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Door to Door Sales 2012

In Loving Memory Of My Beautiful Daughter Malinda
July 6, 1980 - March 25, 1999


Do not bury me with words.
Do not remember me with the past.
Do not take my few moments of dreams away from me.
For I have lived in this world long enough to cherish life.
Save me in your heart.
Tell others that you loved me.
As I have loved you.
Put my name on your tongue.
Speak it freely.
Speak it to everyone.
So you can be remembered
as one who cares.
And when the tears come
wipe them gently from your face.
For I have not left you or forgotten you.
I am here with you now even as you suffer and mourn.
This is true love.
This is all I ask. This is what I have become.
Only an angel living in your heart.
With all my love
Your Dad


Janesville Wisconsin Van Crash Memorial April 7 2013


Dedicated Memorial Home Page

Malinda:
Murdered by: Jeremy Holmes, Karleen Hilley Spruiell, Choan Lane, Nathan Edwards and Nina Link.
Murdered by the National Field Selling Association
Murdered by the Magazine Publishers of America
Murdered by the 'traveling door-to-door sales industry'
96 documented deaths, over 400 felony cases, 6 unsolved murders, 6 unsolved sexual assaults and rapes.


Door-to-Door Sales: Human Trafficking

You are entering the most Dangerous, Deadly and Criminal Industry in the World !!!
Welcome to the HORROR of the 'Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Industry'
See Why We Say This


WHY do you have the DESIRE and the NEED
To Rape and Murder innocent kids and homeowners ???

FUGITIVE OF JUSTICE
Kevin Eugene Davis
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Lrumar Publications
aka: Lucretius Phocylides LLC
Colorado Court Case : 11CR4093
Colorodo Springs Sheriff office police report: 11-24548
Date of Crime: 08/03/11
Felomy Charge: Possession of marijuana concentrate. 0ver 3oz.
Contact:
Colorado Springs Sheriffs Office: (719) 520-7111
El Paso County, Colorado DA office: 719-520--6000
Kevin Eugene Davis

Kevin Eugene Davis



WANTED: Magazine Salesman: Sexual Assault




Malinda's Memorial



Fredericksburg, Virginia
Magazine sales exec gets prison for fraud
February 20, 2013
Magazine sales exec gets prison for fraud
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
FEB 20, 2014

The head of a Georgia-based magazine sales operation was ordered Tuesday to serve 18 months in jail because of his company’s deceptive practices.

James Edward Clair, 42, of Buford, Ga., was convicted of 32 charges in Stafford Circuit Court, including two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

As part of a plea agreement, another 116 charges were dropped.

Judge Sarah Deneke’s sentence exceeded the recommended state sentencing guidelines, which call for probation and no incarceration.

Clair entered Alford pleas to the charges, meaning that while he does not admit guilt he acknowledges that evidence is sufficient for convictions. A six-day jury trial for Clair had been scheduled to start Tuesday.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutors Kristin Bird and Michael Hardiman, a group of solicitors working for Clair’s company came to Stafford early last year.

The group, mostly young people, stayed at the Days Inn on U.S. 17 in a block of rooms that police say were paid for by Clair.

The salespersons went door to door, falsely claiming to be area residents, selling magazine subscriptions to benefit troops overseas or local sports teams.

Stafford Detective Christine Hammond began an investigation in March after getting complaints from multiple residents.

Hammond said she learned that the solicitors were often lying to residents about their own identities and about what the money was being raised for.

Many customers either didn’t get what they paid for or got nothing at all.

Hammond’s investigation led to a central clearinghouse in Georgia headed by Clair, who never came to Stafford prior to his arrest.

His company, United Family Circulation, has sent solicitors all over the country.

Bird said among the military installations subscriptions were supposedly being sent to were Walter Reed Hospital, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and VMI Military Hospital.

Bird said Walter Reed closed in 2011, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has been docked since 2009 and the VMI hospital never existed.

Bird said about 200 Stafford residents were bilked by deceptive practices. Clair was ordered to make restitution of $18,856, which he made Tuesday.

Fifteen others, including Clair’s ex-wife, have been charged in connection with the fraud.

Five have received jail time ranging from 30 days to Clair’s 18 months; two others still have to be sentenced and two have yet to be tried.

The others have not yet been arrested.

“We certainly hope we’ve sent a clear message to solicitors who would come here with less-than-honest intentions,” Bird said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
http://www.freelancestar.com
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Karleen Hillery Spruiell (James Edward Clair's Sister) is curently serving a 10 year prison term
in Arizona. The bitch was convicted of multiple counts of DUI and Felony Assault.

Karleen Hillery Spruiell
The Mother Of PURE EVIL !!!

Karleen Hillery Spruiell is responsible for the deaths of 8 young kids.
Including 7 kids killed near Janesville, Wisconsin on March 25, 1999
Janesville, Wisconsin Van Rollover March 25, 1999
Malinda's Memorial

karleen Hillery's brother James E. Clair (Marquis Fulfillment Agency)
is currently being sued for the deaths of 4 young kids (LTP Inc.) in a van rollover on June 22, 2011
near Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Read PDF Law Suit

Robert Spruiell and Karleen Hillery Spruiell were both members of the National Field Selling Association.
Robert Spruiell was stabbed to death in May 2008 in Miami, Florida during a drug deal gone bad.
They are all part of the family: Organized Crime: The NFSA and the MPA. Robert Spruiell and Karleen Hillery both cleared magazine subscriptions through the Magazine Publishers of America.
Using magazine clearinghouses:
National Publishers Exchange
Magazine Fullfilment Services
PUBLISHERS CONSULTING CORPORATION
"He who profits by a crime commits it."




Traveling Sales Crews Information Web Site
Breaking News

Traveling Door To Door Sales
Dedicated to presenting the violent, destructive, greedy and criminal acts that have turned the Traveling Sales Industry
into a National Tragedy


When I was a child my Mommy and Daddy told me that there were no monsters.
But on March 25, 1999 the monsters MURDERED me. I was 18 years old.
Malinda's Memorial
They ripped my guts out and split my head in half.
I bled to death on a cold cement highway along with 6 other young kids that also did not believe in monsters.
After I died my father and the families of the other 6 kids discovered the true identity of the monsters.
It was the National Field Selling Association and the Magazine Publishers of America:
MPA President: Nina Link
NFSA President: Nathan Edwards
Current NFSA President: Sandra Hall

"He who profits by a crime commits it."

Human Trafficking

Polaris Project


Featured Hotline Calls: Traveling Sales Crews

The NHTRC features hotline statistics every month to highlight a relevant trend in the anti-trafficking field or specific category of calls received through the hotline. The statistics are generated through the collection of various types of call data, including the types of potential trafficking referenced, caller and potential victim demographics, and the caller’s proximity to the situation. All calls to the NHTRC are confidential; any and all identifiable information has been omitted from NHTRC statistics.

Traveling sales crews refer to groups of individuals, typically young U.S. citizen adults, who travel from city to city, and often state to state, selling a product (or products), as employees of a specific company. Sales crews frequently sell door to door in residential neighborhoods or in commercial districts. Their products include magazines and candy, as well as other diverse goods.

Traveling sales crews were referenced in 96 calls to the hotline over the past three years in at least 19 states across the country. The highest number of calls referencing this trend came from New York (23%), California (21%), the District of Columbia (11%), and New Mexico (5%).

Sales crews are emerging as a network of concern for the anti-trafficking field, as the employment practices are often exploitative and can include various forms of force, fraud, and coercion.

Sales crews may employ financial restrictions or manipulation, including debts and daily quotas. Youth involved in sales crews often experience isolation as they are removed from familiar surroundings and frequently transported to new locations. Crew leaders and employers often recruit young people into sales crews by making false promises about travel and income opportunities. Other methods of control include sexual harassment, limited food/meals, and facilitated access to addictive substances.

Youth involved in sales crew networks have reported document confiscation, threats, physical and sexual abuse, and abandonment when calling the NHTRC. Thirty-six percent of all sales crew calls to the hotline presented high levels of labor trafficking indicators. In an additional 54% of calls regarding sales crews, some indicators of potential human trafficking were reported. In both categories of sales crew calls, indicators of other exploitative labor practices or abuse were also referenced.

The majority of the calls referencing traveling sales crews were tips or crisis calls (54%). In many other cases, the caller requested trafficking-specific referrals (28%).

Half of the total calls referencing sales crews came from either callers who had firsthand contact with potential victims (34%), or directly from the potential victims who were experiencing abuse (16%).

More information about Traveling Sales Crew networks can be found on our website by clicking here.

You can also learn more by visiting Parent Watch, Inc. , which is a clearinghouse for information on child and youth labor abuse in the traveling door-to-door sales crew industry.


They would not listen
they did not know how
perhaps they'll listen now.

They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...


It's Halloween, and this year I'm going to dress up as a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman
so I can rape and murder every mother in your neighborhood, so I can steal ALL the candy from your innocent children.
And while I'm at it I might just rape and murder your children too.
See Why We Say This





Traveling Door-to-Door Magazine Salesman With Gun???
Gee, is this a pellet gun for killing the rats in the motel or is it a 9 mm/45 cal. used for other ominous reasons?
I can't find the use of this gun in the National Field Selling Association or Magazine Publishers of America Code of Ethics
but I'm sure it's in their somewhere. Or maybe it's the gun they will use to try and kill me and my family?

Blue Diamond Gun

Blue Diamond Facebook

Blue Diamond Facebook Mobile Uploads

Blue Diamond Subscriptions Magazine Salesman Selling Magazines For The
Magazine Publishers of America and the National Field Selling Association

Blue Diamond Subscriptions is an active member of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com
The Unholy

BBB: Blue Diamond Subscriptions
Phone: (602) 222-0120
PO Box 83173, Phoenix, AZ 85071
http://www.bluediamondsubscriptions.com
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: February 09, 2012
Business started: 01/01/2010
Business Management
Mr. Samuel Kraft, Office Manager
Mr. Jose Roque, Contest Supervisor
Mr. Brandon Stice, Executive Contest Cooridinator
Lacy Knight, Executive Contest Cooridinator
Mr. Thomas Woodward, Principal
Customer Contact: Mr. Samuel Kraft, Office Manager
Principal: Mr. Thomas Woodward, Principal
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Magazines
end BBB
DMPG Info:
Blue Diamond Subscriptions: Formerly Atlantic Circulation Inc.

Pasco, Washington
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Blue Diamond Subscriptions
BBB: Blue Diamond
end DMPG Info
April 26, 2012
Report: #874282
Complaint Review: Brandon stice
Submitted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Reported By: Reported By: Ms. Vance — pasco Washington United States of America
Brandon stice
Internet Oregon United States of America
Phone:
Web:
Web: www.magicyellow.com/category/Magazines_Subscription_Agents/Blue_Diamond_NV.html
Category: ORGANIZED CRIME
Brandon stice Horrible, low life, scammer Internet, Oregon

Brandon stice, Jacob Berlingeri, Brian Houlies are the lowest of low. The Magazine industry has a bad name because of people like them. I've been in the industry almost two years and worked with them for a short amount of time befor I quickly learnt that they have their sales agents out stealing check books, Scamming old ladies out of prescription drugs and flatscreen TVs for the wounded warrior project. Brandon Stice spent time in Prision for impersonation of a police officer. Stice is on the run with felony warrants. Thw whole BNK, Blue diamond, prestiege group of scam artist are not represents of the magazine industry, more like the Mafia or a organized crime syndicate. My home school Washington State university has news articles about how their students are being scammed by Stice
http://wsunews.wsu.edu/pages/Publications.asp?Action=Detail&PublicationID=31177&PageID=21
http://www.getpayback.com/door-to-door-direct-sales/blue-diamond-subscriptions/
These people travel without sales permits and licenced drivers who are usually high on Meth.
RipOff Report: Brandon Stice
http://www.ripoffreport.com
Read The Entire RipOff Report Here
Click Here to read other Ripoff Reports on Brandon Stice

Note: The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group collects information from various sources:
police reports, court documents, media articles, and secretary of state websites.
The DMPG is not responsible for inaccurate data in any of the above sources of information.
Various company websites change over a period of time. Information and Links also change.
The DMPG cannot control this and for this reason cannot guarantee 100% accuracty of data.
If you have a question or find an error on this website please contact the DMPG WebMaster:
WebMaster
~or~ read the DMPG disclaimer: DMPG Disclaimer
Dedicated Parents Group LLC @ 2012


Denver, Colorado
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
December 1, 2012
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
KCNC-TV
Virtual Channel 4
RF Channel 35
December 1, 2012 2:56 PM


(credit: CBS)



Jennifer Proffitt Payne and Cody Payne (credit: CBS)


DENVER (CBS4) – Five years after an undercover CBS4 investigation into door-to-door magazine sales a judge has taken dramatic action.

