mask

PROVO -- Brian Mask said little and showed even less emotion Friday morning in court when, after an unusually thorough explanation by Judge James Taylor, he took a pen in his shackled hand and signed a plea deal with prosecutors.

Before an empty courtroom, Mask entered guilty pleas to one count of attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. The pleas come nearly three years after Mask was arrested in 2008 for attacking an Orem woman while he was going door to door selling magazines.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend that Mask's sentences for each charge run concurrently and that he be given credit for time served. Mask faces three years to life in prison for his attempted murder charge, and one to 15 years in prison for his sexual abuse charge.

During Mask's hearing, Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman said that the victim approved of the deal. She still suffers from the effects of the assault, he said.

"We've had contact with the victim in this case, who is frankly still traumatized," Buhman told the court.

Buhman went on to say that the assault occurred after a 58-year-old woman allowed Mask into her home while he was selling magazines. She gave him a bottle of water and a cigarette, then he asked to use the bathroom. When he returned, Buhman said, Mask grabbed the woman in a bear hug, took her to a bedroom and beat and sexually assaulted her. She ended up losing a tooth, requiring stitches on her face, and numerous bruises. Buhman added that Mask choked the woman until she became unconscious.

While Mask's plea technically moves the case to within one hearing of its conclusion -- his sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10 -- it still leaves questions of his competency unanswered. During his years in jail, Mask underwent numerous mental evaluations, which often produced conflicting reports on his ability to understand the legal process. Defense attorney Michael Brown has previously said that multiple evaluations found that Mask was mentally retarded, though the doctor who conducted the most recent evaluation suggested that Mask might be malingering and feigning lower intelligence than he actually has.

Judge Taylor originally declared Mask incompetent in 2009, but in August reversed his ruling after hearing testimony from Mask's final evaluator.

Mask's acceptance of the plea bargain was a direct result of that ruling, but his plea leaves open the possibility of appealing Judge Taylor's determination that he was competent. The plea -- technically called a Sery plea -- allows Mask's legal defense to challenge one aspect of the case even after having moved forward.

Brown said after the hearing that he still has questions about Mask's competency, which led him to opt for the Sery plea. He added that the plea will allow the court of appeals to examine the results of Mask's many mental evaluations. The court will then have the opportunity to overturn or sustain Judge Taylor's competency ruling.

In the meantime, however, Mask likely is headed for prison. Buhman said after the hearing the victim is gratified that the case is wrapping up.

Posted in Local, Jim-dalrymple on Saturday, September 24, 2011 12:25 am Updated: 8:27 am. | Tags: Brian Mask, Murder, Sexual Abuse

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Logan, Utah
Slew of scams target unsuspecting students
September 23, 2011
Slew of scams target unsuspecting students
By CHRIS LEE
news senior writer
The Utah Statesman
Published: Friday, September 23, 2011
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2011 09:09
Students thinking they were accepting a job quickly found they were the targets of fraudulent scams, according to Sgt. Travis Dunn, of the USU Police Department. The jobs and apartment listings in the Taggart Student Center are the means through which these scams were operationalized.

Dunn said the police department has received calls about fraudulent activity on campus for the past few weeks. He said these scams include a roommate want ad, a man selling magazines on campus and a job posting requesting help with a disabled child.

"Apparently one of our students here on campus put a want ad for a roommate," Dunn said. "He's then been getting some replies by email saying that they would love to be his roommate, and then they're sending him checks in large amounts."

The person who posted the ad is asking students to send money for the apartment deposit and then asking them to send the rest of the rent through a money transfer agent, Dunn said. The money would then be sent to the person who posted the ad, who claims to be outside the country.

Another scam on campus involves a man selling magazines. Dunn said the man tells students he is from Oregon State University, and he is being graded on his communication skills. He said the man makes people feel like they are getting the magazine for free before revealing they have to pay for it, but then he said they will get their money back by calling a certain phone number after 5 p.m.

"But these kids are paying with cash. So the money's gone," Dunn said.

The man is walking students to the ATM, Dunn said. The man takes the cash and gives the victim a receipt and a fake phone number to call. Dunn said hundreds of dollars have been stolen this way.

Dunn said students don't often report the crime, because they feel embarrassed and taken advantage of. He said this facilitates the continuance of these scams.

Officer Andy Barnes of USUPD said another job board posting implies that a woman is looking for someone to help her with her handicapped child when she moves to Logan.

"This lady's supposedly moving to Logan. She needs somebody here to help out with the child," Barnes said. "What she wants them to do is to purchase a wheelchair for this child before she even gets in the valley."

Elementary education and deaf education major Kaitlynn Mraz said she applied to a job posted by someone claiming to be a Judy Smith. She said she corresponded with her via email.

"She told me that she was going to send me a check for $2,799, and I was to keep $300 of it for my first paycheck and wire the rest of it on to Missouri to an account manager."

Mraz said the check she received was for $2,750, and she took it to Western Union last Saturday and split the money into three checks. She said she didn't know how to send the checks through Western Union and didn't send them out.

Mraz said she started to feel suspicious when she talked to her friends.

"I told my friends about it and they started asking me ‘Why is she having you transfer the money?'" she said.

She said she then took the checks to the police when her mom found a story about the same scam online.

She said she trusted the woman because she said she was going to meet her in a local, public place, and the job was on the USU job board.

"The job was found on USU's website," Mraz said, "I didn't find it on Craigslist or KSL, so that was a little bit upsetting."

Dunn said another student also fell for the scam and actually cashed the checks. Now, Dunn said, that student is liable for the money and has to repay the bank. Dunn said he couldn't disclose a dollar amount, but similar scams would leave victims responsible for paying more than $2,000.

Human resources specialist for Student Employment Paula Johnson said people can give job posts online, through the student employment website. She said they look for weird email addresses, and they call phone numbers that look fake, but some still get through.

Johnson said they posted a disclaimer online and on the off-campus job board, warning students about the service.

"USU facilitates job postings are a public service to off-campus employers and to USU students. USU does not screen or endorse the off-campus employers listed here. Please exercise due caution before accepting any job and report any suspicious or unethical activity to our office and to the USU Police Department," the warning states.
By CHRIS LEE
news senior writer
The Utah Statesman
http://www.usustatesman.com
Logan, Utah
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Bisbee, Arizona
Teen reports sexual assault in Bisbee
September 21, 2011
Teen reports sexual assault in Bisbee
Posted: Sep 21, 2011 2:22 AM CDT Updated: Sep 21, 2011 9:23 AM CDT
By Sonu Wasu
KOLD News 13
BISBEE, AZ (KOLD) - The small community of Bisbee was on edge, after a teen reported a sexual assault by a door-to-door salesman.

Police said the teen called 911 and said a person claiming to sell magazines knocked on her door last Wednesday, just after 2 PM. The teen said the man then forced his way into the home, and sexually assaulted her.

Police said they had talked to a group of magazine vendors who planned to knock on doors in the community earlier that day. All the vendors had purchased business licence's, and registered with the police department, as required by the city.

Police said details were sketchy, but they did have a vague description of the suspect.

He was described as a man in his early 20's, about 5'7" with a slender build, short light brown hair, and freckles. Police also said he might have some facial hair.

Residents in the community were told to lock their doors, and be wary of strangers. Police said many door-to-door vendors were valid, but residents should use caution and make sure to ask to see their business licence or ID before opening the door.

Those with information that could help solve this case were asked to call Bisbee Police at (520) 432-2261.
By Sonu Wasu
KOLD News 13
http://www.kold.com
Tucson, Arizona
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Magazine scammers target neighborhoods, use Chico State’s name
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Google Search: Atlantic Circulation Inc
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end DMPG Info
September 20, 2011
Magazine scammers target neighborhoods, use Chico State’s name
Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 6:35 pm
Ben Mullin
The Orion
When violent crimes Detective Jim Fatta moved into his house in Mountville, Pa., he didn't have any problems with his new residence.

Then his phone started ringing.

"Since the college year started, I probably got 24 calls in the last two weeks," Fatta said.

Fatta, who's spent 21 years working as a police officer, inherited more than an address when he moved in. He was also given the listed number for Atlantic Circulation, Inc., a fraudulent magazine company that employs "vulnerable youth" across the nation as door-to-door magazine salespeople, according to the Better Business Bureau website.

The calls continued through December 2010, when Fatta received a call from a tearful mother in Phoenix who believed she was calling her daughter's employer.

The woman's daughter had run away on a cross-country magazine trip with Atlantic Circulation, Inc., but called her mother when she realized that the salespeople she was traveling with wouldn't allow her to return home, Fatta said.

"They had her in a hotel, and they wouldn't allow her to leave the hotel," Fatta said.

Fatta called Phoenix police on the woman's behalf, reassuring the officers that the women's case was more than a runaway teen, he said.

Before and since that day, Fatta has fielded calls nationwide, but he said he's never received a call from Chico, where there are currently several magazine salespeople running scams similar to that of Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

Illicit magazine sales have been particularly active in the historic Barber neighborhood near the corner of 20th and Broadway streets.

Katherine Sheridan chose not to buy magazines from an approximately 17-year-old woman and her male companion after they said they were raising money to visit a theme park.

"She wanted to go to Six Flags, and I thought, ‘I want to go to Six Flags too, I'm not going to give you money to go party,'" Sheridan said.

A woman matching that same description also solicited Barber neighborhood resident Robert Mulkey, saying that she was saving for a trip overseas.

"They were selling magazine subscriptions to go to Hawaii to win a contest," Mulkey said.

Chico resident June Dailey was approached by two men with a similar story, claiming to be a part of a Chico State club baseball team trying to raise money for a trip to a tournament in Maui, she said. They told her that what she ordered would be sent overseas to troops.

The two young men were slick enough to talk her into cutting a check before she had second thoughts and canceled it, she said.

"They looked like they could walk, talk and chew gum at the same time," she said.

Chico State does not have a club baseball team, club sports Director Mary Wallmark said.

Chico State athletic fundraisers are usually conducted by way of a family and friends letter-writing campaign, said Joel Ramirez, a sport club assistant for the recreational sports office.

Chico State sports teams never use magazine sales fundraisers, and magazine salespeople claiming to be student-athletes shouldn't be trusted, he said.

The homegrown sports magazine scam is common and can be verified by a quick check to see if the solicitor has Chico's required business license, Chico police Sgt. Rob Merrifield said.

Fatta will continue to retain his old phone number despite calls to his home phone waking him up at 1 a.m., he said.

He has long been investigating Atlantic Circulation Inc. for mail fraud, though he says the charge will be difficult to prove.

"It is a crime, it's just nobody really knows how to investigate it," he said.

Ben Mullin can be reached at
opinioneditor@theorion.com
Ben Mullin
The Orion
http://theorion.com
The Orion, Department of Journalism, CSU Chico
E-mail: oriononlineeditor@gmail.com
Chico, California
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Franklin, Tennessee
Illegal Solicitors Cited In Franklin
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
United Freedom Sales
end DMPG Info
September 20, 2011
Illegal Solicitors Cited In Franklin
Posted: Sep 20, 2011 5:15 PM CDT Updated: Sep 20, 2011 5:43 PM CDT
by Amanda Hara
NewsChannel 5
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - They thought their money was headed to our troops overseas. But on Friday, dozens of folks living in Franklin learned their money was also headed somewhere else.

About five solicitors made their way around a Franklin neighborhood selling care packages for the troops. More than a dozen people handed over $38.00 in cash and checks, thinking their money was going to a charity.

"We found out they were not a not-for-profit, that they're actually working for a for profit company and people were writing checks thinking all of this money was going to troops overseas; that's just not the case," Franklin Police Sergeant Charles Warner said.

Turns out, not all of the money goes to those care packages. The solicitors selling them make a profit, and so does the company they contract with, United Freedom Sales.

After receiving complaints, Franklin Police responded to the neighborhood and discovered the solicitors were going door to door illegally without permits from the city.

Police helped more than eight people get their money back.

An attorney for United Freedom Sales said the solicitors weren't aware that they needed permits. As of Tuesday, he said they were in the process of applying for them so that they can continue their work in Franklin.

The permit process is rigorous in Franklin. Not only do solicitors have to pass criminal background checks, they also are required to fill out a 30-page application.

And apparently, one of the guys from Friday was wanted on an out of state criminal warrant.

The company's lawyer also said that solicitors clearly state that they are working with a for-profit company.

But anyone who feels like they were cheated can get a refund by contacting United Freedom Sales.

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Twitter: Twitter.com/NC5_AmandaHara
by Amanda Hara
NewsChannel 5 http://www.newschannel5.com
Nashville, Tennessee
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Santa Ana, California
Mistrial for Garden Grove Mother/Son Murder Team
September 20, 2011
Mistrial for Garden Grove Mother/Son Murder Team
Posted on September 20, 2011 by Administrator
The Law Offices of GLEW and KIM
glewkimlaw.com
It seems that families are spending more time together, although perhaps this kind of mother and son “bonding” is not the kind that the sitcoms portray. And thank goodness. Hopefully these two will be doing time soon together instead of planning more abductions, theft and murder, but it seems there’s a small snag in the justice system.

In Superior Court in Santa Ana on Monday, a jury deadlocked in the trial of Ricardo Dagoberto Diaz, a Garden Grove man charged with helping his mother kill a door-to-door jewelry salesman back in 2005 in order to steal his inventory. Unfortunately, Superior Court Judge Richard F. Toohey was forced to declare a mistrial but at least scheduled a hearing on November 4 to set a new trial date for Diaz, a mere 26.

Why a mistrial? Because after two days of deliberations, the jury panel weighed in at 10-2 in favor of guilty, but all twelve could not agree on the same verdict. It’s not the first time either—actually it’s the ninth time this year that a major trial has ended in a mistrial in an Orange County courtroom because of deadlocked juries. That’s once a month!

Diaz was charged with first-degree murder and robbery for his role in the slaying of Mario Hernandez on March 18, 2008. Hernandez, a 68-year-old man who walked with the assistance of a cane as he sold jewelry door-to-door from his van, may not have chosen the safest sales job in Orange County, but that does not mean that he deserved to be preyed upon by Diaz and his mother, Rebeca Nivarez-Diaz.

Nivarez-Diaz orchestrated the “cold, diabolical plan” to steal Hernandez’s jewelry, according to the court argument of Deputy District Attorney Larry Yellin. Nivarez-Diaz had purchased products from him before, which made it easy for her to lure Hernandez into her home on that fateful March day on the pretense that she was going to make a large purchase. Instead of that sale, Hernandez found Diaz waiting for him inside the house.

Hernandez was never seen again after he left his Santa Ana home on March 18, 2005 for the pre-arranged sales call at 7AM, and his body has never been found, making it one of those rare murder cases where there literally is no body…of evidence or otherwise. It could be argued that without a body you can’t pin the murder on Nivarez-Diaz and her son, yet it can’t be a coincidence that she was out pawning Hernandez’s inventory within seven hours of his death. Also, she failed to realize that the last call Hernandez made on his cell phone was to her…

A jury certainly agreed, as Nivarez-Diaz was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery last year and is currently serving a 25 year to life sentence in prison. Diaz faces a similar sentence if convicted in the follow-up trial scheduled for November. It seems hiding out in Mexico for three years after Hernandez’s disappearance didn’t help him escape justice, as the Mexican authorities turned him over to the U.S. for extradition.

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Jackson, Wyoming
Valley resident warns of magazine scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Lrumar Publications LLC
aka: Lucretius Phocylides LLC
Website: http://www.lrumarpublications.com
BBB: Lrumar Publications LLC
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB Rating: D+
Lrumar Publications LLC
(805) 275-1576
11605 Meridian Market Vw #124-380, Falcon, CO 80831-8238
http://www.lrumarpublications.com
Additional Information
The company requests a legible copy of the consumer's receipt be included to expedite complaints.
Please fax receipts to the BBB at 719-636-5078 or email a copy to info@bbbsc.org
BBB file opened: 11/13/2008
Business started: 07/21/2005
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: July 2005, DE
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Mr. David Bacon (CEO)
Complaint Contact: Crystal Cox (Resolution Division)
Crystal Davis (Manager)
Mike Davis (Office Manager)
Business Category
Magazines-Subscription Agents
Alternate Business Names
Lucretius Phocylides LLC
end DMPG Info
September 19, 2011
Valley resident warns of magazine scam
By Sarah Reese, Jackson Hole Daily
September 19, 2011
A valley man who wrote a $55 check for a magazine that never came says any resident in a similar situation should try calling the magazine directly.

After getting no response from the company through which he thought he had ordered a subscription, David Johnson called Outside magazine to see if his name had been submitted.

Outside magazine didn’t have his name, but staff there agreed to sign him up for the two-year subscription he thought he had purchased, Johnson said.

Johnson said he wanted to warn others and to give Outside some credit for righting someone else’s wrong.

“I don’t know if I’m just an isolated case, but I doubt it very seriously,” he said. “I always worry about people coming door to door and selling things.”

Johnson said he wrote the check May 25, when a boy who claimed to be a valley high school student showed up at his door in Snow King Estates selling magazine subscriptions.

“We probably spent 20 minutes talking,” Johnson said. “I wouldn’t blame the kid. He could have been paid his commission. These companies take the money and run.”

Johnson said he wouldn’t have remembered he wrote the check if he hadn’t found a receipt the teen had given him. It included the name of the company he was working for — Lrumar Publications LLC in Falcon, Colo. — and a phone number.

Johnson tried the phone number several times, he said. Finally, he tried calling Outside magazine Wednesday.

When Johnson looked up Lrumar online, he found a host of complaints with the Better Business Bureau, he said. A number of scam alerts also come up online.

“They do it under the guise of helping these students,” he said. “It’s a natural instinct to help a youth prosper and do well.”

The Jackson Police Department and Teton County Sheriff’s Office haven’t had any reports of residents getting scammed by door-to-door magazine salesmen, officials said.

“If a citizen is suspicious of someone soliciting, then they should call the police and let us come out and talk to them,” police Lt. Bob Gilliam said. “Of course, they need to tell us what makes them suspicious. Just because someone comes to your door soliciting doesn’t make them a bad person.”

Johnson said he’s guessing most people forget they even signed up.

“It’s a small amount of money,” he said, “that’s why I assume people just don’t care. I guarantee these companies bet on that. It’s just terrible.”
By Sarah Reese, Jackson Hole Daily
http://www.jhnewsandguide.com
Jackson Hole News&Guide
Jackson, Wyoming
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Downers Grove, Illinois
Crime and police ›
News ›
September 19, 2011
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The following items were taken from Downers Grove police reports on Sept. 19.
Soliciting
Two out-of-state men were arrested for selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door without a permit at 5:40 p.m. on Sept. 15. The men – one from Dallas, Texas, the other from Jackson, Miss. – told police they were dropped off in the area, near the 4000 block of Sterling Road, by their boss and told to sell magazines. The two were charged with violating village ordinance. Each was released after posting $120 bond.
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Bisbee, Arizona
Police seek help finding sexual assault suspect
September 17, 2011
Police seek help finding sexual assault suspect
Sat, 09/17/2011 - 00:01
By Derek Jordan
Herald/Review
The Sierra Vista Herald
SIERRA VISTA —Bisbee police are asking for assistance in identifying a man who sexually assaulted a resident in her home in the Warren area earlier this week.

Bisbee police responded to the victim’s home on Wednesday, shortly after 2 p.m. She told officers that a man had knocked on her door and claimed to be selling magazines door-to-door before forcing himself inside.

The man is described as white, about 20-years-old, with freckles and short hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a light orange shirt, light khaki shorts and white tennis shoes.

The Bisbee Police Department is warning residents to use caution when answering the door to unknown persons.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bisbee Police Department at 432-2261, ext. 5.
By Derek Jordan
Herald/Review
The Sierra Vista Herald http://www.svherald.com
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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Naperville, Illinois
Naperville cops ticket 14 for soliciting without city permits
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
New Beginning Enterprises, Inc.
BBB: New Beginning Enterprises, Inc.
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB accredited
New Beginning Enterprises, Inc.
Phone: (330) 782-8304
Additional Phone Numbers
(330) 782-5823(Phone)
(866) 586-0170(Phone)
540 W. Judson Avenue, Youngstown , OH 44511
http://www.newbeginningenterprises.net
Additional Information
BBB file opened: May 25, 2010
Business started: 10/01/2009 in OH
Business incorporated: 09/30/2009 in OH
Type of Entity
Corporation
Business Management
Mr. Eugene Weldon, CEO
Mrs. Marni Weldon, CFO
Ms. Porsha Franklin, Customer Service Mgt.
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Ms. Porsha Franklin, Customer Service Mgt.
Business Category
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
end BBB Info
Also see:
Go Doers Enterprises aka Go Doers, Inc.
end DMPG Info
September 16, 2011
Naperville cops ticket 14 for soliciting without city permits
BY BILL BIRD wbird@stmedianetwork.com September 16, 2011 7:38PM
Naperville Sun
Fourteen people from as far away as Virginia, Texas and California have arraignment dates pending in DuPage County Circuit Court, after being charged by Naperville police with selling magazine subscriptions without the required city permits.

Police were sent about 8:42 p.m. Tuesday to the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Corwell Road, in the Century Hill area east of the Naperville Country Club. That followed a complaint of illegal soliciting in the area.

Sgt. Gregg Bell said officers found “a subject standing on a corner ... who said he was selling magazines. He stated he did not have a permit” to do so, as mandated by municipal ordinance, Bell said.

As police were interviewing the man, “a van full of people drove past” who were also selling magazine subscriptions, Bell said. None of them had permits, either, he said.

All of those cited said they worked for New Beginnings, a company based in Youngstown, Ohio.

Charged with soliciting without a permit were Jerald P. Blowe, 30, of Akron, Ohio; Victor K. Blueford, 22, of Houston; Allan S. Brown, 41, of Calumet City; Erskine G. Goodloe, 31, of Jackson; Sophia L. Hall, 30, of Hurt; Cherrelle L. Hardy, 24, of Youngstown; and Brian L. Johnson, 38, of Youngstown.

Also, Jerahmia I. Laster, 24, of Sacramento, Calif.; Rashea A. Lewis, 23, of Alexandria, Va.; Shajuana M. Mays, 23, of Kansas City, Mo.; Jerry E. McCory, 28, of Cleveland; Marquis D. Simmons, 29, of Youngstown; Augusta C. Stribling, 33, of Greenville; and Cecelia M. Woods, 46, of Ypsilanti, Mich.

Mays was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, while Simmons was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, according to written police reports.

Katie Foutz contributed to this report.
BY BILL BIRD wbird@stmedianetwork.com
Naperville Sun
http://napervillesun.suntimes.com
Aurora, Illinois
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Topeka, Kansas
Elderly Topekan Victim Of Smooth-Talking Con
September 16, 2011
Elderly Topekan Victim Of Smooth-Talking Con
A Topeka woman says she was robbed Monday by a slick con artist who used some smooth talking to get into her home.
Posted: 5:25 PM Sep 16, 2011
Updated: 5:26 PM Sep 16, 2011
Reporter: Ryan Smith
Email Address: ryan.smith@wibw.com
WIBW
wibw.com
Topeka, KAN. (WIBW)--A Topeka woman says she was robbed Monday by a slick con artist who used some smooth talking to get into her home. 75-year-old Shirley Demler says she knows con artists like to target the elderly, but found herself victim to a charming criminal committed to what she thought was a good cause.

"I was raised by good parents with good morals and this girl obviously does not have any morals,” said Demler.

Demler says she was raised in a time when crime and con artists were never a worry.

"We left our doors unlocked, we could sleep out at night, walk the streets at dark and nothing like this would ever happen. It’s sad someone would prey on the elderly."

Shirley says she opened her door to who she thought was a volunteer collecting magazines for the troops and toys for the Ronald McDonald house. When Shirley left the room to grab a pink bunny the white woman in her early 20's grabbed the purse Shirley had hanging on the wall. She got away with Shirley’s drivers license, social security card, medical cards and luckily only a few bucks.

"Be aware, not everybody is there for a good purpose. Some want to take advantage of you opening your doors and letting them in,” said Lt. Jana Harden.

Police say anyone soliciting donations or selling door to door should always provide some kind of credentials.
Reporter: Ryan Smith
Email Address: ryan.smith@wibw.com
WIBW
wibw.com
http://www.wibw.com
Topeka, Kansas
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Bisbee, Arizona
Man posing as magazine salesman assaults Bisbee woman
September 15, 2011
Man posing as magazine salesman assaults Bisbee woman
Submitted by Christina Thompson, KOLD News 13 Community Web Producer
Thursday, September 15th, 2011, 4:12pm
KOLD.com
A man going door-to-door claiming to be a magazine salesman, allegedly forced himself into a woman's home and sexually assaulted her, according to the Bisbee Police Department. The incident happened Wednesday afternoon at a house in the Warren area of Bisbee.

Suspect's description:
Caucasian
About 20 years old
Freckles
Short hair
Wearing a light orange shirt, light khaki shorts and white tennis shoes
Submitted by Christina Thompson, KOLD News 13 Community Web Producer
KOLD.com
http://tombstone-bisbee.kold.com
Tucson, Arizona
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Vienna, West Virginia
Vienna police warn of possible magazine scam

DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC
Trade Group:
National Field Selling Association
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
BBB: Midwest Circulation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429-1348
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
Additional Information
The BBB suggests you read and understand company promotional materials
and contracts and check company references and licensing, where applicable.
BBB file opened: 09/29/2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Licensing
This company is in an industry that may require licensing,
bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business.
BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency
to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Wendy . (Customer Service) Jami .
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
end DMPG Info
September 15, 2011
Vienna police warn of possible magazine scam
September 15, 2011
By NATALEE SEELY (nseely@newsandsentinel.com) , Parkersburg News and Sentinel
VIENNA - Vienna Police Department is advising residents who ordered a magazine subscription from Midwest Circulation LLC to cancel their checks.

Police said Wednesday a group of eight to 10 individuals from Midwest Circulation LLC were going door-to-door in Vienna this week selling magazine subscriptions.

"With the information we've gathered, we aren't sure yet whether this is a scam," said Sgt. Kevin Parrish of the Vienna Police Department. "It looks like it may not be legitimate."

The leader of the group, James Gates, was cited with solicitation without a permit on Tuesday, after police received several calls from residents, Parrish said.

"Whether it is a scam or not, it was illegal for that group to be going door-to-door selling subscriptions and collecting people's money without a permit from the city of Vienna," Parrish said.

Around 60 magazine subscriptions were sold in the Vienna area, and police were able to recover the payments from eight residents. Police encourage residents who wrote checks for magazine subscriptions to cancel their checks. They may also file a police report if the magazine they subscribed to does not arrive within 100 days.

Officer Rob Cox of the Vienna Police Department said the sales occurred Monday and Tuesday in the Vienna area. No new complaints from residents were received Wednesday.

Police said the salesmen often told residents conflicting stories about the magazine subscriptions. In some cases, residents were told the subscriptions they purchased would go to a children's hospital or other charity, police said.

Police tried to contact the headquarters of Midwest Circulation LLC in Missouri, but the calls were unanswered, said Cox.
By NATALEE SEELY (nseely@newsandsentinel.com) , Parkersburg News and Sentinel
http://www.newsandsentinel.com
Parkersburg, West Virginia
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Hamilton County, Tennessee
Aggravated Sexual Battery Arrest
September 15, 2011
Aggravated Sexual Battery Arrest
Submitted by WDEF News 12 on September 15, 2011 - 5:46pm. News | Crime | Hamilton County News
Hamilton County deputies arrest 67-year-old Manning Mahaffee for aggravated sexual battery.
Deputies say a 12-year-old girl was going door to door selling products for her school.
Mahaffee said he only had a $100 bill, and she would have to bring change back to him.
The girl continued selling, but he called her back later.
She stepped inside and the suspect allegedly grabbed her chest with both hands.
She tried to pull away, but he tried to pull her back into the house.
Mahaffee remains in jail under a $15,000 bond.
WDEF News 12
http://wdef.com
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Auburn, Maine
Looking Back on Sept. 14, 2011
September 14, 2011
Looking Back on Sept. 14, 2011
Published on Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 at 12:12 am | Last updated on Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 at 12:12 am
Sun Journal
50 years ago, 1961

Auburn police last night were holding for questioning an alleged ex-convict who, while touring the city yesterday as a magazine salesman, allegedly walked into several homes in the Smith Street, Denning Street and Pride Road area of the city and was allegedly over-forceful in attempting to make a sale. No charge was immediately placed against him.
Sun Journal
http://www.sunjournal.com
Lewiston, Maine
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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Vacuum salesman arrested as fugitive in Chambersburg
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
September 13, 2011
Vacuum salesman arrested as fugitive in Chambersburg
Public Opinion Online
09/13/11
A Chambersburg vacuum cleaner salesman was arrested Tuesday after police learned he was wanted in New York.

Chambersburg Police said Kristoffer D. Johnson, 32, of 337 E. Washington St., was arrested at 140 N. Third St., about 9:40 a.m. after an officer received a tip. Police said Johnson was selling Kirby vacuum cleaners for a local distributor while using a false name.

After Johnson was arrested, a false ID was found on him, police said. He did not cooperate and provide his actual identity, so he was taken to the police station and fingerprinted.

Authorities in New York confirmed that the man was Johnson and that he is wanted. In a statement issued Tuesday, police did not indicate what charges Johnson faces in New York.

He was charged as a fugitive from justice, arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter and placed in Franklin County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Public Opinion Online
http://www.publicopiniononline.com
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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Village of LeRoy, New York
Batavia Morning News
September 12, 2011
Batavia Morning News
Geoff Redick posted on September 12, 2011 07:42
WBTA AM 1490
Some more serious charges were filed against an apparent traveling magazine salesman. 29-year-old Francis Lacko was cuffed in the Village of LeRoy on Friday, after police received a report of a shady character going door-to-door. Apparently, it was Lacko selling magazines. But the arresting officer ran a background check on him, and apparently Lacko is wanted in three states, including his home state of Pennsylvania. He’s charged here for peddling without a permit. Lacko is currently jailed without bail.
Batavia Morning News
Geoff Redick
http://wbtai.com
Batavia, New York
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Prairie Village, Kansas
Fairway police issue warning on door-to-door solicitors
September 9, 2011
Fairway police issue warning on door-to-door solicitors
Posted by PVPoster on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 11:30 am.
Prairie Village Post
A Countryside East woman is hoping her encounter with a fraudulent door-to-door book salesman will serve as a warning to other Prairie Villagers.

Beverly Rehkop was at her home near the intersection of 65th Terrace and Roe Avenue Monday when a solicitor knocked on her door — despite the “No Solicitors” sticker in her window.

The man, who Rehkop said was about six feet tall and Asian, said his name was Thomas Nguyen, and that he’d recently moved to the neighborhood with his family from Grandview. He told Rehkop he was a student studying aeronautical engineering at Wichita State, and that his father was making him raise $1,000 to pay for part of an internship with Boeing in Seattle.

He stayed at her house for around 20 minutes before Rehkop, hoping to get him to move along, agreed to buy three children’s books. She wrote him a check for $55. Shortly after he left, however, Rehkop checked out the address and phone number the man had left, both of which turned out to be bogus. She called the Prairie Village Police right away, and immediately had her bank account number changed.

“He was too smooth and had his story too well at mind,” said Rehkop, who said she’s generally savvy about such scams. “I just want to get the word out so other people know.”

Prairie Village Police Captain Wes Lovett said anyone who has an unlicensed solicitor come to their door should call the police immediately.

“A lot of times these guys have warrants on them, and we end up making an arrest,” Lovett said.
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Prairie Village Post
http://pvpost.com
Prairie Village, Kansas
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Los Gatos, California
Los Gatos Police Warn of Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Scams
September 9, 2011
Los Gatos Police Warn of Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Scams
Town residents advised to ask to see permits, report suspicious activity.
By Kim Ratcliff
LosGatoPatch
September 9, 2011
On Aug. 30, Kelly Lynch answered a knock at her door around dinnertime. On her porch, a young woman was peddling magazine subscriptions to supposedly raise money for a college scholarship.

“She said she lived a few blocks over on Cerro Chico and, 'Oh, don't you know my parents?'" recalls Lynch.

Soon the solicitor began asking Lynch personal questions. "Had she ever been to Italy?"

“Something did not feel right. I didn’t want to sign up for magazines, especially not for $60, which is what she was asking. So I said, ‘Look, I don’t want any magazines, but I’d love to help you out,’ and I gave her 20 bucks.”

The following day Lynch's neighbors, who also live on Vista Del Monte and had been solicited by a magazine seller the same evening, were robbed between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Their home was ransacked, and the thieves stole jewelry, computers and money. Even scarier, the homeowner believes the thieves were inside her home at the time she entered and fled through a sliding glass door into the backyard.

“The residential burglary is currently being investigated,” says Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Capt. Alana Forrest. “But at this time, we don’t see a link with door-to-door magazine salesmen.”

Whether local cops find a connection or not, a New York Times article, "For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine Crews," detailed the widespread problems with these itinerant sellers and violent crimes involving the sales crews.

According to the article, the industry remains almost entirely unregulated, and on any given day, there are probably about 2,500 people, typically ages 18-24, selling magazines door-to-door. Often, the operations are bogus, meaning you pay money and never receive a single issue.

The article, along with the seasonal proliferation of magazine solicitors around town neighborhoods, serves as an important reminder of how residents must be ever vigilant in protecting their families and homes, according to police.

“We live in a great town full of trusting people, but the reality is there are people out there who can do us harm, so as a rule we want residents to know it's not advisable to invite strangers into their homes,” says Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police Sgt. Kerry Harris.

Any door-to-door salesperson is required by law to display a permit issued by the town of Los Gatos, says Forrest. If a solicitor does not have a permit or appears in any way suspicious, residents are advised to call police. If a solicitor leaves before police arrive, watch to see if the person gets in a car, and write down the license plate number, Harris says.

“If folks feel uncomfortable asking to see a solicitor's permit, we are more than happy to come out and contact the solicitor and find out if they do have a permit,” adds Harris. “If the solicitor does have one, we say, 'Thank you very much,' and if they don't, we have them leave town or give them a citation.”

According to police, the best way to discourage solicitors from coming back to your neighborhood is to not give them money. Police also suggest posting a “no soliciting” sign near your front door. That way you can crack your door, point to the sign and say, “Not interested. Thank you.” Or simply don't answer your door.

Other safety tips? Lock all your windows and doors when you leave. Never put outgoing mail in your mailbox. Take it to the post office or a secure postal box.

Police also caution against mail theft, where thieves can steal mail containing information such as a business check routing number and then manufacture and cash fraudulent documents such as bogus checks. Police recommend residents buy a lockable mailbox to prevent thieves from stealing incoming mail.

Lastly, Neighborhood Watch groups suggest rallying your neighborhood to sign up up for i-neighbors.org/, a website that helps neighbors keep in touch regarding neighborhood crime and suspicious behavior.
By Kim Ratcliff
LosGatoPatch
http://losgatos.patch.com
Los Gatos, California
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Campbellsville, Kentucky
Campbellsville Police want information on magazine salesman
September 8, 2011
Campbellsville Police want information on magazine salesman
From Campbellsville Police Department
Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com
This story was posted on 2011-09-08 15:16:47
Campbellsville, KY (2011-09-08: 3pmET) - Campbellsville Police is currently conducting an investigation into a Possible Magazine Scam.

Police have received reports of a male subject identifying himself as an employee for the Cash Award Program selling magazines. The subject has presented a laminated card bearing the name Bob or Rob Pruden.

Once the subject gains entry to a residence it is alleged that he begins to make sexual overtures and refuses to leave the residence. The subject is described as a White Male approximately 6'0 ft. 200 lbs clean shaven and short dark hair in his early 20's.

He is also reported to have wing tattoos on both sides of his neck with the words "In God We Trust' in cursive writing at the base of his neck.

The subject was last seen wearing Blue Jeans, a gray zip-up hoodie, gray beanie (sock hat).