Two major players in the magazine sales world are now permanently barred from the business and were fined almost $1 million dollars.

A Denver District Court judge issued a permanent injunction against the magazine sales companies, saying they routinely misled consumers, failed to deliver magazines, and routinely misrepresented their connection with charities and other groups.

Magazine crews have been crisscrossing Colorado for years, in many cases misleading consumers like Catherine Pickering.

“He told me what they were doing was buying books for children in the hospital and I thought, ‘Well gee, that’s’ pretty good.’ You know because it was for the hospital,” Pickering said. She gave magazine salesmen $300, but the door-to-door salesmen were later arrested for fraud admitting their hospital story was just a ruse to sell subscriptions.

Now a Denver judge has ordered the husband wife team of Cody Payne and Jennifer Proffitt Payne banned from the door-to-door magazine business and ordered them to pay nearly $1 million in fines

The Paynes owned and ran a network of magazine companies that a judge says operated in bad faith, had sales crews make false statements to consumers, and failed to provide refunds.

“What actually generated the most complaints was people who tried to cancel their subscriptions, either because they didn’t get it, or it was too expensive, or whatever other reasons, and were promised refunds that were never processed and never received,” Deputy Attorney General Jan Zavislan said.

The Attorney General’s Office says it’s identified nearly 800 Colorado consumers ripped off by the Paynes and their web of companies.

“There’s no question that with crews operating in multiple states, as well as in Colorado, that they sold magazines to thousands of households,” Zavislan said.

Five years ago A CBS4 producer went undercover with a magazine sales crew. She was told to act younger to elicit more sympathy and sales.

“So I’m talking to you as Stephanie, but when I’m in contests I’m trying to act more like a kid, so my voice is going to change a little bit and I act more kiddish,” the salesperson said to the CBS4 producer.

The Paynes didn’t contest the order banning them for life from the magazine industry. It’s believed they have both now moved out of Colorado.

The Attorney General’s Office urges people not to let any unsolicited door-to-door salesmen in their house at any time.
KCNC-TV
Virtual Channel 4
RF Channel 35
http://denver.cbslocal.com
Denver, Colorado
Read This Story


This is what can happen to you when you open your door to a door-to-door salesman.
When you let them in your home your are inviting EVIL !!!
When you refuse to buy a magazine from the National Field Selling Association
and the Magazine Publishers of America you are beaten, raped, and set on fire.
See Why We Say This

Daniel Deshawn Neal
On March 30, 2009 a 78 year old woman in Texas is raped and set on fire by Daniel Deshawn Neal
a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman working for a Washington, D.C.- based company called U.D. Management.
UD Management is an active member of the National Field Selling Association:

http://nfsa.com
The Unholy



This is what can happen to you when you open your door to a door-to-door Kirby salesman.
Direct Selling Association: DSA


You Tube: Grandmother survives torture and kidnapping.



The Hidden Faces Of Modern-Day Slavery - 02/28/12
National Public Radio
JOHN DONVAN, HOST


DMPG Media

The Abused, Abandoned, Exploitated, Raped and Murdered:
http://www.magazinesalescrews.com/testimonials.html
http://www.magcrew.com

They would not listen
they did not know how
perhaps they'll listen now.

They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...

Malinda's Memorial
Why We Do This - In Loving Memory
Holy Ground - Express Your Feelings





See Why We Say This

NEW DMPG Web Sites Under Construction:
http://www.magazinesalescrews.com - Beta
http://www.magazinesalescrews.info
http://www.magazinesalescrews.org
http://www.no-knock.info
Happy Birthday Malinda - July 6, 2012


FOUND

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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Jeremy A. Holmes
Restitution Violations
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Location: Rock County, Wisconsin
Date: 06/17/12





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




Unsolved Rape   



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



Unsolved Murder





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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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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

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 !!!
See Why We Say This




Want to see an exclusive GLIMPSE of what life on a mag crew is like?
watch this amazingly well written short film to see only a fraction of
what these victims go through ... then tell us what you think or how it impacted you!
MagCrew Movie

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They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...

Janesville Van Rollover Memorial March 25, 2012


Washington, DC
NATIONAL CONSUMERS LEAGUE
Five Most Dangerous Jobs for Teens 2012
June 2012
NATIONAL CONSUMERS LEAGUE
Five Most Dangerous Jobs for Teens 2012
Tips to Stay Safe at Work This Summer
The National Consumers League’s annual guide to help teenagers
select safe employment and protect themselves on the job
June 2012

Traveling Youth Crews Performing Door-to-Door Sales The startling discovery of the remains of a long-missing 18-year-old girl, Jennifer Hammond, in October 2009, served as a painful reminder that traveling door-to-door sales jobs are very dangerous. A Littleton, Colorado native, Hammond had last been seen in 2009 in a mobile home park in Milton, New York. She failed to show up at a designated pick-up spot two hours later. A hunter found her remains in a forest in Saratoga County, New York six years later.

Parents should not allow their children to take a traveling sales job. The dangers are too great. Without parental supervision, teens are at too great a risk of being victimized. Traveling sales crew workers are typically asked to go to the doors of strangers and sometimes enter their homes—a very dangerous thing for a young person to do.

Under pressure and scrutiny from advocacy groups and state law enforcement entities, it appears that the traveling sales sector today rarely hires individuals under 18. However, in recent years, there have been isolated reports of minors--and more frequent reports of 18- to 21-year-olds-- being hired.

Frequent crime reports involving traveling sales crews suggests that the environment they present is not a safe one for teen workers or young adults.

In March 2011, two men in Spartanburg County South Carolina called police and asked them to take them to jail because jail seemed like it would be better alternative than the traveling sales crew they were in. Vincent Mercento, 19, and Adam Bassi, 21, told police they needed to quit going door to door asking people to buy magazines. They said they were tired of being wet and selling magazines and tired of the abuse from the company that employed them which seemed “cult-like.” Their lives were so bad they thought jail would be better.

How Dangerous are Traveling Sales Crews? In February 2011, Columbia County Georgia authorities arrested a traveling sales crew of 17 individuals for peddling without a license. Five of the arrestees had criminal records, including one individual on probation for child molestation, another with a conviction for statutory rape, and a third for not registering as a sex offender. Would you want your son or daughter to travel in such company?

All 17 individuals were crowded into one van. With vehicular accidents being one of the most common causes of death for young people, NCL urges teens not to accept any job like those on a traveling sales crew that involves driving long distances or for long periods of time.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warned consumers in May 2009 that deceptive sales practices are common in door-to-door sales—the group had received 1,100 complaints in the prior year. “Experience tells us that customers aren’t the only victims of [these scams],” said Michael Coil, President of the BBB of Northern Indiana, “the young salespeople are also potentially being taken advantage of by their employers and forced to work long hours, endure substandard living conditions and have their wages withheld from them.”

Unfortunately, young salespeople are also vulnerable to violence by crew leaders. The New York Times reported in October 2009, that “two young people working as itinerant magazine salesmen” in Lakewood, Washington were beaten with baseball bats and golf clubs after they told their bosses they wanted to quit. The victims, whose names and ages were not identified in the article, were hospitalized and their six assailants arrested.

"The industry’s out of control as far as violence," Earline Williams, the founder of Parent Watch, one of the groups that follows the industry told the Orlando Sentinel in a December 2009 article that reported the beating of Brian Emery, a sales crew member called “The Kid” by his colleagues [Emery’s age was not reported]. New to traveling sales, Emery told deputies that his team members gave him $12 to buy beer in Osceola County, Florida, but became enraged when he bought the wrong brand. Two men were charged with beating Emery, one of whom broke a beer bottle across his face.

In May 2008, police in Spokane, Washington investigated a 16-year-old’s claim that she was held as a captive worker by a door-to-door sales company. She escaped after the sales crew leaders beat up her boyfriend because he wasn’t selling enough magazines. Many youth desperate for work are lured in with promises that they will earn good money, travel the country, and meet fun people selling door-to-door. One young man was told that the experience would be like MTV’s Road Rules.

The reality is often far different. Many salesmen work six days a week and 10 to 14 hours a day. Unscrupulous traveling sales companies charge young workers for expenses like rent and food, essentially requiring them to turn over all the money they ostensibly make from selling magazines or goods. When workers try to quit or leave the crew, they are told they cannot. Disreputable companies have been known to seize young workers’ money, phone cards, and IDs and restrict their ability to call their parents. Drug use and underage drinking are not uncommon. A New York Times report in 2007 found that crew members often make little money after expenses are deducted. On some crews, lowest sellers are forced to fight each other or punished by being made to sleep on the floor.

Few of the magazine sales teams do background checks on their workers, according to Phil Ellenbecker, who runs an industry watchdog group based in Wisconsin that has tracked hundreds of felony crimes and over 80 deaths attributed to door-to-door vendors. ”It’s not uncommon to get recently released felons knocking on your door trying to sell you magazines,” said Ellenbecker.

One salesman who spent 10 years on crews and eventually became a crew manager told the Indiana Student Daily newspaper, “I regret a lot of stuff I did….I’d become this monster. Lying to kids, telling them how good the job was, and it wasn’t a good job at all.” A tough economy has made it tougher to sell magazines, and according to Earline Williams of Parent Watch, that has meant more violence on crews and more sales employees abandoned. “It’s gotten meaner,” she told NCL.

Among the possible dangers of working on traveling sales crews:

Murder


In addition to the suspected murder of Jennifer Hammond in 2003, other relatively recent murders:
• In November 2007, Tracie Anaya Jones, 19, who was a member of a traveling sales crew, was found dead of stab wounds. Originally from Oregon, Jones was last seen working in Little Rock Arkansas before her body was found 150 miles away in Memphis, Tennessee. Her killing remains unsolved and was featured on America’s Most Wanted Web site. • In Rapid City, South Dakota in April 2004, a 41-year-old man was charged with murdering a 21-year-old woman who came to his home to sell magazines.

Robbery
Working in unknown neighborhoods poses risks, especially if you are carrying money from sales or goods to sell.
• Although not part of a traveling sales crew, a 12-year-old selling candy for a school fundraiser in a Jacksonville, Florida neighborhood in March 2009 was robbed by three individuals who drove up to her in a car.
• In April 2003, a 16-year-old Texas youth selling candy was robbed and shot in the stomach by two teens.

Assaults
• In March 2011, an 18-year-old woman selling magazines in the Myrtle Grove, North Carolina area was approached by a man driving in a truck who assaulted her. Police arrested the man.
• In May 2009 in Bethesda, Maryland, a 19-year-old woman selling magazines was attacked and nearly raped by someone she encountered while selling magazines door-to-door.
• In Lawton, Oklahoma, a19-year-old Nevada woman was selling magazines door-to-door in February 2009 when her potential customer invited her in. The man gave her something to drink and she awoke several hours later and realized she had been raped.
• A 19-year-old Ohio magazine salesperson was assaulted by three men who expressed an interest in buying magazines. The victim was waiting for a pickup by co-workers when she was approached, abducted, and sexually assaulted (April 2003)

Consumers are also at-risk of the dangers associated with traveling sales. Traveling sales crew members have committee a number of assaults and other crimes against non-sales crew members:

• In May 2011, Ruben Barradas, a door-to-door salesman was sentenced by a judge in Omaha, Nebraska to five to eight years in prison for convincing a woman that she and her 7- and 10-year-old daughters should submit to sexual examinations.
• A Texas man, Jesse Estep, who worked in a magazine sales crew, was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Litchfield, Connecticut in May 2010.
• In April 2010, police in Oak Ridge, Tennessee arrested a sex offender for possession of crack cocaine and other drugs.
• In February 2011, a Texas man from a traveling crew was arrested in Florida for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Reckless driving
Traveling sales crews face greater risk of vehicle accidents and in many cases, crew leaders are driving without licenses or driving on suspended licenses. Vehicles are not always maintained properly and the use of 15-passenger vans in some cases presents safety concerns.
• In June 2011, a van carrying a traveling magazine sales crew rolled over in American Falls, Idaho. Three crew members aged 20 to 22 died. Seven others aged 18 to 24 were hospitalized.
• In November 2005, two teenagers were killed and seven were injured when their van flipped near Phoenix, Arizona. The vehicle crossed a median strip, and ended up in the opposite lanes of a freeway. All nine occupants, who worked for a magazine subscription company, were thrown from the vehicle.
• A month earlier, 20-year-old, James Crawford, was ejected and killed from a van in Georgia. Eighteen young adults were crammed into the 15-passenger van. The driver fell asleep and was allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana. The occupants were heading north from Florida to sell magazine subscriptions.
• Two young salespersons, age 18 and 19, were ejected from a vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene after a vehicle accident in which 15 salespersons were crammed into a 10-year-old SUV that rolled over on a highway in New Mexico (September 2002).
• In 1999, seven individuals traveling as a sales crew were killed in an accident in Janesville, Wisconsin. Five other passengers were injured, including one girl who was paralyzed. The driver of the van, who was trying to elude a police chase, did not have a valid driver’s license and attempted to switch places with another driver when the accident occurred. The fatality victims included Malinda Turvey, 18, who has inspired ground-breaking legislation—Malinda’s Act—which passed in Wisconsin in April 2009 to regulate traveling sales crews

The young salesman told NCL about some of the driving dangers, which included unsafe vans and unsafe drivers: “You’ve got drivers that have licenses but they’re suspended. They shouldn’t be driving [and] they let young adults drive under the influence.”

Alcohol and Drugs
This excerpt from “Shauna’s Story” (a memoir of life on the road with a traveling sales crew appears at www.magazinesalescrews.com ,a watchdog site for the industry):
[We were] a whole group of 18 and 19 year olds, and every night we drank more alcohol, and smoked more weed than the wildest college kids. It was the way we relaxed after some of the days we went through. We were out there rain, sleet, or snow all day, just like little soldiers. From the scorching summer days in Alabama to the near freezing temperatures of New York winters. We had only one mission: bring back the money and that we did. And for all that we went through, dealing with [the crew leaders] screaming at us when we didn’t have many sales, to refusing to take us to eat if we didn’t have any sales. To people slamming doors in our faces all day. We felt like we deserved to escape for a little while. And since we weren’t allowed to have our own vehicles on the road, we were stuck at the hotel. So every night after work, we would walk to the nearest store, find the closest dope man, and escape for a couple hours.

Desertion
Young salesmen have been stranded if they try to quit or do not sell enough.

Parent Watch’s founder Williams told the Orlando Sentinel in 2009 that she handles two to six phone calls a day from frightened, stranded workers seeking bus fare home.

In the summer of 2009, the National Consumers League received a call from one stranded salesman, Ricky, who had been left on the side of the road a thousand miles from home with no money to pay for transportation.

Exposure
Crews often work in bad weather, walking miles in blazing heat or in cold weather. They often wait hours in strange neighborhoods for their crew leaders or drivers to take them back to the hotels they are staying in.

Arrest
Crews often operate without proper licenses and permits and young sales people are subject to arrest.

Sexual exploitation
Young workers, far from home, are at special risk of exploitation from older crew leaders and crew members—many of whom have criminal records.

Parent Watch estimates that as many as 30,000 to 40,000 individuals are involved in traveling sales crews, selling magazines, candy, household cleaners, and other items door-to-door each year. It’s difficult to estimate the number of minors involved in this industry. Anecdotal evidence suggests that most recruits are over 18 because of the legal risks of transporting minors. However, NCL worries that there are still occasional minors lured into the business. In April 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas a 17-year-old was one of five magazine crew members arrested for peddling without a license. In August 2010, police arrested 8 individuals for illegal sales in Holden, Massachusetts. Two of the individuals were 17.

• In Gainesville, Florida in November 2009, police responded to a disturbance involving a 17-year-old girl who had been fired from a crew for low sales. The girl said she had nowhere to go and was not allowed to collect her belongings until police helped her. Police ran background checks on the crew of 50 sales people she was traveling with and found many with extensive criminal histories. While this report focuses on protecting teenagers, traveling sales crews present significant dangers for young adults—large numbers of 18- to 24-year-olds who make up most crews--as well.
• A news report from Mankato, Minnesota concerned an 18-year-old man with developmental delays who was lured into following a sales crew. His panicked family was able to retrieve him about a week later. Another 18-year-old who suffered from schizophrenia and manic depression was lured from his home in Gaston County North Carolina in April 2011.

The Web site Parentwatch.org contains an account by an 18-year-old traveling sales crew member who said she was drugged, raped, and impregnated by a fellow crew member. She also said she regularly saw fellow crew members get beaten to the point that they needed hospitalization.

The number of crimes in which 18 to 21-year-olds in traveling sales crews are victims or perpetrators is staggering and can be tracked at here.

Shauna, the young woman who wrote about her experiences in a crew, reflected:

“It’s crazy the things people will put up with to feel like they belong, to feel loved, and to be accepted….Now that I have been off the road …it’s given me the opportunity to sit back and reflect on just how blessed I was to be involved in something so dangerous for so long, and make it out safely. Sometimes I still have nightmares of some of the things that I went through, and some of the things I witnessed.”

What can be done to help clean up this industry?
States and localities should consider model laws like the one passed in Wisconsin in 2009. It requires sales workers who travel in pairs of two or more to be employees rather than independent contractors and subjects them to labor laws. Companies that employ crews would have to register with the state and their operators would have to pass criminal background checks. The law requires companies to tell recruits in writing where they will work and how much they will be paid. It also requires them to carry insurance, and mandates employers pay a $10,000 bond with the state.

Local police can ensure that crews in their areas are properly licensed and can talk to young salespeople to ensure that they are not being physically abused or held against their will.
NATIONAL CONSUMERS LEAGUE
Five Most Dangerous Jobs for Teens 2012
http://www.nclnet.org/
Washington, DC
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Five Most Dangerous Jobs for Teens 2012
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Agencies that the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group has worked with to STOP the exploitation and crime:

Polaris Project: Human Trafficking and Traveling Sales Crews

Abolition-Movement-Against-Human-Trafficking-on-Mag-Crews

Homeland Security

Federal Trade Commission

National Association of Attorney General

U.S. Marshals Service

Federal Bureau of Investigation

National Consumers League

Better Business Bureau

State and Federal Senators and Congressmen

Local and State Law Enforcement

Civil law firms and attorneys all across the US.


This is what can happen to you when you open your door to a door-to-door magazine salesman.
When you let them in your home your are inviting EVIL !!!
When you refuse to buy a magazine from the National Field Selling Association
and the Magazine Publishers of America you are beaten, raped, and set on fire.
See Why We Say This

Daniel Deshawn Neal
On March 30, 2009 a 78 year old woman in Texas is raped and set on fire by Daniel Deshawn Neal
a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman working for a Washington, D.C.- based company called U.D. Management.
UD Management is an active member of the National Field Selling Association:

http://nfsa.com
The Unholy




DO NOT OPEN YOUR DOOR TO A DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESMAN !!!
LOCK YOUR DOOR AND CALL THE POLICE !!!
See Why We Say This

The Right to bear Arms



A Industry Rife With Fraud, Exploitation, and Crime

WHY do you have the DESIRE and the NEED
To Rape and Murder innocent kids and homeowners ???

Here we go again ...
Another Roller Coaster Ride Into HELL !!!
Brought to you by the Magazine Publishers of America,
the National Field Selling Association,
and the Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Industry.


Breaking News 2012
A Industry Rife With Fraud, Exploitation, and Crime


Amherst, Texas
West University Place Police Report
December 27, 2012
West University Place Police Report
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 4:00 am
yourhoustonnews.com
Examiner (West U/River Oaks/Bellaire), Memorial Examiner, The Rancher, the Sugar Land Sun and the Fort
Bend Sun.

West University Place, Texas

Dec. 18
At 6:39 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 4000 block of Amherst in reference to a person soliciting magazines. Upon the officer’s arrival, the subject was located, and after further investigation the subject was arrested for the offense of soliciting without registering per a city ordinance.
yourhoustonnews.com
Examiner (West U/River Oaks/Bellaire), Memorial Examiner, The Rancher, the Sugar Land Sun and the Fort
Bend Sun.
http://www.yourhoustonnews.com
Houston, Texas
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


Mobile, Alabama
Mobile woman loses $600 in door-to-door magazine sales scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Global Point Subscriptions
Member: The National Field Selling Association
Connecting the dots ... see DMPG Info Clip Posted Below This Story
to discover the TRUE identity (aka) of Global Point Subscriptions.
It's owners and managers
end DMPG Info
December 12, 2012
Mobile woman loses $600 in door-to-door magazine sales scam
By Theresa Seiger | tseiger@al.com
AL.com | Press-Register
on December 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM, updated December 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

MOBILE, Alabama -- Mobile police are warning residents about a magazine scam involving young men posing as college scholarship hopefuls with the Boy Scouts of America.

On Dec. 5, a woman gave more than $600 worth of checks to a pair of men claiming to be selling magazine subscriptions for college scholarship money through the Boy Scouts.

The suspects are described as white men in their late-teens to early-20s, according to Ashley Rains, public information officer for the Mobile Police Department.

One of the suspects has a stocky build and light brown, spiked hair. The second suspect is tall and thin, with shoulder-length blond hair, Rains said.

"The victim was told she could write a check for magazine subscriptions, and the subjects would get points towards a college scholarship," Rains said in a press release.

"She was repeatedly told by the subjects that she could issue a stop payment on the checks - that the subjects simply needed to turn in checks at the end of the day to get scholarship points."

However, the checks were cashed the same day they were written. The victim didn't have time to stop the checks at her bank.

Police said the men gave the victim a receipt from Global Point Subscriptions, a business with a post office box in Grand Junction, Colo. Authorities determined there is no business license issued for the company or the address given to the victim.

The woman was approached at her apartment on the 2100 block of Schillinger Road around 3 p.m. Dec. 5.

Detectives are still investigating.

Anyone with information on the scam can call MPD at 251-208-7211.

Theresa Seiger is on Facebook and Twitter.
By Theresa Seiger | tseiger@al.com
AL.com | Press-Register
http://blog.al.com
Mobile, Alabama
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 01/18/13:

Global Point Subscriptions:

DMPG INFO:
Members of the NFSA:
National Field Selling Association
http://nfsa.com/
Members:
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page/
Global Point Subscription Agency
804 Grand Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501
Magazine Clearinghouse
Global Point Subscription Agency
Facebook Presence:
https://www.facebook.com/GlobalPointSubscription
website: http://www.globalpointsubscriptionagency.com/
BBB:
http://www.newmexicoandsouthwestcolorado.bbb.org/business-reviews/Magazines-Retail-By-Direct-Selling/Global-Point-Subscription-Agency-in-Grand-Junction-CO-99134301
Global Point Subscription Agency
PO Box 2631, Grand Junction, CO 81502
website: http://www.globalpointsubscriptionagency.com/
Rating: F
BBB file opened: 10/19/2012
Business Category
Magazines Retail By Direct Selling
end BBB
Colorado SOSbr> ID Number: 20101658447
Name: Blue Finn Creative Group, LLC
Registered Agent: Lee Pettijohn
Registered Agent Street Address: 804 Grand Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501, United States
Registered Agent Mailing Address:
Principal Street Address: 804 Grand Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501, United States
Principal Mailing Address:
Status: Good Standing
Form: Limited Liability Company
Jurisdiction: Colorado
Formation Date: 12/03/2010
Term of Duration: Perpetual
Periodic Report Month: December
end Colorado SOS
DMPG Info:

Lee Pettijohn
Blue Finn Creative Group, LLC.
Owner: Vice President of the NFSA.


Salt Lake City, Utah
Davis County prosecutors decline to charge traveling salesman accused of rape
Police » Woman claims salesman assaulted her.
December 12, 2012
Davis County prosecutors decline to charge traveling salesman accused of rape
Police » Woman claims salesman assaulted her.
By Stephen Hunt
The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Dec 12 2012 03:39 pm • Last Updated Dec 12 2012 10:51 pm

Davis County prosecutors have declined to charge a traveling magazine salesman arrested in September for allegedly raping a Layton woman after he asked for a drink of water.

David Allen Smith, 29, who has no permanent address, was apparently in Utah to sell magazine subscriptions when he knocked on the woman’s door, according to Layton police.

When a 24-year-old woman answered, Smith allegedly introduced himself as "David" and tried unsuccessfully to sell her a magazine subscription.

After the woman said she wasn’t interested, Smith told her he was thirsty and asked for a drink of water. When the woman turned around to get the water, she later told investigators, Smith walked into her home uninvited.

At some point, the woman apparently decided to make a purchase and went to her bedroom to get her wallet. Smith followed her in, overpowered her and then raped her, police reported.

Layton detectives later tracked the traveling group of magazine sales people to Logan and determined that a "David," who matched the description of the man they were looking for, had been selling items in Layton on the day of the alleged rape.