Campbellsville Police requests anyone with information pertaining to the identification of this subject to please contact the Campbellsville Police Department at 270-465-4122 or you can remain anonymous by calling the Community Pride line at 469-7743. Campbellsville Police would like to also remind everyone when dealing with solicitors they should be able to produce photo identification and documentation of the company they represent without hesitation.

Campbellsville Police Department Officer Charlie Houk and LT Shannon Wilson are investigating. -Campbellsville, KY, Police Department

This story was posted on 2011-09-08 15:16:47
Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com
http://columbiamagazine.com
Columbia, Kentucky
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Salem, Massachusetts
Police: Magazine salesmen didn't have permits
September 8, 2011
Police: Magazine salesmen didn't have permits
By Jo-Anne MacKenzie jmackenzie@eagletribune.com
EagleTribune.com
September 8, 2011
SALEM — More than a half dozen residents complained to police Tuesday afternoon about overly aggressive door-to-door salesmen.

Three men, who were trying to sell magazine subscriptions, were issued summonses for selling on state property without a license.

Such incidents used to be common in the warmer months, but police cracked down in recent years and it had been a quiet summer to date.

"These were the first reports in quite a while," Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said yesterday. "We were hoping, by the fact we took a zero-tolerance approach, to end this type of behavior."

Some residents complained the salesmen were especially assertive in their approach, he said.

"One reportedly tried to push his way into a house, they go around to back doors," Patten said. "They don't take no for an answer."

The men, all from out of state, work for Northeast Promotions, Patten said.

"Typically, a van full of people comes in and drops them off in a few neighborhoods," he said. "The kids come in from all over country. It's an unfortunate situation when a company puts kids in a situation to do this illegally."

The three men cited Tuesday for selling on state property without a license were Andrew Hopkins, 25, of Athens, Ala.; Mark Burris, 22, of Bethlehem, Pa.; and Damian Barrett, 19, of Binghamton, N.Y. They are to appear in Salem District Court at a later date.

The company and the men were told to stop selling until they had the proper permits.

None of the three taken into custody were wanted on outstanding warrants, but that hasn't always been the case, Patten said.

"A lot of people who do this aren't exactly pillars of the community," he said. "You may not be getting the cream of crop."

Once the complaints started coming in, police located the three men and took them into custody. They were later released.

"This particular group is gone and we haven't had any more today," Patten said yesterday.

Police are asking residents to report any door-to-door solicitations by calling 893-1911.
By Jo-Anne MacKenzie jmackenzie@eagletribune.com
EagleTribune.com
http://www.eagletribune.com
North Andover, Massachusetts
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Salem, Massachusetts
Aggressive door-to-door salesmen arrested in Salem
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Northeast Promotions aka Face to Face Technologies Inc.
BBB: Face to Face Technologies Inc.
Northeast Promotions aka Face to Face Technologies Inc.
PO Box 18352
Golden, CO 80401
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Face to Face Technologies Inc
(888) 888-9025
PO Box 18352, Golden, CO 80401
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 01/16/2008
Licensing
Many local municipalities, townships, and counties have registration, bonding and/or licensing requirements.
The BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Permit and license requirements for regulated industries in the state of Colorado can be viewed at the following
website: http://www.colorado.gov/oed/industry-license
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Mark Shumate (Owner)
Complaint Contact: Ms. Dona Funches (Senior Customer Service)
Ms. Tanga Moore (Office Manager)
Business Category
Magazine Sales by Mail
Alternate Business Names
Bunny,Inc, Dynasty Technologies, Inc, East Coast Marketing, Face Off, Inc., Lone Star,
Miami Dream Team, No Limit Sales, Northeast Promotions, Top Notch
end DMPG Info
September 7, 2011
Aggressive door-to-door salesmen arrested in Salem
By JAMES KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
Published Sep 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm (Updated Sep 7, 2011)
From left to right,
Damian Barrett, Andrew Hopkins
and Mark Burris.

SALEM - Police arrested an “aggressive” team of door-to-door solicitors Tuesday after residents began complaining about their sales tactics.

Salem police began receiving complaints about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday about salespeople in several neighborhoods throughout town selling magazine subscriptions.

Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said residents complained the salespeople would not take no for an answer and would go to extraordinary lengths to get access to someone inside a home.

“If you don't answer the front door then they go to the back,” Patten said. “Or they would peek in windows.”

Officers found three of the solicitors and arrested them for selling on state property without a license. Arrested were: Andrew Hopkins, 25, of Athens, Ala.; Mark Burris, 22, of Bethlehem, Penn., and Damian Barrett, 19, of Binghamton, N.Y.

All three men were booked and released on a summons to appear in 10 Circuit Court in Salem on the misdemeanor charge.

One resident who called police said a salesman tried to step into his doorway to get in the house while making a sales pitch, according to Patten.

The presence of door-to-door solicitors is nothing new in Salem, Patten said.

“We deal with them on a fairly regular basis and have taken a zero-tolerance policy,” he said.

Some solicitation businesses that came to town in the past hired people with criminal backgrounds, according to Patten. So, that prompted the police department to regularly check solicitors for licenses when residents complain about them, he said.

Patten said the salespeople identified their employer as “Northeast Promotions.”

The business was ordered to cease its operations in town until it gets the proper permitting. Patten said residents who were solicited by salespeople recently should call the police department at 603-893-1911.
By JAMES KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
http://www.unionleader.com
Manchester, New Hampshire
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EREMY RANCH, Summit County, Utah
Salespeople claim arrests in Summit County were racially motivated
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:
Austin Diversified Products, Inc.
BBB: Austin Diversified Products
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB Rating: F
Austin Diversified Products, Inc. (Headquarters)
Phone: (708) 333-7644
Fax: (708) 333-39811
6615 Halsted St, Harvey, IL
60426-6112
sbeard@austindiversified.com
http://www.advanage.com
Additional Web Addresses
http://austindiversified.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 07/01/1982
Business started: 10/01/1981
Contact Information
Primary Contact:
Mrs. Ruth M. Edwards (Vice President)
Complaint Contact: Syreeta Beard
Mr. Nathan T. Edwards (President/Owner)
Ms. Dianna Byrd (Office Manager)Ms. Phyllis Statham (Accounts Payable)
Business Category
Cleaning Supplies, Product Sales - General, Door To Door Sales/Solicitation
Products & Services
This company sells cleaning supplies door-to-door.
Alternate Business Names
Advanage Wonder Cleaner
end DMPG Info
September 2, 2011
Salespeople claim arrests in Summit County were racially motivated
By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News
Published: Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 5:32 p.m. MDT
Kerry Jensen, Deseret News
A group of salespeople gather in Park City
after they were arrested and detained Tuesday,
Sept. 2, 2011, for soliciting without a license.

EREMY RANCH, Summit County — Eight African-American door-to-door salespeople found themselves in jail this week for soliciting without a license, while they say their white colleague went free.

The incident Tuesday involving Summit County sheriff's deputies has the five men and three women claiming racial discrimination.

"I felt like it was kind of biased for us to be arrested and her not to be for doing the same thing," said Detroit native Ryan Jackson, a 44-year-old salesman for Adavanage Diversified Products. The Illinois-based company dispatches its sales force around the country to sell organic cleaning products.

"They gave us the impression they were racist," said Mike Young, a 10-year veteran of the company who has sold in Jeremy Ranch before. "They treated us like criminals."

Each was handcuffed and taken to the Summit County Jail where they spent nine hours being booked, photographed and fingerprinted. Their boss paid $100 bail for each of them, but authorities kept their backpacks containing products and personal items including credit cards and drivers' licenses.

Kristin Riege, a 20-year-old white woman, said she had just finished a sale on Lower Saddleback Road when an officer in a black unmarked police truck pulled alongside her and flashed a badge.

"He said, 'Be careful out there. We have just arrested all of your co-workers,'" Riege said. "He never told me to stop working."

Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said he has no knowledge of that happening.

"My deputies say they never contacted her, so that's news to me," he said. Edmunds said the deputies, all of whom were in uniform, looked for a ninth person for nearly three hours but didn't find her.

"All of the people that were in the area were rounded up and they were booked into the Summit County Jail. That's something that we normally do. That's standard operating procedure," he said.

Edmunds dismissed the notion that the arrests were racially motivated. "I think that's an outrageous claim," he said.

Deputies went to the neighborhood in response to a homeowner's complaint that a salesperson was "extremely aggressive and wouldn't take no for an answer," he said. Residents have had problems with pushy salespeople so the sheriff's office has a zero-tolerance stance for those who work without a county-issued business license.

"We have begun to book these people every time," Edmunds said, adding out-of-state salespeople typically ignore written citations. "It doesn't matter who they are. Race, color, creed, whatever. We book them all."

The eight people, mostly from the Midwest, were arrested for investigation of soliciting without a license, a class B misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. They admit the did not have licenses but said they didn't know they were required.

Earl Tanner, a Salt Lake attorney representing the salespeople, says it's obvious what happened.

"The first thing that slaps you in the face is racial discrimination. It just screams at you," he said.

Tanner also called arresting people for the "heinous" crime of soliciting without a license heavy-handed.

The best thing the county could do, he said, is drop the charges, return the salespeople's $100 and backpacks and give them for $5,000 for their time and expenses.

Despite Tuesday's arrest, the group continues to sell along the Wasatch Front. They're scheduled to travel to Minnesota on Sunday.

E-mail: romboy@desnews.com, Twitter: dennisromboy
By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
Atlanta Man Arrested for Selling Magazines without Permit
August 31, 2011
Atlanta Man Arrested for Selling Magazines without Permit
The following information was supplied by the Wellesley Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
By Bret Silverberg
Wellesley Patch
August 31, 2011
An Atlanta man was arrested for selling magazines without a permit last week. Wellesley Police officer Ronald Poirier was sent to Stanford Road Aug. 22 on a complaint of solicitors in the area. Poirier spotted a man, Damon Taylor, 34, going door to door selling magazines for a company called Worldwide Readers, according to Wellesley Police records clerk Sue Morse. Poirier asked Taylor if he had a permit from the town of Wellesley, he said no and was arrested, Morse said.
By Bret Silverberg
Wellesley Patch
http://wellesley.patch.com
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Helena, Montana
Door-to-door sales schemes raise concern in Helena
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
ICS aka: Independent Contractor's Service
aka: Flord Agency
BBB: Independent Contractor's Service
BBB Rating: F
Business Contact and Profile
Name: Independent Contractor's Service
Phone: (561) 749-2060
Fax: (561) 218-8734
Address: PO Box 480309
Delray Beach, FL 33448
Website: www.inconserve.com
Principal: Ms. Darcy Rodriguez
Customer Contact: Ms. Darcy Rodriguez - (561) 749-2060
File Open Date: March 2011
Type of Business: Magazines Retail By Direct Selling, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.
BBB: Flord Agency
BBB Rating: F
Business Contact and Profile
Name: Flord Agency
Address: PO Box 480309
Delray Beach, FL 33448
Principal: Mr. Robert Armijo
Customer Contact: Mr. Robert Armijo
File Open Date: August 2008
Type of Business: Magazines Retail By Direct Selling
BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.
end DMPG Info
August 30, 2011
Door-to-door sales schemes raise concern in Helena
By JEFF WINDMUELLER Independent Record | Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 12:40 am
helenair.com
Mary Dykstra really just wanted to help.

Having heard the young man’s spiel for roughly 30 minutes — including how selling magazines could get him a $15,000 U.S. savings bond to start his own company in Great Falls — she wrote the door-to-door salesman a check for a subscription to National Geographic and a couple of publications she figured her family would be interested in.

“He seemed like a really nice guy,” Dykstra said. “He had a big old story, he was a super intelligent guy. He went to college and was in the Army ... all kinds of stuff about an ex-wife.

“He gave me a lot of information about himself.”

But afterward, she came to the conclusion that something just didn’t seem right.

“It was just a few minutes afterward, and I was looking at the information on the receipt,” she said.

It is an order form, just like many others, but it has a few questionable areas.

For starters, there’s the “bonus” coupon book listed as “ICS benefits.” That costs $19.95, but the amount paid is pre-printed at $10 — with an additional $5 for processing and handling. That means the person ordering from the company would not be able to pay the full amount up front, owing $9.95 to the company, Independent Contractor’s Services, at a P.O. Box in Delray Beach, Fla.

While the magazines can be paid for in full, each one has the option to pay less. Dykstra paid for a little less than half up front, which means she would have to send the rest — $49.95 — to the company within two to 10 days.

If it wasn’t mailed in that time period, it could not be guaranteed that her order would be “promptly serviced.” In other words, she could expect to wait longer.

How long is that prompt service the company claims? Anywhere from 90 to 120 days.

What’s the total cost she would have had to pay for National Geographic alone? $45.

The cost for National Geographic through the magazine’s official online order form? $15.

When Dykstra searched the Internet to find out more about ICS, she found the Better Business Bureau’s rating to be a big, fat “F.”

“I probably wouldn’t do business with them,” said Coleen Smith, a director of accredited business programs for the Better Business Bureau. “I can’t say it’s a scam, but an F is concerning.”

That rating is based on 17 different standards, but the main reasons for such a low score would be a high volume of complaints (ICS has had 14 with the BBB) or not answering the complaints.

From the comments online, including those at scaminformer.com, ICS has had problems with both.

Add in the man’s scratchy handwriting, the way he wrote in large letters “Mail w/ Balance” over a fine-print statement saying “We reserve the right to substitute in the event publication ceases or becomes unavailable,” and his indecipherable signature (it looks to be “Matt”), and warning signs become evident.

One day after she was visited, Dykstra rushed to the bank to cancel the check and called the phone number on the receipt (a cancellation form was on the back of the order and had to be returned within three days).

The phone number reaches an answering service asking customers to email them, or for “personnel only” to call another line. When that line was called Monday, the woman who answered didn’t know anything about a grant, just that the company is independent of the people going door-to-door, which is managed by different groups.

“We have not heard anything of this company in this area,” Smith said. “If it happened over the weekend, we might start seeing it over the next couple of days.”

With a quick search, she found that the company also offers credit cards and does “worldwide banking transactions.”

The BBB always encourages caution when dealing with door-to-door solicitors. Though there are still some questionable business practices or downright scams — “the fees can end up costing you from $400 to $800 per year,” Smith said — that can come knocking, most have turned away from the practice since it’s so expensive. Plus, people have grown weary of door-to-door salesmen.

“We’re seeing more in phone sales,” she said.

Jim Molloy, chief of consumer protection with the Montana Attorney General’s office, said that with all door-to-door salespeople, there is a required cancellation form that would allow the consumer to receive a refund, but it must be filed within three days.

“If they didn’t give you a three-day cancellation, that’s OK, you can always get out of it,” he said.

As for door-to-door salesmen in general, Molloy said, “just don’t do it.”

“You’re better off not doing business with door-to-doors,” he said.

He also sees a red flag whenever a solicitor’s company is based in Florida.

“That seems to be the base of operations for a lot of poor businesses,” he said.

Jeff Windmueller: 447-4005 or jeff.windmueller@helenair.com
By JEFF WINDMUELLER Independent Record
helenair.com
http://helenair.com
Helena, Montana
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Juneau, Alaska
AST, JPD warn of possible door-to-door scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Success Express Sales
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company Clearinghouse:
Pacific Coast Clearing Services, Inc.
BBB: Pacific Coast Clearing Services, Inc.
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Pacific Coast Clearing Services Inc
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (253) 851-8414
Fax: (253) 851-8415
5775 Soundview Dr Ste 103C,
Gig Harbor, WA 98335-2222
http://www.pccsonline.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 09/30/1993
Business started: 08/01/1993
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: August 1993, WA
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Mr Ken Fryk (COO/CFO)
Complaint Contact: Ms Mary Millard
Director of Operations)
Mr William R Gillespie
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazine Sales, Magazines Sold
Door-to-Door, Magazines - Dealers
Products & Services
This company offers processing of magazine subscriptions.
Alternate Business Names
Dream Team Subscriptions LLC, La Familia Sales Inc, Patriot Sales Inc,
Platinum Allstar Sales Inc, Success Express Sales Inc, Top Sales
end DMPG Info
August 29, 2011
AST, JPD warn of possible door-to-door scam
Posted: August 29, 2011 - 8:24pm
By Klas Stolpe
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Magazine sales people making neighborhoods nervous

The Alaska State Troopers and the Juneau Police Department are warning Juneau residents to be wary about a possible scam involving door-to-door magazine sales.

Troopers received reports of an individual acting suspiciously while doing door-to-door sales. The individual was noted to be demonstrating very questionable sales tactics and asking some very inappropriate questions.

“A home owner said she was asked some really inappropriate questions that made her nervous,” Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Matt Dobson said. “Questions about when she worked, when she would be home and if she had any pets.”

Dobson said he contacted the salesman in the Ka-See-An Drive area. The salesman stated he was from Success Express Sales, Inc. He was clean cut and dressed casually but a background check revealed he had a very extensive criminal history of theft and drugs in the Lower 48.

The salesman denied his criminal history until Dobson pointed out the extent of the background investigation.

“It doesn’t mean he isn’t rehabilitated,” Dobson said. “And this is the only work he can find, but it did make this more interesting.”

Another homeowner approached Dobson on scene and expressed the same nervousness about the questions and said the seller became more verbally aggressive when she stated she was not interested in any purchases.

Success Express Sales is based out of Gig Harbor, Wash. and also operates under the name Pacific Coast Clearing Services, Inc., according to the Better Business Bureau. The bureau rates the company an ‘F,’ and does not accredit it. The bureau also stated that the salesmen sometimes use high-pressure and aggressive sales tactics, or say they are raising money for charities, or to get their life back on track.

The BBB suggests if members of the public receive a knock on their door concerning sales, they should check out the company with the bureau first before buying any magazines.

The BBB states the law requires any door-to-door sales include a three-day cooling off period in which a purchaser can change his or her mind. Salesmen should be providing a company cancelation form with the sales contract, which the customer can fill out within three days. If a refund is not credited within 10 days, a complaint should be filed with the BBB, local law enforcement and the Alaska attorney general.

JPD is advising residents to proceed with caution.

“Don’t let them into your home,” JPD Sgt. Chris Burke emphasized. “Ask for company credentials and identification of the sales person. Make a note of any vehicle descriptions including license plates. And as always use common sense in dealing with door-to-door salespersons. If you feel uneasy trust your instincts.”

Dobson said the salesman he contacted told him he was one of 15 who are in Juneau. He said he was told the sales team will be working here for a month before heading to Fairbanks. The salesman said they are a self-initiated sales group and that he would win a trip to Europe if he sold the most subscriptions.

That statement was also one mentioned on the BBB website as being false.

“The guy I contacted was polite,” Dobson said. “He kind of had a sales pitch he gave me even. I talked to him a little bit about making sure he was very clear about what he was doing. Obviously he made some people nervous about the questions he asked.”

Calls to Success Express Sales were answered by voice recorder that included a statement applicants must be able to leave their state for more than four months and be over the age of 18.

“My advice would be to proceed with caution,” Dobson said. “Maybe he just has bad personal skill(s), but he did deny some of the criminal history to me before I verified it to him. If someone comes onto your property they should be stating a purpose right away, they should not be asking questions about your employment, when you are home, or if you have attack dogs. That is a red flag.”

The salesman told Dobson he used questions about employment and pets to “break the ice.”

“In one case it made a mom nervous,” Dobson said. “A young guy asking her ‘when she would be home’ and ‘do you have any attack dogs’ is what she felt. Another neighbor stated that when he didn’t want anything to do with it, the salesman became verbally aggressive towards him.”

Dobson also said there was a report of a salesman wanting to come into a house to videotape the owner playing a piano. When that owner said no the salesperson changed the pitch to magazine sales.

Juneau residents should contact the AST at 465-4000, the JPD at 586-0600 or 911 if threatened. The BBB website is bbb.org.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.
By Klas Stolpe
JUNEAU EMPIRE
http://juneauempire.com
Juneau, Alaska
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Kelowna, British Columbia
Salesman admits fraud
August 28, 2011
Salesman admits fraud
Bilks seniors out of more than 100 thousand dollars
Last Updated: Sunday, August 28th, 2011 | 9:20am PDT
Story by: Doug Collins
cfjc tv7
A door-to-door vacuum salesman has admitted bilking Kelowna seniors out of more than 116-thousand dollars over 10 years. Michael Friedel pleaded guilty and apologized in provincial court Friday to his victims, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s. Court heard he victimized 11 Kelowna-area seniors through a series of illegal transactions between 2001 and 2010. Friedel will be sentenced in October.
Story by: Doug Collins
cfjc tv7
http://cfjctv.com
Kamloops, British Columbia
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Randolph, Massachusetts
Fingerprints needed
August 28, 2011
RANDOLPH
Fingerprints needed
Wendy Chow
boston.com
August 28, 2011
Starting this Thursday, Randolph will require fingerprints from people obtaining licenses to conduct certain businesses in town. The Town Council voted late last month in favor of the bylaw, which applies to licensees for such things as selling new or used cars; driving a taxi or limousine; fortune telling; selling alcoholic beverages; and selling door-to-door. All current and future licensees will be required to comply, with a fee of $60 per employee. - Wendy Chow
Wendy Chow
boston.com
http://www.boston.com
Boston, Massachusetts
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Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington Police Warn Of Door-To-Door Magazine Sales Scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
D & T Connection, Inc.
Trade Group: National Field Selling Association
http://nfsa.com
BBB: D & T Connection, Inc.
This Business is not BBB Accredited
D & T Connection, Inc.
Phone: (404) 209-1450
Fax: (404) 209-4062
4580 Jailette Trce, Atlanta, GA 30349-1884
http://www.dntconnection.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 10/31/2002
Business started: 01/01/1996
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: August 2005, GA
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Ms. Tekeba Swift-Carroll (Vice President/Secretary)
Ms. Veronica Capozzoli-Banks (CEO)
Number of Employees
5
Business Category
Sales Promotion Service, Magazine Sales, Magazines - Subscription Agents, Books - New Products & Services
This company offers door-to-door independant contractor sale of books and magazines.
Alternate Business Names
American Community Services, D and T Connection, Inc., D&T Connection, DNT Connection, Legacy II Clearing House

Google Search: D&T Connection
Google Search This Site For: D&T Connection
See: American community Services
Google Search: American Community Services
Google Search This Site For: American Community Services
DNT Connection Website:
http://dntconnection.com
end DMPG Info
August 26, 2011
Lexington Police Warn Of Door-To-Door Magazine Sales Scam
LEX 18
lex18.com
Posted: Aug 26, 2011 10:07 AM
Updated: Aug 26, 2011 12:43 PM

Lexington Police are warning residents to be aware of a scam involving individuals posing as magazine salespeople.

Police say they have received multiple report in the past few days from people who say they were solicited, and in some cases harassed, by salespeople claiming to work for "D&T Connection Incorporated" and "DNT Connection Incorporated". In each case, the salesperson told the person they were selling magazine subscriptions for "charity". However, the salespeople have no peddler's permit, legitimate identification or documentation supporting these claims.

Residents are asked to contact police immediately if they are approached by an individual representing themselves as a "D&T Connection Incorporated" or "DNT Connection Incorporated" salesperson.

In addition, anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to contact the police. Residents can submit tips by calling The Lexington Division of Police at (859) 258-3600 or Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020, or text "tips2020" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). You can also visit the Bluegrass Crime Stoppers website at www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.
LEX 18
lex18.com
http://www.lex18.com
Lexington, Kentucky
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New Durham, New Hampshire
Pair arrested in suspicious door to door sales in New Durham
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
MTSCirculation
BBB: MTSCirculation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB accredited
MTSCirculation
Phone: (805) 816-7075
PO Box 82430, Phoenix , AZ 85071
http://www.mtscirc.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: January 31, 2011
Business Management
Mr. Glen Curren, Manager
Business Category
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
--------------------------------------------
Interestingly MTS Circulation shares the same
exact address as another magazine sales company:
Prestige Sales LLC
Prestige Sales also has an F rating with the BBB.
BBB: Prestige Sales LLC
MTS CIRCULATION, LLC - Ariz. Corp. Comm. -- Corporations Division, Arizona Secretary of State.
According to the Arizona Secretary of State documents MTS Circulation is registered to Mark Shumate.
See: Great Lakes Circulation, aka: Face to Face Technologies, aka: American cash Awards.
See: Miami Dream Team, aka: Face to Face Technologies, Owner: Mark Shumate.
BBB: Miami Dream Team aka: Face to Face Technologies
Consumer Complaints MTS Circulation LLC
end DMPG Info
August 26, 2011
Pair arrested in suspicious door to door sales in New Durham
By DANIELLE CURTIS
dcurtis[@]fosters.com
Friday, August 26, 2011
Foster's Daily Democrat
NEW DURHAM -- Two individuals matching the descriptions of individuals reported to be selling magazines door to door in Rochester were arrested in New Durham Monday night, according to Police Chief Shawn Bernier.

Bernier said the department received several complaints on Monday from residents in the area of Merrymeeting Lake and Brackett Road about solicitors going door to door selling magazine subscriptions.

Similar reports of individuals selling suspicious magazine subscriptions were received from several residents in the area of Washington Street in Rochester Monday night, said Rochester police Capt. Paul Callaghan.

In New Durham, after responding to Brackett Road Monday evening, police arrested Alexander Kelley, 20, of Salisbury, Mass. and Iris Burns, 20, of Los Angelos, Calif. for violating town ordinances by soliciting without the proper permits.

Bernier said there were several other people with Kelley and Burns, but that they were the only ones actually selling magazines at the time of their arrests.

Bernier said the individuals identified themselves as employees of MTS Circulations, LLC and claimed that they were based in Scarborough, Maine. After looking into the company, Bernier said, police discovered it is actually based out of Phoenix, Ariz.

The individuals reported in Rochester for selling magazines door to door without the proper permits also identified themselves to residents as employees of MTS Circulations, LLC.

According to Rochester Police Capt. Paul Callaghan, several city residents wrote checks to the individuals for magazine subscriptions, but after researching the company online and seeing numerous complaints about the company, asked for their money back. The solicitors were still in the area, Callaghan said, and the residents were able to get their money back.

The Internet is full of complaints about the company, which does not list a phone number on its website.

In New Durham, Bernier said, one resident wrote a check to the magazine subscription company, but later canceled it.

Bernier said Kelley and Burns were given a summons to appear in court in late September and that the charge of violating town ordinances is punishable by up to $200 in fines.

Callaghan said Thursday that there have been no arrests in Rochester related to the reports of the solicitors, but said that since Tuesday the department has received 15 more complaints about the door to door salesmen.

Both Callaghan and Bernier said they are currently unsure if Kelley and Burns are the same individuals who were reported selling magazines in Rochester.

The salesmen reported to police in Rochester are described as a black male with medium build, a white male with blond hair and athletic build, and a white female with blond, medium-length hair and medium build. All of the individuals were believed to be in their early- to mid-20s, Callaghan said.

The individuals are believed to be traveling in a green Ford Escape with Massachusetts license plates and a gray SUV, also with Massachusetts plates.

Callaghan said city police are continuing to investigate the suspicious sales and the magazine subscription company.

In New Durham, police are also continuing to investigate the company that Kelley and Burns claimed to be working for, Bernier said, with officers currently talking with Arizona police departments in hopes of determining if MTS Circulations, LLC is a legitimate company.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rochester police department at 330-7127 or the Rochester Crime Line at 335-6500. Tips can also be texted to CRIMES (274637) with TEXT4CASH and the tip in the body of the message.
By DANIELLE CURTIS
dcurtis@fosters.com
Foster's Daily Democrat
http://www.fosters.com
Dover, New Hampshire
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Sacramento, California
Association warns of fraud ring soliciting for donations
August 25, 2011
Association warns of fraud ring soliciting for donations
Posted by Cathy Locke
The Sacramento Bee
August 25, 2011
The California Education Technology Professionals Association is warning residents about a fraud ring operating in Northern California that is using young people to go door to door asking for money to support the organization's Student Bridge to the Future Scholarship.

The association does not solicit individuals for donations to support the scholarship, according to a news release. The organization has received calls regarding the fraudulent solicitations from El Cerrito, San Ramon and Oakland.

In some cases, young people have been reported canvassing neighborhoods, allegedly selling magazine subscriptions. In other cases, they have offered services such as lawn care or house work in effort to obtain money.

The association urges residents who receive such solicitations to call police, stressing that local authorities must catch the individuals while they are in the neighborhood.

The California Education Technology Professionals Association is a 50-year-old organization with headquarters in Sacramento that aims to promote the integration of instructional and administrative technology in school agencies.
Posted by Cathy Locke
The Sacramento Bee
http://blogs.sacbee.com
Sacramento, California
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Middletown, New Jersey
Teenage Fugitive Caught, Extradited
August 24, 2011
Teenage Fugitive Caught, Extradited
MiddletownPatch
middletown-nj.patch.com
The following information was obtained directly from Middletown Township
Police Department records. It does not indicate a conviction.
August 24, 2011
A teenage fugitive from Delaware was nabbed, jailed and extradited after she was allegedly caught by Middletown police selling magazine subscriptions illegally.

On Aug. 23 at 2:40 p.m., Patrolman Brady Carr responded to the area of Priscilla Drive in reference to a report of a suspicious female going door-to-door soliciting magazine subscriptions.

Upon arrival, the officer located the female who provided the officer with a fake name. Officer Carr conducted an investigation and was able to identify her as Fina Toia, 19, of Cabrillo Drive, Fairfield.

Officer Brady confirmed that Toia did not have a permit to solicit and conducted a warrant check. The checkrevealed that there was an outstanding fugitive warrant out of Delaware issued for Toia’s arrest.

She was taken into custody and was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with hindering apprehension, soliciting without a permit and being a fugitive from justice.

Toja was processed and was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold, where she was awaiting extradition to Delaware.
KSWO-TV
http://middletown-nj.patch.com
Middletown, New Jersey
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Rochester, New Hampshire
Rochester police seeking suspicious trio selling magazines door-to-door
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
MTSCirculation
BBB: MTSCirculation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB accredited
MTSCirculation
Phone: (805) 816-7075
PO Box 82430, Phoenix , AZ 85071
http://www.mtscirc.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: January 31, 2011
Business Management
Mr. Glen Curren, Manager
Business Category
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
--------------------------------------------
Interestingly MTS Circulation shares the same
exact address as another magazine sales company:
Prestige Sales LLC
Prestige Sales also has an F rating with the BBB.
BBB: Prestige Sales LLC
MTS CIRCULATION, LLC - Ariz. Corp. Comm. -- Corporations Division, Arizona Secretary of State.
According to the Arizona Secretary of State documents MTS Circulation is registered to Mark Shumate.
See: Great Lakes Circulation, aka: Face to Face Technologies, aka: American cash Awards.
See: Miami Dream Team, aka: Face to Face Technologies, Owner: Mark Shumate.
BBB: Miami Dream Team aka: Face to Face Technologies
Consumer Complaints MTS Circulation LLC
end DMPG Info
August 24, 2011
Rochester police seeking suspicious trio selling magazines door-to-door
By DANIELLE CURTIS
dcurtis@fosters.com
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Foster's Daily Democrat

ROCHESTER— Police are on the lookout for three individuals after receiving several complaints from residents regarding suspicious people going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions. According to Capt. Paul Callaghan, the department received one complaint Saturday and then five more Monday night, most of which were all from the same area, near Washington Street.

Callaghan said the individuals were described as a black male with medium build, a white male with blond hair and athletic build, and a white female with blond, medium-length hair and medium build. All of the individuals were believed to be in their early- to mid-20s, Callaghan said.

The individuals are believed to be traveling in a green Ford Escape with Massachusetts license plates and a gray SUV, also with Massachusetts plates. The individuals have identified themselves as representatives of MTS Circulations, LLC, a nationwide company that sells magazines and books door to door, according to its website.

Callaghan said that several people wrote checks to the individuals for magazine subscriptions but that after researching the company online and seeing numerous complaints about the company, asked for their money back. The individuals were still in the area, Callaghan said, and the residents were able to get their money back.

The Internet is full of complaints about the company, which does not list a phone number on its website.

Because there has been no money exchanged in Rochester, however, Callaghan said this is not an investigation into fraud, but into suspicious sales.

Callaghan also said the police are looking for the individuals since they believe they do not have the proper peddlers permit required for door to door sales in the city.

Even if there is no fraud involved in this situation, Callaghan said, the individuals could be charged with violating city ordinances if they don't have the proper licenses.

The situation is still being investigated and police are actively trying to track the individuals down, Callaghan said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 330-7127 or the Rochester Crime Line at 335-6500. Tips can also be texted to CRIMES (274637) with TEXT4CASH and the tip in the body of the message.
By DANIELLE CURTIS
dcurtis@fosters.com
Foster's Daily Democrat
http://www.fosters.com
Dover, New Hampshire
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Clay, New York
Salt Lake City man accused of sex abuse while going door-to-door in Clay
August 24, 2011
Salt Lake City man accused of sex abuse while going door-to-door in Clay
Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 3:38 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 3:50 PM
By Douglass Dowty / The Post-Standard
syracuse.com
Ashlond Reeder

Clay, NY -- A Utah man selling care packages for U.S. troops overseas has been charged with sexually abusing a teenager under the age of 15 while going door-to-door in Clay.

Ashlond Reeder, 22, of 266 E. Herbert Ave., Salt Lake City, was charged with a felony criminal sex act, as well as misdemeanor sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, at his arrest last week, said Onondaga County Sheriff's Sgt. John D'Eredita.

On Aug. 16, Reeder was selling the care packages in the neighborhood when he is charged with having sexual contact with a teen he met going door to door, D'Eredita said.

Reeder was sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center jail with bail set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

No other incidents have been reported. However, anyone with information can reach the sheriff's Abused Persons Unit at 435-3092.
By Douglass Dowty / The Post-Standard
syracuse.com
http://www.syracuse.com
Syracuse, New York
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Fletcher, Oklahoma
Fletcher Police warn residents of shady door-to-door salesmen
August 23, 2011
Fletcher Police warn residents of shady door-to-door salesmen
Posted: Aug 23, 2011 5:54 PM CDT
KSWO-TV
FLETCHER, Okla. – Door-to-door salesmen are making the rounds in Fletcher, and some of them have criminal records. Police say in the past three weeks they have arrested two salesmen who had been previously arrested for theft.

Fletcher Police say that should send a strong signal to residents to think twice before allowing a stranger into their homes, even if they appear to be there on legitimate business.

Fletcher Police Chief Jon L. Shepard says he has found people who have been convicted of crimes ranging from theft to sexual assaults. He said Fletcher requires all door-to-door salesmen to get a permit, which involves a background check. So if they do not have one that should be a red flag. But 7News found out the idea of checking for a permit usually does not cross people's minds.

"I didn't really think about it that often until you brought it to my attention," said resident, Amanda Whitten.

"Sometimes I might, depending on how they look. Sometimes people present themselves just a little bit different. And, I really just listen to what they have to say. I tend to give everybody a chance," said resident, Josh Herring.

Shepard says the person knocking on your door could be anyone with or without a criminal past.

"I've found sex offenders who have not been registered. I have made arrests on warrants for people who are going door-to-door," said Shepard.

Shepard says anyone who sells goods door-to-door in Fletcher must have documentation.

"We require a permit for vendors going door-to-door. This allows us to know who is in town and we do a background check on each one of the people that is involved in the selling," said Shepard.

Shepard says it is the people who do not have permits that are problem. He says in his line of work he has to be cautious about situations like this, but so should the rest of us.

"The minute you open your door you're putting yourself at risk. You've got to judge who you think is at your door," said Shepard.

These residents agree and say they start thinking twice about it

"Do they know the person? Have they seen them around? Has anyone talked about them? You know, maybe get their name and see if anyone has been conversing about them," said Whitten.

"Look through your window. If you have a peep hole look through your peep hole and know who you are opening it too," said Herring.

Shepard says that if a salesperson comes to your door, ask to see a permit. He says if they do not have one, chances are, there is a problem.