When they took him into custody and interviewed him, Smith allegedly told officers that he did have sex with the woman, but that it was consensual, police said at the time.

shunt@sltrib.com
By Stephen Hunt
The Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln Police Arrest Pushy Door-to-Door Salesman
December 11, 2012
Lincoln Police Arrest Pushy Door-to-Door Salesman
Channel 10/11 - KOLN-TV
Posted: Tue 11:36 AM, Dec 11, 2012


Lincoln Police arrested a pushy door-to-door magazine salesman for Disturbing the Peace. Lincoln police arrested Michael Carruthers of Memphis, Tennessee at 8700 South 56th Street after receiving eight complaints from the area. Officers say Carruthers proceeded to yell at people who declined to purchase a subscription from him and accused them of racism. One woman told police she was afraid of Carruthers and "shaken up" by the encounter. Lincoln Police have made contact with Carruthers for similar situations.
Channel 10/11 - KOLN-TV
http://www.1011now.com
Lincoln, Nebraska
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


Conway, Arkansas
Police arrest solicitor of magazine subscriptions
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Blue Diamond Subscriptions, LLC
BBB: Blue Diamond
Blue Diamond Subscriptions Owner: Brandon Stice.
Immoral Criminal Trade Group: National Field Selling Association: NFSA : The National Field Selling Association
See Why We Say This
Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Industry Flow Chart
end DMPG Info
December 11, 2012
Police arrest solicitor of magazine subscriptions
By Megan Reynolds
Log cabin Democrat
Posted: December 11, 2012 - 12:25pm

A W. Va. woman soliciting magazine subscriptions Saturday at Walmart on Skyline Drive was arrested for criminal trespass. On Friday, a customer reported to an on-duty officer that two magazine solicitors were “extremely rude,” when he declined to purchase a magazine subscription.

The officer made contact with a store employee, who advised that no one had permission to sell magazine subscriptions on store property. The officer reviewed security footage that showed two females approaching several customers with laminated pamphlets at the store’s south entrance. The officer confronted the women, who said they were not selling magazines “at that exact moment,” but had been “earlier.”

The officer then reportedly advised the women that Walmart did not want them selling magazine subscriptions on the property, explaining that if they were on the property and selling magazines, it would be considered trespassing. Both women acknowledged they understood and said they were leaving the state in the evening and would not attempt to sell any more magazines. The store employee contacted police again on Saturday to report that one of the women was back at the store soliciting magazine subscription sales. The woman was identified as an employee of Blue Diamond Subscriptions, LLC. She was taken into custody and transported to jail, where she was held pending bond.
By Megan Reynolds
Log cabin Democrat
http://thecabin.net
Conway, Arkansas
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Pyramid Scheme Alert
Robert FitzPatrick
December 7, 2012
Charlotte, North Carolina
Read This Alert
DMPG Opinion:
To the Direct Selling Association (DSA)
http://www.dsa.org
Southwwestern Company
Kirby
Amway ... etc.
Your days are numbered. We are going to destroy
Your fowl and immoral industry: FOREVER !!!
You are ALL Filthy SCUM !!!
You are no differentt than the traveling door-to-door magazine sales industry.
You are ALL Corrrupt and Evil PIGS for Profit
See Why We Say This:
Research:
The Direct Selling Association:
Amway
Kirby Vacuum
Southwestern company


Quixtar Cult Intervention: http://quixtarisacultintervention.blogspot.com

Research: Amway: http://www.amquix.info
Research: Southwestern Company/Kirby/Amway/DSA: Southwestern Company/Kirby/Amway/DSA
Research: SouthwesternCompanyTruth: http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
Research: Southwestern Testimonies: http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
Research: youbyte on Southwestern Company: http://www.youbyte.com
Research: Kirby Vacuum Crimes: Kirby Vacuum Crimes
Research: Pyramid Scheme Alert: http://www.pyramidschemealert.org
Research: Corporate Frauds Watch: http://www.corporatefraudswatch.blogspot.com

Wisconsin Legislation 2009: SB-4
Wisconsin Legislation 2007: SB-80
Wisconsin Legislation 2006: SB-251
This is what can happen to you when you open your door to a door-to-door Kirby salesman.
Direct Selling Association: DSA


You Tube: Grandmother survives torture and kidnapping.
end DMPG info.


Madison, Wisconsin
State uses social media to monitor traveling sales crews
December 6, 2012
State uses social media to monitor traveling sales crews
Leader-Telegram
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 10:25 am
Press release

MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today announced the launch of a Facebook page that’s dedicated to sharing information, alerts and safety precautions related to traveling sales crew activities in Wisconsin.

“Our charge at the Department of Workforce Development is to develop and strengthen our state’s workforce, and that includes ensuring workers have adequate protections under state law and that information we receive about potential criminal activity is shared with law enforcement,” Secretary Newson said. “The use of social media is another way for us to communicate directly with young adults, consumers and agencies that enforce consumer protection and other laws in Wisconsin.”

The page, titled “Wisconsin Door to Door,” is part of DWD’s ongoing efforts to educate the public about Malinda’s Law, which was passed in 2009 to regulate traveling sales crews and named for 18-year-old Malinda Turvey of Verona, one of seven teenagers who were members of a traveling sales crew and were killed in a 1999 van crash.

Under the law, any traveling sales crew of two or more individuals must register with DWD’s Equal Rights Division (ERD) and follow state law in regard to the payment of wages, hours of work, and worker safety. Traveling sales crews that fail to register in compliance with the law can be assessed a civil forfeiture.

The Facebook page is designed to be a resource for Wisconsin residents, students, parents, consumers, and law enforcement organizations to provide information about the requirements of Malinda’s Law, to promote worker safety for individuals who are part of traveling sales crews, and to raise awareness with the public of potential scams associated with unlicensed crews.

If anyone encounters a potential unlicensed traveling sales crew operating in Wisconsin, the person should contact ERD at 608-266-6860 or erinfo@dwd.wisconsin.gov. Consumers who believe they have been scammed by a traveling sales crew should contact the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP)’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-422-7128.

“Unlicensed traveling sales crews often use misleading, deceptive sales pitches,” said DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel. “By raising the public’s awareness of these crimes, we can help protect Wisconsin residents from these scams.”

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinDoortoDoor
Leader-Telegram
http://www.leadertelegram.com
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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DWD Press Release


Gloucester, Massachusetts
Editorial: Safety comes first on vendor bylaw
December 3, 2012
Editorial: Safety comes first on vendor bylaw
Gloucester Daily Times
GloucesterTimes.com
December 3, 2012

A proposed Rockport bylaw aiming to better keep tabs on door-to-door sales people, street vendors and others doing what might, at best, be termed a necessary evil. But given the potential fraud and safety concerns at hand, the emphasis should be on the word “necessary” far more than “evil.”

The proposal, pushed by Rockport Chief of Police John “Tom” McCarthy, calls for all door-to-door salesmen, pawn dealers, alcohol license holders and ice cream truck vendors to obtain license granted through more rigorous background checks, including fingerprinting.

McCarthy says that, while no single incident spurred the proposal — now before the Town Government and Bylaw Committee — solicitor and door-to-door sales visitors can be especially disconcerting to elderly residents. And the chief is right to try to assure those residents that anyone selling door-to-door in their neighborhood is on the up-and-up, and does not pose a safety threat. The best way to do that is through licensing – and through thoroughly checking applicants’ backgrounds when they seek their licenses to operate.

Peter Goodwin, who co-chairs the Government and Bylaw panel, has some concerns about the bylaw — and that’s understandable, considering that running background checks and taking fingerprints can raise civil rights issues. But residents have a right to feel safe as well, especially when they answer their own doorbells and find someone trying to sell them a product.

There’s no question this proposed bylaw needs more discussion. But officials and residents doing the talking should wade into this issue with a basic premise — safety comes first.
Gloucester Daily Times
GloucesterTimes.com
http://www.gloucestertimes.com
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Denver, Colorado
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
December 1, 2012
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
KCNC-TV
Virtual Channel 4
RF Channel 35
December 1, 2012 2:56 PM


(credit: CBS)



Jennifer Proffitt Payne and Cody Payne (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – Five years after an undercover CBS4 investigation into door-to-door magazine sales a judge has taken dramatic action.

Two major players in the magazine sales world are now permanently barred from the business and were fined almost $1 million dollars.

A Denver District Court judge issued a permanent injunction against the magazine sales companies, saying they routinely misled consumers, failed to deliver magazines, and routinely misrepresented their connection with charities and other groups.

Magazine crews have been crisscrossing Colorado for years, in many cases misleading consumers like Catherine Pickering.

“He told me what they were doing was buying books for children in the hospital and I thought, ‘Well gee, that’s’ pretty good.’ You know because it was for the hospital,” Pickering said. She gave magazine salesmen $300, but the door-to-door salesmen were later arrested for fraud admitting their hospital story was just a ruse to sell subscriptions.

Now a Denver judge has ordered the husband wife team of Cody Payne and Jennifer Proffitt Payne banned from the door-to-door magazine business and ordered them to pay nearly $1 million in fines

The Paynes owned and ran a network of magazine companies that a judge says operated in bad faith, had sales crews make false statements to consumers, and failed to provide refunds.

“What actually generated the most complaints was people who tried to cancel their subscriptions, either because they didn’t get it, or it was too expensive, or whatever other reasons, and were promised refunds that were never processed and never received,” Deputy Attorney General Jan Zavislan said.

The Attorney General’s Office says it’s identified nearly 800 Colorado consumers ripped off by the Paynes and their web of companies.

“There’s no question that with crews operating in multiple states, as well as in Colorado, that they sold magazines to thousands of households,” Zavislan said.

Five years ago A CBS4 producer went undercover with a magazine sales crew. She was told to act younger to elicit more sympathy and sales.

“So I’m talking to you as Stephanie, but when I’m in contests I’m trying to act more like a kid, so my voice is going to change a little bit and I act more kiddish,” the salesperson said to the CBS4 producer.

The Paynes didn’t contest the order banning them for life from the magazine industry. It’s believed they have both now moved out of Colorado.

The Attorney General’s Office urges people not to let any unsolicited door-to-door salesmen in their house at any time.
KCNC-TV
Virtual Channel 4
RF Channel 35
http://denver.cbslocal.com
Denver, Colorado
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Gold Bar, Washington
BREAKING NEWS
SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE SEEN GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN GOLD BAR
December 1, 2012
BREAKING NEWS
SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE SEEN GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN GOLD BAR
Sky Valley Chronicle
December 01, 2012

(GOLD BAR, WA) -- Several residents have reported suspicious people going door to door in Gold Bar on Friday.

Longtime community volunteer Ray Coleman advises he was contacted by two neighbors in the Creekside area of Gold Bar, one on Shelby Street and the other on Amanda St.

One resident told Coleman, "Two guys come by our home today around 3:30 offering a vacuum/carpet cleaning service. I didn't feel comfortable having them at my door as they seemed a bit pushy and asked about our car in the driveway."

Another call from a neighbor said at about 3:55 p.m. a white male and a black male were offering to clean carpets and asked if their dog was friendly. They were turned away.

Coleman says after he returned from dinner Friday night he received a number of emails from residents that said the following:

~ “At 8 pm last night, a young white female and young black male rang my doorbell on Larson drive. They were also pushy and I was also suspicious because of the time. They were angry that I turned them away by being verbal. I watched them walk away from house and saw no vehicle. If I see them I will call 911.”

~ “I also saw a younger Gal today, about the same time on Elizabeth Lane. She was walking house to house, and is Caucasian. She had dark hair, dark vest and pants, and a pink shirt under her vest. She passed every house I can see with my indoor video cameras.”

~ “We had a young lady come to our door offering carpet cleaning also. We are on Shelby Street.”

~ “A green (blue green) Pontiac sunbird, I think. With 3 people, girl and two guys pulled out of the last vacant driveway on 19th about then. They looked a little sketchy. I didn't think to get their plate. Also phoned to me was the fact that a light blue over dark blue window van was used by the solicitors “.

No one reported seeing any overt illegal activity by the individuals who were seen, but residents clearly were suspicious of the people they saw and came into contact with.

Residents who feel there is something suspicious going on in the neighborhood are always advised to call 9-1-1 and report suspicious activity.

When reporting that activity to the call center operator, attempt to provide as much information as you can obtain first hand without placing yourself at risk.

An officer will be dispatched to locate and talk with the individuals who are going door to door.

Sometimes when running the ID of a person through the police database an officer discoverers the person is wanted on an outstanding warrant or for some other reason and then an arrest can be made on the spot.

Residents can also email the Chronicle directly, as events are happening, at newstip@skyvalleychronicle.com.

Quite often we can get information published on the front page in real-time as events unfold, thus alerting everyone in the community at the same time to be on the alert for suspicious activity and to keep an eye on a neighbor’s home if the neighbor is away for the day.
Sky Valley Chronicle
http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com
Gold Bar, Washington
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
BR police arrest unlicensed vendors
November 30, 2012
BR police arrest unlicensed vendors
The Advocate
November 30, 2012

Baton Rouge police officers arrested five suspects for selling magazines door to door without the proper license Thursday afternoon, a spokesman said.