These types of problems with criminals selling door-to-door are not just in Fletcher. Authorities in Elgin say they have the same problem as well.
KSWO-TV
http://www.kswo.com
Lawton, Oklahoma
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Downers Grove, Illinois
Man arrested for selling magazine subscriptions
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Absolute Marketing aka: United Family Circulation
BBB: United Family Circulation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Family Circulation
Phone: (770) 831-7733
Fax: (770) 831-7040
303 W Shadburn Ave Ste 100, Buford, GA 30518-2692
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 07/08/1999
Business started: 06/08/1999
Licensing
This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business.
BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
These agencies may include:
Department of Banking & Financing
2990 Brandywine Rd Ste 200
Atlanta, GA30341-5529
(770) 986-1633
http://www.gadbf.org
Contact Information
Primary Contact:
Mr. James Clair (President)
Mr. Rick Clair
Ms. Julie Clair
Ms. Jennifer I. Clair (Secretary)
Mr. Nicholas Angel (CEO, CFO, SEC)
Mr. Rick W. Clair
Number of Employees
2
Business Category
Magazine Sales, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door, Employment Agencies, Magazines - Subscription Agents, Mortgage Brokers
Alternate Business Names
Absolute Marketing, ALP, LLC, Coast to Coast Sales, Inc, CQ Diversified Products, Empire Sales, Inc., Heritage Marketing, Majestic Sales LLC, Marquis Fulfillment Agency LL, Nationwide Subscriptions, Inc., Tuscan Readers Services, Inc., U S Circulation Corp, Ultimate Power Sales, Inc., United Family Publication, Xcaliber Marketing, Inc.
end DMPG Info
August 22, 2011
Man arrested for selling magazine subscriptions
By Staff reports
Downers Grove Reporter
MySuburbanLife.com
Posted Aug 22, 2011 @ 02:44 PM
Downers Grove, IL —
A man living on the 4600 block of Sterling Road called police after a man — later identified as Chad Slavin, 20, of 221 Canyon Vista Lane, Georgetown, Texas — came knocking on his door, police said. The Downers Grove resident said Slavin attempted to sell him magazine subscriptions, according to police. When police found Slavin, they learned that he had knocked on several doors but had not made any sales. He told police he worked for a company called Absolute Marketing, police said. When police discovered that Slavin did not have a permit to sell magazines, he was handcuffed, placed under arrest, searched and taken to the Downers Grove Police Department.
By Staff reports
Downers Grove Reporter
MySuburbanLife.com
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com
Downers Grove, Illinois
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Scammers preying on Fort Collins
August 21, 2011
Scammers preying on Fort Collins
1:01 AM, Aug. 21, 2011
The Coloradoan
Scammers posing as Craigslist buyers or as neighborhood residents soliciting door-to-door donations are among the latest apparently trying to prey on Fort Collins residents.

A senior citizen canceled her bank account last week after finding that $84 she'd given a "sweet-faced kid" wasn't purchasing books and magazines for hospitalized children. The young man, who knew details of the neighborhood and claimed to be a neighbor's grandson, was unknown to nearby residents.

Sgt. Don Whitson, with the Fort Collins police department financial crimes unit, is familiar with this type of scam. He almost fell for one a few years ago when a young man appeared at his door claiming to be a disabled neighbor needing money for baseball camp.

"A lot of people feel really silly when the fall for it, but you've got to keep in mind these guys are very well-trained and rehearsed, and they're making a lot of money doing it," he said.

He said at the time, he was "more vulnerable," and "fairly new" in dealing with financial crimes. He and the man had sat at his kitchen table, and as Whitson was preparing to write a check for about $75, he saw a magazine sales brochure on the man.

Whitson said often the scammers will be working for a legitimate sales company, but they quickly learn they can make more money with lies.

The senior citizen, who asked not to be identified because of safety concerns, said she and others are putting up signs banning solicitors. But she decided not to report the incident for fear of reprisal.

"The actual incidents where they've retaliated are extremely low," Whitson said, adding that the door-to-door crimes generally are misdemeanors. "Intimidating a witness is a felony, a very serious felony.

"We always encourage people to report. Sometimes it seems like an $84 fraud, but it just may be the tip of a very well-organized scam."

Other scams recently have involved people posing as contractors seeking to work on peoples' roofs. A variety of fraud crimes occur online, making it more difficult to catch the perpetrators because of the anonymity and jurisdictional issues.

Bruce Shibles was trying to sell a piano when someone responded to his Craigslist ad offering to pay $1,200 for it. He was sent fake Paypal payment confirmation emails showing he was credited $1,700, and the person told him to wire $500 to a purported shipping agent.

"I interpreted the first email to say he was local and wanted it for his son," he said.

Shibles was suspicious of the wire-transfer request. He contacted Paypal and determined it was a scam before sending any money. Someone tried a similar scam against him for the same piano before he finally found a buyer.

Whitson said these sorts of scams are quite common, and the Northern Colorado Financial Crimes Task Force formed earlier this year is a "force multiplier" that has helped all agencies involved more efficient with their investigations.

Fort Collins Police has three detectives, a full-time civilian fraud investigation coordinator and a part-time assistant. Finances from a tax increase that was voter-approved last fall is adding another detective in the next year, he said.

Regarding the brush with a scammer at his kitchen table two years ago, Whitson said the man tried to run while he was calling dispatch. Whitson caught him while he was still in the house, and there was "quite a knock down drag out," leaving a few lamps busted, and the man was apprehended.

He said the man was about 18, had no criminal history and likely was put on probation.

Whitson said young people often get involved with the magazine sales companies after being told of exotic vacations if they make enough sales, and there's an allure to traveling for weeks with similar-aged people.

"They don't know they're getting involved in a scam until they're out on the road," he said.

A statewide fraud and identity theft hotline, (855) 443-3489, went online earlier this year through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. CBI spokes-man Lance Clem said the line is useful for helping to get crime victims' lives back on track.
The Coloradoan
http://www.coloradoan.com
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Crawford, Franklin and Gasconade Counties, Missouri
Door-to-door children's book salesman raising suspicions
August 19, 2011
Door-to-door children's book salesman raising suspicions
KMOV-TV
KMOV.com
Posted on August 19, 2011 at 3:10 PM
Updated yesterday at 5:39 PM
KMOV.com) -- A man in Crawford, Franklin and Gasconade counties, claiming to be a children's book salesman, is raising some eyebrows after he reportedly knocked on doors and asked residents if children lived in the home.

On Thursday morning, the Crawford County Sheriff's Department received numerous reports about a "highly suspicious" person in the Bourbon and Cuba, Missouri areas who was knocking on resident's doors and inquiring if they had children in the household.

According to reports, the subject had a thick foreign accent and made notes in a notebook and on map before he left. Sheriff Martin Randy quickly mobilized law enforcement personnel to track down the suspicious person.

Deputies and police officers blanketed the area and one officer spotted the man backing out of a driveway along Highway PP. After stopping the subject and interviewing him, officers determined that he was a foreign exchange student from Estonia who was out selling magazine subscriptions.

Sheriff Martin said, "We always assume worst case scenarios when dealing in potential child threat incidents." The subject was released after discovering and verifying that he was staying with a family in the Bourbon, Missouri area and was selling children's books as part of a church program.

"This turned out to be a false alarm, but it was a great sense of relief that none of our children were in danger," Martin said.

On Friday, residents in Franklin County reported a similar incident. The Franklin County Sheriff's Department received a call from a resident who reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. The resident also explained that the person in the vehicle was going door-to-door asking about children in area households and was accompanied by a female.

The caller described the vehicle as a gray, 4-door Chevrolet Cavalier. The caller provided a license plate number, however, the number was reportedly not on file.

Authorities, at this time, cannot say with 100 percent certainty that the two incidents are related. Investigators determined that the individual selling books in Crawford County worked for a corporation out of Nashville, Tennessee. The subject in Franklin County listed that corporation as his address when he rented the Chevrolet Cavalier in St. Louis. Authorities said it appears that the subject in Franklin County is working for a legitimate company.

Officials issued this statement Friday afternoon:

"Consumers should always be cautious when dealing with companies out of state or one that they are not familiar with. We appreciate the call from the concerned citizens and encourage other to do the same when they observe suspicious activity."
KMOV-TV
KMOV.com
http://www.kmov.com
St. Louis, Missouri
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Ottumwa, Iowa
Arrest made in solicitation scam
August 19, 2011
Arrest made in solicitation scam
by KTVO Newsdesk
KTVO-TV
Posted: 08.19.2011 at 1:39 PM
OTTUMWA, IOWA -- Breanna E. Goemaat, 20, of Ottumwa was arrested Thursday evening following several complaints of a female going door-to-door soliciting donations for a softball team or league.

Goemaat was charged with three counts of Forgery, three counts of Theft in the Fifth Degree and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

She is accused of obtaining checks as donations, altering and cashing them and then keeping the money for herself.

The Ottumwa Police Department believes there may be other victims who gave checks to Goemaat.

Anyone who may have been a victim of the scam is asked to call the Ottumwa Police Department at (641)683-0661.
by KTVO Newsdesk
KTVO-TV
http://www.heartlandconnection.com
Ottumwa, Iowa
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Soap Crew Worker Discovers Horrors of Traveling Sales Crew Devil
August 18, 2011
Soap Crew Worker Discovers Horrors of Traveling Sales Crew Devil
Amway Global Cult Interfention
quixtarisacult
Thursday, August 18, 2011

I recently noticed a comment made on one of my several articles on the horrors of the traveling sales crews
Amway Cult Youth Initiate's Deaths Possibly Related to Sleep Deprivation.

msawyer wrote:
"I came from a soap crew and I was abused by most of the staff and the owners too. Its really hard to find some place to go when you give your life to these people. I had no clue that for the first year I would be stuck selling this junk. They treated me good at first. and then when my mom ended up in the hospital that's when I saw there true colors. They would extort me and threaten me. you guys that don't have a clue what this is about are foolish and blinded. these companies trap,brain wash and threaten. They take your pay that you earned so you cant go any where. Then you feel lost and homeless , so you end up going back to them so you have some place to go. Its Sad and I will help to get all door to door sales companies to be gone, they are the devils."

It has been some time since I have visited the Horrors of the Traveling Sales Crew issue or wrote any blog posts concerning Malinda's Law. The beautiful summer weather brings with it the likelihood that you will be receiving that unexpected knock at the door from a wondering "soap crew" salesperson of one type or another. Just as in msawyer's comment above, those victimized many times do not understand what type of "devil" they are signing up with. At first, all seems to be bright adventure and travel, and then degenerates into what Phil Ellenbecker has documented as a potentially horrifying experience which exploits youthful exuberance and has the potential to end badly.

"Persons seeking "financial freedom" in the Amway Cult also arrive all bright eyed and exuberant, pursuing their dream, only to discover the devil that preys on its own as well"... quixtarisacult

Please visit the Traveling Sales Crews Information Web Site.
Amway Global Cult Interfention
quixtarisacult
http://amwayglobalcultintervention.blogspot.com
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Memorial hospital warns of possible scam
August 18, 2011
Memorial hospital warns of possible scam
August 18, 2011 2:28 PM
RYAN MAYE HANDY
THE GAZETTE
A young woman who claims to be selling books to raise money for Memorial Hospital for Children is a scam artist, according to Memorial Hospital. The hospital received two calls in the past week from Colorado Springs residents wanting to check up on a young woman who had been going door to door selling books in the area of Rockrimmon Boulevard and Delmonico Drive. No such fund-raising campaign is under way by Memorial or its fund-raising foundation, said hospital spokesman Brian Newsome. One caller mentioned that the young woman at first wanted to collect money for a trip to Australia, and then changed her request to money for the children's hospital, according to Newsome. Anyone who believes they are a victim of the scam should call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000.
RYAN MAYE HANDY
THE GAZETTE
http://www.gazette.com
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Lorain, Ohio
Solicitors present problems for Lorain woman
August 18, 2011
Solicitors present problems for Lorain woman
By ALLISON STROUSE
astrouse@MorningJournal.com
The Morning Journal
Published: Thursday, August 18, 2011
LORAIN — A Lorain resident who had been having issues with solicitors needed a burglary to get some answers about police response and solicitor permits.

Beth Jarvis noticed sales people showing up in her neighborhood without any identification and wanting some of her time.

One man claiming to be from MX Energy was in full uniform, but lacked identification, she said.

Another time, a “guy was covered in tattoo’s with crazy wild hair,” Jarvis said.

He was selling magazines in order to win some sort of trip she explained.

He made her and a few of her neighbors nervous, but when she reached out to the police department, she found that help was a bit farther away than she expected.

She and a neighbor individually called the police department on July 11 to see if an officer would come out since tattooed solicitor made both women uneasy. The women didn’t think the dispatcher responded properly to their request for an officer. Jarvis wrote in the email to the mayor and police chief. “She (her neighbor) also could not believe how mean the dispatcher was.

“I was verbally assaulted by the solicitor for just saying I was not interested,” she wrote in the email. “At that time I called the Mayor’s office and was told there were NO permits for any solicitors.”

Jarvis said when the tattooed man came to her door, the police dispatcher told her to put up a no soliciting sign.

“Why are we getting the run around about sending an officer out?” she asked. “If I call the police department someone better come to my house.”

As Jarvis was on the phone with police, the man approached her neighbor, asked to use her bathroom and then for some Tylenol.

“He knew her name and had a receipt filled out for her,” Jarvis said.

After spending a large amount of time trying to convince to the dispatcher to send an officer out, police finally came and found the man. He was informed that he was not allowed to sell without a permit.

After that she began emailing the police chief and the mayor for answers about solicitors and why it was difficult to get an officer to come to her home.

After about four emails to the mayor and police chief about the problem she had with the police department and the dispatcher, her questions remained unanswered.

The question about what it takes to get an officer to her house was answered recently when her home was burglarized while she was away for three hours.The thief’s took three guns and a guitar totaling, with the total value being $1,250.

While she doesn’t think her home being broken into has anything to do with the solicitors, she is finally getting answers to her questions.

Police Capt. Steve Schmittle paid her a visit to address her questions and told her the department would be looking into the solicitors permit problem that she had been asking about.

She was also informed the way police calls are handled would be changed in that dispatchers would log all the calls to be passed on to officers.

“This, according to officers who have reviewed these issues, have told me that all calls will be addressed,” she said. “ But if there is a major crime in progress, may not get prompt attention.”

So for Jarvis, the questions and change she was looking were acknowledged.

“We have to get people aware of the state of the city and let the thugs know we are watching,” she said.
By ALLISON STROUSE
astrouse@MorningJournal.com
The Morning Journal
http://morningjournal.com
Northern Ohio
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Omaha, Nebraska
Magazine Sales Scammers Using Non Profit To Lure Customers
August 17, 2011
Magazine Sales Scammers Using Non Profit To Lure Customers
An agency who works hard to prevent child abuse is now having their name abused in a scam circulating in Northwest Omaha neighborhoods.
Reporter: LeAnne Morman
Email Address: sixonline@wowt.com
WOWT
Posted: 3:07 PM Aug 17, 2011
An agency who works hard to prevent child abuse is now having their name abused in a scam circulating in Northwest Omaha neighborhoods. The Child Saving Institute is a non-profit child welfare organization, and a spokesperson says their name has been used to solicit magazine subscriptions. On Monday, August 15th, a young woman was reportedly going door to door in a neighborhood near 156th & Fort streets, selling magazine subscriptions. She was carrying a laminated lanyard and clipboard with multiple signatures. To try and make the sale, she was allegedly claiming part of the proceeds go to the Child Saving Institute as a donation. “I am frustrated by this continued use of our name to solicit funds from unsuspecting residents whose only motivation is to help children and youth. I encourage anyone who is approached to participate in this duplicitous con to call the police,” said President and CEO Peg Harriott. Anyone approached by the individual(s) who are trying to use this scam are asked to call police immediately by dialing either 911, or 402-444-5818.
Reporter: LeAnne Morman
Email Address: sixonline@wowt.com
WOWT
http://www.wowt.com
Omaha, Nebraska
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Two men cited for solicitation violations in book sale operation
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
August 15, 2011
Two men cited for solicitation violations in book sale operation
The Coloradoan
3:30 PM, Aug. 15, 2011
The Fort Collins Coloradoan is the daily Fort Collins newspaper and is the premier source for local news and information. In addition to the daily product, we offer Northern Colorado multi-media news and information including community newspapers web sites, magazines, non-daily publications, digital media, and commercial printing services.

Two Fort Collins men selling ACT preparation books under the guise of being related to the Poudre School District were cited for violating Fort Collins solicitation ordinances this summer.

Graham and James Smith reportedly went door to door pretending to sell school books in association with various schools in Fort Collins, according to emails sent by Lopez Elementary and Bauder Elementary.

Police spokeswoman Rita Davis said the men were cited for violating the provisions of the ordinance by knocking on doors with a no solicitation sign.

Both men were employees of Southwestern Company at the time of their violations.

Graham Smith, 24, was cited on July 29. James Smith, 20, was cited on Aug. 1. Both men's solicitation permits were revoked and Southwestern Company was notified that its solicitation permit could be revoked if the company fails to supervise solicitors.
The Coloradoan
http://www.coloradoan.com
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Greensburg, Indiana
GPD: Use Caution in Door to Door Sales
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC
Trade Group:
National Field Selling Association
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
BBB: Midwest Circulation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429-1348
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
Additional Information
The BBB suggests you read and understand company promotional materials
and contracts and check company references and licensing, where applicable.
BBB file opened: 09/29/2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Licensing
This company is in an industry that may require licensing,
bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business.
BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency
to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Wendy . (Customer Service) Jami .
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
end DMPG Info
August 13, 2011
GPD: Use Caution in Door to Door Sales
Elizabeth Bailey Greensburg Daily News
August 13, 2011
Greensburg — The Greensburg Police Department issued a statement Friday relating to activities of Midwest Circulation LLC, which was reported to them to be selling magazines door to door.

The GPD investigated reports that employees of the company were engaging in illegal activities, the release explains. The investigation determined that the company is headquartered out of Cameron, Mo. and that magazines are given to the company free of charge. Door-to-door salesmen, therefore, are selling magazines and keeping any money received.

In addition to these discoveries, the release continues, it was learned a vehicle used by Midwest Circulation LLC was also being used for the transportation and/or consumption of illegal controlled substances. The City of Greensburg, it was found, had not issued a sales permit for the company.

As a result of the investigation, one employee of Midwest Circulation LLC was arrested and all other sales representatives were asked to leave the Greensburg area and cease all sales, the release states. City Hall has also been notified of the illegal activity, and will not issue any sales permits to the company.

On Monday afternoon, the GPD also received a report that a sales representative had entered a residence and while selling magazines, allegedly stole the homeowner's prescription medication.

The GPD warns the community that the most likely time for both illegitimate and legitimate door-to-door sales is during the summer and encourages area residents to be cautious with anyone who comes to their door. Often, seniors are the main targets of burglaries when they are isolated to one portion of the house or yard. In some cases, the homeowner will be asked to identify the property line for a project or to step into the basement to talk about their water heater while a second person searches the home for valuables, the release explains.

"When someone knocks a your door, don't open it unless you know who they are," the GPD states.

It is encouraged that residents use their peep-hole or window to inquire as to who the person is and what their visit regards. If the person is a sales representative, request to see their permit and identification using a mail slot or the window for viewing. Any legitimate salesperson will have a permit from the City of Greensburg, the release explains.

The GPD also encourages area residents to be cautious in sharing personal information even with legitimate sales people and never give out a social security or bank debit card number. It is also suggested that sales people who do not provide identification and permit information should not have the door opened for them.

Those with questions about the legitimacy of a permit, the release continues, should contact the Greensburg Police Department to verify the information.

"If a resident's intuition tells them that something is not right, they should dial 911 immediately," the GPD states.

The non-emergency line for the Greensburg Police Department is 663-3131.
Elizabeth Bailey Greensburg Daily News
http://greensburgdailynews.com
Greensburg, Indiana
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Atascocita, Texas
Fake Salesman Robs Woman
August 12, 2011
Fake Salesman Robs Woman
By Irika Sargent
click2houston.com
KPRC TV
POSTED: Friday, August 12, 2011
UPDATED: 8:12 am CDT August 12, 2011
ATASCOCITA, Texas -- An Atascocita mother said she became a victim by opening her front door to whom she thought was a vacuum cleaner salesman. The woman, who did not want to be identified, said the crime happened Tuesday morning at her home in the 14000 block of Wadlington Drive. "I just feel like someone came in and invaded our space," she said. "Our home is our castle. We don't feel good about it at all." She said the doorbell rang and she went to the door to find what appeared to be a Kirby vacuum salesman standing there. "I told him I had a Kirby. He told me, 'We're here to give you some other supplies,'" she said. The victim said she willingly let the man in because two weeks earlier, she bought a Kirby vacuum from another man selling them in her neighborhood. "I don't know how it happened or what, but next thing I know I had a gun to me and he was robbing me," she said. The woman said the man took her jewelry, a computer and money, and then ordered her to stay in her bedroom while he ran from her home. "I had two children upstairs. They were sleeping and I definitely didn't want him to go bother my children or do anything to them, so I just cooperated," she said. Deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said criminals often pose as door-to-door solicitors hoping to gain your trust. While the victim may be safe now, she said she's not sure whether it will stay that way since she saw the robber's face and he knows exactly where to find her. "Hopefully he doesn't come back," she said. "That's the main thing. Don't come back because it is that easy." The Sheriff's Office said if you don't know the person at your door, talk to them through the door to let them know you're home, but never open the door.
By Irika Sargent
click2houston.com
KPRC TV
http://www.click2houston.com
Houston, Texas
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Kansas City, Missouri
Problem Solvers: Stranded Men Returning to Florida With Help of Viewers
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Triple Seven, Inc.
aka: Fit for Life Network, Inc
BBB: Triple Seven, Inc.
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Triple Seven, Inc.
(866) 443-9610
PO Box 1058, Kittredge, CO 80457-1058
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 03/11/2010Business started: 11/13/2006
Licensing
Many local municipalities, townships, and counties have registration, bonding and/or licensing requirements. The BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Permit and license requirements for regulated industries in the state of Colorado can be viewed at the following website:
http://www.colorado.gov/oed/industry-license
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: November 2006, CO
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Ms. Marsha Covey
(Manager)Mr. J Norman Covey
Business Category
Magazine Sales by Telephone
end DMPG Info
August 10, 2011
Problem Solvers: Stranded Men Returning to Florida With Help of Viewers
Linda Wagar
WDAF-TV
Fox 4
9:17 p.m. CDT, August 10, 2011

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.— There was an overwhelming response to a story on FOX 4 on Tuesday night. FOX 4 Problem Solvers talked to two young men from Florida who were stranded in Kansas City with no money. The men had been fired by the door-to-door magazine company they were working for.

Now, they have the help they need thanks to Kansas Citians.

"I honestly didn't think this was going to happen," said Shane Cox. "I didn't think we were going to get a bus. I thought we were walking to Florida."

One day made a big difference for these men. Shane Cox and Kenny Lundgren were planning to walk back to Florida. They were dropped off at a bus station with no money for a ride home after being fired.

"They were supposed to give us a bus ticket back home," Cox said. "He was promised one. I was promised one."

The men were two out of 20 young people traveling the country by van selling magazines door-to-door.

"We were soaking," he said. "We were knocking on doors couldn't make a sale for nothing."

After being fired, they slept on the floor of the bus station until four strangers offered to share their apartment for the night. A police officer encouraged them to share their story with FOX 4. Then, we put them in touch with Kar Woo who runs Artists Helping the Homeless. He helped make sure the men had food and a place to spend the night.

Donations started rolling in after FOX 4 aired their story on Tuesday. The response has been tremendous.

Someone even dropped off a $400 check at FOX 4 on Wednesday morning.

"Oh great thank you very much," Kar Woo said.

FOX 4 Problem Solvers contacted the magazine company the men worked for. Norman Covey denied abandoning the men. He said the company had offered to buy bus tickets but the two men turned them down.

Cox and Lundgren said that never happened. Woo says over the years he has seen a multitude of stranded teens in Kansas City behind by door-to-door magazine companies. The worries are over for this pair of former salesmen.

"I just want to say to everybody I really appreciate it," Cox said.

The men will board a bus back to Florida on Wednesday around 10 p.m.
Linda Wagar
WDAF-TV
Fox 4
http://www.fox4kc.com
Kansas City, Missouri
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Pasadena, California
"Fit for Life" Magazine Sales for SA and the Troops are a Fraud!
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Fit for Life Network, Inc
BBB: Fit for Life Network, Inc
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Fit for Life Network, Inc
(866) 443-9610
PO Box 1058, Kittredge, CO 80457-1058
Additional Web Addresses
www.fitfl.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 01/22/2008
Business started: 11/13/2006
Licensing
Many local municipalities, townships, and counties have registration, bonding and/or licensing requirements. The BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Permit and license requirements for regulated industries in the state of Colorado can be viewed at the following website:
http://www.colorado.gov/oed/industry-license
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: November 2006, CO
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Mr. Joseph N. Covey (Owner)
Mr. Jess Covey (Field Manager)
Marsha Covey (Customer Service)
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
Alternate Business Names
Fit for Life
end DMPG Info
August 10, 2011
Warning--Scam!
"Fit for Life" Magazine Sales for SA and the Troops are a Fraud!
08/10/11
Soldiers' Angels
Soldiers' Angels is not involved with anyone selling magazines door-to-door, nor have we been in contact with a door-to-door magazine seller who has said they are donating a percentage of their sales to Soldiers' Angels. Individual companies may plan to donate to Soldiers' Angels, but unless they have made formal arrangements with us to do so, we cannot endorse their fundraising activities.

In general, if a company is working with Soldiers' Angels, information on their project will be found on this site. Just click "Search" on the left side of the page here and enter the name of the company or project to see if they are legit. If you ever have questions about a company, you can ask them for the name of their Soldiers' Angels contact or email angels@soldiersangels.org (sometimes local or small companies will make arrangements that don't appear on the website).

The statement above is posted in response to the following email Soldiers' Angels recently received:

I am writing to you to see if a door-to-door mail scam that promised to donate 1/2 their proceeds to the Soldier's Angels organization is really doing that.

Here's what happened: a young girl said she was going to college and works for the Fit for Life, Inc. She said for $48 a magazine, they would donate $24 to purchasing and sending a magazine to a troop through Soldiers' Angels. She then said the remainder would go to her college tuition and books, etc, directly through the school. She could not verify a 501(c)(3) standing, and when pushed said their costs were covered by a $15.00 processing fee.

We turned her away and said come back with a 501(c)(3) letter...When I did an Internet search, the only relevant item I noted about Fit for Fife, Inc. was that it was listed in door-to-door scams and magazine scams notices.

Thanks for your time,

Laura

Thank you for alerting us to this scam, Laura!

[This was originally posted in August 2009 and bumped up to a current date when we were notified that this scam was continuing. In its current form, some sellers are saying that the magazines are going to the troops and are distributed through Soldiers' Angels. This is not true.]
Soldiers' Angels
http://soldiersangels.org
Pasadena, California
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Lake Forest, Illinois
Blotter: Driving under the influence and soliciting magazines without permit
August 10, 2011
Blotter: Driving under the influence and soliciting magazines without permit
By Sue Ter Maat TribLocal reporter Today at 10:54 a.m.
08/10/11
TribLocal Lake Forest
Send tips to triblocaltips@tribune.com
or call (708) 505-9504
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

A 34-year-old Lake Forest man, of the 300 block of Woodland Road, was charged with driving under the influence after police arrested him at about 1:35 a.m. Aug. 7 at the corner of Greenbay and Onwentsia roads.

A 26-year-old Highland Park woman, of the 300 block of Russet Lane, was charged with driving under the influence, endangering a child and texting while driving at about 9:15 a.m. Aug. 3 in the 1700 block of Telegraph Road.

SOLICITING MAGAZINES WITHOUT PERMIT

A 21-year-old Chicago woman, of the 2000 block of 68th Street, was charged with possession of cannabis and soliciting magazines without a permit at about 4 p.m. Aug. 1 in the 100 block of Atteridge Road. Police said officers found cannabis on the woman after they arrested her for soliciting magazines.
By Sue Ter Maat TribLocal reporter
TribLocal Lake Forest
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Lake Forest, Illinois
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Mesa County, Colorado
SUSPICIOUS DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES
August 9, 2011
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Stan Hilkey
HEATHER S. BENJAMIN
Information & Communication
Manager/PIO
Direct Phone: (970) 244-3929
Cell Phone: (970) 986-0950
Heather.Benjamin@mesacounty.us
August 9, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUSPICIOUS DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES
Public warning: ‘Magazine salesmen’ in area

Mesa County, Colorado— You should be aware that deputies are receiving calls about door-to-door magazine salesmen in our county. This is a routine type of front door sales pitch, but the actions of the current group in our area are leading to this public warning.

Deputies have taken reports that the adult males become confrontational and verbally aggressive when the homeowner(s) express a lack of interest in the purchase of magazine subscriptions. In one case, two males were let in the house by children who left the suspects alone when they went to get their parents.

While the men were left alone for a short time they are suspected of stealing cash. In all other reports, no homeowners allowed the ‘salesman’ inside their home, but deputies were contacted out of concern about the aggressive behavior expressed to the homeowners.

Three simple reminders: If you choose to explore magazine subscription sales, make sure the salesman has proper identification for the company he represents.

Do not allow strangers into your home for any reason.
The safest thing to do if you don’t know the person(s) at your door is don’t answer it/open it.
If you see these salesmen in your neighborhood, please contact non-emergency dispatch at: 970/242-6707, so deputies can attempt to contact them.

215 Rice Street Grand Junction Colorado 81501 http://sheriff.mesacounty.us/
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Stan Hilkey
HEATHER S. BENJAMIN
Information & Communication
Manager/PIO
Direct Phone: (970) 244-3929
Cell Phone: (970) 986-0950
Heather.Benjamin@mesacounty.us
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Kansas City, Missouri
Problem Solvers: Magazine Salesmen Fired; Stranded in Kansas City
August 9, 2011
Problem Solvers: Magazine Salesmen Fired; Stranded in Kansas City
WDAF-TV
Fox 4
9:05 p.m. CDT, August 9, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Two young men who say they were abandoned by their employer in Kansas City now say they are stranded. The two may end up walking to Florida to get home. The pair says they were selling magazines in Kansas City when the company they were working for told them they no longer needed their services.

Kenny Lundgren and Shane Cox were dropped off at the Greyhound Bus Station with no money or ticket home.

"We were soaking wet and knocking on doors couldn't make a sale for nothing," said Shane Cox.

Cox says their manage became upset and told them they were fired.

"They were supposed to give us a bus ticket back home," Cox said. "He was promised one. I was promised one."

Both had no money and slept on the floor at the bus station hoping the magazine company would change its mind and pick them up. On Monday night, strangers let the pair sleep on the floor of their apartment.

"There's nice people out there in the world but its hard to find them," he said. "Lucky us we found four of them."

Now, they're not sure what the future holds. Their goal is to start walking south to make it back to Florida.

Advocate Kar Woo has found them a place to stay for Tuesday night and is working to help the two get home. Two one-way tickets to Orlando cost around $350. If you'd like to help you can contact Woo at Artists Helping the Homeless at 816 668-1007.
WDAF-TV
Fox 4
http://www.fox4kc.com
Kansas City, Missouri
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Grand Junction, Colorado
MC Sheriff's: Be wary of angry door-to-door salesmen
August 9, 2011
MC Sheriff's: Be wary of angry door-to-door salesmen
Staff Report
Grand Junction Free Press
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has received several calls about errant magazine door-to-door salesmen.

Magazine and newspaper subscription solicitations are quite commonplace, but a certain group of angry salesfolks has necessitated a public warning.

Deputies have taken reports that the adult males become confrontational and verbally aggressive when the homeowner(s) express a lack of interest in the purchase of magazine subscriptions.

In one case, two males were let in the house by children who left the suspects alone when they went to get their parents. While the men were left alone for a short time they are suspected of stealing cash. In all other reports, no homeowners allowed the salesman inside their home, but deputies were contacted out of concern about the aggressive behavior expressed to the homeowners.

Three simple reminders: If you choose to explore magazine subscription sales, make sure the salesman has proper identification for the company he represents. Do not allow strangers into your home for any reason. The safest thing to do if you don't know the person(s) at your door is don't answer it/open it.

If you see these salesmen in your neighborhood, contact non-emergency dispatch at 970-242-6707, so deputies can attempt to contact them.
Staff Report
Grand Junction Free Press
http://www.gjfreepress.com
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Waukee, Iowa
Waukee Police arrest 3 door-to-door magazine salespeople
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Presicion Sales
aka: World Wide Circulation Inc.
Waukee Police Department case #: 2011-3020
Waukee Police Department
1300 L. A. Grant Parkway
PO Box 757
Waukee, IA 50263
Main Phone: 515-987-1073 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday)
FAX: 515-987-5064
General Email: waukeepolice@waukee.org

BBB: World Wide Circulation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB accredited
World Wide Circulation, Inc.
Phone: (586) 415-8078
Fax: (586) 415-4874
32008 Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48082
Additional Information
BBB file opened: December 06, 1996
Business started: 01/01/1984
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Ms. Teresa Brisendine, Office Manager
Business Category
WHOLESALERS & DISTRIBUTORS
Alternate Business Names
Pinnacle Sales
end DMPG Info
August 9, 2011
Waukee Police arrest 3 door-to-door magazine salespeople
2:50 PM, Aug 9, 2011 | by Nicole Paseka
The Des Moines Register
Three door-to-door salespeople and their driver were arrested Aug. 3 in Waukee after attempting to sell magazines without a peddler’s permit.

Lt. Greg Breuer of the Waukee Police Department said at least three residents called police to complain about the salespeople, who were from four different states.

Concerns over magazine salespeople have been frequent in Waukee and surrounding communities, Breuer said.

“Some of the magazine salespersons in the past have been somewhat aggressive and pushy, trying to get into the home. We’ve had reports of that in the past. That’s a safety concern,” Breuer said, adding that in some communities, homes have been burglarized.

John Hartman, 28, of Schererville, Ind., was arrested in the 1600 block of Greenbriar Drive and charged with peddling without a permit.

Tonya Swanson, 37, of Signal Mountain, Tenn., was arrested in the 1900 block of Southeast University Avenue and charged with peddling without a permit.

Dale Duhaime, 20, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., was arrested in the 1900 block of Southeast University Avenue and charged with peddling without a permit.

The group’s driver, Jason Furden, 33, of Lawrence, Kan., was arrested and charged with driving while his license was suspended.

The city of Waukee amended its “transient merchant” ordinance last spring with sweet corn vendors in mind.

All peddlers are required by Waukee Municipal Code to obtain a permit from the city. This hasn’t been a problem with sweet corn vendors and fresh produce vendors, said Waukee City Administrator Jeff Kooistra.

“They’ve been really cooperative,” Kooistra said.

That hasn’t been the case with magazine salespeople, Breuer said.

In the month of July, police dealt with three or four groups selling magazines without permits in Waukee.

Breuer reminded residents to use caution, especially when salespeople try to enter a home.

“Try to get a really good description of the persons. Ask them if they have a permit. If not, ask them to leave and call local law enforcement,” Breuer said.

Tags: Waukee, Waukee Police
by Nicole Paseka
The Des Moines Register
http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com
Des Moines, Iowa
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 080911:
WEB USER DOMAIN ALERT !!!

Re: Internet URL's: www.travelingsalescrews.com, www.travelingsalescrews.net, www.travelingsalescrews.org.
The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group has no affiliation whatsoever with these domains! Any and all information posted on the above web domains has absolutely nothing to do with the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group or the travelingsalescrews.info and dedicatedmemorial.org websites.