Officers arrested five people who were sitting in a white van near the 1900 block of Oleander St. about 12:30 p.m., after receiving several complaints from residents about groups of three to five people knocking on doors and peering into windows trying to sell magazines, spokesman Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said.

Officers arrested and booked the following suspects into Parish Prison on one count each of operating as a “rolling vendor” without a license:

D. Larry Wright, 29, 505 Brockington Road, Darlington, S.C.
Ralphael Cooper, 22, 426 Westover Hills Blvd., Richmond, Va.
Sheena Jackson, 23, 1201 Wallace St., Richmond, Va.
William Rudolph, 21, 147 N. Carolina Ave., Atlantic City, N.J.
Shawn McCrae, 23, 1307 Kienast Drive, Fayetteville, N.C.
The Advocate
http://theadvocate.com
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Five arrested for selling magazines out of van
November 29, 2012
Five arrested for selling magazines out of van
Michael Oliver
WAFB CBS 9
Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:09 PM CST
Updated: Nov 29, 2012 9:09 PM CST

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Five people were arrested Thursday for selling magazines door-to-door.

According to reports, officers were called to Oleander St. just after noon following several complaints of groups of people knocking on doors and peeking in windows with the intention of selling magazines.

D. Larry Wright, 29, Ralphael Cooper, 22, Sheena Jackson, 23, William Rudolph, 21, and Shawn McCrae, 23, were arrested and charged with operating as a rolling vendor without a license.

Police say the group trying to sell magazines out of a white van.
Michael Oliver
WAFB CBS 9
http://www.wafb.com
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Central, Louisiana
Consumer Alert
Homeowners on their guard about door-to-door solicitors
November 29, 2012
Consumer Alert
Homeowners on their guard about door-to-door solicitors
Alex Deiro Reporter
NBC33 TV
POSTED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 7:32pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 12:58pm

CENTRAL, LA (NBC33) — It may be the season of giving but residents of the Carmel Acres neighborhood in Central say a group of three men tried to exploit their generous holiday spirits. They told NBC33 the trio made the rounds of the neighborhood Wednesday asking for donations for charity. The only problem neighbors have said was the men didn't seem to be working for any legitimate organization.

"He didn't have any type of credentials or you know, name tag, to say, 'hi my name is…' or any badge or anything to show that's what they were doing. So I felt uncomfortable about it," Denise Callahan, a resident of the neighborhood explained.

"They actually changed sides of the street to avoid me. I was going to ask them what the deal was, you know, they looked rather suspicious," Earl Langlois, another resident, said.

Though the sheriff's office was contacted, no one was arrested. According to a spokesperson for the office the men going door-to-door told deputies they were collecting for a rehab program they were enrolled in. But neighbors say that's not the same story they were told.

"He wanted me to pick a soldier’s name from the list of names and a magazine to send to that particular soldier," Callahan said.

Though no one's been charged with any crimes neighbors say the experience still serves as a reminder that you can never be too careful.

"I want to see credentials. The legitimate people will have name tags visible. The three people I saw yesterday did not, trust me," Langlois added.

"Well you hate to be rude and just not open your door, but you just can't be too careful because you never know who it is. So if I had been here by myself I probably wouldn't have even opened the door," Callahan said.

Officials do mention that door-to-door solicitation scams do rise over the holiday season, and as always they warn homeowners to be constantly on their guard.
Alex Deiro Reporter
NBC33 TV
http://www.nbc33tv.com
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Rankin County, Mississippi
Door to door salesman busted
November 29, 2012
Door to door salesman busted
By Marsha Thompson
WLBT-Channel 3/Fox 40
Posted: Nov 29, 2012 4:02 PM CST Updated: Nov 29, 2012 5:33 PM CST

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Rankin County Sheriff is sending a stern message to businesses who hire door to door salesmen. Get a permit or workers will be arrested. This after a Ridgeland man was charged with violating the county's transient business ordinance.

Arlo Taylor was arrested after residents on White Road near Florence complained about a man going door to door. Authorities say he was actually working for a Madison business.

Residents living in this area of Rankin county said Taylor was asking to clean carpets and come inside homes. Even going to the back door of one residence, knocking on the door.

Homeowners called the Sheriff's department with a description of the man and the brown Tahoe SUV he was driving.

"One of the main reasons this went into place, this ordinance, we had a another company from out of state that came in and was dropping individuals off selling magazines, going door to door and some of them were convicted sex offenders," said Sheriff Bryan Bailey. "We are not going to allow that to happen in Rankin County."

A business permit costs $500 dollars and requires a $5-thousand dollar cash bond. Employees who go door to door will undergo background checks before the application is approved.

Taylor's bond is set at half a million dollars. No court date has been set.
By Marsha Thompson
WLBT-Channel 3/Fox 40
http://www.msnewsnow.com
Jackson, Mississippi
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San Carlos, California
80-Year-old Beaten in San Carlos Home Invasion
2 suspects were arrested shortly after the home invasion robbery
November 28, 2012
80-Year-old Beaten in San Carlos Home Invasion
2 suspects were arrested shortly after the home invasion robbery
By Monica Garske and Danya Bacchus
NBC 7
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 | Updated 6:11 PM PST
An 80-year-old man was beaten during a violent home invasion in San Carlos Wednesday, according to police.

Officers said two suspects – who were later arrested by police in the area – rang the doorbell to the man’s home in the 8400 block of Harwell Drive at around 3 p.m.

The victim answered the door and was overpowered by the home invasion suspects.

Police told NBC 7 they received an anonymous phone call from someone saying they spotted two suspicious men going door to door in the neighborhood, turning door knobs to see if they were unlocked.

A K-9 officer was sent to the area to check it out, and when he arrived he saw the suspects leaving the man’s home on Harwell Drive.

The officer released the police dog and was able to arrest the home invasion robbery suspects. The suspects were armed with a crowbar during the burglary, police said.

The resident of the home that was targeted in the robbery sustained head injuries. He was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital and is expected to survive, police said.

The home invasion in the San Carlos neighborhood is extremely disturbing news to residents who live there. Neighbors told NBC 7 the violent incident has rocked them of their sense of security.

“It's scary because we have a very good neighborhood. We have a very safe neighborhood and we didn't think something like this could happen. Unfortunately it's been twice with the month on this street,” said one resident.

According to neighbors, this isn’t the first time the victim’s home has been a target.

Check back for updates on this developing story.
By Monica Garske and Danya Bacchus
NBC 7
http://www.nbcsandiego.com
SAN DIEGO, California
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Rankin County, Mississippi
Suspicious salesman arrested in Rankin County
November 28, 2012
Suspicious salesman arrested in Rankin County
By: Brad Soroka
News channel 12 CBS
WJTV
Published: November 28, 2012

Arlo Taylor

Residents in Rankin County are glad an aggressive door-to-door salesman is off the streets Wednesday night.

46-year-old Arlo Taylor is behind bars, charged with misdemeanor "Solicitation Without a Permit". In Rankin County, it's illegal to sell door-to-door without a permit obtained through the Sheriffs Department. Sheriff Bailey says the suspect should have known that. He was arrested on the same charge in May of this year. The Sheriff says Taylor is being held on a $500,000 bond because of his previous conviction of this same crime.

The Sheriff's Department began investigating Tuesday after they received calls from residents in Florence about the salesman who wouldn't take no for an answer.

We talked with one of the suspicious salesman's victims.

Tuesday afternoon, Cheramie Bills got a knock on the door.

"He kept knocking and knocking," Bills says. "So I got my pistol and I went to the front."

With two bottles of dish detergent in-hand, Bills tells us the man at the door offered to clean her floors. She didn't believe the salesman's story and repeatedly asked him to leave. Bills estimates the man was on her porch for five minutes.

"He took a step forward when I had asked him to leave that last time, and when he did, I had reached for the phone and had pulled my pistol," she says. "And when I did, he backed up and said 'alright, thank you', he said, 'but we'll be back another day,'" she tells us.

Sheriff Bailey says his office got several calls about the salesman Tuesday.

"Made the two people that called in uncomfortable. And I've talked to people who did not call and report it that said the individual made them uncomfortable," the Sheriff tells us.

A lot of the credit goes to social media. The community pulled together to notify each other of the suspicious salesman.

"Facebook: it's a good way to get your story out there," says Bills. "I'm not kidding you. Within, I'd say, 20-30 minutes, it had spread like wildfire. It was all over Facebook on everybody's Newsfeed."

The Sheriff tells us there were four others in the car with Taylor. They've been given warnings and applications to become legal door- to- door salesmen in Rankin County.
By: Brad Soroka
News channel 12 CBS
WJTV
http://www2.wjtv.com
Jackson, Mississippi
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Rockport, Massachusetts
Rockport seeks new clamps on peddlers
November 28, 2012
Rockport seeks new clamps on peddlers
By James Niedzinski Staff Writer
GloucesterTimes.com
November 28, 2012
ROCKPORT — A new proposed bylaw may mark the end of the line for traveling salesmen in town — or at least those who do not pass a proper background check.

The proposed Rockport bylaw, advanced by police chief John McCarthy, will force door- to-door salesmen, hawkers, cab drivers, pawn dealers alcohol license holders and ice cream truck vendors to go through more rigorous background checks and fingerprinting.

McCarthy said there was no one specific incident bringing this bylaw forward, but solicitors and door to door salesmen have targeted elderly residents in the past, pressuring them to buy things and sign up for mailing lists, and a number of those residents have called police.

“I think every community has its own issues,” McCarthy said. “This (door to door salesmen) is one of ours.”

The chief added that cabbies or ice cream truck drivers are not a common problem in Rockport — and the town does not have a locally based taxi service. The town’s bylaws would not apply to taxi companies based in Gloucester or elsewhere.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed off on legislation in August 2010 that reformed the Criminal Offender Record Information Act. Other communities within the Commonwealth have changed their bylaws with new CORI standards since then.

The proposed Rockport bylaw was the subject of a lengthy discussion at a Town Government and Bylaw Committee meeting on Monday night.

Peter Goodwin, who co-chairs the committee, said he has some concerns about the bylaw.

”We had some questions on how well it was written,” he said Wednesday.

Goodwin added that the two-page proposal was rather long for a bylaw, and some segments may be confusing for some people. He has been gathering information from the towns of Littleton, North Reading and Wellesley, all of which passed similar initiatives in the past.

Goodwin also noted that people often take up the civil rights issue when it comes to background checks.

McCarthy, too, acknowledged that issue could come up, although he hasn’t heard of any complaints yet.

The text states the license applicant must pay a $100 background check fee, and the Police Department will send prints to the Massachusetts State Police, the state Department of Criminal Justice Information Services and the FBI for state and national background check information.

The proposed bylaw states the town will only use the information from the background checks will only be used for use of license applications to vendors and solicitors. But people would also be able to appeal or correct any information on the results of their background check.

Although the bylaw has more steps to go through before it can be put on the Town Warrant and voted upon, Goodwin said he is continuing to look at how other towns have worded their newly adapted bylaws, as well.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.
By James Niedzinski Staff Writer
GloucesterTimes.com
http://www.gloucestertimes.com
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Bellevue, Nebraska
Bellevue Police Warn Of Door To Door Scammers
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
American Freedom Clearinghouse
BBB: American Freedom Clearinghouse
This Business is not BBB Accredited
American Freedom Clearinghouse, LLC
(702) 778-3610
8635 W Sahara Ave # 480, Las Vegas, NV 89117-5858
http://www.winmytrip.me
BBB file opened: 04/10/2012
Business started: 02/22/2012
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Terri Reagan (Manager/Co-Owner)
end BBB info.
See: Joe L. Reagan
end DMPG Info
November 26, 2012
Bellevue Police Warn Of Door To Door Scammers
Reporter: Lauren Squires
WOWT Channel 6
Posted: Mon 10:34 PM, Nov 26, 2012
Updated: Mon 11:14 PM, Nov 26, 2012
You won't believe who was going around a Bellevue apartment complex. A group of men are trying to sell magazines illegally. The scammers hit several areas Sunday night.

“He wasn't messing around at all,” said Monica Colvin.

Colvin has seen her fair share of solicitors. She’s lived in the same apartment for six years. But Sunday night she encountered her latest door-to-door sales attempt.

“He didn't even knock on the door, he waited until I opened the door. He was standing right there and said I need to ask a couple of questions,” said Colvin.

He was trying to sell magazines, a scheme she's seen before. She told the man she wasn’t interested and went back inside. 20 minutes later, she saw police confronting the teen and another man.

“It makes me sad because I know a lot of people fall for that,” said Colvin

According to Bellevue Police, the two men were trying to sell magazines with a Las Vegas based company called American Freedom Clearinghouse. The company rarely delivers what it promises. In this case the men claimed they were earning a trip and that some of the money would go to a charity.