Atlantic Circulation Inc. Complaints
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

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August 8, 2011
Atlantic Circulation Inc. Complaints
Internet Complaints
incomplaints.com
Monday, 08 August 2011 05:31
Abdus Samad
On April 29, 2011, some girl had knocked on the door to sell some magazines in order to help her get money for school. I thought we would be nice and try and help her out.

We were told that she was a few points shy of getting it and it was boys against girls. She also mentioned that if any boys try to come to the house shoo them away because the girls will beat them.

She was excited because she was going to be getting triple the points if we buy the magazines because the points went based on the occupations that we are in. I figured that wasn't bad, let's give her the last points she needs and there were a few magazines that I needed to get and renew.

Well we let her into our home and she acted like she knew us for years and tried to chum up to us. Even asking if we could adopt her because we seem like some cool people.

She came into the house so I can write out a check for the magazines which came up to $109, which I didn't know how with only ordering 3 magazines. She said she couldn't explain why it was so much.

After she left is when it came to mind that some things did not add up. I figured I would wait to see when the check would be cashed.

May 6, 2011 is when the check was finally cashed. So I figured after a few weeks from then we would receive our magazines. May 30th came around and I received a letter from one of the magazines saying that they did not receive a payment from me in order to receive these magazines. And to please contact the agency with whom you paid.

That day I called them and they stated that the check was just cashed and they would be sending money to the two magazines that I had purchased. And I said that doesn't make sense because I purchased 3 magazines for $109. She put me on hold to speak to a manager.

When she came back on the phone she said OK you are suppose to get the third one free. Which I was confused why 2 magazine subscriptions would cost $109. I asked them when I would start to get the magazines to my house and they said sometime in July.

Well as you can see it is now August 7, 2011 and still no magazines or notifications or phone calls from this company.

I got another letter from the same magazine on July 25th the same thing as the past letter in May. I am quite upset and pissed off with this company. Especially because I contacted them through the phone and still nothing came out of it.

I would like my money back or my magazines delivered. I believe it definitely was a waste of money. I could have used that money for something else, but instead I thought I was helping some college girl in her first year.

I would like to see something done about this because I know I am not the only one out there that had this happen to.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 8/7/2011 8:37:40 PM
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Atlantic Circulation Inc. ACI SCAM!!! York, Pennsylvania
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

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end DMPG Info
August 6, 2011
Atlantic Circulation Inc. ACI SCAM!!! York, Pennsylvania
6th of Aug, 2011 by User718972
scaminformer.com
On April 29, 2011, some girl had knocked on the door to sell some magazines in order to help her get money for school. I thought we would be nice and try and help her out. We were told that she was a few points shy of getting it and it was boys against girls. She also mentioned that if any boys try to come to the house shoo them away because the girls will beat them. She was excited because she was going to be getting triple the points if we buy the magazines becuse the points went based on the occupations that we are in. I figured that wasn't bad, let's give her the last points she needs and there were a few magazines that I needed to get and renew. Well we let her into our home and she acted like she knew us for years and tried to chum up to us. Even asking if we could adopt her because we seem like some cool people. She came into the house so I can write out a check for the magazines which came up to $109, which I didn't know how with only ordering 3 magazines. She said she couldn't explain why it was so much. After she left is when it came to mind that some things did not add up. I figured I would wait to see when the check would be cashed. May 6, 2011 is when the check was finally cashed. So I figured after a few weeks from then we would receive our magazines. May 30th came around and I received a letter from one of the magazines saying that they did not receive a payment from me in order to receive these magazines. And to please contact the agency with whom you paid. That day I called them and they stated that the check was just cashed and they would be sending money to the two magazines that I had purchased. And I said that doesn't make sense because I purchased 3 magazines for $109. She put me on hold to speak to a manager. When she came back on the phone she said ok you are suppose to get the third one free. Which I was confused why 2 magazine subscriptions would cost $109. I asked them when I would start to get the magazines to my house and they said sometime in July. Well as you can see it is now August 7, 2011 and still no magazines or notifications or phone calls from this company. I got another letter from the same magazine on July 25th the same thing as the past letter in May. I am quite upset and pissed off with this company. Especially because I contacted them through the phone and still nothing came out of it. I would like my money back or my magazines delievered. I believe it definitely was a waste of money. I could have used that money for something else, but instead I thought I was helping some college girl in her first year. I would like to see something done about this because I know I am not the only one out there that had this happen to.
User718972
scaminformer.com
http://www.scaminformer.com
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Webster Groves, Missouri
Area Crime Reports
August 5, 2011
Area Crime Reports
August 05, 2011
Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc
Glendale

Police responded to the 800 block of Victoria Place at 3:51 p.m. on July 25 for a report of a man going door-to-door soliciting magazine sales without a proper city permit. They arrested a 23-year-old St. Claire Shores, Mich., man, who was soliciting for Precision Sales, Inc. He was also a fugitive of the Eureka Police Department for the same charge.
Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc
http://www.websterkirkwoodtimes.com
Webster Groves, Missouri
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Macomb, Illinios
Police warn of possible door-to-door scammers
August 4, 2011
Police warn of possible door-to-door scammers
By Mitch Worley
Prestige Radio News Director
Prestige Communications
08/04/11
MACOMB — Police are warning residents to be aware of the growing number of illegal door-to-door peddlers.

Lt. Derek Carle says police have recently issued two citations for peddling without a license after receiving numerous complaints over the past few weeks. Many residents have told police salesmen have been trying to sell them magazines.

Carle says residents can protect themselves from being scammed by first asking to see a salesperson’s peddler license. Anyone making door-to-door sales in Macomb is required to have that license before making their rounds.

The lieutenant encourages residents to use good judgment, however, as students may eventually start selling things for their class or events with school starting up soon.

Carle also recommends not letting salesmen into your home. He says one resident claims to have had medication stolen from them after allowing a salesman into their house to use the bathroom.
By Mitch Worley
Prestige Radio News Director
Prestige Communications
http://prestigenewsblog.com
Macomb, Illinios
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Greenwood, South Carolina
Police: Magazine Salesmen Leave Dog Inside Hot Car
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC
Trade Group:
National Field Selling Association
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
BBB: Midwest Circulation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429-1348
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
Additional Information
The BBB suggests you read and understand company promotional materials
and contracts and check company references and licensing, where applicable.
BBB file opened: 09/29/2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Licensing
This company is in an industry that may require licensing,
bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business.
BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency
to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Wendy . (Customer Service) Jami .
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
end DMPG Info
August 3, 2011
Police: Magazine Salesmen Leave Dog Inside Hot Car
GwdToday.com
Posted on
• Wed, Aug 03, 2011
Local police say they found a dog inside a 115 degree car on Tuesday outside of the Greenwood Mall.

According to reports, a concerned citizen called police just before 3pm on Wednesday after she saw a dog inside a Chevrolet Suburban outside of the Greenwood Mall. Officers say they found a small brown and white dog inside the SUV laying on its side and barely breathing. Reports say the dog also eliminated itself inside the car.

Officers said the outside temperature was 97 degrees and estimated the temperature inside the vehicle to be around 115 degrees when they found the dog. They say there was no food or water inside the car. After gaining entry into the Suburban through an unlocked door, police were able to rescue the dog, cooling it off with water and the air conditioner inside their patrol cars.

According to reports the driver and passenger of the SUV, a 19-year-old male and an 18-year-old male, came out of the mall around 5pm telling officers that the dog belonged to the company they worked for, Midwest Circulation LLC of Missouri, a company that sells magazines through direct sales. The two told police they were in Greenwood for work and had gone inside the mall to shop and eat. Reports say the men agreed to sign the dog over after officers explained to them the consequences for leaving the dog inside the hot car.

No charges were filed against the men and the dog was taken to the Greenwood Humane Society.
GwdToday.com
http://gwdtoday.com
Greenwood, South Carolina
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Southern Pines, North Carolina
SPPD Warns of Door to Door Sales People
August 3, 2011
SPPD Warns of Door to Door Sales People
The Pilot
As of Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Scam Alert

The Southern Pines Police Department asks residents to report transient itinerant merchants that may be in Southern Pines. On Monday, the Southern Pines Police Department received information that itinerant merchants are going door to door attempting to sell magazine subscriptions and soliciting donations. In prior incidents investigated by the Southern Pines Police Department, these sales people did not have the proper permits to operate in Southern Pines. The Southern Pines code of ordinances prohibits this type of solicitation without a valid business license. In the event these transient vendors are observed operating in Southern Pines, residents are asked to report this activity to the Southern Pines Police Department by calling 910-692-7031.
The Pilot
http://www.thepilot.com
Southern Pines, North Carolina
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Provo, Utah
Man accused of rape and attempted murder ruled competent
August 3, 2011
Man accused of rape and attempted murder ruled competent
Jim Dalrymple - Daily Herald | Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 1:59 pm
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PROVO -- An accused rapist yawned his way through a hearing Wednesday that concluded with him being flushed out of Purgatory and back on track to stand trial.

In a courtroom with only a single spectator, Prosecutor Julia Thomas grilled Dr. Ryan Houston during the hearing about Brian Mask's competency. Thomas wanted to know if Mask was mentally competent to face his charges of attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault, both first-degree felonies. Houston wrinkled his face and paused.

"I feel like he has a high level of understanding that he's facing a long sentence in prison," Houston then said. "I think he does understand."

Judge James Taylor ultimately was persuaded by Houston's description of Mask as competent and scheduled a new hearing for Thursday. The ruling means Mask will be moved out of a Washington County jail known as Purgatory, where he had languished for years as attorneys wrangled over his mental capacity.

Among the many points that led to Taylor's ruling, Houston also said that Mask may be intentionally trying to downplay his own intelligence in an effort to escape his charges. Houston recounted a test in which he held up a series of words and asked Mask to read them. Mask could read words including "mom," "dad," and "to," but claimed he couldn't read the words "car," "man," and "ate." Houston added that during his evaluation Mask generally was not cooperative.

In response to Mask's performance on the evaluation, Houston recalled that he decided to simply make observations. He watched Mask in the jail, asked jail workers about Mask's behavior and listened to recorded phone conversations. And according to Houston, what he observed painted a very different picture than that of a man who could barely read.

"The phone calls showed a higher level of functioning than he portrayed," Houston told the court.

Houston went on to say that despite Mask's claims that he couldn't even spell his name and didn't understand numbers, he had complex conversations with different people about time zones, words and other topics.

Throughout Houston's testimony Mask's eyes wandered around the courtroom, rarely even resting on the people discussing his intelligence. When Taylor issued his ruling, Mask continued slouching in his chair staring at his shackled hands.

Thomas said she wasn't surprised by Houston's findings, and that she had previously believed that Mask was malingering. She said the case had dragged on for years because Mask has been the subject of seven evaluations and because different authorities sometimes gave conflicting reports of his mental capacity.

Mask -- who originally is from the Chicago area -- was working as a door-to-door salesman in 2008 when police say he raped and nearly killed an American Fork woman.
Jim Dalrymple - Daily Herald
http://www.heraldextra.com
Provo, Utah
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Rochester, Minnesota
Day in history: Sheriff warns about magazine peddlers in 1961
August 2, 2011
Day in history: Sheriff warns about magazine peddlers in 1961
Posted: Aug 02, 2011, 2:06 pm
1961 — 50 years ago
postbulletin.com
Olmsted County Sheriff Gerald Cunningham warned residents to be cautious when dealing with strangers claiming to be magazine salesmen. The sheriff said a group of men from Alabama are working the county without proper credentials.
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Eugene, Oregon
Atlantic Circulation, Inc. Stikes Eugene
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
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end DMPG Info
August 1, 2011
Atlantic Circulation, Inc. Stikes Eugene
By: Dragonziegen
KVAL TV
Eugene, Oregon Yesterday at 8:47 PM
August 1, 2011
Tags:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Atlantic Circulation Magazine Scams
Sending people door to door nationwide, Atlantic Circulation, Inc. has come to Eugene, Oregon trying to scam people out of their hard-earned cash by selling fake magazine subsciptions. Even getting acknowledgment from the Better Business Bureau local authorities after hitting Spokane, Washington residents back in May 2008 (http://spokane.bbb.org/article/bbb-and-law-enforcement- warn-aci-magazine-aka-atlantic-circulation-inc-5148). There are many different ploys they use to obtain your money, For the residents of Hilton Drive between Bertelsen & Royal Avenue it's a simple college student selling magazines to earn points for a College Scholarship. When people are finally manipulated into giving cash, checks, or credit card numbers the magazines purchased never arrive and their calls go unanswered. The number listed is 717-755-3484, and they're only listed address is as follows:
Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
2550 Kingston Rd
Suite 113
York, PA 17402

Please be on the look out for these unlicensed door-to-door sales people out to get your money, your personal information and even your bank account information! If you see them please report them to your local law enforcement to help protect some other poor manipulated Oregonian, including the elderly. Their other misdeeds are are all laid out online all one needs to do is google their name "Atlantic Circulation Inc."
KVAL TV
http://www.kval.com
Eugene, Oregon
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Clinton, Iowa
Clinton Cracks Down on Door-to-Door Sales
July 31, 2011
Clinton Cracks Down on Door-to-Door Sales
KWQC-TV6
Updated: July 31, 2011 05:51 PM CDT
Clinton residents will now know just who is knocking on their doors. A new city ordinance is requiring door to door sales people to carry an identification card and give the city more information about who they are and what they're selling.

"We would do a background check," said Alderman Mike Kearney."To make sure that people going door to door and asking people to open their doors for them is someone who doesn't have a criminal background check."

The city will issue permits and also keep solicitors' fingerprints on file. The ID card will have the person's name, company, the expiration of the permit, and other information. They have to show you it when they knock on your door.

For the city, this ordinance is about being pro-active. "This did not come up because we had someone defrauding people," said Kearney. "I think it's more of a means to prevent that."

And some residents think this is a good idea. "There's a lot of elderly people that get taken," said Judith Petersen. "And I really think they need something to prove what they're selling. "It's bad enough somebody knocks on your door to begin with it should be against the law," said George Huber. "However, it's a good idea to have ID in case you want it." "I would say anybody that's in business wants to be respectable enough to have an ID on them," said Elisa McDermott.
KWQC-TV6
http://www.kwqc.com
Davenport, Iowa
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Schenectady County, New York
Pre-emptive strike: 'Do not solicit' list
July 31, 2011
Pre-emptive strike: 'Do not solicit' list
CATHY WOODRUFF The Advocate
timesunion.com
Published 12:01 a.m., Sunday, July 31, 2011
A couple of years ago, Chuck Thorne was contemplating how little he enjoys answering a knock at his door, only to be confronted by a sales pitch.

As Schenectady's deputy city clerk, Thorne knows more than most folks about local consumer protections in place for Electric City residents. Like many other area municipalities, Schenectady requires door-to-door solicitors to acquire licenses from the clerk for their activity, pay a fee and, as part of the process, undergo background checks for the individuals knocking on doors.

Thorne knows enough to ask immediately if a sales person at his door has a license to be there and to ask to see the documentation. He's also ready to say "no."

But Thorne also knows that not everyone is comfortable being so firm, and he started thinking about how it might be possible to protect Schenectadians --- especially those who feel vulnerable because of their age -- from having to deal with peddlers at all.

"I don't like people coming to my door selling things, and I thought 'If we can have the Do Not Call telephone list, why not this?'" he recalls.

So, now, Schenectady has a "Do Not Solicit" list available for residents to make their disinclination known before salesmen even bother to ring their doorbells. All they need to do is sign up at the clerk's office.

The City Council approved the list in February 2010, and I think it's a splendid idea. Thorne wasn't able to provide an exact count of the names on the list right now, but he estimated that it is fewer than 50.

I hope more Schenectadians will sign up for the list as they become aware of it, and I hope other communities will consider adopting similar ordinances.

Colonie Town Clerk Elizabeth DelTorto told me she's interested in knowing more about it and wants to run the idea past Town Attorney Michael Magguilli.

Meanwhile, Colonie's town law already has a feature that might be just about as good as a do-not-solicit list.

Colonie's law says a peddler "shall not enter any premises clearly displaying a sign with letters at least one inch in height prohibiting solicitors."

That means if you have a "No Solicitors" sign displayed at your home in Colonie, any peddler who doesn't turn around and go elsewhere when he sees it is violating the town law.

Just as in Schenectady, violations of the local law in Colonie bring fines and potential suspension or revocation of a peddler's license. They also draw enhanced scrutiny by police and other authorities.

Generally, licensed solicitors are required to show their permits when asked, and can be reported to the police if they refuse to leave.

Thorne dropped me a line to let me know about Schenectady's protections after reading a recent Advocate column about a fast-talking door-to-door salesman who was working over some Albany neighborhoods and asking to see people's National Grid bills.

While the salesman said or implied he worked for National Grid, said Albany resident Harriet Washington, he actually was working for an independent energy supplier.

In New York, utility companies such as National Grid are responsible for distributing and delivering gas and electricity to your home, but they buy that energy from a producer or "supplier." Consumers can leave selection of suppliers to National Grid or designate a particular supplier for themselves.

Under state rules, the independent energy producers (also known as energy service companies, or ESCOs) are allowed to sell door-to-door, but their representatives must show a company identification and provide a copy of a consumer "bill of rights" document.

A handful of energy producers -- or marketers hired to represent those companies -- are registered to solicit in Albany, Colonie, Schenectady and, probably, in many other local areas. But area clerks say the companies and their individual sales representatives haven't always been as clear and upfront as they would like about the nature of their business when they tried to register for permits and licenses.
CATHY WOODRUFF The Advocate
timesunion.com
http://www.timesunion.com
Albany, New York
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Keokuk, Iowa
Scam: Man selling magazines in area not with SCC
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC
Trade Group:
National Field Selling Association
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
BBB: Midwest Circulation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429-1348
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
Additional Information
The BBB suggests you read and understand company promotional materials
and contracts and check company references and licensing, where applicable.
BBB file opened: 09/29/2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Licensing
This company is in an industry that may require licensing,
bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business.
BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency
to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Wendy . (Customer Service) Jami .
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
end DMPG Info
July 30, 2011
Residents warned about fraudulent fundraiser
Man identifying himself as SCC student raising money for nonexistent journalism club.
By JERMAINE PIGEE
jpigee@thehawkeye.com
The Hawk Eye
published online: 7/30/2011
FORT MADISON- Residents should be on the lookout for a man selling magazines door-to-door in Fort Madison.

He is using the name John Watson and is falsely identifying himself as a student at Southeastern Community College.

School officials say there is no John Watson enrolled at SCC. The man is in his mid-20s, and he has numerous tattoos on his arms and hands.

The man has been going door-to-door identifying himself as a student at SCC. He has been telling people he is selling magazines to earn money for a trip with fellow journalism club students to Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor. People who buy the magazines are given a pink receipt with a company name of Midwest Circulation LLC of Cameron, Mo.

There is no journalism club at SCC, nor is the college sponsoring any kind of student trip at this time.
By JERMAINE PIGEE
jpigee@thehawkeye.com
The Hawk Eye
http://www.thehawkeye.com
Burlington, Iowa
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Keokuk, Iowa
Scam: Man selling magazines in area not with SCC
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC
Trade Group:
National Field Selling Association
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
BBB: Midwest Circulation
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429-1348
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
Additional Information
The BBB suggests you read and understand company promotional materials
and contracts and check company references and licensing, where applicable.
BBB file opened: 09/29/2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Licensing
This company is in an industry that may require licensing,
bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business.
BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency
to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Wendy . (Customer Service) Jami .
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
end DMPG Info
July 29, 2011
Scam: Man selling magazines in area not with SCC
Published: Friday, July 29, 2011 2:37 PM CDT
For The Daily Gate CitY
Daily Gate City
Southeastern Community College has alerted the community of a scam involving a man selling magazines door-to-door in the Fort Madison area. He uses the name John Watson and says he is a student at SCC. There are no students enrolled under that name at SCC.

The man is a Caucasian in his mid-20s with numerous tattoos on his arms and hands.

Here is how the scam works: The man goes door-to-door identifying himself as an SCC student. He says he’s selling magazines to earn money so he can go on a trip with fellow journalism club students to Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor. Buyers are given a pink receipt with a company name of Midwest Circulation, LLC, of Cameron, Mo.

Midwest Circulation has a Better Business Bureau rating of “F.” The bureau’s website, www.bbb.org, states Midwest Circulation, LLC’s low rating is due to complaints involving advertising, billing, delivery, service and warranty.

There is no journalism club at SCC, nor is SCC sponsoring any kind of student trip at this time.

Often times, scammers target nearby towns over the course of a few weeks. Residents in neighboring communities should be on the lookout.

Fraudulent solicitation is illegal. Anyone who comes in contact with this person should contact LeeComm at 319-372-2525, option No. 1, or contact local law enforcement.

For more news or to learn about Southeastern Community College, visit www.scciowa.edu/rss/news/index.html.
Daily Gate City
http://www.dailygate.com
Keokuk, Iowa
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Hartwell, South Carolina
Hart eyes ordinance on door-to-door sales
July 28, 2011
Hart eyes ordinance on door-to-door sales
MJ Kneiser, WLHR FM-92.1/Special to Independent Mail
Anderson Independent Mail
Posted July 28, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.
HARTWELL — Hart County is considering instituting a door-to-door sales ordinance similar to ordinances in surrounding communities and officials are asking for input from county residents.

The board of commissioners discussed the idea after a citizen complained of a suspicious looking man who came to her door trying to sell her something.

However, county administrator Jon Caime said this week some of the commissioners had concerns the county would be making it hard for legitimate sales people who need to go door to door to make a living.

“We’re hoping to get input from folks. We want to know if people who have a business are going to be adversely impacted before we put a law like that into place,” Caime said. “Or are people concerned about door-to-door salespeople. We want to get that input, too.”

Caime said the commission is not sure if that type of regulation is needed in Hart County.

“We looked at some of the ordinances that were out there. I think the consensus of the board was it’s a good idea, but is it something that we need at this point? Has it risen to the point that there is a problem, what’s it going to take to enforce, the logistics, all those different questions and problems,” he said.

Commissioner Joey Dorsey says one concern he has is how to tell who is a legitimate salesperson and who is not legitimate.

“My concern is we need to understand exactly what is going on out there. It could be somebody going door to door running for public office or the fire department soliciting donations,” Dorsey said. “They typically hire an outside firm to do that for them. I just think we need to truly understand what needs to be regulated.”

Recently, the City of Lavonia instituted an ordinance for peddlers that requires they pay a $75 fee and submit to a background check before they can go door-to-door. The peddlers must also turn in a list of which neighborhoods they plan to canvass to the police, who will then monitor their whereabouts.

Franklin and Stephens counties, as well as Toccoa, require door-to-door salesmen to pay a licensing fee but do not require background checks.
MJ Kneiser, WLHR FM-92.1/Special to Independent Mail
Anderson Independent Mail
http://www.independentmail.com
Anderson, South Carolina
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Madison, Wisconsin
City of Madison Police
Police Incident Reports
July 26, 2011
City of Madison Police
Police Incident Reports
Incidents listed are selected by the Officer In Charge of each shift that may have significant public interest.
Incidents listed are not inclusive of all incidents. Requests for information can be directed to the MPD Records Unit @ (608) 266-4075.
Released 07/26/2011 at 12:49 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain
Incident report for Case# 2011-206692
Released 07/26/2011 at 12:49 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain

Printable Version PDF

Incident Type
Suspicious Person

Incident Date
07/25/2011 - 12:47 PM
Address
Briar Crest St.

Arrested
Suspicious person described as: male, white, 18-22 years old, short blond hair, carrying a brief case, and wearing a lanyard with unknown writing on it.

Victim
Female, age 42, Madison
Details

A 42-year old north side woman called police after a door-to-door salesman came to her Briar Crest St. home Monday afternoon. The resident said the man was pushy and wanted to come into her house to talk about her children's education. She thought he said something about being with the southwest education association, or something similar. She told him she was not interested in his pitch, and he wanted to know what other area homes had families with children. The responding officer was unable to find the man.
Released 07/26/2011 at 12:49 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain
City of Madison Police
Police Incident Reports
by PIO Joel DeSpain
http://www.cityofmadison.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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Macon, Georgia
Macon ordinance would regulate door-to-door sales
July 24, 2011
Macon ordinance would regulate door-to-door sales
By JIM GAINES - jgaines@macon.com
The Telegraph
macon.com
Sunday, Jul. 24, 2011
Formal rules may be coming for anyone who wants to sell door to door in Macon’s neighborhoods.

City Council members Rick Hutto and Elaine Lucas have proposed an ordinance adding a section on “home solicitation sales” to the city code. Written to combat “abusive solicitation and canvassing practices,” it would prohibit anyone from selling or distributing information for a for-profit business between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. most days, and prohibit it entirely on Sundays and any “recognized holiday.”

Although it was briefly presented for council consideration, the ordinance has been pulled for some reworking, Lucas said.

“We just are looking at trying to tighten up,” she said. “And it’s all about protecting people.”

The ordinance is modeled on one recently passed by Perry, but it is on hold so it can be checked against state law, Hutto said via e-mail.

“I’ve had several complaints, most recently from the Rosa Taylor neighborhood area, although some in east Macon have mentioned it to me as well,” he said. “Some people have told me that the solicitors are so aggressive as to be threatening, and others worry that these people, who offer to come into the house, are merely casing the place for an eventual robbery.”

Hutto referred to several reports in the last year of door-to-door magazine solicitors arrested on outstanding warrants, suspicious characters asking about children and of residents paying door-to-door shingle salesmen for work that was never done.

The ordinance as now written would also prohibit solicitation and roaming sales on city sidewalks and streets. It does include a number of exemptions: Newspaper deliveries, food deliveries and canvassers or solicitors for “political, charitable, religious or other non-commercial purpose” would not fall under the proposed rules.

According to the draft ordinance, anyone who did want to sell door to door between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays or Saturday would have to buy a permit from the city Business License and Occupation Tax Division.

The permit cost is one of the many details under discussion, Lucas said.

“We’re still looking at everything,” she said.

Now that the July 19 primary is over, Lucas said, she wants to call several town hall meetings with fellow Ward 1 representatives Hutto and Lonnie Miley.

“One of the items for discussion will be that particular piece of legislation,” Lucas said.

Its authors can explain the details, and get citizen input on any changes, she said.

The meetings will also include discussion of some issues that came up during the recent campaign, and possible projects to be funded by the special purpose local option sales tax that’s expected to be on a fall referendum, Lucas said.

No dates or locations for the town hall meetings have yet been set.

“It won’t take long to set those up, so we’ll be doing that pretty soon,” Lucas said.

Currently, for-profit businesses that want to sell or solicit door to door in Macon have to have their employees apply for a “transient merchant permit” that costs $19 per day, said Brandi Daniels, city business license inspector.

The city asks sellers to contact the police precinct office they’ll be working closest to and inform officers of the times and dates they plan to be doing business, she said.

“A lot of time people do call (police) and verify if they are allowed to be out there,” Daniels said.

In summertime, there’s usually a series of students selling magazine subscriptions door to door to raise money, but otherwise permit applications for door-to-door sales are relatively rare in Macon, she said.

“It’s not an everyday thing,” Daniels said.

To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.
By JIM GAINES - jgaines@macon.com
The Telegraph
macon.com
http://www.macon.com
Macon, Georgia
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Jackson, Mississippi
Scams: Elderly should take caution
July 22, 2011
Scams: Elderly should take caution
The Clarion-Ledger
clarionledger.com
3:16 PM, Jul. 22, 2011
Not too many years ago, it seemed, the most prevalent method of scam artists in Mississippi was by fly-by-night operators going door-to-door. Then, as now, elderly were often targeted, and victimized the most.

But now, the unscrupulous prey not only in the real word, but in cybersapce and by telephone and, again, the elderly are frequently targeted and victimized.

The FBI says warning signs of such fraud, include:

•"You must act 'now' or the offer won't be good."

•"You've won a 'free' gift, vacation or prize." But you have to pay for "postage and handling" or other charges.

•"You must send money, give a credit card or bank account number, or have a check picked up by courier." You may hear this before you have had a chance to consider the offer carefully.

Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin said any senior who has fallen victim to such a scam or has concerns about a possible scam should contact the Mississippi Center for Police & Sheriffs' seniors hot line: 1-855-372-6494.

Scams also can be reported to local law enforcement.

In addition, when going online, Attorney General Jim Hood urges caution in opening e-mails or downloading documents from unfamiliar sources.

Victims or those who suspect scams can contact the Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general's office at (800) 281-4418. More tips on scams can be found at www.agjimhood.com, along with alerts about scams, such as one currently going around called the "Advance Fee Loan Scam."

The age-old advice still holds true: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. All consumers, young and old, should be on the lookout for scams.
The Clarion-Ledger
clarionledger.com
http://www.clarionledger.com
Jackson, Mississippi
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Book seller responds to Anderson County scam claim
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
July 22, 2011
Book seller responds to Anderson County scam claim
7:08 PM, Jul 22, 2011
Written by
Stoney Sharp WBIR TV-10
FILED UNDER
News Headlines
The Anderson County School System first sent out an alert Wednesday saying parents were complaining about book salesmen posing as interns for the school system going door-to-door.

Friday, we learned more from a similar company selling books in that area.

Southwestern Company is a Nashville-based direct selling business, who in part, hires college students to sell educational kids books. They said their employees aren't trying to mislead anyone.

Southwestern admits they could very well be the company in question. They hire 2,800 college students every year. Right now, they have up to 15 interns in the East Tennessee area selling door-to-door, earning money and credit for college.

The Anderson County School System worries the sales people are misleading parents. Charlene Lipshin of Clinton said two of those interns stopped by her house two weeks ago.

"My biggest thing was coming after 9 o'clock at night. Because, who does that trying to sell things," said Lipshin.

Southwestern said their interns work long hours, should wear identification and feels this is one big misunderstanding. The company said their salespeople to portray working for a particular school system.

"It would be very easy for miscommunication to happen between a student and a family they're talking with," said Trey Campbell, Director of Communications for Southwestern Company. "Especially, if there is a brief interaction where not a lot of information is communicated or the student has the opportunity to demonstrate what they're doing."

10News also asked Southwestern how they get the addresses of students. Campbell said parents and customers refer them to those addresses.
Written by
Stoney Sharp WBIR TV-10
http://www.wbir.com
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Seattle, Washington
Dynasty Sales, Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company,
Caught Scamming Customers With Sick-Children Spiels
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Dynasty Sales
BBB:
Dynasty Sales
This Business is not BBB accredited
Dynasty Sales, LLC
Additional Locations
P. O. Box 82066, Phoenix, AZ 85071
http://www.mydynastysales.com
BBB Rating: F
Additional Information
BBB file opened: November 20, 2007
Business Management
Mr. Ryan Atkins, Principal
Business Category
ENCYCLOPEDIA & BOOK SALES
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
MAGAZINE SALES

end DMPG Info
July 20, 2011
Dynasty Sales, Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company,
Caught Scamming Customers With Sick-Children Spiels
By Curtis CartierWed., Jul. 20 2011 at 11:06 AM
Seattle Weekly
We've all heard some variation of the routine. There's a knock at the door, and when it's opened there's a pair of young, peppy 20-somethings with clipboards and some magazines. They'd like to sell you a subscription. Best of all, the proceeds will not only help the salespeople afford college, what's left will help a worthwhile charity.

Problem is, the mag sellers may be lying about some of that. And if the crew is from Dynasty Sales, chances are good that they're lying about all of it.

Craig Malisow, staffer at our sister paper Houston Press, wrote a hard-hitting cover story about the ultra-shady traveling magazine-sales industry back in 2008. Essentially, the industry is is populated by older teens and young adults who are duped into believing that selling magazines will earn them a ton of money and let them see the country.

Instead, these mag salespeople make very little money, spend their days working long hours and their nights getting stoned, and are encouraged to lie, cheat, and finagle their way into getting as much money for their bosses as possible.

What's new about this story today is Dynasty Sales, a company that until recently had been knocking on doors all around the Seattle area.

That is, until a retraining order was filed in King County Superior Court and the company turned tail and fled. The order was filed after it was learned that the company was fraudulently telling people that proceeds from the mag sales were going to benefit sick kids at Seattle Children's Hospital.

This was a lie, of course. Not a dime of the money was going to SCH or any other charity and none of the rest of the sales agents' spiel was true either.

A call to the only phone number seemingly listed for the company was answered by a representative for the customer service firm Fulfillment Services, who refused to give any information on Dynasty Sales, including other contact info.

Either way, most of the info needed is already filed in court documents.

Malisow reports that among the court filings is a declaration from one agent who said:

"We told people we were selling books to benefit kids at Children's Hospital with cancer and autism . . . If the people didn't want to buy the full sale at $55, we told them they could make a direct cash donation to benefit Children's Hospital . . . After one day, I realized that I was being scammed along all the other young kids that worked there. I talked to people from Indiana, Texas and California. They seemed oddly pumped up about Dynasty Sales. They all seemed like they were brainwashed. They were only getting paid, at the most, $25 per day but were working between eight and twelve hours each day. They were all pretty much stuck because Atkins controlled their food, lodging and transportation." (The ex-agent attached to his statement a copy of a sales packet he was given that suggests agents bring up donations for "the Children's Hospital" when dealing with reluctant prospects.)

So why is a newspaper in Houston writing about magazine shadiness in Seattle? Because since the crew left Washington, their next stop may be Texas. And like Seattle, Houston has plenty of sick children that could be shamelessly invoked as a sales tool.
By Curtis Cartier
Seattle Weekly ttp://blogs.seattleweekly.com
Seattle, Washington
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Houston, Texas
Magazine Sales Crews: Now Exploiting Sick Kids
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Dynasty Sales
Nxcess Sales
BBB:
Dynasty Sales
This Business is not BBB accredited
Dynasty Sales, LLC
Additional Locations
P. O. Box 82066, Phoenix, AZ 85071
http://www.mydynastysales.com
BBB Rating: F
Additional Information
BBB file opened: November 20, 2007
Business Management
Mr. Ryan Atkins, Principal
Business Category
ENCYCLOPEDIA & BOOK SALES
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
MAGAZINE SALES

BBB:
Nxcess Sales
This Business is not BBB accredited
NXcess Sales, LLC
Additional Locations
Fax: (888) 713-9733 24820 N 16th Avenue #110,
Phoenix , AZ 85085
http://www.nxcesssales.com
BBB Rating: F
Additional Information
BBB file opened: January 07, 2010
Business started: 12/09/2009 in AR
Business incorporated: 12/09/2009 in AZ
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Category
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
Alternate Business Names
NXCESS SALES, LLC
end DMPG Info
July 20, 2011
Magazine Sales Crews: Now Exploiting Sick Kids
By Craig Malisow Wed., Jul. 20 2011 at 6:01 AM
Houston Press
If there's one thing sick and dying children are good for, it's making money. At least that's what the bottom-feeding sales agents for one door-to-door magazine subscription company are using them for, according to a temporary restraining order filed in Washington state.

Why are we writing about something that happened in Seattle? Because there's a good chance the itinerant douchebags at Dynasty Sales will be making their way to Houston -- always a hot spot for "mag crews" who criss-cross the state, peddling nonexistent subscriptions when they're not beating, raping and murdering.

Dynasty sales agents were fraudulently telling customers they were collecting donations on behalf of Seattle Children's Hospital, according to documents filed in King County Superior Court last month. The court issued a temporary restraining order against the Phoenix-based Dynasty, whose agents quickly left town. (Phoenix Children's Hospital warned in a 2010 press release that Dynasty agents were perpetrating a similar scam).

Documents show that the hospital first became aware of the alleged scam in July 2010, when it received calls from customers wanting to verify that their money was actually going to the hospital. The sales agents in that scam worked for Nxcess Sales, which, according to court documents, shares an address with Dynasty. Hospital administrators sent a cease-and-desist letter to Nxcess, and all was quiet until last month, when the hospital received the same calls regarding Dynasty Sales.