“All of this sounds very suspicious and I would say about every red flag that you would want to look for in a phony magazine subscription deal is evident here,” said Jim Hegarty with the Better Business Bureau.

Better yet, the men didn't have a permit to sell door-to-door and when police looked them up, they found the two men had warrants out for their arrest in other states.

“I don't want people like that trolling around my house, it scares me,” said Colvin.

And she says her instincts told it all.

“There is a huge different between a kid showing up in a scout uniform and the people I’ve had,” said Colvin.

A quick search on the Better Business Bureau's website found 22 complaints against the company.

Jim Hegarty says the best thing to remember this time of year, when someone asks you to donate to a charity, do your research and remember that no deal is too good to wait until tomorrow.

The BBB tells Channel Six many of the people trying to sell the magazines think it's a legitimate job they've been hired for. They don't know they're part of a scam.
Reporter: Lauren Squires
WOWT Channel 6
http://www.wowt.com
Omaha, Nebraska
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Livingston County, New York
Two charged in connection with stolen jewelry investigation
November 26, 2012
Two charged in connection with stolen jewelry investigation
WHEC-TV, LLC
Posted at: 11/26/2012 2:57 PM






Two Monroe County residents are facing charges after an investigating into stolen jewelry from Livingston County.

Investigators say an 84-year-old Livonia woman called 911 to report that her jewelry had been stolen from her home and she believed it was taken by a door-to-door salesman that she allowed into her home.

Deputies say the suspect, 34-year-old Yolanda Gadsby of Webster, pawned the woman’s jewelry in Rochester. Gadsby was arrested last week and is charged with tampering with physical evidence, petit larceny, tampering with a witness and obstructing governmental administration.

On Monday, Gadsby’s employer – 44-year-old Daniel Bierworth of North Chili – was arrested. According to investigators, Bierworth involved himself into the initial investigation by attempting to recover the stolen property and cover up Gadsby’s theft.

Since their arrest, Gadsby posted bail and Bierworth is still being held in the Livingston county Jail. Both are due back in court at a later date.
WHEC-TV, LLC
http://www.whec.com
Rochester, New York
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Swansea, Massachusetts
Swansea woman found dead in home was murdered, police say
Body of Lisa Mello, 51, discovered early Saturday morning
November 24, 2012
Swansea woman found dead in home was murdered, police say
Body of Lisa Mello, 51, discovered early Saturday morning
By Kevin P. O'Connor
Herald News Staff Reporter
WICKED LOCAL SWANSEA
Posted Nov 24, 2012 @ 08:33 PM
Last update Nov 24, 2012 @ 11:55 PM
SWANSEA —

Lisa Mello, 51, was found dead in her home at 500 Ocean Grove Ave. on Saturday morning. She was murdered, police said.

Detectives with the Massachusetts State Police and the Swansea police filled the neighborhood Saturday morning, going door to door on the narrow strip of land between the Cole River and Mount Hope Bay.

“When the detectives came by, asking if we saw anything, I knew something bad happened,” said Cindy Oliveira, who lives two doors away.

“This is basically a quiet neighborhood," Oliveira said. "In the summer, you see more people. But in the winter, it is quiet.”

Mello was found at 5:35 a.m. Saturday inside her home, a white-shingled house that overlooks the Swansea Town Beach and the Mount Hope Bay.

Her house is one of several built on a spit of land that was initially formed as a barrier beach between the bay and the tidal pond the river forms directly to the north. Most of the houses in that part of the neighborhood are summer homes that have been converted to year-round use.

Mello lived in the house that shared a lot with a smaller home her parents occupy, neighbors reported.

Everyone in the neighborhood knew Mello and her parents, if only through friendly waves. Most of them knew her by her dog, a likable mutt that frequently wandered the neighborhood, residents said.

Most noticed that Mello recently dyed her hair a bright red.

No one answered a knock at the front door at her parents’ home Saturday afternoon.

Swansea police cruisers were parked in front of the home. Detectives arrived and left at various intervals.

The Swansea police and the state police are investigating the case. Assistant District Attorney Stephen Butts was on the scene Saturday morning to coordinate the investigation, according to Gregg Miliote, spokesman for District Attorney Sam Sutter.

Officials were not releasing the manner or cause of death or details about the investigation. The cause of death would be determined after an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner’s Office, Miliote said.

No arrests had been made as of Saturday evening, according to Miliote.

Email Kevin P. O’Connor at koconnor@heraldnews.com.
By Kevin P. O'Connor
Herald News Staff Reporter
WICKED LOCAL SWANSEA
http://www.wickedlocal.com
Fall River, Massachusetts
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New York, New York
Door-to-door salesman admits to gunning down three Brooklyn businessmen
November 22, 2012
Door-to-door salesman admits to gunning down three Brooklyn businessmen: sources
By JAMIE SCHRAM, LARRY CELONA, RICH CALDER and DAN MacLEOD
New York Post
Last Updated: 10:05 AM, November 22, 2012
Posted: 1:51 AM, November 22, 2012

IN CUSTODY: Salvatore Perrone is led from the 67th Precinct
station house last night after he allegedly admitted killing
three Brooklyn shopkeepers, including Rahmatollah Vahidipour,
whose family mourned him last Friday.
Paul Martinka

A creepy door-to-door salesman from Staten Island admitted yesterday to gunning down three Brooklyn businessmen during a terrifying serial-killing spree, law-enforcement sources said.

Cash-strapped clothing peddler Salvatore Perrone, 63, was charged with three counts of murder for the July-to-November rampage after ballistics tests matched his illegal .22- caliber rifle to the murder weapon, authorities said.

Perrone spent approximately 24 hours being questioned — and cracked only when he thought he was confessing to a federal agent, a law- enforcement source said.

IN CUSTODY: Salvatore Perrone is led from the 67th Precinct station house last night after he allegedly admitted killing three Brooklyn shopkeepers, including Rahmatollah Vahidipour, whose family mourned him last Friday.

“He says he worked for the FBI and CIA. He was leery talking to the NYPD,” the source said. “He wouldn’t talk to anyone but the CIA or FBI.” So cops played along.

“They brought in someone claiming to be a CIA agent,” the source said, which is when Perrone spilled his guts about the crimes. “The guy is crazy.”

Cops believe that Perrone — initially referred to as “John Doe Duffel Bag” after he was caught on tape carrying the bag near last Friday’s murder scene — knew all of the victims, sources said.

“He’s lucky that the cops got to him before I did,” Moe Gebeli, 33, the son of Perrone’s first alleged victim, Mohamed Gebeli, told The Post. “If I got my hands on him before they did, there would be four dead bodies, not three.”

“We are very happy he was arrested,” said the daughter of second victim Isaac Kadare. “It’s a relief.”

Cops said they believe Perrone would have struck again.

“By arresting him, we have saved lives,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. “We know that he went to other locations and asked questions that indicated . . . that he very well planned to come back.”

One of those locations was a clothing store on Flatbush Avenue, which he cased before the third murder, going twice before getting scared off by some customers, cops said.

Perrone was picked up in Bay Ridge Tuesday — just three blocks from the scene of the first murder — after a pharmacy employee told cops that he recognized “Doe Duffel Bag” as a regular customer who would often come in at night, law- enforcement sources said.

Two detectives approached him, according to witnesses.

“He was in here no more than a minute,” said an employee of Farmacon Pharmacy on Fifth Avenue. “They must have been following him.”

Perrone allegedly told cops the murder weapon was at his girlfriend’s house in Midwood. Police found the .22-caliber Ruger rifle with a sawed-off stock in a bag, said the sources, adding that his fingerprints were found on the weapon.
By JAMIE SCHRAM, LARRY CELONA, RICH CALDER and DAN MacLEOD
New York Post
http://www.nypost.com
New York, New York
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Mesa County, Colorado
Authorities Warn Against Suspicious Door-to-Door Salesman
November 21, 2012
Authorities Warn Against Suspicious Door-to-Door Salesman
NewsChannel 5 CBS
KREX-TV
Story Updated: Nov 21, 2012
MESA COUNTY, Colo. - Law enforcement agencies across the Grand Valley have seen an increase in reports of suspicious door-to-door salesmen.

The reports often say that the sales person would ask odd questions when people answer the door or would try opening doorknobs if no one answers.

Several reports say the sales people are looking inside parked cars or asking to use people's bathrooms.

"Certainly if anybody comes to your door and you answer it and their asking you to buy something, make sure you know for sure who they are and what they're selling and what they're going to do with that money," said Kate Porras of the Grand Junction Police.

Authorities say most sales people with legitimate businesses will carry identification but they also recommend locking your house and cars, even if you are at home.

They ask for you to call 911 if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.
NewsChannel 5 CBS
KREX-TV
http://www.krextv.com
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Waterloo, Iowa
UPDATE: Waterloo police arrest woman in magazine scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
AntiLaziness Sales, Inc.
BBB: AntiLaziness Sales
This Business is not BBB Accredited
AntiLaziness Sales, Inc.
(219) 878-9165
205 Belden St., Michigan City, IN 46360
http://www.antilazy1.com
BBB file opened: 07/14/2009
Business started: 12/01/2008
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Robert Jackson
Business Category
Magazines Sold Door-to-Door, Mail Order & Catalog Shopping, Magazines - Dealers
Alternate Business Names
Anti Lazy Sales, Anti-Lazziness Sales, Anti-Lazy, Inc.
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BBB: Movemeant Sales Enterprises
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Movemeant Sales Enterprises
(219) 873-1080 (Disconnected)
205 Belden St., Michigan City, IN 46360
BBB file opened: 03/12/2004
Business started: 03/18/1999
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: April 1999, IN
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Robert L. Jackson
Customer Contact: Yvonne Simms
Ms. Sandy Jordan (Manager)
Ms. Melissa Moormann ((No longer with company))
Business Category
Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
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Indiana SOS

ROBERT JACKSON
Incorporator
8557 W. US HIGHWAY 20
MICHIGAN CITY , IN 46360

ROBERT L. JACKSON
President
103 May Ave.
Michigan City , IN 46360

ROBERT L. JACKSON
Secretary
103 May Ave.
Michigan City , IN 46360

MOVEMEANT SALES, INC
208 PINE LAKE AVE, LA PORTE, IN 46350
end: Indiana SOS

See: American Community Services:
BBB: American Community Services
end DMPG Info
November 17, 2012
UPDATE: Waterloo police arrest woman in magazine scam
WCFCourier.com
November 17, 2012
WATERLOO, Iowa --- A Waterloo woman was arrested Friday after a month-long investigation into a magazine scam. On Oct. 10, Waterloo Police issued a press release warning the public of a magazine scam within the city. The scam involved a female selling magazine subscriptions under the business name of "Anti-Lazziness Sales Inc.," which was found to have been out of business for approximately one year. On Friday, Jeanette Marie Marshall, 30, of 909 Walnut St. No. 5, was arrested on five counts of forgery (aggravated misdemeanors).
WCFCourier.com
http://wcfcourier.com
Waterloo, Iowa
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Alamosa, Colorado
Watch out for faulty salesmen
November 17, 2012
Watch out for faulty salesmen
Vally courier
Posted: Saturday, Nov 17th, 2012
ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Police Department wishes to notify area residents of recent criminal activity occurring in the neighboring community of Salida. Please be aware of the activity described below, exercise caution when deciding whether or not to open doors to strangers, and report suspicious people and circumstances to police immediately.

The Salida Police Department report three cases recently in which magazine salespeople would go door to door selling subscriptions, asking to use the bathroom, and then stealing items. Similarly, the Colorado Springs Police Department also reported a recent case where a magazine salesman sold a subscription to the victim and came back later entering the residence and taking a wallet.

Although Salida is approximately 70 miles north of Alamosa, it has been the experience of the Alamosa Police Department that this type of criminal activity can be transitory in nature and offenders are known to travel between our cities committing similar crimes.

Especially entering the holiday season it is very important for all community members to be suspicious of all types of solicitation (in-person, email, and phone) that they are not familiar with or that cannot be verified as legitimate. Anyone experiencing anything suspicious, please call the Alamosa Police Department, 589-2548.
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Cookeville, Tennessee
Door to door salesman charged with theft
November 16, 2012
Door to door salesman charged with theft
by Mary Jo Denton
Herald-Citizen
November 16, 2012

Buck

COOKEVILLE — Residents here continue to contact police with concerns about door-to-door sales people in various neighborhoods, and on Tuesday, one salesman was arrested for theft, according to Cookeville Police Officer James Lee III.

On Tuesday afternoon, a Cookeville man who had been helping a friend on Blake Circle called police and reported that his $500 Apple iPhone had been stolen from the spot where he had placed it on his friend’s porch while they worked on the friend’s truck.

Both men told Officer Lee that earlier they had noticed “two subjects walking down the street, going door to door trying to sell magazines.”