Dynasty is owned by Ryan Atkins, a protege of mag sales scion Robert Spruiell, who was stabbed to death in a Florida motel in 2008. (According to the Seattle court documents, Atkins subsequently took over one of Spruiell's companies. We're waiting to hear back from Atkins and will update accordingly.)

Included in the filings is the declaration of a former Dynasty sales agent who stated:

"We told people we were selling books to benefit kids at Children's Hospital with cancer and autism....If the people didn't want to buy the full sale at $55, we told them they could make a direct cash donation to benefit Children's Hospital....After one day, I realized that I was being scammed along all the other young kids that worked there. I talked to people from Indiana, Texas and California. They seemed oddly pumped up about Dynasty Sales. They all seemed like they were brainwashed. They were only getting paid, at the most, $25 per day but were working between eight and twelve hours each day. They were all pretty much stuck because Atkins controlled their food, lodging and transportation." (The ex-agent attached to his statement a copy of a sales packet he was given that suggests agents bring up donations for "the Children's Hospital" when dealing with reluctant prospects.)

We'll be keeping track of Dynasty, and other crews, to see if and when they make it to Houston.
By Craig Malisow Wed., Jul. 20 2011 at 6:01 AM
Houston Press
http://blogs.houstonpress.com
Houston, Texas
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Bethlehem, North Carolina
2 arrested for selling children's books door-to-door, sheriff says
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Alexander County Sheriff's Office incident report (11-1460)
indicates that Peter Paul Varberg and Brian Stephen Behnken
were employed by Southwestern Company out of Nashville, Tennessee.
According to the police report this crime took place
on Tuesday July 19, 2011.
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
July 20, 2011
2 arrested for selling children's books door-to-door, sheriff says
Submitted by Alison Hill, Community Web Producer
WBTV
Wednesday, July 20th, 2:54 pm
Topics: Crime, News
Peter Paul Varberg and Brian Stephen Behnken
(Source: Alexander County Sheriff's Office).
BETHLEHEM - Two men were arrested in Bethlehem on Thursday after the sheriff's office say they were going door-to-door selling children's books.

According to the sheriff's office, 20-year-old Peter Paul Varberg of Kingsburg, Ca and 19-year-old Brian Stephen Behnken of Seattle, Wa were arrested for panhandling/soliciting without a permit.

Varberg applied for a permit earlier in the day, but the request was denied by Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman.

Varberg and Behnken were placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $500 secured bond.

A first appearance in district court in Taylorsville has been scheduled for August 1.
Submitted by Alison Hill, Community Web Producer
WBTV
http://alexandercounty.wbtv.com
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Schertz, Texas
Parents Concerned About Schertz Salesman
Sales Tactics Cost Salesman Schertz City Permit
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
July 19, 2011
Parents Concerned About Schertz Salesman
Sales Tactics Cost Salesman Schertz City Permit
Charles Gonzalez, KSAT 12 News Reporter
POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
SCHERTZ, Texas -- A man selling educational software door-to-door in Schertz had his solicitation permit revoked Tuesday afternoon following several complaints from Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District parents.

Roberta Glass said the young man knocked on her door a few weeks ago.

"He was basically out of North Carolina, out of a university," said Glass. "To myself, he never claimed that he was with this school district."

But to others, he did, or said he was there on the district's behalf, causing many parents to call the district, which sent a note out on Monday.

"We've been hearing different versions of the story so that's what caused the alarm for us," said SCUCISD spokeswoman Rebecca Villareal. "We decided to issue a statement on our website and other communications channels to set the record straight that he's not affiliated with the district or an employee."

The young man had been in several Schertz neighborhoods and called the district on Monday as well to state his case.

"Just a short introductory call trying to reassure me what he was doing and what he was selling and that he wasn't misrepresenting himself," said Villarreal, who spoke with the man.

Another concern for parents was that the seller often knew the names of children at each home.

"I asked him how he was getting his information, and he said it was mainly referrals from others that he's spoken with," said Villarreal.

"As far as possibly knowing the children in the area, but for myself, he pinpointed as to who referred him to me, so therefore I wasn't too concerned with him knowing my kids' names because it was the neighbor directly across the street," added Glass, who said she did not provide him with any more personal information. "It was pretty legit as far as the educational software. It was pretty good stuff, but there was no way I was going to give any form of payment to someone who just knocks on my door."

Schertz police decided to revoke his permit Tuesday afternoon.
Charles Gonzalez, KSAT 12 News Reporter
http://www.ksat.com
San Antonio, Texas
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Dunwoody, Georgia
Door to Door Salesman Alert
July 18, 2011
Door to Door Salesman Alert
The Aha Connection
July 18th, 2011
Excerpt from an email to the Dunwoody Neighborhood Watch Coordinators:

“Please pass along the information below to your neighbors.

This past weekend, July 9-10, the Dunwoody Police Department was alerted to male subject soliciting without a permit within our City limits. Officers responded to a residential area near Peeler Rd and located a male subject who was illegally soliciting for magazine subscriptions. The male subject was found to have misled residents into believing the proceeds would aide members of the US Military. The subject was arrested and transported to Dekalb Co Jail. The subject is described as a white male in his 20’s, approximately 5’10 and weighed around 165 lbs. He was wearing blue jean shorts and a gray shirt. If you feel that you may have been a victim to this scheme please contact Det. W. Yeargin, 678-382-6916 or William.yeargin@dunwoodyga.gov.

In order to solicit for a profit within the City of Dunwoody, a permit must be obtained through Dunwoody’s Permit Department located at 41 Perimeter Center East. I have included a link as well to aide in any additional questions regarding permits which can be found on our website: http://www.dunwoodyga.gov/Businesses/AlcoholLicenseandPouringPermit.aspx.

Remember to report any suspicious persons or activity to police by calling 911. I understand it can be a little unsettling to call 911 for this type of incident; however, this is the only way to get an officer to respond to any type of incident no matter how big or small. Have a great weekend.

Officer Kelly Boyer
Dunwoody Police Department
Community Outreach Unit
41 Perimeter Center East Suite 100
Dunwoody, GA 30346
678-382-6913 Office
770-396-4655 Fax
kelly.boyer@dunwoodyga.gov
www.twitter.com/dunwoodypolice
www.dunwoodypolice.com”
The Aha Connection
http://www.theahaconnection.com
Dunwoody, Georgia
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Reno, Nevada
Door to Door Salesman Alert
July 17, 2011
Summer door-to-door sales and scams are in season in Reno
Written by
Frank X. Mullen Jr.
Reno Gazette-Journal • RGJ.com
6:35 PM, Jul. 17, 2011
A van pulls into a Northern Nevada neighborhood on a summer day and spills out its cargo of young people with clipboards who fan out among the residential blocks and begin ringing doorbells.

They are selling magazine subscriptions, “free” alarm systems, household cleaning products or some other product or service. Some solicitations are legitimate, others are selling substandard/overpriced merchandise and some may be scouting homes for burglaries.

How do you know who is who?

“You don’t know,” said Dep. Armando Avina. “This happens about this time every summer. Sales teams from out of state hit the neighborhoods for a few days and then they are off to the next city.

“Some of these operations do door-to-door sales in a legitimate way, others may be selling things without bothering to find out what they need to do it legally and some may be casing your house.”

Avina said laws differ among local jurisdictions.

“Some of these outfits come in, hit the doors fast and get out fast,” he said. “They don’t bother with doing it properly. They just hope they don’t get caught.”

In unincorporated parts of Washoe County, door-to-door solicitors are required to have both a business license and a sheriff’s work card, which requires a background investigation.

“We made four arrests two weeks ago in Hidden Valley,” Avina said. “We had reports of these people from a lot of neighborhoods. They were selling (magazine) subscriptions, but they didn’t have the business license or work cards. It may seem petty to arrest someone for that, but we look at the big picture. They could be casing the houses.”

He said solicitors try to engage residents in conversations and sometimes ask to use a phone or get a drink of water, ploys that get them into the homes. Often salesmen ask questions that reveal a lot about the residents.

“An alarm salesman may ask if you have an alarm system,” he said. “That’s something you don’t want to discuss with a stranger. The best advice is if you don’t know the person ringing the bell, don’t open the door.”

Reno’s Municipal Code states that residents may put a “no solicitors” sign on their doors to keep salesmen away.

“If you’ve got that sign, it’s illegal for them to even knock on your door,” said Reno Police Sgt. Dave Macaulay. “There are other ordinances that restrict times, places and manner of solicitation and it can get complicated. But if you don’t want to be bothered, put up a sign.”

He said if residents do talk to a salesperson in their doorway, they should ask for licenses, permits or written information about the company, services or products. Consumers should beware “fast talkers,” he said, and not make any decisions on the spot, especially if the salesperson is pitching a one-time or limited-time offer.

Even if you like the product, it’s always wise to comparison shop or at least check the company’s track record.

“If you Google some of these companies, often the first things that come up are complaints,” Macaulay said. “Be very careful and be very hesitant to give money to people who come to your door, even if they say it’s for charity.

“In the best of times, there are enough reputable charities out there who need contributions without having to give money to people that ring your doorbell.”

He noted there are exceptions in the law for fund-raising groups such as school organizations or the Girl Scouts.

“It’s pretty easy to tell if the person is a Girl Scout selling Thin Mints with her dad standing on the sidewalk or someone who will say anything to get your money,” Macaulay said. “...We say it over and over again — if the deal is too good to be true it probably isn’t.

“Be even more suspicious if someone is offering that deal door-to-door.”

TIPS TO AVOID DOOR-TO-DOOR SCAMS

» Don’t answer the door. Ask ask who the person to identify themselves through the closed door and if it’s a sales person, tell them to leave.
» Put up a “No Solicitors” sign near your door. In Reno, salespeople are breaking the law if they ignore the sign.
» If you do talk to the person, ask for business licenses, work cards or permits and for written information about their company.
» Never allow a door-to-door solicitor into your home, no matter what excuse is offered.
» If the salesperson is overly aggressive or won’t leave when asked, call the police.
» Notice where sales people are going in your neighborhood. If they are hanging around houses where residents don’t appear to be home, call the police.
» Don’t buy anything at the door. Comparison shop and check out the company. If the sales person says the offer is only good at that moment, tell them to leave.
SOURCE: RGJ research.
Written by
Frank X. Mullen Jr.
Reno Gazette-Journal • RGJ.com
http://www.rgj.com
Reno, Nevada
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Salem, Ohio
Solicitor knocks on wrong door
July 15, 2011
Solicitor knocks on wrong door
Didn’t have permit when asked by councilman Berlin
By MARY ANN GREIER - Staff Writer (mgreier@salemnews.net) , Salem News
July 15, 2011
SALEM -A man soliciting without a city-issued permit knocked on the wrong door Wednesday on North Union Avenue.

Councilman John Berlin told police he asked the man if he had a permit and the man said yes but was unable to produce the permit when asked to show it.

Police were called at 4:52 p.m. about the man and an officer familiar with him from speaking to him earlier in the day while off-duty found him going door-to-door. The man admitted he didn't have a solicitor's permit and was given a verbal warning.

The officer told him if he continued soliciting without a permit, he could face a minor misdemeanor citation. He also told him the proper procedure for obtaining a permit.

That procedure is about to change. It's also about to become a lot more expensive for people trying to sell their wares door-to-door.

Under current law, solicitors or peddlers planning to go door-to-door can secure a license from the city Planning & Zoning Office for a fee of $5 per day, $10 per week, $25 per month or $50 per year.

A proposed solicitation ordinance still pending before city council ups the price to a flat yearly fee of $400.

The proposal also sets limits on the hours permitted for soliciting door-to-door, allowing soliciting from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Originally plans called for the elimination of door-to-door solicitations, but some council members were contacted by members of the community who said they started their businesses by going door-to-door. They opted for a higher licensing fee rather than prohibiting it altogether.

Exceptions to the fee will include religious or charitable organizations, children soliciting for school, church, scouting or youth programs and persons selling newspaper subscriptions.

The proposed ordinance does include a section prohibiting any solicitors, even those for non-profit groups, from knocking on a door or ringing a bell at a residence with a posted "no solicitors" sign.

The ordinance had been recommended by the Rules & Ordinances Committee of city council, but hasn't come up for a vote by city council.

The next council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday.
By MARY ANN GREIER - Staff Writer (mgreier@salemnews.net) , Salem News
http://www.salemnews.net
Salem, Ohio
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Solon, Ohio
Solon police report significant incidents from July 6-13
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Selfstarters, Inc.
BBB: Selfstarters, Inc.
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Selfstarters, Inc.
Phone: (941) 322-8582
Fax: (941) 322-8393
7021 197th St E, Bradenton, FL 34211-7279
http://www.selfstartersinc.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 05/14/2009
Business started: 05/09/2007
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: May 2007, FL
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Ms. Kayon Lee Ellis (President)
Complaint Contact: Mr. Errol Knott (Secretary)
Mr. Braden Crosby (Director)
Business Category
Magazine Sales Departments
end DMPG Info
July 14, 2011
Solon police report significant incidents from July 6-13
By Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer
Cleveland.com
Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 3:29 PM
07/07/2011
Solicitation

Jonathon Lavoris Gilbert, 33, of Opp, Alabama was arrested at approximately 4:15 p.m. for solicitation, a 4th degree misdemeanor, after a resident reported a suspicious person in their neighborhood looking into windows of homes. Gilbert reported to officers that he was working for a company called Self Starters selling magazine subscriptions and that he had no permit. Self Starters, based out of Bradenton, Florida, was issued a criminal warning the previous week in Solon for illegal solicitation. In addition, Gilbert had an active warrant for solicitation from Cleveland Hts. PD. He was arrested and held on bond.
By Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer
Cleveland.com
http://blog.cleveland.com
Cleveland, Ohio
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Puyallup, Washington
Puyallup School Scam
July 14, 2011
Puyallup School Scam
Puyallup schools warn of door-to-door salesman
Q13 Fox News Online
7:35 p.m. PDT, July 14, 2011
PUYALLUP—
Most parents don't expect to hear from the school district in the summer, but in the Puyallup area a man pretending to be a school district employee is knocking on doors.

“This person is not an employee,” said the phone message sent to all Puyallup school families. “For the safety of your family, do not let him in your home.”

The message is about a young man who has been knocking on doors in several neighborhoods, claiming to be a Puyallup school employee. He apparently asks people if they want to take a survey and often asks to come in their homes.

“It did weird me out that he asked which of my neighbors had kids,” said one mom.

Another neighbor, Lori Price, said, “I'm feeling like he's doing it to burglarize people's houses.”

A spokesperson for the school district said Thursday they've received enough concerned calls that they felt the need to warn parents and kids.

The Pierce County Sheriff's office is also investigating.

Detective Ed Troyer said, “We know he's not working for the Puyallup school district so whatever he's doing he's doing on his own and the scary part here is he's asking about children in the area.”

Troyer said if a salesperson approaches your home, you can ask to see their ID, and you never have to let them in the house. If they act strange or aggressive, he said you should close the door and call 911.
Q13 Fox News Online
http://www.q13fox.com
North Seattle, Washington
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Novato, California
Woman regrets purchase from door to door salesman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby sales distributor, Suds Incorporated of San Jose
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
July 14, 2011
Woman regrets purchase from door to door salesman
Michael Finney
ABC7
KGO-TV San Francisco, CA
Thursday, July 14, 2011
NOVATO, Calif. (KGO) -- It's an old fashioned way of making a sale but today, there are still door to door sales people showing up in the Bay Area. One woman allowed a sales team into her home and found herself on the hook for a lot of money.

Once a sales person is inside your home, it can be hard to say no. A Marin County woman gave in to a hard sales pitch, but later changed her mind. Getting all her money back was harder than she thought it would be.

Lisa Scandurra loves her new dog Bella, although the dog does shed a lot of hair. That's why Scandurra welcomed a door to door sales team one day.

"They said they were giving free rug shampoos," Scandurra said. "I said, 'Great, come on guys, come on in,' and they started shampooing the carpet."

The sales people were selling Kirby vacuum cleaners. They went into the bedroom and began to scrub. However, what began as a quick shampoo job turned into an all-day demonstration.

"I had to say, 'It's almost dinnertime, you gotta go,'" Scandurra said. "They stayed for hours and hours and hours and hours and they talked me into buying a Kirby."

Scandurra says after a day-long sales pitch, she gave in and signed this agreement. She would pay $2,300 for the vacuum cleaner and $861 in finance charges, $3,411 in all. She paid a $250 deposit and even gave the sales people her old vacuum cleaner. As soon as they left, she changed her mind.

"I thought, 'What am I thinking? Yes, there's dog hair all over but I don't need a vacuum cleaner that costs that much,'" Scandurra said.

So, Scandurra canceled right away. Under the contract, and under state law, a consumer has three business days to cancel a contract made during a door to door sales call.

She mailed in the form, called the company, gave back the Kirby and demanded a refund of her $250 deposit.

"I said, 'I'd like my check back,'" Scandurra said. "He said, 'Oh, we have to get that from the office,' so I assumed we would but I never did."

Scandurra kept calling the Kirby sales distributor, Suds Incorporated of San Jose.

"The callback never came, they refused to talk to me," Scandurra said. "I knew if I called 7 On Your Side I might get some help."

Scandurra went out and bought a new, simple vacuum cleaner and then she contacted 7 On Your Side. 7 On Your Side called the distributor and Suds owner Sean O'Reilly says it was all a mistake, that Scandurra's check was ready but never mailed. He promptly refunded her $250, plus $70 for her old vacuum cleaner.

"I wouldn't have gotten it if it hadn't been for 7 On Your Side," Scandurra said.

State law gives consumers the right to cancel many other types of transactions too, such as electrician contracts and health club memberships.
Michael Finney
ABC7
KGO-TV San Francisco, CA
http://abclocal.go.com
San Francisco, California
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Killingworth, Connecticut
Door-to-door salesman banned from a third town
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
July 13, 2011
Door-to-door salesman banned from a third town
By JONATHAN BURTON
Press Staff
Middletown Press
Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011; Last Updated: Wed. Jul 13, 2011, 1:51am
KILLINGWORTH— A door-to-door salesman’s peddler’s permit was revoked Monday, after Killingworth Resident Trooper Matthew Ward received a complaint about the salesman around 8 p.m. Saturday.

The salesman is identified as Daniel Burke-Aguero, an independent contractor for Southwestern Company. He has been spotted in towns attempting to sell educational products for children.

Middlefield and Durham revoked Burke-Aguero’s peddler’s permit last week, after receiving numerous complaints from residents saying he was being “pushy” and “over-aggressive,” according to police.

Ward has said Burke-Aguero has been notified about the permit being revoked, and he’s instructed residents to notify him or Troop F if they come in contact with Burke-Aguero.

Burke-Aguero is a student at the University of Missouri, Colombia. He started working at Southwestern Company three years ago as an intern for its summer sales program, according to Trey Campbell, director of communications for Southwestern Company.

Campbell said he’s worked closely with Burke-Aguero during times when they both volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club in Missouri.

“These complaints are not in Daniel’s character,” Campbell said.

Customers have never complained about him, “and he’s been with us for three years,” Campbell said.

Campbell said he’s read the articles written about his employee, and some of the comments are mixed. He said some residents haven’t had any problems with Burke-Aguero, and some have.

“He’s made quite a few sales in the area,” he said.

There are 28,000 students in the same summer program that Burke-Aguero is in, and Campbell said he hasn’t gotten many complaints about any of the students or issues with them getting their peddler’s permit revoked, especially in multiple towns.

Campbell said he reached out to Burke-Aguero early Tuesday morning to discuss the problems he’s having.

“I really want to find out why this is happening,” he said.

Residents have also complained that Burke-Aguero made them uncomfortable by asking them where children live in the town.

Southwestern Company sells educational products such as educational books, CDs, and internet based educational books, according to Campbell.

“Our main customer base is children and their parents,” Campbell said. “When you’re selling children’s products, of course the issue of children will come up.”

Residents should not be concerned, he said.

“I know he has a good heart, and he’s good with kids,” Campbell said.

Campbell said the students participating in the program are all checked on the sex offender’s registry, and they all “check out.”

Southwestern Company is a business that strives to do the right thing at all times and makes sure the students working for them do as well, according to Campbell.

State police Sgt. Sal Calvo said Burke-Aguero has been “really” cooperative with the police.

“We haven’t had any further problems with him,” he said.

Campbell believes this is a learning experience for Burke-Aguero, who could not be reached for a comment.

Jonathan Burton can be reach by email at jburton@middletownpress.com.
By JONATHAN BURTON
Press Staff
Middletown Press
http://www.middletownpress.com
Middletown, Connecticut
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Seattle, Washington
Four door-to-door alerts, including one precautionary tale
July 13, 2011
Four door-to-door alerts, including one precautionary tale
July 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm | In Door-to-door alert, West Seattle news
West Seattle Blog
More nice weather, more door-to-door alerts. Tonight, three in West Seattle, and one from a WS woman who wants to put out a warning about what happened to her mom in Magnolia, just in case. Read on:

Steve says two women showed up on his doorstep about 2 pm today in the Admiral/Belvidere area, both around 20, one talking while the other stayed 10 feet back, “asking about our children’s education”:

… I’m still not quite sure what they wanted. She said that she was a Berkeley student, here on internship. She asked When and where our kids go to school. She wanted to know (so she could save time) which houses in the neighborhood have kids and which don’t. And what time is my wife home.

I told her she could talk to me about anything concerning my kids and their education, but somehow she never got around to saying anything of substance. She pulled out a laminated page with some children’s pictures on it, is it for magazine subscriptions, or what, I have no idea what she was trying to show me. I’m very private and protective of personal info, and was thinking this is a good scam to obtain info about the houses in the area. I was surprised that a neighbor had already told them that I had kids. But, I just as carelessly said, “no, don’t check that house, they don’t have kids.” I had just woke up from our nap and was not completely on my toes.

As our 3 year old poked his head out the door, she did not even acknowledge. This person is concerned about kids?? Am I being over paranoid, does someone here know that these people are legit. They had I.D. cards around their neck, that I didn’t inspect, but, tied to their I.D. cards they also had their Fred Meyer Rewards cards. WTF!

They went to one more house then took off in their little white car.

Here’s a similar report from the WSB Forums – with a subsequent suggestion that these solicitors may be legitimate.

Next one is from Kris:

Doorbell rang (last night) at 6:00 pm. Stupidly I opened the door (home alone with my 3 kids) and the guy (caucasion) started in about how he just lived a couple blocks away and lived with his grandma while his father was deployed. I told him this was a bad time and he started giving me a hard time. “oh! Well, when’s a GOOD time?!” (said sarcastically). So I told him I wasn’t I interested and he then started in about some “Christian” organization. I said, “I’m not interested” and closed and locked the door. He started yelling at me through the door that he’d be back tomorrow. Really shook me up. He was wearing a white T shirt with a “Hurley” logo and jeans. This was in the 5600 block of 46th. He looked to be in his 20's (a little old to be living with grandma while ‘dad’s deployed’) and acted anything but Christian.

After reading the April posts of other solicitors I will now 1) get a no solicitor sign -even though these types don’t pay it any attention and 2) never open the door again. Stinks that I have lots of windows around my door. The guy today was looking through the window as I was walking up to the door.

And from Barb – a precautionary door-to-door alert:

Please tell West Seattle area residents to beware – this just happened to my mom in Magnolia. I wrote to their blog and from all the replies this might be a crew of people working the Seattle area. I’m thinking it’s just a matter of time before they cross the bridge to us. If this email can save one person from having to deal with them or prevent the hassle of closing their banks account and opening a new one, I’d like to help.

A young- late teens or early 20's, white male with blond hair arrived at my mom’s door asking for money for magazines for service people stationed overseas. The name and phone number he gives are fake. He says he’s a neighbor and lives “around the corner” He sweet talks his way into the house, asks for something to drink, asks to use the bathroom etc. He obtains a check, then says he lost it and wants another one. (how do you lose a check between the bathroom and kitchen, I don’t know!) Then he says cash is better because he will qualify to earn more points for a trip to Europe. He says he just needs one more person to give him cash so he can go to Europe. When he leaves, he says he tore up the checks and put them in the wastebasket. Of course after he is gone the waste baskets are empty. I went to the house where he said he lived, they don’t have any young men living there.

This guy made off with two $84.00 check made out to “U. C.” and $60 in cash. We went to the bank and closed the account the checks were written on and canceled the checks, which cost $35.00 per check to cancel.

They did try to cash one of the checks but we had closed the account before they had a chance to cash either check.

Please remind people not to open their doors to strangers, no matter how “charming” they seem. This guy used any tiny bit of info my mom gave him to his advantage to make it sound like he was a neighbor. He even said to her “you remind me of my grandma” and gave her a hug goodbye!
West Seattle Blog
http://westseattleblog.com
Seattle, Washington
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Bridgeport, Connecticut
Vacuum cleaner customer will accept nothing less than full refund
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby Vacuum
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
July 13, 2011
Vacuum cleaner customer will accept nothing less than full refund
Connecticut Post
ctpost.com
Updated 11:03 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Helen Losak has had enough. It's been a year since the traveling salesmen sat in her home for four hours demonstrating a vacuum and offering all kinds of "discounts" to knock the price down to $1,095.

"I just want my money back," Losak, a Bridgeport resident said. "And I want this Kirby out of here."

She felt backed into a corner to buy this thing and thought it was a good deal with the discounts, though she found out later that the price of the vacuum varied greatly from house to house in her neighborhood.

In Your Corner wrote about Losak's plight the same week the state attorney general announced a settlement with the Kirby Co. and several of its distributors in Connecticut. We also talked to a Kirby vice president about getting Losak a refund.

Well, Kirby kicked the request down to the distributor, who did respond to Losak and eventually offered to refund $856 and pick up the vacuum.

Losak responded in typical New England charm, with stubbornness and logic.

"No. I want all my money back," Losak said.

In essence, if this is a refund, Losak wants it to be a total refund. After all, the company is reclaiming the vacuum and can go off and sell it again.

In a letter to Losak, Charlie O'Connor, the owner of Golden Circle Distributors, explained his side of things.

Golden Circle distributes Kirby in parts of Connecticut, sending salesmen door to door.

In a cordial letter to Losak, O'Connor confirmed his company offered the $856.02 for her Sentria vacuum system, which is the purchase price, excluding the sales commission and sales tax.

"I am sure you can appreciate why Golden Circle must deduct for commissions and taxes paid on a sale made more than a year ago," Mr. O'Connor wrote. "Based on the facts and circumstances of your cancellation request, Golden Circle has no legal obligation to rescind your purchase. However, as owner of Golden Circle Distributors, I am willing to do so as a gesture of goodwill."

O'Connor is right, we suspect, on the refund of the taxes and the commission. Another Kirby distributor in the state, as well as the Ohio company, are facing a lawsuit over alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Steve Baden, a vice president at Kirby, said the lawsuit was without merit.

Earlier, Kirby had said the offer to Losak will continue to stand, though he, too, noted Losak has no legal legs to stand on in asking for her money back.

The IYC team is a little split on this one. While on the one hand, we admire Losak's stand on principle, on the other we both would have taken the money and chalked the $238.98 up to the cost of learning a valuable lesson.

What exactly that lesson is remains open to interpretation. Losak says for her, it's to never deal with a traveling salesman. We think that's a shame. We would hope that people would instead take a broader view when dealing with any salesperson.

Kirby landed in trouble with the state because it used hard-sell tactics, successfully.

What you have to do is set ground rules with salespeople, including how long you will be available for the pitch. And if they want a significant amount of money, tell them you're going to take a night and think about it.
Connecticut Post
ctpost.com
http://www.ctpost.com
Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Hillsboro, Kansas
LETTERS: Beware of door-to-door salesmen
July 13, 2011
Hillsboro Star-Journal
Vol. 103 , No. 42
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Hillsboro, KS 67063
LETTERS: Beware of door-to-door salesmen

To the editor:

It is important to be aware of your options before saying “yes” to something being offered to you. It’s that time of year for salesmen to come to your door to sell items. Here are some things to keep in mind when one comes to your door.

Adopt this rule of thumb, which will serve you well — never buy anything if you did not initiate the transaction. Salesmen are trained to sell and you are trained to resist. They create a need where none exists. If you really need something, you already know it.

They prey on fear and ignorance. A door-to-door salesman wants you to make an emotional decision.

So how do you resist? Don’t answer the door. Don’t let them inside your home. Don’t listen to the presentation.

Their sales pitches are constructed to get you to answer questions with a “yes.” Be courteous but firm. Tell them you are not interested at this time or you need to talk with family or friends before you make a decision.

You might be surprised of the services and products which are sold right here in our county. The good thing is that you know who they are and where they work.

If you are not sure if a product or service is offered in Marion County, call the Department on Aging office at (620) 382-3580.

Gayla Ratzlaff
Coordinator
County Department on Aging
Hillsboro Star-Journal
Vol. 103 , No. 42
http://starj.com
Hillsboro, KS 67063
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Cincinnati, Ohio
DECEPTIVE DOOR-TO-DOOR MAGAZINE SALES CREWS
July 11, 2011
DECEPTIVE DOOR-TO-DOOR MAGAZINE SALES CREWS
From CinciPulse - The Pulse of the City
First Posted: 7/11/2011 11:15:12 AM | Last Updated: 7/11/2011 5:06:23 PM
The Cincinnati Police Department would like to warn residents of deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are in the City of Cincinnati looking to earn a quick buck this summer.

Crews have been on the east side of town going door-to-door soliciting funds under the guise that proceeds would go to local charities. A check with two of these charities reveals they have no working relationship with out-of-town magazine groups.

The typical sales representative approachs residents and explain they are from New Orleans or some other region recently hit by a natural disaster. The sales person then goes on to push you to buy magazines by cash or check and issue you a handwritten receipt. Salespeople are typically transported to neighborhoods in vans and work in teams to canvas the neighborhood during afternoon and dinner hours. Once they make their sales, checks are cashed and they leave town.

Information from the Better Business Bureau indicates: In the last 12 months alone, BBB has received 1,100 complaints from consumers in 46 states and the District of Columbia against more than 50 companies that are selling magazines door-to-door. Many of these companies employ crews of high school and college-age people who are trying to earn money over the summer. These crews are sent to communities to knock on doors and sell magazines—sometimes without appropriate licensing.

In the sales pitch, the representative might explain they are working to help get their lives back on track, raising money on behalf of a charity or for a school trip or even selling subscriptions to support troops in Iraq. “Because sales representatives are typically high school or college-age, victims readily believe the potentially fictitious sales pitch and often pay several hundred dollars for the subscriptions by personal check given directly to the sales reps,” said Steve Cox, BBB spokesperson. “Most complaints against such companies allege that sales reps took their check and the magazines never arrived, however, some complainants also allege being subjected to high-pressure and misleading sales tactics.”
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Bellevue, Washington
Door to Door Magazine Sales Has Become a Popular Fraud - PublicRecordFinder.com
Can Help Consumers Protect and Prevent Them From Being Duped
July 9, 2011
Door to Door Magazine Sales Has Become a Popular Fraud - PublicRecordFinder.com
Can Help Consumers Protect and Prevent Them From Being Duped
Benzinga
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PublicRecordFinder.com Helps to Prevent and Protect Victims of Malicious Scams

Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) July 09, 2011

Door to door magazine sale frauds have been present for years, yet during summer months the frequency of the deception rises.
PublicRecordFinder.com has the resources to be a valuable tool for consumer protection against these thieves. Scammers solicit Magazine subscriptions door to door, offering a significant discount to many popular magazines such as Life, Time, Newsweek, and many more. While the premise is consistent, there are many different ways this scam works. Sometimes the people who go door to door selling are perpetrating the fraud themselves, and other times they are simply field agents for the people who are running this fraud against their knowledge.

Companies such as these hire teens and young adults to preserve the appearance of innocence so that unsuspecting victims will kindly answer the door to them. The field agents introduce themselves; explain that they are selling magazines for charity, or to try to earn money for education or travel. Their sales pitch is based on a lie, and the magazine sale is a lie as well. Summer is the best time for companies such as this to send out most field agents, since many people let their guard down and are enjoying summer vacations and beautiful weather. If a sale is completed via cash or credit card the company is then able to collect such valuable information such as address, credit card number and expiration date, bank account number and routing number. This information is significant enough to allow the fraudsters to use the financial information in the future to steal from the victim.

PublicRecordFinder.com is a valuable resource to protect consumers from falling victim to scams such as these, and offers the following tips to educate the public:

1. When approached by a sales person that appears to be authentic and trustworthy, consumers should be sure to write down their first and last name, business, and phone number. Use PublicRecordFinder.com to search public records for the first and last name, enter the 10-digit phone number, and search the business name. PublicRecordFinder.com uses the newest technologies to access public records found online with the most up-to-date information.

2. If a consumer has already fallen prey to door-to-door magazine fraud, they can use PublicRecordFinder.com to gain information about the thief and the company that they work for. This information can be used to call the police, and the Better Business Bureau to report the company.

3. If payment was made via check, the check should be cancelled and the victim should try to call to cancel the subscription. Calling will be fruitless but it is important to make a record of the attempt. It is best to close the checking account because the company and sales person now has the victim's routing number and account number. It can be used to transfer money out of the account even if the check is cancelled.

PublicRecordFinder.com reminds consumers to be cautious of giving personal information to any person that approaches unsolicited at a personal residence. PublicRecordFinder.com is a constant and valuable resource that can be depended on to protect consumers from any variety of malicious scams.

About PublicRecordFinder.com

Public Record Finder indexes various free public records websites to assist people in performing free public record searches and free background checks. Search public records through variety of government and public record links using our innovative cloud based technology. PublicRecordFinder.com continuously looks out for new public records found online and makes every effort to keep our website updated with latest public record information. Visitors to our site can automatically uses tools such as easy to use instant search to access public records nationwide and compare results quickly.

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Middletown, Connecticut
Police revoke permit for book salesman in Durham
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
July 8, 2011
Police revoke permit for book salesman in Durham
Published: Friday, July 08, 2011; Last Updated: Fri. Jul 8, 2011, 10:11pm
By KELLY ANN GORE-OLEKSIW
PRESS STAFF
The Middletown Press
DURHAM – Police from Troop F in Westbrook revoked book salesmen Daniel Burke-Aguero’s peddler permit for the town of Durham Thursday.

“We revoked the permit on the town’s behalf, and have turned it back over to the town,” said Sgt. Robert Derry.

According to Derry, there had been a series of complaints last week about a sales person allegedly driving around selling books to people in Middlefield. “We received complaints about him asking inappropriate questions,” Derry said.

Complaints were also received about alleged aggressive mannerisms while talking to prospective customers. Burke-Aguero is employed by the Southwestern Company.

According to police, Burke-Aguero’s permit in Middlefield has also been revoked, but no arrest has been made.

Durham First Selectman Laura Francis has asked residents to call 911 if Burke-Aguero comes to their door.

Currently B&M Burgers and the GMonkey food trucks are the only peddler permit holders in Durham, officials said.

Kelly Ann Gore-Oleksiw can be reached by email at kgoreoleksiw@middletownpress.com. Text MIDNEWS to 22700 to get news alerts directly to your cell phone. Standard messaging and data rates apply.
By KELLY ANN GORE-OLEKSIW
PRESS STAFF
The Middletown Press
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Middletown, Connecticut
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Madison, Wisconsin
Four arrested for soliciting without a permit
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:
CBMC Unlimited Sales
BBB: CBMC Unlimited Sales
This Business is not BBB accredited
CBMC Unlimited Sales
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (773) 241-4299 927
West Silver Creek Road, Gilbert , AZ 85233
BBB file opened: May 06, 2011
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Distributors for Austin Diversified Products
aka: Advanage Wonder Cleaner
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BBB: Austin Diversified Products
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Austin Diversified Products, Inc. (Headquarters)
Phone: (708) 333-7644
Fax: (708) 333-39811
6615 Halsted St, Harvey, IL
60426-6112
sbeard@austindiversified.com
http://www.advanage.com
Additional Web Addresses
http://austindiversified.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 07/01/1982
Business started: 10/01/1981
Contact Information
Primary Contact:
Mrs. Ruth M. Edwards (Vice President)
Complaint Contact: Syreeta Beard
Mr. Nathan T. Edwards (President/Owner)
Ms. Dianna Byrd (Office Manager)Ms. Phyllis Statham (Accounts Payable)
Business Category
Cleaning Supplies, Product Sales - General, Door To Door Sales/Solicitation
Products & Services
This company sells cleaning supplies door-to-door.
Alternate Business Names
Advanage Wonder Cleaner
end DMPG Info
July 7, 2011
Four arrested for soliciting without a permit
DAN GRAZE | dgraze@madison.com | Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 6:54 am
Wisconsin State Journal
madison.com
Crime And Courts
Four people were arrested Wednesday after Madison police received complaints about suspicious soliciters in a North Side neighborhood.