They described the two, saying that both were wearing dark clothing and that one “was very skinny, wearing a dark hoodie, and seemed to be around 5 ft. 11 inches tall,” the report says.

Officer Lee canvassed the neighborhood looking for the two magazine salesmen, and did not find them. But he did not give up.

“As the shift progressed, we received several calls for subjects selling magazines in the city,” the report says.

“I made contact with every officer who got out with these subjects, asking them if any of those subjects had an iPhone4 on their person that matched the description given by the (victim).”

Near the end of the shift, Officer Kenneth Frye contacted Officer Lee and said he and Officer Charles Quiett were talking to two of the magazine salesmen and that one of them had an iPhone.

It matched the description of the stolen phone, and the salesman who had it claimed he had found it in the street.

After further investigation,, Officer Lee arrested Jacob Dewayne Buck, 22, of Highway 70E, Cookeville, charging him with theft of property.

Buck was booked into the Putnam County jail, where bond was set at $1,000. He posted bond and was released and has a December 10 court date.

Many residents of Putnam County have complained to law enforcement agencies in recent weeks about door-to-door sales people, some of whom were found to be operating without required city or county permits. One was found to be a registered sex offender from another state.

In a November 14 shift summary report at the Cookeville Police Department, officers noted the stolen iPhone incident and said, “We got a call on the adult/male and others in the area of 12th and Mississippi selling magazines.”

“These folks have been issued citations for soliciting without permits. Officer Long towed one of their vehicles. We escorted one group out of town a couple of weeks ago.”
by Mary Jo Denton
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG IMMORAL PIGS FOR PROFIT Strike Again !!!
NFSA President: Sandra Hall: Alliance Service Company.
NFSA Vice President: LeVan Ellis: Ultimate Unity, aka: American Community Services.
The DIRTY MAGGOT MONSTERS Selling Magazines door-to-door for the Magazine Publishers of America
President of the MPA: Nina Link: A plea for help: Letters to the MPA: gone ignored and unanswered


Ponchatoula, Louisiana
PPD arrest three for soliciting
Ponchatoula PD Arrest Three for Soliciting
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Graceful Hands
Ultimate Unity
aka: American community Services:
LeVan Ellis
Contact info:
8557 West US Highway 20, Michigan City, IN 46360
219-809-5733
end DMPG Info
November 16, 2012
PPD arrest three for soliciting
Ponchatoula PD Arrest Three for Soliciting
Action News 17
Published on Friday, November 16, 2012
Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson announces the arrest of three individuals for Soliciting Door to Door Without a Permit on November 15, 2012. Chief Layrisson reports that his department had received several complaints from citizens concerning individuals going door to door selling magazines. Officers were able to locate one of the subjects in North Haven subdivision. The officer learned that the subject was working for an organization called Graceful Hands, which is based out of East Point, GA. The officer advised the subject that he needed to have the proper permits to solicit door to door and was not allowed to solicit inside the city limits of Ponchatoula any longer until Graceful Hands was able to secure the permits. The officer escorted the subject to a nearby convenience store to await his ride.

A few hours later, Chief Layrisson informs that his department began receiving similar complaints in three additional areas (Weinberger Trace, Strawberry Fields and Timber Creek subdivisions). Officers responded to those areas and were able to locate three subjects, who were working for Graceful Hands, soliciting door to door. The three subjects were arrested for Soliciting Door to Door Without a Permit and was released on bond. Those arrested were:

· Jocelyn Nicholson: age 26; Rock Creek, OH
· Dwight Jakes: age 25; Milwaukee, WI
· Deandrea King: age 29; Cincinnati, OH

Chief Layrissson advises that it is unclear as to whether or not Graceful Hands is a legitimate non-profit organization and states the reason for the city of Ponchatoula’s soliciting permit is to verify the legitimacy of these organizations. Chief Layrisson applauds the citizens of Ponchatoula in staying active and assisting the Ponchatoula Police Department in these matters.
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Wilmington, Ohio
Woman soliciting money door-to-door charged with theft by deception
November 15, 2012
Woman soliciting money door-to-door charged with theft by deception
By ROSE COOPER
Wilmington News Journal
Ohio Community Media
11/15/2012 12:00:00 AM
A woman soliciting door-to-door for money — claiming her child had been taken by medical helicopter to an area hospital — is now facing charges after the Wilmington Police Department learned her claims were not true, according to Wilmington Police Chief Duane Weyand.

“Over the last week, the Wilmington Police Department (WPD) has received a report in reference to a female going door- to-door soliciting money because her child had been flown to Children’s Hospital,” Weyand said. “This was proven to be false and the female was charged with theft by deception.”

Weyand said the investigation is continuing.

The police chief said other door-to-door solicitors have also been arrested in the past.

In one specific incident, Weyand said the victim thought it was suspicious for a young child to collect money at a late hour.

“The caller notified us and upon making contact with the child and mother, it was found they were just soliciting the money for personal use,” the police chief said. “Charges were brought forward in this case too.”

“Anybody experiencing a similar problem is encouraged to contact the police department,” he said.

Police have also received numerous complaints about people soliciting money near the Wilmington Plaza Shopping Center on Rombach Avenue, Weyand said.

“Many of the people who stand outside soliciting donations have received direction from our officers as to where they can get assistance for food and shelter,” Weyand said. “However, they still stand outside soliciting, even after being offered what resources we have at our disposal.”

He said the police department does not want to discourage citizens from donating to those in need. “We would encourage you to donate to organizations where the money is better distributed. We would also ask, if you want to help those locally to donate locally,” Weyand said.

Weyand said during the holidays there is usually an increase in the amount of fraud that is associated with soliciting. He said anyone who receives phone calls soliciting money, they should contact the office of the organization.

“Do some online research and see where the money goes,” he urged. “Many of the organizations that solicit money take it out of the county, so be wary.”

He also said area residents should not receive calls soliciting money for the police department.

The police chief said anyone who has a problem, or if you have a suspicious solicitor, should contact the police department at 937-382-3833.
By ROSE COOPER
Wilmington News Journal
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NORTH BAY, ONTARIO
City licenses door-to-door sales
November 14, 2012
City licenses door-to-door sales
By GORD YOUNG, The Nugget
THE NORTH BAY NUGGET
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:23:40 EST PM
It's going to cost door-to-door sales and service people a hefty $500 annual fee to do business in North Bay.

City politicians, who had previously considered a $100 annual licensing fee, agreed Monday to the increased price after Coun. Tanya Vrebosch tabled an amendment calling on the city to take a tougher stance on door-to-door sales.

“I don’t think $100 is enough,” said Vrebosch, noting the licensing of door-to-door sales and service people has been requested by police due to an increase in scams.

Although not all door-to-door sales and service people are con artists, Vrebosch suggested many are fraudsters who often come from out of town and end up preying on seniors and other vulnerable residents.

She said the previously proposed $100 fee was the lowest of several communities that were surveyed, with Huntsville charging the highest fee — more than $500.

“Why would we be the lowest?” asked Vrebosch, suggesting a higher fee may be a deterrent.

If not, she said the city will at least have some information on file that could aid police in a fraud investigation since those selling door to door will also be required to provide photo identification, their address and a letter from the company they represent.

But not everyone around the council table agreed with the move.

Coun. Chris Mayne argued against the stiffer fee, noting there are plenty of legitimate door-to-door businesses and that a $500 annual licence would act as a deterrent for entrepreneurs and small operations.

Deputy mayor Sean Lawlor warned that the city can't discriminate against door-to-door sales people because some of them are con artists.

But Coun. Judy Koziol suggested it's not discriminatory if all door-to-door sales people are charged the same fee.

The new fee and licensing requirements take effect Jan. 1. That means anyone doing business door-to-door after that date should be able to produce a licence issued by the city.

“If they don't, I would shut the door,” said Vrebosch, advising residents not to do business with anyone who isn't licensed.

The licensing requirement for door-to-door sales people was among several updates to the city licensing bylaw approved Monday.

Other proposed changes to the business licensing bylaw include placing the onus on property owners to ensure hawkers and peddlers doing business on their premises are licensed, eliminating a $10 fee for out-of-town crafters and licensing tattoo and body piercing parlours, as well as seasonal restaurants and precious metal purchasers.

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Toronto, Canada
Two women sexually assaulted after man posing as newspaper salesman forces his way into
home with a knife
November 13, 2012
Posted Toronto
Two women sexually assaulted after man posing as newspaper salesman forces his way into
home with a knife
Tristin Hopper | Nov 13, 2012 5:20 AM ET
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Toronto Police are combing the city for a man who posed as a door-to-door salesman in order to attack two women in their North Toronto home.

The attack occurred Monday morning in a residence on Woburn Road, a suburban street just four blocks north of Lawrence and Avenue Road. According to police, the house is inhabited by two women, 25 and 30 years old.

Just after 10 a.m., the women heard their front doorbell and found a clean-shaven man in a windbreaker standing on their front stoop, saying that he was selling newspaper subscriptions. When the occupants opened the door, he brandished a knife, forced his way in and “sexually assaulted both women,” according to a statement by police spokesman Const. Tony Vella.

The attack ended when the women engaged in a “scuffle” with the man, and reportedly gained the upper hand by slashing him across the midsection. The attacker then fled in an “unknown direction.”

One of the women was taken to hospital, and although police said her injuries were “serious,” their exact nature was not disclosed.

Police canvassed surrounding homeowners in the hopes that a home security camera may have captured an image of the attacker.

As of Monday night, one neighbour had stepped forward, allowing police to publish two grainy images of the suspect in the moments before the attack, dressed in black pants and a grey shirt while clutching a white bag.

Toronto city councillor Karen Stintz, who lives in the area, Tweeted a link to a news story on the attack along with the message “please be careful.”

The suspect is described as white, 5-foot-10 to six-foot tall with dark hair and a wound across the torso.

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Thousand Oaks, California
Apprehension Made in Soliciting Case
DMPG Info:
Police case #: 12-25100
end DMPG Info
November 12, 2012
Apprehension Made in Soliciting Case
ThousandOaks365
November 12, 2012
On November 8, Ventura County patrol deputies responded to a call of a theft that had just occurred in the 4300 block of Lantern Lane. Jonathon Dixon, 20, of Missouri, had been going door to door in the residential neighborhood selling cleaning products when he allegedly stole mail near the front door of a home. Deputies detained Dixon nearby on Laurelhurst Road and recovered the stolen mail. He was arrested for theft and booked at the East County Jail.

The quick response and arrest of Mr. Dixon, along with the recovery of the stolen mail, would not have been possible without the help of alert residents in the area who noticed the suspicious behavior. In addition to the alleged theft crime, it was discovered that Mr. Dixon and several others were soliciting door to door without the proper ‘Solicitor’s Permit.’

Commercial solicitors going door to door in the City of Moorpark are required to have a ‘Solicitors Permit,’ which can be obtained at Moorpark City Hall. The solicitor’s permit must be worn on the outer most garment, and clearly indicates that it was issued by the City of Moorpark. Residents are reminded to be careful when dealing with door-to-door solicitors, and to call law enforcement if they believe the solicitors are selling without the proper permits, or may be involved in other criminal activity. The fact a solicitor has a permit does not mean the solicitor may not have criminal intentions, but it does aid law enforcement in the event crimes occur.
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Dishonest Door to Door Salesman
November 10, 2012
Dishonest Door to Door Salesman
Published on Nov 10, 2012 by Tyler Puckett
Dishonest door to door salesman opens my Amazon.com package and shakes another one only to realize after he pulls out the security cameras in the larger package he is on camera! Great video for the Hurst Police Hurst Police Department for tracking him down! I have nine cameras around the outside of my house & I have about 4 more to go...
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Phoenix, Arizona
Tempe police search for man who tried to sexually assault student
November 8, 2012
Tempe police search for man who tried to sexually assault student
By Amber McMurray The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team Thu Nov 8, 2012 6:43 AM

Tempe police believe this man attempted to sexually assault
an Arizona State University student.
Tempe police

Tempe police are searching for a man who attempted to sexually assault an Arizona State University student.

A 19-year-old ASU student told police that at around 3 a.m. Wednesday, a man she did not know entered her apartment and tried to sexually assault her, police said.

The woman fought the man off and ran from the apartment, police said.

The man is described as Hispanic, in his late 40s or early 50s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, wearing a red shirt with black writing and shorts that went past his knees, police said.

Tempe police officers are going door to door questioning residents for more information.