The complaint came from residents of American Ash Drive, slightly northwest of Warner Park. It was reported that four people were going door-to-door, claiming they were selling products for a company that manufactures cleaning solutions.

The suspects told police that they were working for CBMC Unlimited Sales of Arizona and currently living in a Stoughton Motel, a police report said.

Shapira O. Robinson, 35, of Detroit; Desmon J. Holt, 30, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; Wadeline Senat, 22, of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and Ivan C. Jackson, 26, who has no permanent address, were those arrested.

The alleged suspects were cited for soliciting without a permit, the report said.

Madison police had received similar complaints from residents of Madison's West Side.
DAN GRAZE
Wisconsin State Journal
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
Who is Knocking at Your Door This Summer?
July 7, 2011
Who is Knocking at Your Door This Summer?
Northland's NewsCenter
KBJR-TV, NBC 6, KDLH-TV, CBS3, KRII-TV Range 11
July 7, 2011
Updated Jul 7, 2011 at 3:14 PM CDT
Madison, Wis. (Northland's NewsCenter) – 'Tis the season for increased door-to-door sales offers.

Sales crews are traveling the state offering various products and services, such as magazine subscriptions and home security systems. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection urges people to question salespeople prior to buying into their pitch.

Wisconsin law requires door-to-door solicitors to provide certain information BEFORE making a sales pitch, including:

• Their name
• The company or organization they are representing
• The products or services they are offering
• The purpose of their visit


“People should also ask to see the seller’s permit – to do business in their respective municipality,” said Sandy Chalmers, Administrator of the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. “If the seller doesn’t have one, or fails to provide the information required by law, ask the salesperson to leave and notify local police of the suspicious behavior. This may prevent friends and neighbors from being victimized.”

“We also want people to be careful who they let into their homes,” Chalmers added. “Personal safety should always be considered when dealing with strangers.”

The Bureau of Consumer Protection reminds people to be wary of sales pitches that require an on-the-spot decision. Before buying anything, it is always a good idea to ask for written information about the product or service and do some comparison shopping. Legitimate companies seldom use high-pressure sale tactics.

When making a door-to-door sales purchase, thoroughly review written agreements. Be careful that what was said by a salesperson is actually included in the contract. Be on the lookout for any blank spaces on the paperwork, where additional terms could be later added in by the salesperson.

Wisconsin law gives consumers three days to cancel a door-to-door sales transaction of $25 or more. A salesperson must tell you about your cancellation rights at the time of the sale, and provide you with two copies of a cancellation form. One copy is for your records, the other is to send to the seller should you choose to cancel the purchase.

“The three day right to cancel law gives consumers time to reconsider their actions,” Chalmers explained. “However, refusing to deal with salespeople who aren’t following the law is still the best way to avoid becoming a victim.”

For more consumer information, or to file a consumer complaint, visit the Bureau of Consumer Protection's website at datcp.wisconsin.gov; via e-mail at datcphotline@wisconsin.gov; or call toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.
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Duluth, MN 55802
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Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Illinois
Police warn of solicitors without permits in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff
July 7, 2011
Police warn of solicitors without permits in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff
BY LINDA BLASER lblaser@pioneerlocal.com
Thursday, July 7, 2011
LakeForester
A CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Publication
Sun-Times Media, LLC
Summertime. The long days and warm weather are the perfect combination for beach parties, bike rides -- and solicitors wandering about Lake Forest.

“Oh yes, we see more of them in the summer,” said Lake Forest Deputy Police Chief Glenn Burmeister.

One reason for the summertime boost is the prevalence of potential workers. College kids are out of school.

“Companies will recruit them, gather up people and put them in motels” and transport their “crews” to communities en masse to ring doorbells and try to pitch their product or cause, Burmeister said.

Those groups typically don’t go through the city’s permitting process. If a resident calls the non-emergency police phone number and complains, the individual will face arrest — as long as he or she is not a religious or charitable solicitor, which are the exceptions.

So far this year, Lake Forest police have arrested 42 individuals for soliciting illegally within the city’s borders. Last year, the city had a total of 62 arrests from May through December.

Violators typically pay a $120 bond and are scheduled to appear in court. Residents, however, could face the most serious — and lasting — consequences. Illegal solicitors could ask to enter the home and use the opportunity to look for items to steal later. Or they may ask to use the bathroom.

‘Ruse’ burglary

Once out of sight, “they will go through your medicine cabinet and take your medicine. They’ll either use it themselves or sell it,” Burmeister said.

Others solicit to engage in a “ruse” burglary.

“They get you outside so an accomplice can enter” and burglarize the home while the resident is distracted.

The No. 1 rule for dealing with solicitors is “definitely don’t let them into the house,” Burmeister said.

And that goes for approved solicitors who display a city-issued soliciting permit, too.

If they want to use the bathroom, “direct them to a park,” he suggested.

The best way for residents to avoid potential problems with door-to-door solicitors is to place a “No Solicitors” or “Soliciting Forbidden” sign at the front door, Burmeister said.

According to the city’s website, solicitors who ignore such signs are trespassing. If a solicitor refuses to leave when a sign is posted, call the Police Department at the non-emergency number.

City approval

Tom Carrabine of Lake Forest recently signed up for three two-year magazine subscriptions for his children from an Urban1 employee who was soliciting door-to-door in his neighborhood.

“This is the first time I ever experienced a solicitor,” Carrabine said, noting the woman who came to his front door had an official plastic-encased Lake Forest solicitor badge and made a good pitch for her magazine subscriptions.

Lake Forest City Clerk Birdie Buerger said the city has received phone calls from residents asking about Urban1 and that residents shouldn’t worry.

“They do have a permit,” Buerger said, which means each individual representing the company passed a criminal background check by police and paid $40 for a 30-day permit. The renewed permit fee for an additional 30 days is $30.

Charitable and commercial groups are limited to Monday through Saturday solicitation from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. year-round. The hours are set by the Illinois Supreme Court and cannot be restricted further by the city.

In Lake Bluff, the problem of door-to-door solicitation isn’t as prevalent. Part of the reason might be a larger fee. Lake Bluff charges $100 to apply for a solicitation permit fee for both commercial and non-profit solicitation permits.

Lake Bluff Deputy Police Chief Dave Belmonte said the village’s permitting and complaint numbers have been consistent with years past and remains at the same pace no matter the time of year.

“Lake Bluff averages about 10-15 solicitor permits issued per year,” Belmonte said. “We also average about 40 solicitor complaints per year for soliciting without a permit or disobeying the ‘No Soliciting’ signs.”

Like Lake Forest, the Lake Bluff police conduct a background check on each individual who applies for a permit to solicit.

“We don’t just check the company. If five people want to solicit, we check all five,” Belmonte said.

Charities also come into town, typically for environmental or political causes, seeking donations. Those individuals are required to procure permits too.

“We advise residents to check if they are registered and do your homework,” Belmonte said. “You don’t have to given them money right then and there at the door. Do your research and get back to them later so that you know your donation is going to the cause you want to support.”
BY LINDA BLASER lblaser@pioneerlocal.com
LakeForester
A CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Publication
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Lavonia, Georgia
Lavonia law requires peddlers buy $75 license
July 6, 2011
Lavonia law requires peddlers buy $75 license
MJ Kneiser Special to Independent Mail
IndependentMail.com
Posted July 6, 2011 at 12:52 p.m., updated July 6, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.
LAVONIA — The Lavonia City Council has passed a new ordinance making it tougher for door-to-door salesmen to do business inside the city limits.

The council voted unanimously this week to pass the ordinance after the second reading. The new law requires door to door salesmen to pay $75 for a license to peddle and undergo a background check.

City manager Gary Fesperman said concerns about the legitimacy of recent door-to-door salesmen in the town and surrounding counties prompted the new law.

“Citizens of Lavonia have some concerns about people canvassing in their neighborhoods; especially our elderly citizens who see people in the evening approaching darkness,” Fesperman said. “Some of our seniors have concerns about these people that they are not familiar with coming into their neighborhoods. So, the City of Lavonia put together a regulatory mechanism to control these types of solicitors; these types of door-to-door salesmen.”

In addition to the background check and license fee, Fesperman said the salesman must also submit a list of streets where they plan to go door to door and how long they plan to be in town. He said their movements within the city will then be monitored by local law enforcement.

The Lavonia Peddler’s Law, as it is being called, goes into effect immediately. Fesperman said violators of the new peddlers’ ordinance will be told to leave the city and never return.

Franklin County requires salesmen to purchase a $35-dollar occupational permit to sell door-to-door.
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Springfield, Oregon
Door-to-door sales tactics put neighborhood on edge
July 5, 2011
Door-to-door sales tactics put neighborhood on edge
By Tony Gist KVAL News Published: Jul 5, 2011 at 11:30 AM PDT
Last Updated: Jul 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM PDT
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - There was a time when door-to-door sales were common place.

Times have changed.

"It's almost like we can't open our doors to solicitors any more," said Springfield resident Sue Sauer. She recently had an encounter with a door-to-door salesman that left her wondering if he was a salesman - or a scam artist.

"He just kept insisting and he kept asking me about all the neighbors on the street and which house had children," Sauer said. "He just made me very uncomfortable."

She wasn't the only one.

Several residents in the Hayden Bridge neighborhood have had issues with the same person, including one person who was so shaken up by the experience, she didn't want us to identify her - but she did want to warn her neighbors.

"He knew my name, my husband's name and shortly after opening the door he asked how my children were doing in school and knew the names and ages of my children. We locked up the house extra tight that night."

KVAL News contacted the Springfield police department to find out if the man poses any danger to the community and learn more about what people can do to protect themselves.

According to Sgt. John Umenhofer, the man is part of a legitimate sales group selling educational books and software.

The Springfield Police Department has received a couple of complaints about the individual, but none of the incidents have been criminal. While his aggressive sales tactics can be unnerving, they are something that Sgt. Umenhofer is familiar with.

"They get information as they go door to door and they use that to try and make your comfort zone. They may say, 'your neighbor said to come down here she likes our products.' Then you'll talk to your neighbor later and the neighbor will say I didn't like that product at all," said Umenhofer.

KVAL News contacted the City of Springfield and confirmed that the man works for a legitimate company that is licensed for door-to-door sales.

To be fair, KVAL News attempted to contact the company in order to find out their sales policies, but have been unable to reach anyone.

If you are having problems with a door to door salesman or would like to find out more information about sales groups in Springfield, you can contact the City of Springfield's Development Services Department at (541) 726-3753.

Sgt. Umenhofer said most door-to-door salesman are just trying to make a living and will usually leave if you let it known you are not interested in the product.

However, if a salesman does make you uncomfortable, you always have the option of shutting the door, he said. If the person continues to harrass you, you can call the police.
By Tony Gist KVAL News
http://www.kval.com
Eugene, Oregon
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Roanoke, Virginia
Dealing with door-to-door salesmen? Be careful
July 5, 2011
Dealing with door-to-door salesmen? Be careful
That's the word from the Montgomery County sheriffs office after receiving several complaints about salesman who have been selling educational materials
WDBJ Television Inc.
July 5, 2011
If you're dealing with door-to-door salesmen, be careful.

That's the word from the Montgomery County sheriffs office after receiving several complaints about salesman who have been selling educational materials.

The sheriff's office reminds people to ask for a solicitor's permit, which every salesman is required to carry.

Other safety tips when dealing with solicitors include:

1. Always ask for identification and soliciting permit.

2. Never pay with cash.

3. Write checks only to the company, not an individual.

4. Don’t answer the door if you don’t know who it is.

5. Display a “Do Not Solicit” sign on your property.

6. Get a written receipt with the business name, phone number, and address.

7. Virginia law allows you three days to cancel purchases of goods and services on sales made from which a home solicitation was conducted. If a “Buyer’s Right to Cancel” clause is not included and the company won’t accept a written cancelation, contact the local or State Consumer Protection Office.

8. Never sign a contract unless you completely understand it and know the total cost.

9. Contact the Better Business Bureau to see if consumer complaints have been filed against a company or charity.

10. If you suspect fraud, contact local law enforcement.

Here is the full news release:

During the summer months door-to-door sales are often active. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating recent citizen complaints of an individual or individuals selling educational materials door-to-door in Montgomery County. Be cautious when dealing with door-to-door salesmen, as not all of them are legitimate. Chapter 5-2 of the Code of Montgomery County requires any individual soliciting door-to-door obtain a Solicitor’s Permit.

Prohibited acts under Section 5-2 include that no person shall:

A. Enter into or upon a residential premise in the county under false pretenses to solicit for any purpose or for the purpose of soliciting orders for the sale of goods, wares, merchandise, or service.

B. Remain in or on any residential premises after the owner or occupant has requested any such person to leave.

C. Enter upon any residential premises for soliciting, when the owner or occupant has displayed a “No Soliciting” sign on such premises.

D. Engage in the practice of soliciting in the county without a permit.

The Solicitor’s Permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance and may be rescinded by an order of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors..

Montgomery County residents are encouraged to ask anyone soliciting in the county to show their approved Solicitor’s Permit. If they cannot present one, don’t talk to them and call your local law enforcement agency. The Sheriff’s Office recommends that residents don’t allow any salesmen into your home, never give out any personal information such as date of birth, social security number, credit card numbers, or bank account numbers to anyone. Call 911 if you feel that you are being harassed or the person won’t leave your property when asked to do so.

Remember that a salesman’s job is to sell their product and they are usually very good at it; so are con artists, please beware. Don’t buy any product you do not want or cannot pay for. A reliable salesman will allow you to take time to think things over. Don’t fall for high pressure sales tactics.

Other safety tips when dealing with solicitors include:

1. Always ask for identification and soliciting permit.

2. Never pay with cash.

3. Write checks only to the company, not an individual.

4. Don’t answer the door if you don’t know who it is.

5. Display a “Do Not Solicit” sign on your property.

6. Get a written receipt with the business name, phone number, and address.

7. Virginia law allows you three days to cancel purchases of goods and services on sales made from which a home solicitation was conducted. If a “Buyer’s Right to Cancel” clause is not included and the company won’t accept a written cancelation, contact the local or State Consumer Protection Office.

8. Never sign a contract unless you completely understand it and know the total cost.

9. Contact the Better Business Bureau to see if consumer complaints have been filed against a company or charity.

10. If you suspect fraud, contact local law enforcement.
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Middlefield, Connecticut
Police Investigate Complaints Over Traveling Salesman in Middlefield
July 1, 2011
Police Investigate Complaints Over Traveling Salesman in Middlefield
At least a dozen complaints have been made by residents after encounter with door-to-door salesman selling children's books.
By Michael Hayes July 1, 2011
Killingworth-Durham-MiddlefieldPATCH
Police are investigating at least a dozen complaints from residents in Middlefield about a door-to-door salesman selling children's books.

"He has a permit in Middlefield, but he's worn out his welcome," Middlefield Resident Trooper Eric Kelly said Friday.

According to Kelly, the salesman has been "very pushy" with residents and is wanted for questioning.

He said the salesman will often ask residents if they know where he can find homes with children, in order to sell his product.

The salesman may be traveling in the Durham area as well, but does not have a permit to do so, according to Kelly.

Residents are not in any danger, but anyone who encounters the salesman is asked to call Troop F immediately at 860-399-2100. Town Hall has also received several complaints, but residents are urged to call police.

Police are also asking anyone with a description of the vehicle the salesman is traveling in to contact them.
By Michael Hayes July 1, 2011
Killingworth-Durham-MiddlefieldPATCH
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Killingworth-Durham-Middlefield, Connecticut
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Christiansburg, Virginia
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
July 1, 2011
Montgomery County
Sheriff’s Office
16 South Franklin St.
Christiansburg, VA
24073
Phone 540-382-6900
Fax 540-381-6869
For Immediate Release Contact: Lt. J.R. Bowyer
July 1, 2011 540-382-6914

During the summer months door-to-door sales are often active. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating recent citizen complaints of an individual or individuals selling educational materials door-to-door in Montgomery County. Be cautious when dealing with door-to-door salesmen, as not all of them are legitimate. Chapter 5-2 of the Code of Montgomery County requires any individual soliciting door-to-door obtain a Solicitor’s Permit. Prohibited acts under Section 5-2 include that no person shall: A. Enter into or upon a residential premise in the county under false pretenses to solicit for any purpose or for the purpose of soliciting orders for the sale of goods, wares, merchandise, or service. B. Remain in or on any residential premises after the owner or occupant has requested any such person to leave. C. Enter upon any residential premises for soliciting, when the owner or occupant has displayed a “No Soliciting” sign on such premises. D. Engage in the practice of soliciting in the county without a permit. The Solicitor’s Permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance and may be rescinded by an order of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors.. Montgomery County residents are encouraged to ask anyone soliciting in the county to show their approved Solicitor’s Permit. If they cannot present one, don’t talk to them and call your local law enforcement agency. The Sheriff’s Office recommends that residents don’t allow any salesmen into your home, never give out any personal information such as date of birth, social security number, credit card numbers, or bank account numbers to anyone. Call 911 if you feel that you are being harassed or the person won’t leave your property when asked to do so. Remember that a salesman’s job is to sell their product and they are usually very good at it; so are con artists, please beware. Don’t buy any product you do not want or cannot pay for. A reliable salesman will allow you to take time to think things over. Don’t fall for high pressure sales tactics.

Other safety tips when dealing with solicitors include:
1. Always ask for identification and soliciting permit.
2. Never pay with cash.
3. Write checks only to the company, not an individual.
4. Don’t answer the door if you don’t know who it is.
5. Display a “Do Not Solicit” sign on your property.
6. Get a written receipt with the business name, phone number, and address.
7. Virginia law allows you three days to cancel purchases of goods and services on sales made from which a home solicitation was conducted. If a “Buyer’s Right to Cancel” clause is not included and the company won’t accept a written cancelation, contact the local or State Consumer Protection Office.
8. Never sign a contract unless you completely understand it and know the total cost.
9. Contact the Better Business Bureau to see if consumer complaints have been filed against a company or charity.
10. If you suspect fraud, contact local law enforcement.
Montgomery County
Sheriff’s Office
16 South Franklin St.
Christiansburg, VA
24073
Phone 540-382-6900
Fax 540-381-6869
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UK
Police Investigate Complaints Over Traveling Salesman in Middlefield
July 1, 2011
Door-to-door salesmen banned from Woolton streets
John Siddle
Liverpool Daily Post
liverpooldailypost.co.uk
Jul 1 2011
DOOR-to-door salesmen will be banned from an area of Liverpool after residents complained they were plagued by cold-callers. The city’s first No Cold Calling Zone is being set up in five roads in Woolton to drive out rogue traders and doorstep crime. It covers 178 homes in Stonyhurst Road, Haileybury Road, Wrekin Close, Roedean Close and Denstone Close. Cold-callers who persist will face prosecution, Liverpool council said Cllr Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for community safety, said: “This is an area which has a high proportion of elderly people, a significant number of whom have been victims of rogue traders. “The zone, which is supported by the residents, will be a way of preventing more vulnerable people being preyed upon.” Other zones could be established across the city.
John Siddle
Liverpool Daily Post
liverpooldailypost.co.uk
http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk
UK
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Gardnerville, Nevada
Magazine solicitor held on warrant
June 30, 2011
Magazine solicitor held on warrant
Staff Reports
Record-Courier
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Donell Tyson
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

A 24-year-old Minnesota man cited for soliciting magazine subscriptions without a permit was held without bail after a records check revealed a nationwide warrant for his arrest for a probation violation on a threats charge.

Donell M. Tyson of Rochester, Minn., and a second man were stopped Tuesday afternoon after residents in the Wildhorse and Santa Barbara neighborhoods reported they were going door-to-door for magazine subscriptions.

In issuing citations for failing to have traveling merchant permits, deputies discovered that Tyson had an outstanding warrant from Olmsted County, Minn., with nationwide extradition.

His companion was released at the scene, but Tyson was taken to Douglas County Jail.

He appeared Wednesday before East Fork Justice Tom Perkins who said Tyson could waive extradition and wait for Minnesota officials to pick him up, or fight his return and spend the next few months in jail waiting for official paperwork.

Tyson elected to waive extradition.

Perkins gave Minnesota officials until July 14 to pick him up.

“If they don't come get you by July 14, I'll see you July 15, and probably cut you loose,” Perkins said.
Staff Reports
Record-Courier
http://www.recordcourier.com
Gardnerville, Nevada
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Wallkill, New York
Child killer to be released from prison after serving 25 years
June 30, 2011
Child killer to be released from prison after serving 25 years
MidHudsonNews.Com
Thursday
June 30, 2011
WALLKILL – Charles Kimble was 15 years old in the fall of 1986 when he killed 11-year-old Tanya McKiernan in their hometown of Otisville as she was selling magazine subscriptions door to door.

He was sentenced to five to 25 years in state prison on a conviction of second-degree murder and now, after 10 parole hearings, he has served his maximum sentence and is set to be released from Wallkill Correctional Facility in late July. He will be weeks away from his 40th birth.

Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips told MidHudsonNews.com Wednesday under the terms of Kimble’s sentence, he must be released.

“What our citizens have to understand is that people convicted of all types of crimes, even those facing life in prison, do get out and return to society and I hope and expect that the Division of Parole, which will be responsible for supervising Mr. Kimble, keep a close watch on him,” Phillips said.

A state Department of Correctional Services spokeswoman said Kimble had his most recent parole hearing two weeks ago and he was approved for release on or after July 27. He will be assigned a parole officer who must then approve his place of residence.
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http://www.midhudsonnews.com
Middletown, New York
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Baltimore, Maryland
Don’t Fall Victim to High Pressure Magazine Sellers at Your Door this Summer
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Unified Doers Management LLC
BBB: Unified Doers Management LLC
BBB Rating: D+
This Business is not BBB accredited
Unified Doers Management LLC
Phone: (202) 898-1171
Additional Phone Numbers
(202) 898-1121(Phone)
(202) 898-1181(Phone)
611 K Steet N.W. Suite 3, Washington, DC 20001
Additional Information
BBB file opened: January 22, 2008
Business started: 06/13/2007
Business incorporated: 06/13/2007
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Mr. Tristan Garrett, Member
Business Category
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR MAGAZINES-SUBSCRIPTION AGENTS
Alternate Business Names
UD Management Group Unified Doers Management Group
Additional Information
According to information provided by the company, it started operations in July, 2007. It is operating from the same location and providing similar services to Go Doers, Inc. which ceased operations in November, 2007. A separate report is available on that firm. According to the company's attorney, they are two separate companies. end DMPG Info
June 29, 2011
Don’t Fall Victim to High Pressure Magazine Sellers at Your Door this Summer
6/29/2011
BBB | Greater Maryland
Serving Businesses & Consumers from the Allegheny Mountains to Maryland's Eastern Shore
Office Location:
502 S. Sharp Street, Ste. 1200, Baltimore, MD 21201
410.347.3990 | 410.347.3936 fax
Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints each year from consumers who have unknowingly purchased multi-year magazine subscriptions. Unscrupulous telemarketers sometimes trick consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for multi-year subscriptions to magazines they don't want or can't afford. BBB warns that deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the pavement and looking to earn a quick buck this summer.

Oftentimes, the door knocking presentations are so slick that consumers aren't even aware that they have bought several magazine subscriptions until they receive the bill. Across the country, BBB has already received 662 complaints about door-to-door magazine sellers and dealers, a number that’s well on its way to topping last year’s nearly 1,200 complaints. These high pressure sellers use tactics that can have anyone falling victim.

With the summer here, the warm weather is sure to bring an eager group of door knockers from all trades to your door. Most complaints against door knockers selling magazine subscriptions allege that sales representatives took their check and the magazines never arrived, while some complainants also allege being subjected to high-pressure and misleading sales tactics.

A BBB staff member recently found herself face-to-face with a magazine sales representative from Unified Doers Management Group http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/unified-doers-management-llc-in-washington-dc-12905066/

while tending to her yard in Anne Arundel County. The sales rep was undaunted by her knowledge of the industry's tattered reputation and continued to push the sale, even handing over a survey of his presentation skills for her to assess.

"Despite my insight, I was quite impressed with the young man's manner and presentation. I explained my role at BBB and requested a business card or brochure, so I could check out the company before making a decision," said Jody Thomas, BBB V.P. of Communications.

Unfortunately, Unified Doers, earned only a D+ rating from Better Business Bureau. BBB cites 42 complaints against the company in the last three years including one of a serious nature.

Major precautions should be taken when dealing with magazine solicitors, especially if you are home alone. Further investigation by BBB found an article by the Houston Press stating that there have been various incidents involving Unified Doers salespeople with criminal backgrounds attacking customers. One salesman, Daniel Deshawn Neal, who had burglary and trespassing charges in Maryland, raped a 78 year-old woman and set her on fire, according to the article. The company has been known to hire salespeople with criminal backgrounds, so consumers should be warned about Unified Doers representatives coming to their homes.

This summer, BBB recommends the following on how to handle door-to-door magazine sellers:

Listen carefully and be aware of high pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment, and even make special offers to entice you. Listen to their tone. Are they increasing in volume as they speak to you? Are they ignoring you despite saying you are not interested? Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, drawn-out pressure sales pitches.

Stand strong. Do not invite unsolicited salespeople into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside and decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a purchase, simply ask him or her to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, threaten to call the police, and follow through if they don’t leave immediately.

Verify the individual and the company. If you are interested in buying from a door-to-door seller, get everything in writing including price, warranty and all conditions. Tell the salesperson you will check it out and get back to him or her. Ask for a business card and contact information. Look the company up yourself and check to verify this person is an employee. Also, take the time to check out the company’s BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org.

Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, salespeople should also include a completed cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. By law, the company must give customers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.

Victims of fraudulent magazine sales can file a complaint with their Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org, local law enforcement, and state Attorney General offices.
BBB | Greater Maryland
Serving Businesses & Consumers from the Allegheny Mountains to Maryland's Eastern Shore
Office Location:
502 S. Sharp Street, Ste. 1200, Baltimore, MD 21201
410.347.3990 | 410.347.3936 fax
http://greatermd.bbb.org
Baltimore, Maryland
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 073011:
RE: Above BBB Warning
Houston, Texas
April 6, 2009
The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door
Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues

On March 30, Grand Prairie police say, a magazine subscription salesman knocked on the door of a 78-year-old woman, raped her, poured rubbing alcohol on her chest, and set her on fire. The question right now is not "How did this happen?" but "When and where will it happen again?"

Police quickly arrested Daniel Deshawn Neal, 23, who was awaiting trial on trespassing and burglary charges in Maryland. When Neal was arrested, he told Grand Prairie police he worked for a Washington, D.C.-based company called U.D. Management - a so-called processing center for magazine subscriptions sold door-to-door by the following affiliates: Go Doers, Unified Doers, and Unified Stars.

U.D. Management President Darrick Stancil tells us that his company has no business interests in those companies beyond processing their orders and running criminal background checks on the sales agents. After first agreeing to provide us with hire dates for former agents we'd already ran background checks on, Stancil said his "legal counsel" had advised him against it.

After all, U.D. Management has a history of processing orders submitted by agents with extensive criminal histories. In May 2008, Unified Doers salesman Jerwayne Hunter grabbed a 13-year-old girl off her bike near Boston. The 25-year-old Hunter, who in 2005 had pleaded guilty to drug and theft charges in Philadelphia, was subsequently charged with assault and battery, accosting, child enticement, and peddling without a license.

Meanwhile, our background checks have turned up agents with records of assault, larceny, and drug possession - and that's just for starters.

Although Darrick Stancil is listed as the president, U.D. Management is incorporated in Maryland under the name Levonia Stancil. Tax records also show that Levonia also owns several rental homes in North Carolina, which, based on online testimonials of current and former agents, appears to be a state where the companies affiliated with U.D. Management do some heavy recruiting. (In 2004, Stancil settled a $3,600 civil fine with the Maryland State's Attorney's office, for failure to insure the vans that shuttled folks like Daniel Deshawn Neal around the country).

But between 2001-2008, it appears that Unified Stars, headed by Eugene and Marni Weldon, operated out of Michigan City, Indiana. (That city was also home to one of the most notorious subscription processing companies, American Community Services, which processed orders for 18-year-old Azriel Bridge when, in 2004, he beat a 77-year-old woman with a fireplace bellows and then slit her throat with her own kitchen knife. After Bridge did the deed, he wiped the blade clean and placed it back in the woman's butcher block.)

U.D. Management's crews do a lot of work in Texas. In February 2008, Flower Mound police arrested several sales agents for peddling without a license. The company also appears to have a Houston-based recruiter, who calls herself "Dblock" on MySpace. (Her mood is listed as "horny"). Last week, Wisconsin became the first state to pass a law imposing stiff regulations on door-to-door solicitors. The measure, which was meant to safeguard the health of the sales agents as well as homeowners, had been lobbied against by the industry's trade group, the National Field Selling Association. And last year, the City of Albuquerque was on the path to becoming the first city to sue the owner of a subscription company for negligence, in the hiring of two men who beat an elderly couple to death in December 2007. That litigation was aborted when the owner, Robert Spruiell, was stabbed to death in a Miami hotel room in May 2008.

We will continue to run background checks on agents who knock on doors for U.D. Management. And law enforcement will continue to treat each case of murder, rape, and assault as isolated incidents, without tracing them back to where the subscription orders are processed - and the mainstream publishers that continue to make the door-to-door subscription industry extremely lucrative.

Source:
By Craig Malisow in Cover Story, Crime
Houston Press
blogs.houstonpress.com
Monday, Apr. 6 2009 @ 6:59AM
Houston, Texas

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/04/magazine_sales_crimes.php


Washoe County, Nevada
Door-to-door salesmen arrested
June 28, 2011
Washoe County Sheriff's Office warns of aggressive solicitors; 3 arrested in Hidden Valley
Written by Staff Report
rgj.com
2:18 PM, Jun. 28, 2011

Sarah Proffitt / WCSO

Aaron Marcus / WCSO

Daniel Carlsen / WCSO
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is warning Reno and Sparks residents about several recent cases of door-to-door solicitors being extremely aggressive.

On Monday, residents in the Hidden Valley area called deputies to report magazine solicitors in the area, Sheriff's spokesman Armando Avina said. Deputies arrested three people who they found in the area selling magazines without a proper license or work permit.

Arrested were Sarah Proffitt, 27, of Sandy Ridge, North Carolina; Aaron Marcus, 24, of Richmond, Va., and Daniel Carlsen, 25, of Chicago, Ill. All three were charged with being traveling merchants without a license and having no work permits. Their bail was set at $1,270.

Deputies also arrested Michael Bailey, 31, of Willis, Texas, who allegedly said he was transporting the three arrested subjects so they could sell magazines. Deputies found that Bailey had an outstanding warrant and was in possession of marijuana. His bail was set at $1,087.

Deputies have responded to multiple calls recently regarding door-to-door solicitation of magazine subscriptions, household cleaners and residential security systems, Avina said. They suggested the following tips for dealing with aggressive solicitors

* If you do not know the person, do not open your door. Don't feel obligated to greet the unfamiliar person knocking at your door.

* If you are not interested in the item being offered, simply close the door and lock it. You do not owe the person an explanation.

* Stand in front of your home and see what is visible from the street. If you can see your valuable items through the front windows, so can potential burglars.

* Always keep doors and windows locked. Storm doors or security doors are helpful when dealing with solicitors because you can see and speak safely through the door. Never allow an unfamiliar person into your house!

* Call your local law enforcement agency if a solicitor is aggressively attempting to gain access into your home and/or refusing to show proper identification.

* If you see criminal or suspicious activity, call our non-emergency dispatch at 832-WCSO (9276).

Tips for dealing with solicitors:

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office offers these tips when dealing with solicitors:

* If you do not know the person, do not open your door. Don't feel obligated to greet the unfamiliar person knocking at your door.

* If you are not interested in the item being offered, simply close the door and lock it. You do not owe the person an explanation.

* Stand in front of your home and see what is visible from the street. If you can see your valuable items through the front windows, so can potential burglars.

* Always keep doors and windows locked. Storm doors or security doors are helpful when dealing with solicitors because you can see and speak safely through the door. Never allow an unfamiliar person into your house!

* Call your local law enforcement agency if a solicitor is aggressively attempting to gain access into your home and/or refusing to show proper identification.

* If you see criminal or suspicious activity, call our non-emergency dispatch at 832-WCSO (9276).
Written by Staff Report
rgj.com
http://www.rgj.com
Washoe County, Nevada
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Pocatello, Idaho
Fourth person dies following van rollover
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
LTP Inc.
end DMPG Info
June 26, 2011
Fourth person dies following van rollover
IDAHO-PRESS-TRIBUNE
Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 9:24 am
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho State Police say a fourth person has died after an eight-passenger minivan carrying a group of 11 magazine salespeople went off Interstate 86 in southeastern Idaho and rolled several times.

Police on Saturday said 20-year-old Zackery Spencer of South Carolina died. He had been taken to the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello after the crash that occurred about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the eastbound lanes six miles west of American Falls.

The crash killed the driver, 22-year-old Todd Shugart of Heath Springs, S.C., along with 20-year-old Kevin Lewis of Idaho and 22- year-old Christopher Middleton of Florida.

Police tell the Idaho State Journal that none of the occupants in the van were wearing seat belts.

Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com
IDAHO-PRESS-TRIBUNE
http://www.idahopress.com
Nampa, Idaho
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Pocatello, Idaho
Update on fatal crash near American Falls.
IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
LTP Inc.
end DMPG Info
June 25, 2011
Update on fatal crash near American Falls.
IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE
Idaho State Police
For Immediate Release: 06/25/2011 11:15 a.m.
Contact: Sgt. Winans ***UPDATE: Zackery Spencer passed away as a result of injuries sustained.***

On Wednesday June 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm, Idaho State Police investigated a one vehicle rollover fatality crash on Interstate 86 near mile marker 30, 6 miles west of American Falls.

According to Idaho State Police, the driver of the vehicle, Todd Shugart, age 22 of Heath Springs, South Carolina, was east-bound on I-86 driving a 2001 Chevrolet Uplander when he drove off the left shoulder for unknown reasons and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times. There were eleven occupants in the vehicle.

Todd Shugart, 22 of South Carolina, Kevin Lewis, 20 of Idaho, and Christopher Middleton, 22 of Florida, were all pronounced dead at the scene.

Charles Alderman, 24 of Illinois, Zackery Spencer, 20 of South Carolina, and Steven Agee, 19 of Idaho, were taken by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. Steven Agee was later taken by air ambulance to the University of Utah Medical Center.

Keely Maury, 23 of Florida, Rosa Martinez, 18, possibly of Minnesota, Jason McIntyre, 22, possibly of Colorado, and Nicole Pollick, 20 of Texas, were transported by ground ambulance to Harms Memorial Hospital in American Falls with non-life threatening injuries.

Josh Smith, 29 of Florida, was not transported and sustained superficial injuries.

Both eastbound lanes of I86 were closed for approximately 45 minutes. The second lane was closed for approximately 2 hours. All lanes are now re-opened.

Sgt. Winans reported that none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Sgt. Winans was assisted by Trooper Law and Trooper Caldera of ISP, as well as the Power County Sheriff�s Office, American Falls Search and Rescue, American Falls EMS, and the Pocatello Police Department. The crash is still under investigation at this time.
Idaho State Police
http://idahostatepolice.blogspot.com
Pocatello, Idaho
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American Falls, Idaho
Three killed in rollover crash near American Falls
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
LTP INC.
end DMPG Info
June 23, 2011
Three killed in rollover crash near American Falls
Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 8:07 am | Updated: 8:10 am, Fri Jun 24, 2011.
Idaho State Journal
Idaho State Police press release

UPDATE: Update: Captain Eric Dayley with the Idaho State Police confirms that the people involved in the rollover crash last night near American Falls are a group of magazine sales people. The seriously injured have all been transported to a hospital in Salt Lake City.

ISP PRESS RELEASE:

On Wednesday June 22, 2011 at 7:58 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a one vehicle rollover fatality crash on Interstate 86 near mile marker 30, 6 miles west of American Falls.

According to Idaho State Police, the driver of the vehicle, Todd Shugart, age 22 of Heath Springs, South Carolina, was east-bound on I-86 driving a 2001 Chevrolet Uplander when he drove off the left shoulder for unknown reasons and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times.

There were eleven occupants in the vehicle.

Todd Shugart, 22 of South Carolina, Kevin Lewis, 20 of Idaho, and Christopher Middleton, 22 of Florida, were all pronounced dead at the scene.

Charles Alderman, 24 of Illinois, Zackery Spencer, 20 of South Carolina, and Steven Agee, 19 of Idaho, were taken by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.

Steven Agee was later taken by air ambulance to the University of Utah Medical Center.

Keely Maury, 23 of Florida, Rosa Martinez, 18, possibly of Minnesota, Jason McIntyre, 22, possibly of Colorado, and Nicole Pollick, 20 of Texas, were transported by ground ambulance to Harms Memorial Hospital in American Falls with non-life threatening injuries.

Josh Smith, 29 of Florida, was not transported and sustained superficial injuries.

Both eastbound lanes of I-86 were closed for approximately 45 minutes. The second lane was closed for approximately 2 hours. All lanes are now re-opened.

Sgt. Winans reported that none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Sgt. Winans was assisted by Trooper Law and Trooper Caldera of ISP, as well as the Power County Sheriff's Office, American Falls Search and Rescue, American Falls EMS, and the Pocatello Police Department. The crash is still under investigation at this time.
Idaho State Journal
http://www.idahostatejournal.com
Pocatello, Idaho
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
Police Show Zero Tolerance for Unlicensed Door-to-Door Magazine Solicitors
June 23, 2011
Police & Fire
Police Show Zero Tolerance for Unlicensed Door-to-Door Magazine Solicitors
Police say door-to-door sales spike this time of year.
By Bret Silverberg June 23, 2011
WellesleyPatch
Wellesley Police arrested two men June 4 selling magazines door-to-door without a proper permit. The men, Brandon Hughes from Jackson, Miss. and Willie Smith of Memphis, Tenn., told police they worked for a company called On The Job Sales/Urban Development.

Though the crime seems relatively innocuous, Sgt. Glen Gerrans of the Wellesley Police Department said door-to-door magazine solicitation spikes in Wellesley as soon as the weather gets warm, and it’s is taken very seriously within the town’s borders.

“The reason why we enforce it as we do is we found that…it’s not a legit business,” Gerrans said in a phone interview the week after the arrest. “In other words people will think they’re ordering magazines, supporting this person in somewhat charitable capacity, that’s not the case. That’s their cover story.”

Gerrans said the way the scam typically works is companies will hire people with little income, put them on buses to anywhere in the country promising money, job training and upward mobility. Though, many companies abuse the employees, sometimes going as far as not paying them, or paying them in drugs. Often, the magazine crews turn to crime, using the front of a sob story to gain access to a home.

Anyone can apply to sell magazine subscriptions in Wellesley. It’s a simple matter of filling out a form, getting approved and paying a state-set $62 fee. However, the Wellesley Police scrutinize each application. According to Massachusetts General Laws, police can only reject an application is the applicant is a convicted felon, if he or she lies on the application or if he or she is a fugitive.

“You may get a crew that’s somewhat on the level, but it’s such a mixed bag so full of fraud, that it’s not uncommon for a lot of these folks…to be convicted felons,” Gerrans said.

Wellesley Police started paying close attention to magazine sales fraud in 2000 when officers were called to the scene of a crime in progress. Gerrans said in this instance, two hawkers climbed a home’s 5-foot fence, clearly designed to keep intruders out. When the police got to the residence, they saw two people in the backyard looking for a way into the locked home. Their story: They were selling magazine subscriptions.

Many do fly under the radar, Gerrans said. There are those people who the police have no reason to not license. He said companies will often send about six to eight people, and the police will only have the means to reject two to three.

For the hiring company, that’s an acceptable situation, he said.

“This is a good place to come,” Gerrans said. “It’s worth it for them to try.”

Others don’t apply for a license at all, Gerrans said. They simply head to town and chance it. The trouble is, in a town with a population of nearly 28,000, it would be impossible to catch every unlicensed magazine salesman. They’re so mobile that they could be in town one day and out another, and if they’ve left Massachusetts – even if they have an old or pending application on file at the Wellesley Police Department – it’s too late.

“They’re long gone,” Gerrans said. “That’s the problem.”

Related Topics: Door-to-door magazine sales, Illegal solicitation, and Wellesley Police
By Bret Silverberg
WellesleyPatch
http://wellesley.patch.com
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Toledo, Ohio
New Ebook Exposing Traveling Sales Crews
A shocking look into the world of door-to-door sales viewed through the eyes of a former salesman.
June 22, 2011
New Ebook Exposing Traveling Sales Crews
A shocking look into the world of door-to-door sales viewed through the eyes of a former salesman.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog Free Press Release
PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 26, 2011 – Toledo Author Aims to Keep Teens Safe During Summer Job Season?
PRLog Free Press Release
www.prlog.org
Toledo, Ohio – (June 2011)- Adam Brandt, a recently published ebook author hopes his story is enough to keep teens from making the same types of mistakes he did as a teen.

“Adventure, Travel, Rock-N-Roll” is a true story highlighting one forgettable year in the life of Adam Brandt.

As a recent high school graduate, barely 18 years old in 1997, Adam had a dream of success and was bound and determined to follow his dream. Like most 18 year olds looking to find a new career, Adam was intrigued by the help wanted ads in The Toledo Blade.

Adam took his first shot at success by joining with a door-to-door vacuum sales company. Most of us know a thing or two about the pesky sales people trying to sell an over-priced vacuum cleaner. Well Adam was one of them.

Adam couldn't find the success he was after while selling vacuum cleaners so he moved on to the next opportunity. This time around he was selling frying pans, toy keyboards, and other junk merchandise. Again Adam could not find the success he was looking for.

Most people would have looked for a stable job after experiencing difficulty in the door-to-door sales arena, but not Adam. He read an ad simply titled Adventure-Travel-Rock-N-Roll in The Blade and decided to check out the opportunity. Two days later Adam was out of Toledo learning to sell or should I say scam innocent homeowners into purchasing magazine subscriptions.

As a traveling sales crew member life is hard. 14-16 hour days, little pay, and unsavory living conditions. None of these compared to the lifestyle. Drugs, alcohol, and more of each. As teenagers we are very susceptible to picking up what our peers are doing around us and Adam fell victim.

The magazine scam job did not last long when Adam stumbled onto another opportunity. Selling a magic citrus cleaner. Life was the same, and after months of abuse and neglect to his loving family and friends, Adam decided to find his way home.

Getting home was not easy. Leaving the crew outside of Washington DC with no money, Adam had to spend a few nights sleeping on the streets just blocks from the White House. Finally he begged, borrowed and scammed the money for a train ticket home, vowing to someday tell his story to encourage others to avoid the lifestyle.

Over a decade later, now in 2011, Adam has finally finished what he started. It took the realization that people don't want to hear about just a failed dream, they want to hear how to overcome the failed dream. He has started a movement called Bloomsayer Intl. He has authored two ebooks available on Amazon with more in the pipeline, and he wants to make sure teens and parents alike use their judgement when looking for fun summer employment. With the grim outlook on jobs, it is definetely a buyer beware scenario while on the job hunt.

Adam Brandt – Ebook Author: Adventure, Travel, Rock-N-Roll available at Amazon.com for 2.99
http://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Travel-Rock-N-Roll-ebook ...
betterlife@bloomsayer.com
www.bloomsayer.com
419-204-3782

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Bloomsayer has became a movement to help others around the world experience a better quality of life. By allowing the purchaser of goods to decide which charity is right for them, Bloomsayer uniquely connects the individual with their charity.
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Benton County, Arkansas
Absconder selling door to door, wanted on warrants
June 22, 2011
Absconder selling door to door, wanted on warrants
By Annette Beard
The Times of Northeast Benton County
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
PEA RIDGE — Door to door salesman going through the neighborhoods around town were surprised to be questioned, then picked up by police Monday with one man arrested on a warrant for burglary with intent to commit sexual assault.

Two different vans - one withmtwo people and another with seven - were reported by several residents going around town dropping off door to door salesmen.

Derrick Holmes, 29, of Camden, a black male wanted by Texarkana, Texas, Police for burglary with intent to commit sexual assault is an absconder from parole and was charged by Pea Ridge Police with possession of a controlled substance, according to police. He was being held in the Benton County Jail Tuesday, according to jail records.

Police received a report from a woman who said her 15-year-old daughter who was at home alone heard a knock on the door and looked out without opening the door. The people knocking were not anyone she knew, so she called her mother who called police, according to the police report.

“We began to search the area trying to locate the van described,” Pea Ridge Police Chief Tim Ledbetter said. “We found a white van with two people who were doing door to door sales.”

Meanwhile, another officer, searching for the van saw a man walking along Ford Street carrying rags and a spray bottle of cleaner. He was questioned and it was discovered he was one of seven people going door to door with a different group.

A 16-year-old girl baby-sitting two elementary-school children answered the door to find a white male who attempted to sell a cleaning product, according to the resident in Standing Oaks subdivision. The 10-year old boy told the man to come back later when his mother was home. The mother of the children said the salesman persisted attempting to seek entrance to the residence even when the baby-sitter asked him to leave, police said.

“If anyone comes to your door whom you did not invite or whom you do not recognize, you may call police,” the chief said, adding that youths answering the door should not open the door for strangers nor inform the person that thereis not an adult present.

“We encourage the public to call us if salesmen come to their door who were not requested.”

City ordinance requires door to door salesmen tocheck in at City Hall and purchase a temporary business license.

According to the ordinance, “any person intending to sell goods door-todoor is required to submit an application ... including the person’s name and permanent address, the name of the person the applicant represents, proof of incorporation ... hours of operation ... description of the goods or products to be sold and the duration of the planned sales activities,” according to the city statute.

“The application process is for the safety of our residents,” Ledbetter said.

“Only one of the seven people in the green van had a valid driver’s license. Two did not have an ID and all of the others were from different states.”

Police told the salesmen to go to City Hall to purchase the business license. According to police, although they went to City Hall, after inquiring about the process, they did not buy a license.

News, Pages 1 on 06/22/2011
By Annette Beard
The Times of Northeast Benton County
http://tnebc.nwaonline.com
Benton County, Arkansas
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
Apple Valley Man Charged With Heroin Possession
June 22, 2011
Apple Valley Man Charged With Heroin Possession
Jarrod Clinton Durbin was charged in Dakota County Court
with a fifth-degree controlled substance crime, which is a felony.
By Allison Wickler | June 22, 2011
Apple Vally Patch

An Apple Valley man is charged with heroin possession after police found a syringe on his person that crime lab tests showed had heroin on it.

Jarrod Clinton Durbin, 30, was charged in Dakota County Court with a fifth-degree controlled substance crime, which is a felony. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to the Dakota County criminal complaint against Durbin.

According to the complaint, Eagan police approached Durbin in a business parking lot on June 16 after receiving reports that he was allegedly soliciting people for money that day, and had also done so on a previous occasion.

Durbin allegedly told police he was selling magazines, the complaint says. When police found that Durbin had a warrant out for his arrest, they arrested him and found the tourniquet and syringe in Durbin's pocket.

Tests done at the St. Paul Police Department Crime Laboratory showed that there was heroin on the syringe, the complaint says.

Durbin is being held on bond in Dakota County Jail. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for July 11 in Dakota County Court in Hastings.

Durbin's criminal history in Minnesota dates to 2001, according to court records, and includes convictions for third-degree DUI and fourth-degree DWI, consuming in a public place and disorderly conduct.
By Allison Wickler
Apple Vally Patch
http://applevalley.patch.com
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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Rockland, Maine
Door-to-door sales of educational resources make waves in Camden, Rockport
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
June 21, 2011
Door-to-door sales of educational resources make waves in Camden, Rockport
By Rachel Thomas | Jun 21, 2011
VillageSoup
Door-to-door sales of Southwestern Company educational books and software have prompted calls to schools and local police departments.

Southwestern Company, which sells educational books and software with the help of student interns across the U.S. and the United Kingdom, has one representative walking through Camden and Rockport, knocking on doors.

Marci Annis, co-founder of the tutoring company Portland Pupils in Rockport, said the salesman is "not associated with the schools, tutoring services, or us."

She said she has received multiple complaints from parents and said the salesman maintains he represents a nonprofit, delivers his sales pitch, and gives the names of teachers and families that he says have recommended or purchased the products he's selling. He has been focusing on SAT prep books for high school students, said Annis.

"SAT scores just came in the mail," Annis said. "He's playing on their fears."

The salesman, according to a statement from Portland Pupils that was posted on the VillageSoup website, "says he is an intern with a nonprofit company and asks if you would participate in a survey." The salesman, said Annis, has claimed to be associated with the Camden Hills Regional and Camden-Rockport Middle schools, and with Portland Pupils.

Maxine Fernald of Rockport said he came to her house twice.

"He came in, said that he had been in the area and came on a recommendation from others because of the fact that we had three kids in the house," Fernald said. She said that while he didn't specify who referred him, he allowed her to believe he was affiliated with the high school and with Portland Pupils. When she refused to purchase the books he offered her, he "name-dropped people who had bought them," said Fernald.

"When I said 'thank you very much' and asked him to leave he pulled out a template of 20-25 people and addresses and a map with the kids listed, asking if I knew them, how old the kids were, what classes they were in," Fernald said. "He was very well-versed in every person I know with kids in the high school and middle school. It's very creepy to have someone know."

She said she was thankful to Annis for letting parents from Portland Pupils know about the salesman. The schools have contacted parents, as well.

"Over the last couple of days, a door-to-door salesman is working the Midcoast area trying to sell educational materials," wrote Camden Hills Regional High School Principal Nick Ithomitis in an email sent June 15. "I want folks to know that he is in no way affiliated, sponsored or connected to the high school. I also received an email from the owner of Portland Pupils saying this person tells parents he is connected to Portland Pupils. The owner clearly stated that he, nor the organization he works for Southwestern Company, is connected to Portland Pupils. It appears the salesman drops the names of people's neighbors he has 'talked' to insinuating they have signed up for his products. To date, I have not heard from one person who has purchased anything from this salesman. I cannot vouch for the worthiness of the products he is selling, but I encourage you to be careful if he comes to your door."

The public has also been calling Rockport and Camden police.

"We have received numerous complaints," Camden Chief of Police Randy Gagne said. "He has checked in with the police and has valid permits from the state of Maine to sell door-to-door. I may not agree with the sales tactics but he's done nothing illegal. There's nothing to charge him with."

He said the salesman will be in the area for 11 weeks.

The Southwestern Company, according to its website, is "a summer work internship for students...Students work as independent contractors for the company, buying books wholesale and then selling them."

"Each summer, approximately 3,000 students take on the challenge to become independent contractors and learn all aspects of running a business," according to the website. The company started as the Southwestern Publishing House in 1855 in Nashville, Tenn. It was founded by the Rev. James Robinson Graves. When the Civil War broke out the Confederacy no longer had access to the publishing houses in the North, and in particular no access to new Bibles. The Rev. Graves smuggled printing plates from the North and began printing "pocket-sized Bibles" for soldiers to carry with them into battle.

After the war, according to the official company history, the company hired young men who were out of work and "could not afford a higher education." The website states, "[t]o meet the needs of their pockets and their souls, a new concept in sales was initiated." This concept was selling door-to-door, first Bibles, then other books, and finally school books and education software. The Southwestern Company now sells across the United States and in 1994 its business spread to the United Kingdom.

Student interns are "independent contractors." They "have the opportunity to run their own businesses by purchasing products from Southwestern wholesale and selling them to costumers retail," the website states. The products range from education software for preschool students to ACT and SAT prep books for high school students and are "sold to people in their homes by these students during their summer breaks."

Interns take a course at the beginning of the summer to teach them sales methods called Sales School. An article on Southwestern in Direct Selling News, published in May 2011, describes the school. "The first step is in Sales School, where they learn skills such as goal-setting, self-motivation and record keeping, as well as how to start a conversation with someone who doesn't know you're coming," the article said. It also said "the things they take from the school and then supplement in the school of hard knocks all summer will prepare them for a lifetime of success that goes beyond sales."

Southwestern's mission, according to its website, is "to be the best organization in the world at helping young people to develop the skills, and character, they need to achieve their goals in life."

The website also states that Southwestern Company "has pledged to adhere to the code of ethics set forth by the DSA," or the Direct Selling Association.

Under "Identification and Privacy," the DSA Code of Ethics, available at the DSA website, states, "at the beginning of sales presentations independent salespeople shall truthfully and clearly identify themselves, their company, the nature of their company's products or services, and the reason for the solicitation. Contact with the consumer shall be made in a polite manner and during reasonable hours. A demonstration or sales presentation shall stop upon the consumer's request."

Matt Atchison, a district sales manager with Southwestern Company, said June 17 that "sometimes there are misunderstandings" and he thinks this may be one of them. "In the initial approach people don't always hear what he's saying," Atchison said. "Lots of things are running through your brain."

Atchison explained that Southwestern Company trains its interns to identify themselves and state explicitly that they do not represent the school district. "It's the first line," Atchison said. "'I'm a student.... I'm not from the school district.'"

It's extremely hard for people to fully comprehend in that first confrontation, Atchison said. He added that interns are trained to identify themselves again when they sit down with the families.

"He's [the salesman] a great kid," Atchison said. "He was a top student in his high school class. He's not that type of person." He added that this is the salesman's second summer working for Southwestern Company.

"We teach them ethically how to be honest and upfront," he said. "I don't want this to be a negative thing," Atchison said. He stressed that he doesn't want people who have bought to worry. He said the salesman has taken lots of orders and will be returning in August to deliver the books and sit down with the families who ordered to explain how to best use the books and teach buyers about the education software. "It's a neat thing," Atchison said.

Atchison is himself a former Southwestern intern. "I sold books for six summers through college and graduate school," he said. "I've been with the company for 10 years." He concluded by saying that Southwestern isn't just a sales company. It's about "character-building."

Related Information:
Southwestern Company Website
http://www.southwestern.com

http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
By Rachel Thomas
VillageSoup
http://knox.villagesoup.com
Rockland, Maine
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BBB of Dayton / Miami Valley Ohio
Don’t Fall Victim To High Pressure Magazine Sellers At Your Door This Summer
June 21, 2011
Don’t Fall Victim To High Pressure Magazine Sellers At Your Door This Summer
2011 BBB of Dayton / Miami Valley Ohio
http://dayton.bbb.org
06/21/11
Don’t Fall Victim To High Pressure Magazine Sellers At Your Door This Summer
6/21/2011

DAYTON, OHIO, June 21, 2011 - Your Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints each year from people who have unknowingly purchased multi-year magazine subscriptions. Unscrupulous telemarketers trick people into paying hundreds of dollars for multi-year subscriptions to magazines they don’t want or can’t afford. Your BBB warns deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the pavement and looking to earn quick cash this summer.

Oftentimes, the door knocking presentations are so slick you aren’t even aware you’ve bought several magazine subscriptions until you receive the bill. In 2011, your BBB has already received over 660 complaints about door-to-door magazine sellers and dealers, a number well on its way to exceeding last year’s nearly 1,200 complaints. These high pressure sellers use tactics that can have anyone falling victim.

“The warm weather is sure to bring an eager group of door knockers from all trades to your door,” said John North, BBB president and CEO. “Most complaints against door knockers selling magazine subscriptions allege sales representatives took payments and magazines never arrived, while some complainants claim being subjected to high-pressure and misleading sales tactics.”

This summer, your BBB recommends the following on how to handle door-to-door magazine sellers:

· Listen carefully and be aware of high pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will put pressure on you to close deals immediately and even make special offers to entice you. Listen to their tone. Are they increasing in volume as they speak to you? Are they ignoring you despite saying you’re not interested? Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, drawn-out pressure sales pitches.

· Stand strong. Don’t invite unsolicited salespeople into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside and decide during the presentation you’re not interested in making a purchase, simply ask him or her to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, threaten to call the police and follow through if he or she doesn’t leave immediately.

· Verify the individual and the company. If you’re interested in buying from a door-to-door seller, get everything in writing, including price, warranty and all conditions. Tell the salesperson you’ll check it out and get back to him or her. Ask for a business card and contact information. Look the company up and check to verify this person is an employee. Also, check out the company’s BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org or by calling (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.

· Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives you three days to cancel purchases over $25 made in your home or at a location that’s not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, salespeople should also include a completed cancellation form you can send to the company to cancel the agreement. By law, the company must give you a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.

Victims of fraudulent magazine sales can file a complaint with:

· BBB, www.bbb.org or (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301

· Ohio Attorney General, www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov or (800) 282-0515
http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/

· Local law enforcement

About Your BBB Serving Dayton and the Miami Valley

Your BBB is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses earning BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. Your BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, your BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 126 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring nearly 4 million local and national businesses and charities. Your BBB serving Dayton and the Miami Valley serves Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Darke, Miami, Preble, Shelby and northern Warren counties. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information about your BBB.
2011 BBB of Dayton / Miami Valley Ohio
http://dayton.bbb.org
BBB of Dayton / Miami Valley Ohio
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
City settles for $1 million with ex-salesman accused of murder
June 21, 2011
City settles for $1 million with ex-salesman accused of murder
Marisa Demarco [ Tue Jun 21 2011 10:00 AM ]
Weekly Alibi
Last night, I sat down with Michael Lee, one of two door-to-door salesmen accused of a murder that happened in late 2007. An elderly couple in the Northeast Heights, Tak and Pung Sil Yi, were found dead in their home.

Lee and fellow salesman Travis Rowly spent about 15 months in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. In July 2008, DNA evidence from another murder linked Clifton Bloomfield to the 2007 crime scene. Eventually, Bloomfield confessed.

According to a civil suit filed by Lee, hundreds of physical samples were taken from the Yi crime scene, and after testing, no DNA from Lee or Rowly was found on the items. Charges were dropped against Lee and Rowly in March 2009.

Lee’s civil suit against the city was settled today for $950,000. The suit alleges that police should have known early on that Lee and Rowly couldn’t have been at the Yi’s house when the murder took place—that their alibis were “ironclad.” A shoddy investigation and a coerced confession from Rowly landed the men behind bars, according to the lawsuit.

Lee will donate a chunk of his money to the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to freeing through DNA testing people who’ve been wrongfully convicted. “I hope nobody else has to find out what it feels like to be the most hated man in the state,” Lee said.

Read the Alibi’s interview in this week’s edition on stands Wednesday and Thursday.
Marisa Demarco
Weekly Alibi
http://alibi.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
Solicitors identities and business disclosed
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
June 21, 2011
Solicitors identities and business disclosed
June 21, 2011 9:18 AM
SUZANNE ULBRICH
jdnews.com
Two male college students living with local host families are out in Onslow County neighborhoods selling educational materials, authorities confirmed.

Blake Latham and Adam Gadomski, students at Middle Tennessee State University living with a host family in Hubert, have been going door-to-door selling books and products for Southwestern Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., said Trey Campbell, director of communications for the company.

The students had been confused as representatives from Onslow County Schools based on phone calls received by Onslow County Sheriff’s Department about solicitors in neighborhoods, said Major David West with the sheriff’s department.

Onslow County Schools began getting calls May 27 questioning whether it had two young men canvassing neighborhoods to conduct a survey for the school district. Administrators reported the incidences to the sheriff’s department for investigation since it wasn’t conducting any surveys.

Following an article about the solicitors in The Daily News the sheriff’s department received more than 40 phone calls from residents in the Hubert area. West sent a deputy to the areas on several occasion and confirmed they were the same students.

The two students are working as independent contractors for Southwestern Company, Campbell said. The direct selling company is similar to Mary Kay and Avon, except they go door-to-door.

“The students run their own business to help themselves through school,” he said. “They are selling an educational fleet of products including children’s books, CD-ROMs and subscriptions.

“Tons of students from North Carolina participate in the program.”

Since the article first appeared in the newspaper the school system has not received any additional calls, said Rhonda Griffin, who works for the district as administration office support staff. West said the calls continued to diminish in numbers by the end of last week, and no calls were received Monday.

For more information on the program go to southwesterninternship.com.

West continues to encourage anyone who sees what they regard as suspicious activity in their neighborhood to call their local sheriff’s or police department immediately.
SUZANNE ULBRICH
jdnews.com
http://www.jdnews.com
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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Louisville, Kentucky
POLICE: Neighbors frightened of "magazine salesman"
June 20, 2011
POLICE: Neighbors frightened of "magazine salesman"
WDRB/WMYO TV
fox41.com
Posted: Jun 20, 2011 2:36 PM CDT
Updated: Jun 20, 2011 2:36 PM CDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a man from Litchfield, Ill., was arrested in Louisville Saturday night after he was banging on the doors of neighborhood residents and asking that they give him money.

According to an arrest report, 23-year-old Zachary Bultema was going door-to-door, asking to raise money, "for points in a tournament." Police found him on the steps of a home on Camberley Drive, near the intersection of Shelbyville Road and Whipps Mill Road, talking to a resident.

Bultema allegedly told police he was selling magazines, but police quickly pointed out that he didn't have a permit to do so.

The resident told police that she was "very afraid" of Bultema, that she was, "nervous talking to him," and that she, "realized she should not have opened the door."

Another neighbor told police Bultema had been banging on the door and had frightened his elderly mother. She was afraid he was going to try to come inside. Another neighbor said Bultema, "acted strangely" and made him feel uncomfortable.

The arrest report indicates that Bultema, "is with groups that solicit and scam people out of money for services."

He was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to secure a required permit.
WDRB/WMYO TV
fox41.com
http://www.fox41.com
Louisville, Kentucky
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Newport, Rhode Island
Newport Police Log: Three Men Cited for Soliciting Magazines Without a License
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
D & T Connection, Inc.
Trade Group: National Field Selling Association
http://nfsa.com
BBB: D & T Connection, Inc.
This Business is not BBB Accredited
D & T Connection, Inc.
Phone: (404) 209-1450
Fax: (404) 209-4062
4580 Jailette Trce, Atlanta, GA 30349-1884
http://www.dntconnection.com
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 10/31/2002
Business started: 01/01/1996
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: August 2005, GA
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Ms. Tekeba Swift-Carroll (Vice President/Secretary)
Ms. Veronica Capozzoli-Banks (CEO)
Number of Employees
5
Business Category
Sales Promotion Service, Magazine Sales, Magazines - Subscription Agents, Books - New Products & Services
This company offers door-to-door independant contractor sale of books and magazines.
Alternate Business Names
American Community Services, D and T Connection, Inc., D&T Connection, DNT Connection, Legacy II Clearing House

Google Search: D&T Connection
Google Search This Site For: D&T Connection
See: American community Services
Google Search: American Community Services
Google Search This Site For: American Community Services
DNT Connection Website:
http://dntconnection.com
end DMPG Info
June 20, 2011
Newport Police Log: Three Men Cited for Soliciting Magazines Without a License
The following arrest information was supplied by the Newport Police Department.
It does not indicate a conviction.
By Cara Kenefick | June 20, 2011|
Newport Patch
newport.patch.com
John Thompson, 45, of 5440 N. Grace, Spencer, Okla., and Mordice Breckenridge, 38, of 4580 Jailette Terr., College Park, Ga., were issued summons around 6:37 p.m. on Friday for soliciting without a license.

Police were dispatched to Third Street after receiving several complaints of a man selling magazines door to door. Breckenridge said he was selling for D & T Connections, and said he did not have a license on him, but believed his company had taken care of it. He was cited for soliciting.

Officers located Thompson, who also said he was selling magazines for the same company with no license on him. He was also issued a summons.

Henry A. Kennedy, 30, of 5784 Lakeview Circle, Lithonia, Ga., was also cited for soliciting without a license for the same company. Police were dispatched to 9 Andrew St. for a report of a man going from door to door.

Kennedy said he worked for D & T and told police he had applied for a permit but didn’t have a copy. He was issued a citation.

The above reports detail arrests made by the Newport Police Department. Descriptions of all events are based solely on police officer reports provided to Patch.
By Cara Kenefick
Newport Patch
newport.patch.com http://newport.patch.com
Newport, Rhode Island
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Hunterdon County, New Jersey
June 16 Grand Jury indictments
DMPG Info:
Clinton Township Police: Troy Cherry case # 2011-009341
Police reports indicate that Troy Cherry was employed by Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Google Search: Atlantic Circulation Inc
end DMPG Info
June 20, 2011
June 16 Grand Jury indictments
Published: Monday, June 20, 2011, 1:50 PM
Updated: Monday, June 20, 2011, 2:42 PM
By Hunterdon County Democrat NJ.com
A Hunterdon County grand jury has decided that sufficient evidence exists for the prosecution to proceed with cases against the people listed below. The defense has not yet responded to the charges. The indictment is merely a formal charge. These defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. These indictments were returned on June 16.

Troy Cherry, 20, of Charlotte. N.C. was charged with burglary, third degree and theft by unlawful taking, third degree. On April 12, Clinton Township Patrolman John Tiger arrested Cherry while he was selling magazine subscriptions at the Mews for his employer, Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

At about 2:10 p.m., a resident of Hidden Valley Way saw two men enter the home of a 20-year-old woman known to be autistic. The resident called police, who arrived at the victim’s residence a short time later but found that the two men had left. The victim said that they had tried to sell her magazines. They left but returned a short time later and asked to use the bathroom before leaving again. Police found two men matching descriptions of the suspects on Plumbstead Court. Cherry was found to be in possession of a checkbook, digital camcorder and digital camera that had been stolen from the home.
By Hunterdon County Democrat
NJ.com
http://www.nj.com
New Jersey
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Mount Laurel, Pennsylvania
Mount Laurel police warn of possible scam
June 17, 2011
Mount Laurel police warn of possible scam
By Matt Chiappardi
Calkins Media, Inc.
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 2:31 pm | Updated: 7:45 pm, Fri Jun 17, 2011.
MOUNT LAUREL — Township police are warning residents about a possible door-to-door solicitation scam.

The operation involves a woman in her late 20s who claims to be selling magazine subscriptions to benefit her softball team and breast cancer research. If a subscription is bought for overseas military personnel, it is supposedly tax-deductible. One victim, who asked not to be identified, said he bought a five-year subscription for $59, but became suspicious when he called the phone number the woman left and discovered it was not in service.

The victim was able to stop payment on his check, he said.

Police said that they have received similar reports from residents but that no victims have yet lost any money.

Anyone who solicits in the township is required to have a permit that includes a photo ID. Police urge residents to call them at 856-234-1414 if anyone attempts to sell door-to-door without one.
By Matt Chiappardi
Calkins Media, Inc.
http://www.phillyburbs.com
Levittown, Pennsylvania
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St. Louis, Missouri
Mistaken identity costs man four months in jail
June 17, 2011
Mistaken identity costs man four months in jail
BILL McCLELLAN • bmcclellan@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8143 | Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 12:00 am
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
STLtoday.com
Jeffery A. Smith has been looking for a lawyer for almost two years. He wants to sue the state of Missouri.

"I am not trying to get rich," he told me.

That is a good thing. He is not going to get rich.

But does somebody owe him something?

In August 2009, Smith was in Chesterfield going door-to-door, trying to sell magazine subscriptions. Somebody must have called the cops. An officer arrived and told Smith he needed a permit to solicit door-to-door. Then the officer ran Smith's name on a computer. The computer showed Smith was wanted in Florissant and Ferguson for failure to appear and in St. Louis for riding MetroLink without a ticket.

Failure to appear for what? For soliciting without a license.

In other words, Smith seems a fellow for whom minor trouble is like background noise — always present.

He ended up doing a total of four days before being released with new court dates on the failure to appear charges. Then the city got him. But instead of being booked for riding MetroLink without a ticket, he was booked for felony stealing. Furthermore, he wasn't booked as Jeffery Smith. He was booked as Eugene Hamilton. He was given a wrist band that said, "Eugene Hamilton aka Jeffery Smith."

It turns out that Hamilton had been indicted for fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits. Hamilton was known to use three aliases, one of which was Jeffery Smith.

How did Smith get identified as Hamilton? Both of them have been in the system. Their fingerprints are on file.

It's almost two years later, and it's hard to pin down exactly what happened.

What is known is that at his initial arraignment on Aug. 12, Smith insisted he was Smith and not Hamilton. Notes taken at the time indicate he denied being Hamilton and then refused to answer questions.

A week later, he was assigned a public defender. She sent him a letter addressed to Jeffery Smith aka Eugene Hamilton. Also known as Eugene Hamilton? "I never even heard of this guy," Smith told me. "He was using my name. I wasn't using his."

On Sept. 16, a judge issued an order for a fingerprint comparison to determine whether the man locked up was really Hamilton. The judge's order is in the file, but for some reason, nothing seems to have happened.

On Sept. 18, Smith's public defender sent him a copy of the police report that contained a mugshot of Eugene Hamilton, who is darker, heavier and younger than Smith.

"I showed this to everybody at the jail. I said, 'Look. You can see I'm not this guy,' " Smith said.

Nobody paid attention to him. Why should they? It is the job of the jailers to safely confine the people who have been brought to jail. They are not expected to determine who is whom.

The court docket shows a steady stream of motions filed and hearings rescheduled through October and November. On Dec. 2, a judge filed another order. "The person currently being held in this matter is Jeffery Smith. ... He is not Eugene Hamilton, and is not the defendant in this matter. Jeffery Smith is to be immediately released."

And he was. He has been looking for a lawyer ever since. Perhaps the problem has to do with the lack of damages. It's not as if Smith lost a good job.

For that matter, he's no stranger to jail. He's 48. When he was 20, he pleaded guilty to a robbery charge and was sentenced to a year in jail. That is according to local court records.

So maybe the lawyers figure there aren't enough damages to justify a lawsuit.

Whatever happened to Hamilton? I can't find any records. The Department of Corrections has a rather lengthy record for a Jerome Hamilton with the same birthdate. Maybe Eugene is an alias. On the other hand, it appears that Jerome was in prison when Eugene was banking the unemployment checks. So who knows?

By the way, the department has no record of Jeffery A. Smith, but has a record of Jeffery C. Smith with the same birthdate.

But no matter. The important fact is this — Jeffery A. Smith spent almost four months in jail for something he didn't do. It should not have happened. His fingerprints were on file. Doesn't somebody owe him something?
BILL McCLELLAN • bmcclellan@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8143
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
http://www.stltoday.com
St. Louis, Missouri
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Toledo, Ohio
Bringing more danger than cash
Teens should be cautious of some summer jobs
DMPG Info:
Adam Brandt Youtube Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0cVKbwnj5k
Adam Brandt: Adventure, Travel, Rock-N-Roll - Amazon - Read the Book
end DMPG Info
June 16, 2011
Bringing more danger than cash
Teens should be cautious of some summer jobs
Nicole Collier
FOX Toledo News
FOX Toledo
WUPW
Updated: Thursday, 16 Jun 2011, 12:50 AM EDT
Published : Thursday, 16 Jun 2011, 12:41 AM EDT
TOLEDO, Ohio (WUPW) - When summer jobs are hard to find, teens might get desperate for work and cash.

Minimum wage might not be enough to fund all of a teens summer plans. One local author says when opportunities seem too good to be true, offering chances for travel and loads of cash, teens should beware.

Adventure, travel, rock and roll.

At the age of 18, Adam Brandt was looking to start a career, and was seduced by a newspaper ad for work promising those three things.

The job was selling magazines, but Brandt says the job was more about selling lies. It required him to be a different person every day.

"I'm so and so from whichever college was in town," Brandt explained. "As a part of our trip or year end classwork we're selling magazines. Generally people feel more comfortable opening up their wallets to someone that's local and from the neighborhood who's trying to accomplish something."

Brandt says traveling sales groups like these prey on teens with big dreams of making it.

"When you're that age you want to do it on your own. You're not going to tell your parents I'm doing this, or that, you say hey I got this job and I'm going to be traveling across the country making tons of money," the author said.

Brandt says those promises from the ad were lies. He made barely enough money to eat, and was often in unsafe conditions. He says he felt too ashamed to turn to his parents for help. However, now that doesn't have to be the case.

"Parents need to be on the lookout for these things. If it seems too good to be true in the paper. probably 90 percent of the time it is," Brandt said.

The National Consumers League lists youth traveling sales groups as one of the five most dangerous jobs for teens in 2011.
Nicole Collier
FOX Toledo News
FOX Toledo
WUPW
ttp://www.foxtoledo.com
Toledo, Ohio
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Rochester, Minnesota
Man in magazine sales group arrested on a warrant
June 16, 2011
Man in magazine sales group arrested on a warrant
Posted: Jun 16, 2011, 10:28 am
By Matt Russell
The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Report unlicensed peddlers

Door-to-door peddlers in Rochester must have either a city or state license. Residents can report unlicensed peddlers by calling the Rochester Police Department at 328-6800.

A 26-year-old Massachusetts man connected to a group selling magazines in Rochester was arrested Wednesday because there was a warrant for him in Goodhue County for allegedly driving after revocation, according to police.

Police starting received complaints about the door-to-door sales group on Tuesday. Two people associated with the group were found to have no permits when encountered by police that day, but no citations were issued because they said their manager had a state permit.

Police later confirmed the group had no state permit, so the two salespeople confronted on Tuesday will be issued citations for an ordinance violation, according to Lt. Casey Moilanen.

The Massachusetts man arrested Wednesday was with a group of people, Moilanen said, but they were not actively selling magazines at the time so they were given warnings rather than citations.

Members of the group without permits will be ticketed if they are found to be selling magazines, Moilanen said. If they're from out of state, they might be jailed because they have fewer ties to the area and are a risk to skip court appearances, Moilanen said. By taking them to jail, police can get photographs and fingerprints, and bail can be set to increase the odds of them making court appearances, he aid.

The members of the unlicensed group appear to be from out of state, Moilanen said.
By Matt Russell
The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
http://postbulletin.com
Rochester, Minnesota
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Springfield, Illinois
Aldermen favor limiting door-to-door sales hours.
June 15, 2011
Aldermen favor limiting door-to-door sales hours.
DEANA STROISCH (deana.stroisch@sj-r.com)
THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Posted Jun 14, 2011 @ 11:00 PM
Last update Jun 15, 2011 @ 05:53 AM

Springfield aldermen Tuesday gave initial approval to a proposal that would require most solicitors to get licenses before going door to door in the capital city.

Aldermen, meeting as a committee of the whole, agreed to exempt not-for-profit groups, churches and government agencies from the rules. They also asked the city’s legal staff to research ways to make sure children going door-to-door asking to shovel snow and mow lawns for money also are exempt.

But under a change aldermen adopted Tuesday, all soliciting would have to end at 7:30 p.m. Door-to-door sales at homes and businesses are currently allowed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Ward 4 Ald. Frank Lesko sponsored the proposal, which would require for-profit solicitors to apply for a license and provide a current, state-issued photo identification. He called it a safety issue.

A license would come with a fee ranging from $10 for one day to $80 for a year. Solicitors would also receive identification badges that would include their names, affiliations and license expiration dates.

Aldermen also discussed charging solicitors for the cost of the badge in addition to the license fee. City Clerk Cecilia Tumulty said she would research the cost of the badges.

The issue will be debated again next week.
DEANA STROISCH (deana.stroisch@sj-r.com)
THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
http://www.sj-r.com
Springfield, Illinois
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Bozeman, Montanna
Three charged for selling magazines in Butte without a license
June 15, 2011
Three charged for selling magazines in Butte without a license
Posted: Jun 15, 2011 3:35 PM by Laurel Staples
KBZK
Three people are behind bars in Butte for allegedly going door-to-door and selling magazines without a business license. Izejaah Palmer, 21, of South Carolina, Sandra Silva, 22, of Texas and Hillary Johnson, 18, of Billings were picked up by police Tuesday afternoon, Police Captain George Skuletich said. They each face the charge of selling without a business license. Skuletich says they received several reports from residents and police even warned them that they needed a business license to sell magazines door-to-door. However, they were reportedly selling without a license again Wednesday on Star Lane, Oregon Avenue and Nettie Street.
by Laurel Staples
KBZK
http://www.kbzk.com
Bozeman, Montanna
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Belfast, Maine
Portland Pupils is NOT Affiliated with the Door to Door Salesmen selling Educational Material
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
June 15, 2011
Portland Pupils is NOT Affiliated with the Door to Door Salesmen selling Educational Material
By Portland Pupils | Jun 15, 2011
Republican Journal
waldo.villagesoup.com
It has been brought to our attention that a gentleman from South Western Company has been traveling door to door in the Camden-Rockport area trying to sell educational material to families. He has been using unethical tactics and false associations in an attempt peddle SAT prep material and other educational resources. To gain entry into your home he says that he is an intern with a non-profit company and asks if you would participate in a survey. Once in your home he begins his sale pitch which includes mentioning the names of neighbors who have supposedly purchased the material and his affiliation with Portland Pupils. Upon his departure he asks for the names of neighbors who may be interested in purchasing the material.

Multiple complaints have been filed with local law enforcement offices due to his pushy tactics. He is relentless, ruthless, and cunning in his delivery. If he winds up at your door, we advise you to ask him to leave. Don’t give out any information about your neighbors.

There are a slew of complaints online from around the country about this company. For more information visit the links below.

http://www.complaintsboard.com/bycompany/southwestern-company-a147820.html

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/southwestern-company-c219581.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwestern_Company

http://southwesterncompanytruth.com/
By Portland Pupils
Republican Journal
http://waldo.villagesoup.com
Belfast, Maine
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Rochester, Minnesota
Police advise caution with door-to-door magazine sales
June 15, 2011
Police advise caution with door-to-door magazine sales
Post-Bulletin Company, LLC
Posted: Jun 15, 2011, 10:13 am
The Rochester Police Department is telling residents to be aware when making purchases from door-to-door magazine salespeople and take steps to make sure such businesses are legitimate. Police have received several complaints about peddlers Tuesday. According to police, two peddlers confronted by officers had no identification and said that their boss had a state permit. Either a state permit or city permit is required to conduct door-to-door sales in Rochester, and the state permit supersedes the city permit, according to Lt. Casey Moilanen. In Tuesday's case, police found the peddlers do not have a state permit and will be issued citations for an ordinance violation if police come across them. Police ask residents to call the non-emergency number, 328-6800, if the non-licensed magazine peddlers come to their door.
Post-Bulletin Company, LLC
http://www.postbulletin.com
Rochester, Minnesota
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
Ding dong — duck? Solicitor season is back
June 15, 2011
Ding dong — duck? Solicitor season is back
Written by Jake Kara, Press Staff
The Ridgefield Press
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 05:30
It’s that time of year again. The pools and beaches are open, the ice cream trucks are doing the rounds, school is winding down — and the guy at the front door wants to sell you a magazine subscription.

Do you open the door and tell him you’re not interested, order a subscription just to get him to leave, or duck behind the couch and call the National Guard?

Some caution is in order, however, and it’s never a good idea to give out personal information haphazardly, but town officials say you shouldn’t be afraid to answer the door.

“Because of the type of community we have,” Capt. Dan Ryan said, he doesn’t think people should fear answering their front doors if someone comes knocking.

Solicitors are a perennial sight in Ridgefield, though the door-to-door salesmen often peddle wares without the proper permit.

For-profit solicitors are required to register with the town for $200, and provide identification to their would-be customers.

No one is currently registered with the first selectman’s office to solicit door to door.

Some unlicensed door-to-door pitches are OK by law, like town residents’ raising money for charities and religious organizations.

The town ordinance, adopted in 1974, is meant to promote public safety and deter consumer fraud, according to the Town Charter, and though many solicitors might at worst be an unwanted nuisance, Capt. Ryan said there are some threats, including would-be thieves, using solicitation or other door-to-door ruses as a pretext to case a home.

Making your presence known could prevent would-be burglars who knock on the front door and, if no one answers, look for a back entrance to break in, Capt. Ryan said.

Still, Capt. Ryan recommended caution: Talking through a closed door or screen door if you don’t want to open the door, and call the police about anything out of the ordinary in your neighborhood, like people knocking and asking for someone who doesn’t live there.

“We do have larcenies,” Capt. Ryan warned.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi recommended some basics to avoid being scammed by supposed solicitors or anyone else who comes knocking. He said to always ask for identification and don’t assume someone who appears to be wearing a company uniform is really from that company.
Written by Jake Kara, Press Staff
The Ridgefield Press
http://www.acorn-online.com
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
100 Years Ago: Magazine Salesman Arrested for Larceny
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Pictorial Review
end DMPG Info
June 15, 2011
100 Years Ago: Magazine Salesman Arrested for Larceny
By Josh Gray June 15, 2011
MarlboroughPatch

Six days a weeks (Mon—Sat) Marlborough Patch will highlight an interesting story from the Marlborough Daily Enterprise published on that date 100 years ago.

June 15, 1911: Emery Arrested on Larceny Charge
Roy A. Emery of Boston, who has been canvassing Marlboro for the past two months in the interest of the Pictorial Review, was arrested by headquarters men in Boston Wednesday afternoon on the complaint of J.T. Keefe, charged with the larceny of money on two different occasions. The complaint alleges that he took $5 May 4, and May 5 he is charged with taking $160.
Compiled from the archives at the Marlborough Public Library.
By Josh Gray
MarlboroughPatch
http://marlborough.patch.com
Marlborough, Massachusetts
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Atlantic Circulation, Inc. independent contractor takes advantage of my 82 year old mother.
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:
Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Website:
http://www.atlanticcirculation.com
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Atlantic Circulation
Atlantic Circulation Inc
Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road
York, PA 17402
Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998
Type of Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: 1998 in DE
Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President
Phone Number: (717) 755-3480
(570) 285-4504
Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com
BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE
Website Address:
http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com
Products & Services
This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.
Business Management
BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.
Additional Locations & Phone Numbers
2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.
Google Search: Atlantic Circulation Inc
More Complaints on Atlantic Circulation from pissedconsumer.com
end DMPG Info
June 15, 2011
Atlantic Circulation, Inc. independent contractor takes advantage of my 82 year old mother.
Atlantic Circulation Complaint by Get em
Review #: 243447
Posted by: Get em
Posted On: 2011-06-15
pissedconsumer.com
You were reading a complaint about Atlantic Circulation.
Yesterday, a young man sold my mother, who is 82 years old $511.00 worth of subscriptions. She has dementia and has been diagnosed with alzheimers. Since she lost her purse and all ID yesterday morning, he accompanied her to the bank where she paid him with five one hundred dollar bills. We will be cancelling that order promptly, but wanted to report this business dealing. This is not a direct sales group, but instead a direct criminal who would do this. What kind of young person would take advantage of an elderly person in this way? Just hoping they come to my door! 409895
Review #: 243447
Posted by: Get em
Posted On: 2011-06-15
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Indianapolis, Indiana
High-pressure sales tactics fuel door-to-door magazine sales.
June 15, 2011
BBB Headquarters
Hot Topics-June 2011
indy.bbb.org
6/15/2011
2. High-pressure sales tactics fuel door-to-door magazine sales. The common summer practice of selling magazines door-to-door is in full swing. Every year, the BBB receives reports and complaints about this practice and often the high-pressure sales tactics that come with it.

“So far in Central Indiana we have not been hit like other parts of the country,” said Bill Thomas, president and CEO of the BBB serving Central Indiana. “We do, however, need to keep aware and stay on our toes because for many of these door-to-door sales crews, their sole job is to convince you to give them your money.”

Nationwide there have already been 662 complaints filed this year with the BBB against door-to-door magazine sales. Of those complaints, only three have been filed against central Indiana businesses.

Most of the complaints allege non-delivery of magazines after payment. The BBB recommends:

•Listen carefully and be aware of high-pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment and even make special offers to entice you. Listen to their tone. Are they increasing in volume as they speak to you? Are they ignoring you despite saying you are not interested? Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, drawn-out pressure sales pitches.
•Stand strong. Do not invite unsolicited salespeople into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside and decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a purchase, simply ask him or her to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, threaten to call the police and follow through if they don’t leave immediately.
•Verify the individual and the company. If you are interested in buying from a door-to-door seller, get everything in writing, including price, warranty and all conditions. Tell the salesperson you will check it out and get back to him or her. Ask for a business card and contact information. Look the company up and verify this person is an employee. Also, take the time to check out the company’s BBB Business Review and rating at www.bbb.org.
•Know your rights. The FTC’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, salespeople should also include a completed cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. By law, the company must give customers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.
Victims of fraudulent magazine sales can file a complaint with the BBB at www.bbb.org, local law enforcement and the state Attorney General offices.
BBB Headquarters
Hot Topics-June 2011
indy.bbb.org
http://indy.bbb.org
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Madison, New Jersey
Parolee Wanted in Texas Arrested Going Door-to-Door by Boro Police
June 13, 2011
Parolee Wanted in Texas Arrested Going Door-to-Door by Boro Police
Police alerted by Neighborhood Watch.
By Stuart Chirls June 13, 2011
MadisonPatch
A Dallas man wanted for a parole violation in Texas was arrested by Madison police last week.

On June 8 at 8:26 a.m., Det. Lt. Jerry Mantone and Ptl. Matt Mirabella arrested John Kession, 46, and Ivan Hamilton, 43, of Dallas, Texas. They were charged with soliciting without a permit. Mantone responded to Grove Street after receiving a call from a National Night Out/Neighborhood Watch citizen, who reported that there was a suspicious person going door-to-door. The pair were allegedly soliciting for a company out of California inquiring about residents hosting international students for the summer, said Police Information Officer Lt. Darren Dachisen.

Mantone stopped the individuals on Grove Street. After a brief field investigation, their names were checked on the National Crime Information Computer which revealed that Kession was wanted for a parole violation in Texas. They were both transported to headquarters for processing. After processing Hamilton was released pending a mandatory court appearance for soliciting without a permit. Kession was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility and is being held pending extradition by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office. Madison Ptl. Luis Goncalves also assisted with the arrest.
By Stuart Chirls June 13, 2011
MadisonPatch http://madison.patch.com
Madison, New Jersey
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New York, New York
Jeffrey Ritter's first rape victim speaks out: 'He needs to be put away for life'
June 12, 2011
Jeffrey Ritter's first rape victim speaks out: 'He needs to be put away for life'
BY Rich Schapiro
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
DAILY NEWS
Sunday, June 12th 2011, 4:00 AM
The arrest of ex-con Jeffrey Ritter for a sex attack on an 85-year-old Manhattan woman sent a shudder through his first victim - who says he should be locked up forever.

Heather Stout of Nebraska was terrorized by Ritter 11 years ago and was shaken to learn of last month's sickening assault on the upper East Side.

"He needs to be put away for life," Stout, 34, told the Daily News. "If he's done it to me, and now a second time, how long is it going to be until he does it again? He's a sick man."

Stout was driving with a friend in Grand Island, about 95 miles west of Lincoln, in August 2000 when two men flagged down her car.

When she stopped, the men said they needed a ride. Then one of them, identified in court papers as Ritter, said he had a gun and "threatened to rape and kill" her.

"He told me he was going to do what he wanted with me," Stout recalled. "I told him, 'You are going to have to use that gun because it ain't happening.' "

Ritter forced his feisty victim to empty her wallet and hand over her four rings, then dragged her out of the car to the side of a building, Stout said.

The quick-thinking Stout told him it was that "time of the month" and Ritter fled without carrying out his threat.

"I was scared to death," said Stout, who still lives in Nebraska but asked to keep her hometown secret out of fear of retaliation. "I thought he had a gun."

Stout's accomplice, fellow traveling magazine salesman Adam Sisk, was arrested quickly, along with Ritter's twin brother Jeremy, who had a matching teardrop facial tattoo.

Police later arrested Jeffrey Ritter and, after Stout identified his voice, the twin was let go.

Jeffrey Ritter pleaded no contest in 2001 to attempted sexual assault and was sentenced to four years in prison. Sisk, then 20, was sentenced to five years behind bars on attempted robbery charges.

Ten years later, Ritter is behind bars again, this time at Rikers Island, where he declined to speak with a reporter last week.

Charged with sex abuse, sexual misconduct and robbery in the Memorial Day attack on the 85-year-old, he is being held without bail. Authorities say he dragged the elderly woman off the street and forced her to perform oral sex on him on a Madison Ave. stoop.

"He's done it to me, he's done it to this woman and if he does get out, in my opinion he's going to end up killing someone," Stout said.

rschapiro@nydailynews.com
BY Rich Schapiro
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
DAILY NEWS
http://www.nydailynews.com
New York, New York
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 060511:
Jeffrey L. Ritter
Criminal Profiler: Jeffrey L. Ritter - Traveling Magazine Salesman
Nebraska Criminal Complaints and Convictions: Jeffrey L. Ritter - Traveling Magazine Salesman


East Haddonfield, New Jersey
Haddonfield doesn’t need anymore magazine subscriptions
June 12, 2011
Haddonfield doesn’t need anymore magazine subscriptions
The Haddonfield Sun
Email: news@haddonfieldsun.com
June 12, 2011 8:00 am
A Washington Avenue resident reported to police on June 9 at 4:56 p.m. that a male suspect was soliciting magazine subscriptions in the area. When an officer arrived at the scene, he found the suspect on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Lafayette Avenue. The suspect, a 19-year-old from Roanoke, Va., had been warned just an hour earlier by an officer to not sell subscriptions without a permit. He was issued a municipal summons by the officer for selling magazine subscriptions without a permit. He was processed and released.
The Haddonfield Sun
Email: news@haddonfieldsun.com
http://haddonfield.sunne.ws
East Haddonfield, New Jersey
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Springfield, Illinois
Lesko proposes licenses for door-to-door salespeople
June 12, 2011
Lesko proposes licenses for door-to-door salespeople
By DEANA STROISCH (deana.stroisch@sj-r.com)
GateHouse News Service
The State Journal-Register
Posted Jun 12, 2011 @ 11:00 PM
Solicitors — even Girl Scouts selling cookies — would have to get licenses from the city before going door-to-door in Springfield, under a proposal sponsored by Ward 4 Ald. Frank Lesko.

The city currently distinguishes between peddlers, people who sell merchandise along street rights of way, and solicitors, door-to-door salespeople. A peddler has to get a license, but a solicitor does not.

Lesko said he’s heard safety concerns from people throughout his ward.

“An elderly person, young person, even us, when you open the door sometimes you can be a little bit worried about who is this person, are they legitimate,” Lesko said. “And you should have to register before you are able to go up and knock on the door and try to sell something, for safety reasons.”

Under the proposed changes, anyone wanting to sell items door-to-door would have to apply for a license and provide a current, state-issued photo identification. The mayor would have to approve the licenses.

A license would come with a fee ranging from $10 for one day to $80 for a year. The same fees currently apply to peddlers.

“We have solicitors going out knocking on doors, all hours of the night, up ‘til nine ‘o clock,” Lesko said. “I think we need to probably to look at that also, make it maybe eight o’clock.”

The rules now allow door-to-door sales at homes and businesses between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The city’s acting corporation counsel, Tracy Pedersen, said the proposed change would make peddlers and solicitors subject to the same requirements. She said it’s unclear why the rules are different. If approved, she said, everyone would have to get a license to sell items door-to-door.

Some neighboring municipalities, including Riverton and Rochester, already have licensing requirements for solicitors.

Springfield resident Kim Eck said requiring licenses could help.

“That would be a good way to shut somebody down and a reason to say, ‘I’m not going to talk to you because you don’t have that.’”

A female solicitor selling security systems recently came knocking on Eck’s door, even though she and her husband already have one, as well as a security system sign in their yard.

Eck said the solicitor asked lots of questions about how the security system worked — questions that if answered could have helped a potential burglar bypass the system.

“We were real wary, because we have actually been burglarized before,” said Eck, who lives in Lincolnshire subdivision on the city’s west side.

The solicitor was relatively professional, Eck said, but didn’t have a business card. Eck did some research, and the company the woman said she represented had some questionable history.

“I just keep thinking about my mom, who is at home right now by herself, or older people ... who will just answer questions willingly for things like that,” she said.

Eck said she doesn’t think solicitors are necessarily out to burglarize, but how do you know?

“Anybody can come up to your door and start talking to you,” she said. “You don’t know if they are legitimate or not. They could be looking at your house, looking inside. It’s a very serious safety issue.”

***

Springfield solicitation rules

* No person shall solicit at dwellings without the prior written consent of the occupant except between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

* Any person soliciting shall, before entering any dwelling, identify himself to the occupant by name and state what individual, partnership, corporation, group or association he represents.

* No person shall solicit at, or remain on the premises of, any dwelling after having been asked by the occupant to leave the premises.

* No person shall solicit on any premises if the premises is posted against solicitation by means of a notice prominently displayed, on which is printed the legend: “NO SOLICITORS.”

Proposed additions

* No person shall solicit any merchandise or services within the corporate limits of the city of Springfield without first obtaining a solicitor’s license. The approving authority shall be the mayor. An applicant for a solicitor’s license must present current state-issued photo identification at the time the application is submitted.

* License fees would be: $10 for one day; $25 for one month; $40 for two months; $80 for one year.

* It would be a nuisance for any solicitor to enter any dwelling without being admitted by an adult occupant or to show items to any person after being told that he/she does not wish to see or purchase the items, or to “vex, annoy or harass” anyone.
By DEANA STROISCH (deana.stroisch@sj-r.com)
GateHouse News Service
The State Journal-Register
http://www.sj-r.com
Springfield, Illinois
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Ontario Oregon
Chance conversation with salesman raises Ontario youth advocate’s awareness, concern
June 11, 2011
Chance conversation with salesman raises Ontario youth advocate’s awareness, concern
By William Anderson
Argus Observer
Saturday, June 11, 2011 9:43 PM PDT
ONTARIO—A discussion with a traveling magazine sales representative who knocked on Renee Cummings’ door last month brought to light a very disturbing situation taking place in the lives of vulnerable young people in the country.

While talking with the 23-year-old man, Cummings, the executive director of Harvest House Missions, explained what it is she does and how there is a run-away and homeless program in Ontario. Cummings said the man told her he knows of several 18- and 19-year-olds who want to go home but can’t.

With the conference that Cummings attended in April about human trafficking, and the talk with the magazine salesperson, Cummings realized the two went hand in hand.

“One of the things they brought up (in the conference) was these magazine crews,” Cummings said. “They use mostly homeless kids and poor family situations. They hire them and take them across the country.”

Cummings said the companies lure the young people with the opportunity to see the country and make a lot of money.

What they get in return is 5 percent of the total sales they make along with a $12-a-day deduction from their income for expenses incurred by the company.

“By the time they want to go home, they are already in debt to the company,” Cummings said. “They are promised they can leave at anytime and return home.”

But that rarely happens.

Cummings said the young man who opened up to her told her of a young woman who got pregnant and was dropped off at a bus stop in Nampa with no ticket and only $4 in her pocket. She was trying to return to Mississippi.

She said these salespeople are further exploited by having to work extremely long hours. While they are told when applying a typical work day is from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Cummings said many are told they are not making enough money and are forced to work from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

Cummings said the salesman told her many new young recruits who not have a drivers license but are instructed to drive vehicles. Many times, they are pulled over and are arrested and taken to jail for not having a license. She said he told her a company representative eventually picks up the person and relocates them so they miss their court dates, leading to many warrants out for their arrests.

Along with the driving infractions, the sales reps are also required in many cities to get a permit to make sales in the city. Many do not ever get one, leading to arrests and even more legal issues.

An issue that is even more disturbing to Cummings is the talk of drug and alcohol use. She said the sales representatives can earn points for marijuana, which they have dubbed “pot points. The more points they get, the more pot they get.

Although many of these young adults are victimized, Cummings also warns against letting them into your home because they are also encouraged to steal whatever is in sight and can even assault you.

Along with all these issues, many of the people who order from the company never end up receiving the magazines for which they have paid.

“I don’t know why it is successful,” Cummings said. “I don’t know why people continue to buy. If people weren’t buying the magazines, there would be no need for these crews.”

Cummings suggests three steps to help with the situation.

First, simply don’t buy magazines from sales representatives and don’t let them into your house.

Second, she would like law enforcement to begin pursuing the company instead of just the individual who is driving without a license and possibly impound the vehicle.

Finally, she would like to see local law enforcement to be more aware of these situations.

“Summer, in our area, is a big time for crews to come through here,” Cummings said.

Cummings said there is a website and organization put together by the father of a Wisconsin woman who was killed while on a sales crew to learn more information and prevention tips, http://www.dedicatedmemorial.org
By William Anderson
Argus Observer
http://www.argusobserver.com
Ontario Oregon
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Wilmette, Illinois
Chicago Woman Charged with Burglary Theft, Forgery
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
DLG Global Apparel
aka: Daddy's Little Girl Global Apparel
Wilmette Illinois Police Department
Case Number: 11-5609
BBB:
BBB: DLG Global Apparel
This Business is not BBB Accredited
DLG Global Apparel
(217) 202-6066
912 Pomona Dr, Champaign, IL 61822
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 05/03/2011
Licensing
This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business.
BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Mr. Gerald Sanders
Complaint Contact: Ms. LaEsha Knox
Business Category
Magazines - Dealers
end DMPG Info
June 10, 2011
Chicago Woman Charged with Burglary Theft, Forgery
Wilmette police arrested Anna Spraggins on June 8 for alleged theft from a vehicle and forgery.
By Andrea Hart June 10, 2011
wilmette.patch.com
Wilmette-KenilworthPatch


A 23-year-old Chicago woman was arrested by Wilmette police on Wednesday for allegedly stealing from an unlocked car and forging checks in the victim's name. Anna Spraggins had been going door to door soliciting magazine subcriptions on May 23 when she supposedly entered the vehicle and took a briefcase, according to a statement from Police Chief Brian King. The bag contained the Wilmette resident's checkbook, which Spraggins later used to write more than $500 in forged checks. Police arrested Spraggins in the 1000 block of South Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling and charged her with burglary to an automobile, as well as forgery. She appeared in bond court Thursday morning and will return to Skokie Courthouse on June 20 at 1:30 p.m.
By Andrea Hart
wilmette.patch.com
Wilmette-KenilworthPatch
http://wilmette.patch.com
Wilmette, Illinois
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Springs subscription seller arrested after earrings disappear from Steamboat Springs home
June 10, 2011
Springs subscription seller arrested after earrings disappear from Steamboat Springs home
June 10, 2011 7:51 PM
THE STEAMBOAT PILOT
Steamboat Springs — A 19-year-old Colorado Springs man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing diamond earrings valued at $14,000 to $18,000 from a Steamboat Springs woman. Jeremy Allen Girard was arrested on suspicion of felony theft and was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail. According to an affidavit filed with the court by Steamboat police Det. Dave Kleiber, Girad took the earrings May 22 while selling magazine subscriptions to a woman who lives on Memphis Belle Court. The woman had taken the earrings off while cleaning and left them on a tray in her kitchen. She allowed two magazine salesmen into her kitchen and left momentarily to retrieve her credit card to pay for three subscriptions. That’s when the woman thinks her earrings were taken, the affidavit states. In late May, police warned the public about a group of people who had come to Steamboat to sell magazine subscriptions using high-pressure tactics. Police said the magazine subscriptions may have been fraudulent and the people did not have a sales tax license. The salespeople said they were working for Lamar Publications, based out of Falcon.
The Gazette
http://www.gazette.com
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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St Peter, Minnesota
No permit? No peddling
June 9, 2011
No permit? No peddling
St. Peter Herald
Submitted by Ed Lee on Thu, 2011-06-09 00:38
No fewer than four citations were issued by St. Peter Police during the past week to people attempting to sell magazines door-to-door without the proper peddler’s permit. “It’s that time of year when the weather warms up and kids are out of school when we start to see more of these kinds of incidents show up,” St. Peter Police Chief Matt Peters said. “The people of St. Peter are really good about reporting this kind of activity and we have a city ordinance stating that people need to have a permit to go door-to-door selling things without the resident’s permission ahead of time.”

All four citations were issued on Tuesday, May 31, at various locations around the city. Those who were cited included: • Angelina Rena Thomas, 25, of Minneapolis who was found selling magazines door-to-door on the 800 block of South Front Street. Thomas told police she did not have a permit and was in a contest. She said a driver just dropped her off in St. Peter.
• Frank Ladell Williams, Jr., 21 of Little Rock, Ark., was cited after several people called from the 500 block of West St. Paul Street of selling door-to-door.
• Paul Michael Borchard, 19, of Simi Valley, Cal., was cited after reports came in about peddling without a permit on the 500 block of West College Avenue.
• Artis Michael Jones, 21, of New Brighton was cited after being located on the 200 block of North Seventh Street of selling magazines without a permit.
In each case the suspect’s sales books are retained by police until after the case is resolved. Several of them had sales listed in their books from residents in St. Peter. “The permit process allows us to do background checks on those coming here to sell,” Peters said. “The company itself is the one which has to apply for the permit and list all the people they will have selling in town. “Those selling things do not need a permit if they were invited to that particular residence by those living there, but one is needed if they are going to door-to-door cold calling.” City residents are encouraged to ask anyone coming to the door trying to sell them something without prior arrangement. If anyone has any questions they can contact St. Peter Police at 931-1550.
St. Peter Herald
http://www.stpeterherald.com
St Peter, Minnesota
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FOX RIVER GROVE, Illinois
Police: Man fired gun to shoo salesmen
June 8, 2011
Police: Man fired gun to shoo salesmen
Sarah Sutschek and Cyndi Wyss
NORTHWEST HERALD
LOCAL NEWS AND VIDEO FOR MCHENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Created: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 4:55 p.m. CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 5:22 p.m. CDT
FOX RIVER GROVE – A Fox River Grove man has been charged after police said he fired a shot when two men selling magazine subscriptions came to his door.

Mark A. Molenaar, 50, of 105 South Road, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony. He was released after posting 10 percent of a $15,000 bond.

About 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, deputies from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office and officers from the Fox River Grove Police Department responded to a "shots fired" call in the 100 block of South road. It is an unincorporated area.

The salesmen had gone to Molenaar's home and sometime during the interaction, Molenaar produced a Smith & Wesson revolver, police said. He allegedly fired one round into the ground, and the men fled. No one was injured.

Molenaar admitted to having the gun and said that it accidentally went off, said Lt. James Wagner of the Sheriff's Office.

Police said they found the revolver and several other firearms in Molemaar's home but said he did not have a valid Firearm Owner Identification Card. The firearms were seized.

– Sarah Sutschek and Cyndi Wyss
Sarah Sutschek and Cyndi Wyss
NORTHWEST HERALD
LOCAL NEWS AND VIDEO FOR MCHENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS
http://www.nwherald.com
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
Two Door-to-Door Magazine Salesmen Arrested for Lack of Permit
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
On The Job Sales/Urban Development
BBB: Urban Development
BBB Rating: F
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Omni-Horizons Inc.
Phone: (219) 809-2323
Fax: (219) 809-5734
View Additional Phone Numbers
8557 E. US Highway 20, Michigan City, IN 46360-7628
Additional Information
topBBB file opened: 03/19/2002
Business started: 01/01/1990
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: July 1990, IN
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Mrs. Kayon Ellis (President)
Complaint Contact: Ms. Tina Green (Manager)
Number of Employees
300
Business Category
Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
Products & Services
This company offers books and magazines.
Alternate Business Names
ALL CAN SUCCEED, INC., Dedicated to Inc., High Standards, Inc.,
Thanks God Bless, Urban Development Solutions
end DMPG Info
June 8, 2011
Two Door-to-Door Magazine Salesmen Arrested for Lack of Permit
By Bret Silverberg June 8, 2011
WellesleyPatch

Wellesley Police arrested two men for illegally selling magazines door-to-door June 4.

Police arrested John Brandon Hughes, 21, of Jackson, Miss., and Willie Smith of Memphis, Tenn. after they received a call about two men illegally soliciting in town. Police located the men, who worked for a company called On The Job Sales/Urban Development, and informed them they needed to have a permit to sell magazines in Wellesley. The men did not have a permit.

“It’s a hard and fast rule, especially this time of year,” Morse said.

Both were arrested and charged with soliciting without a town permit.
By Bret Silverberg
WellesleyPatch
http://wellesley.patch.com
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Anderson, South Carolina
Lavonia officials pass new ordinance about door-to-door sales
June 8, 2011
Lavonia officials pass new ordinance about door-to-door sales
MJ Kneiser/WLHR FM-92.1/Special to Independent Mail
Anderson Independent Mail
Posted June 8, 2011 at 3:49 p.m.
LAVONIA — People going door to door to make sales in Lavonia will now be subject to a new city ordinance requiring them to submit to a background check, among other things.

The Lavonia City Council voted unanimously Monday to pass the new ordinance on final reading.

City manager Gary Fesperman said concerns about the legitimacy of recent door-to-door salesmen in the town and surrounding county prompted the proposal of the new law.

“Citizens of Lavonia have some concerns about people canvassing in their neighborhoods; especially our elderly citizens who see people in the evening approaching darkness,” Fesperman said. “Some of our seniors have concerns about these people that they are not familiar with coming into their neighborhoods. So, the city of Lavonia put together a regulatory mechanism to control these types of solicitors, these types of door-to-door salesmen.”

Under the new law, any door-to-door salesman or saleswomen must first pay $75 for a license to peddle and then submit to a background check.

“It gives us any information as far as any criminal background history,” Fesperman said. “At that point, if we issue the license to them, they will then give us the routes they will be taking and where they’re going to be and when they’re going to be there and so forth and so on. Then we can monitor their progress while they’re in the city. We’re not trying to discourage business; we’re just trying to offer a little more protection to our residents.”

The new ordinance, he said, does not apply to nonprofit organizations. Those who violate the ordinance, he said, will not be jailed or fined, but will be asked to leave the city and never return.
MJ Kneiser/WLHR FM-92.1/Special to Independent Mail
Anderson Independent Mail
http://www.independentmail.com
Anderson, South Carolina
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White Plains, New York
Putnam sheriff warns of magazine peddlers going door to door
June 8, 2011
Putnam sheriff warns of magazine peddlers going door to door
Written by
Terence Corcoran
The Journal News and LoHud.com
11:35 AM, Jun. 8, 2011
SOUTHEAST — The recent arrest of a Mississippi man who was selling magazines door to door without a required peddling permit has police reminding residents that some employees hired to sell subscriptions have questionable backgrounds.

Last year, police in Carmel and Clarkstown charged people with selling magazines door to door without permits. Unpermitted peddlers were also charged last year with stealing mail in Carmel and burglarizing a Croton Falls home.

Sheriff Sgt. Lee Stabe and Deputies Scott Lombardo and Daniel Hunsburger responded to Indian Wells Road in Southeast about 3:15 p.