Police are asking anyone who has information contact the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311.
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Ventura, California
Door-to-Door Solicitor Arrested for Theft
November 8, 2012
Door-to-Door Solicitor Arrested for Theft
updated: Nov 09, 2012, 12:26 PM
Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Community: Moorpark - Door-to-Door Solicitor Arrested for Theft
ventura.edhat.com
Nature of Incident: Arrest of Theft Suspect
Report Number: 12-25100
Location: 13300 Block Laurelhurst Road, Moorpark
Date & Time: November 8, 2012 / 12:26 PM
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age Jonathon Dixon Missouri 20
Narrative: On November 8, 2012, at 12:26 PM, Moorpark patrol deputies responded to a call of a theft that had just occurred in the 4300 block of Lantern Lane in the City of Moorpark. Jonathon Dixon had been going door to door in the residential neighborhood selling cleaning products when he stole mail near the front door of a home. Deputies detained Dixon nearby on Laurelhurst Road and recovered the stolen mail. He was arrested for theft and booked at the East County Jail. The quick response and arrest of Mr. Dixon, along with the recovery of the stolen mail, would not have been possible without the help of alert residents in the area who noticed the suspicious behavior. In addition to the theft crime, it was discovered that Mr. Dixon and several others were soliciting door to door without the proper City "Solicitor's Permit."

Commercial solicitors going door to door in the City of Moorpark are required to have a "Solicitors Permit," which can be obtained at Moorpark City Hall. The solicitor's permit must be worn on the outer most garment, and clearly indicates that it was issued by the City of Moorpark. Residents are reminded to be careful when dealing with door-to-door solicitors, and to call law enforcement if they believe the solicitors are selling without the proper permits, or may be involved in other criminal activity. The fact a solicitor has a permit does not mean the solicitor may not have criminal intentions, but it does aid law enforcement in the event crimes occur.

Deputy Preparing Media Release: Captain Ron Nelson Media Release Date: November 8, 2012 Follow-Up Contact: Captain Ron Nelson (805) 532-2705 Approved by: Captain Cory Rubright
Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Community: Moorpark
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NORTH BAY, ONTARIO
City regulates door-to-door sales
November 7, 2012
City regulates door-to-door sales
By GORD YOUNG, The Nugget
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 8:10:49 EST PM
The city is looking at helping curtail fraud by requiring door-to-door sales and service people to obtain a business licence.

Those selling door to door would pay a $100 annual fee and be required to provide photo identification, their address and a letter from the company they represent.

Deputy city clerk Karen McIsaac told council Monday during committee discussions that the proposed licensing process has been requested by police due to an increase door-to-door scams.

Deputy mayor Sean Lawlor said the licensing of door-to-door sales and service people would provide the city with a way of overseeing the practise.

“Right now, we don't have any authority over who is going door-to-door,” he said.

Coun. Tanya Vrebosch said she supported the move, but called for a higher licensing fee. She said the proposed licensing requirement doesn't affect grassroots fundraising efforts such as the sale of Girl Guide cookies. Vrebosch said door-to-door con artists are often from out of town.

In addition, city staff is recommending the licensing of precious metal purchasers, also because there's been an increase of such activities in the city and to assist police in a possible fraud investigation. The associated fee would be $150 per event for non-residents and $300 annually for residents.

Other proposed updates to the business licensing bylaw include placing the onus on property owners to ensure hawkers and peddlers doing business on their premises are licensed, eliminating a $10 fee for out-of-town crafters and licensing tattoo and body piercing parlours, as well as seasonal restaurants.

Council heard Monday that out-of-town hawkers and peddlers, such as those who sell items like flags from a roadside location or within a privately owned place, often don't obtain the required licence.

Coun. Judy Koziol, however, raised objections to placing the onus on property owners, suggesting it's the city's responsibility.

The proposed bylaw changes also recommend a new $300 annual licensing fee for hawkers and peddlers instead of the current fee structure which is based on the duration of their operation. In addition, there's an option included for property owners to obtain an all-inclusive annual hawkers and peddlers licence for their premises for $3,000 each year.

Council heard that the Downtown Improvement Area and North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce are in favour of the licensing since hawkers and peddlers mainly come from out-of-town and compete with local businesses.

The recommended elimination of a $10 per table charge for those who come from out-of-town to sell crafts in the city is based on complaints that those people also spend money in North Bay when they visit. A staff report presented to council indicates the loss of licensing revenue would be miniscule.

Tattoo and body piercing parlours do not currently require a city licence. Council heard that such operations would be obligated be inspected by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit if the licences were mandated. Currently, the only mechanism for health inspections is complaint driven. The proposed annual licensing fee is $150.

Under the proposed changes, restaurants not open more than eight months of the year would be required to pay $100 annually for licence that would ensure the necessary inspections by the health unit, fire department and gas fitters due to seasonal closures.
By GORD YOUNG, The Nugget
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I was abandoned.
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I was lied to and cheated out of the money I earned.
I was forced to commit fraud and lied to the home owner to make a sale.
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for the National Field Selling Association and the Magazine Publishers of America.
I was mutilated or killed in a van rollover.
I have a venerable disease.
I have a Broken Heart and a Broken Spirit and Broken Dreams.
I have been Beaten, Abused, Raped and stranded 2000 miles from my home.
I have not eaten in 3 days and have no money to get home.
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Little Rock Arkansas - National Coverage
Job Seekers Beware: Magazine Sales Crews Trafficking Teens?
November 5, 2012
Job Seekers Beware: Magazine Sales Crews Trafficking Teens?
By: Marci Manley, KARK 4 News
KARK 4, KARZ 42
arkansasmatters.com
Updated: November 5, 2012
Between the pages of his local paper, 20-year-old Dylan, who asked KARK to not reveal his last name, thought he had found a way out of Arkansas two years ago.

"I saw an ad in the paper, to travel the world and do sales, you know," he said.

The company bought him a greyhound ticket to Texas to meet up with a crew selling magazine subscriptions for $20.00 a day, at least at first.

A fellow team member, left stranded in a small Texas town for failing to meet her magazine sales quota, tried to tell Dylan of the dangers his travels had in store.

"She said it's fine in your training, but after that it's all downhill," Dylan said. "She tried to warn me. She told me I'd have no money, and I would starve to death."

But Dylan was skeptical, assuming the girl just wasn't cut out for the fast-paced sales environment. He thought he would be different.

"I thought it wouldn't be that way for me," he said.

"You thought you would be the exception?" we asked.

"Yeah, but I wasn't. I was definitely the rule," he responded.

Pounding the pavement began at 8:00 a.m. each day, knocking on doors for upwards of 12 hours. At the end of the shift, teams would sleep five to a hotel room, and most days they were forced to rely on good Samaritans for a meal.

"A lot of times I wasn't doing well selling magazines and I didn't have the cash on hand to buy me something to eat," Dylan said.

The quota for the crew was often set at six subscriptions a day, with team members receiving a five dollar cut. It's money Dylan said the crew members never actually saw.

"Every time you needed money you had to go to your team leader," he said. "All of your money was kept in an account that only he had control over. If you wanted a new pair of sneakers, you had to go to him. If he didn't think you needed them, you didn't get them. It was just like having a master. You had to ask permission to do this and do that."

There were even fines that left sales crew members in the hole -- owing money for missing phone numbers and addresses on information sheets.

"They could find a reason to fine you for even the smallest things," he said. "Those fines eat away at your money, and then you don't have a dime."

And the punishments for failing to perform, could be severe.

"It never happened to me, but the kids under some other team leaders were being beaten because they weren't making their quotas," Dylan said. "The leader would have members of the team beat them, haze them, give them a hard time. Because in the leader's eyes, that kid was causing everyone else to suffer."

For Dylan, his beating came from a stranger on the streets in a rough part of town. He was mugged for a pack of gum and his cell phone.

"It was dark, one of those late working days," Dylan said. "The guy came up to me, demanded I empty my pockets. Another guy came from behind and punched me in the face and head. I had a bloody nose and a busted lip. My face was swollen and black eyes and all."

Dylan was never taken to the hospital by his team leader or given any type of medical attention, other than a gas station bathroom and a water faucet.

"It didn't hurt him [my team leader] none. He just wanted me to fill out the paperwork and give him the money I had made," Dylan said.

And that's when Dylan decided he wanted to return home.

"I stayed up all night trying to think of a way to get out. I didn't know if they would let me go, leave me stranded, or hold me there," he said. "So I came up with a story that my family had called and that my brother was deathly ill. I told them I had to go home or my parents were going to start making a fuss."

Like his former team member in Texas, Dylan was dropped off at a Las Vegas Greyhound station.

"I had no ticket, no money, no nothing," he said.

His parents received a phone call from a man who had discovered Dylan's stolen cell phone after it had been discarded. They contacted Dylan's uncle, who had a friend living in Vegas, to track down their son.

"I was finally able to get in contact with my parents," Dylan said. "I was scared, and I didn't know what was going to happen to me at that bus station by myself. But they were able to scrape together some money to buy me a bus ticket home."

Dylan had spent two months being told my team leaders and fellow team members to never reveal his location. The worry that contacting his family would come back to bite him never ceased until he arrived home three days later.

"I came home with absolutely no money whatsoever, beaten, bruised, and scared," he said. "I just can't think about what all could have happened to me. It was just as likely that I would never have made it home."

Dylan has no doubts he was caught up in a labor trafficking ring.

"I think that the company owned all of these teams and crews that were all connected," Dylan said. "I don't have proof of that necessarily, because we weren't ever allowed to know how the system really worked. But I think these people decided, 'We can talk these 18-year-old kids who think they know everything - con them into coming out here and making money for us."

Arkansas legislators like David Meeks are looking to create new laws to fight human trafficking, which includes labor trafficking and sex trafficking.

"It's slavery. It's modern day slavery, and we have to combat it," Meeks said. "We really want to him them [traffickers] in the pocketbook where it hurts."

Arkansas has one trafficking statute on the books, but it's never been used to prosecute.

"The penalties just aren't great enough for prosecutors to have any use for the statute," Meeks said.

Now, a team of state leaders is working to draft new legislation to seize operators' assets, hand down stiffer sanctions, and provide protection for victims.

"The Polaris Project considers Arkansas one of the 'Faltering Four' states, because we don't have enough laws on our books to really combat human trafficking," Meeks said.

The Polaris Project, a national human trafficking watchdog organization,
not only ranks Arkansas at the bottom of the legislative totem pole, but it also considers sales crews one of the leading forms of labor trafficking in the U.S.

It's an estimated $50 million-a-year industry going largely unregulated.

Dylan's experiences seem to be textbook for these fly-by-night sales crews which appear to recruit young adults who are legally free to leave home on their own.

"At 18, we think we know everything and own the world, but we have no idea," he said.

The crews promise travel, fun, and big pay to target those from low-income communities or those with broken backgrounds.

"Me, I was from Arkansas, but I even had a good family that loved me and supported me," Dylan said. "Most of the kids there come out of bad homes or where they ran away from home."

The companies also seem to take advantage of parents' and the public's ignorance to remain in operation.

"Everybody I told what I was going to do, nobody had any idea what was going on. I had never heard of it anywhere," Dylan said.

For Dylan, his journey has lasted far beyond the two months he was out on the streets making sales.

"I haven't really been able to talk about it until now. It's something that's difficult to come to terms with. For a long time, it didn't seem real. I think I've spent the past two years in shock," he said.

And after being taught to make sales on the street, he's hoping parents and the public will listen to his pitch now.

"I would do anything to keep people from going through the same thing I went through," he said. "It was very scary and very life-changing."

We contacted a number of listings that offered fun, travel, and sales through Craigslist and the local newspaper to ask them about industry practices. None of them returned our phone calls.

While there are legitimate door-to-door sales companies that work in the United States, you'd be wise to do your homework, including determining if the company has an actual physical address and business phone number, a Better Business Bureau rating, and contacting the Attorney General's office in your state to see if complaints about the company have been made.

You can also check out the following websites:
parentwatch.org
and magcrew.com,
which both work to highlight sales operations that have found to be illegitimate.

To read the Polaris Project's full research report on traveling sales crews, click the button to download the PDF document.
Attachment Traveling Sales Crew Report - Polaris Project

Traveling Sales Crews AAG.pdf
By: Marci Manley, KARK 4 News
KARK 4, KARZ 42
arkansasmatters.com
http://arkansasmatters.com
Little Rock Arkansas
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Eugene, Oregon
Aggressive door-to-door visitors prompt police alert
Eugene residents have complained about encounters with purported cleaning products salespeople
November 2, 2012
Aggressive door-to-door visitors prompt police alert
Eugene residents have complained about encounters with purported cleaning products salespeople
By Jack Moran
The Register-Guard
Published: November 2, 2012 12:00AM
A fast-talking young woman may be part of a team of crooks employing an “un­usually aggressive” sales pitch to finagle their way into potential victims’ homes, Eugene police Sgt. Lisa Barrong said Thursday.

Police in Eugene have received at least a dozen recent complaints about pushy strangers arriving at homes to hawk carpet cleaning products.

Several purported door-to-door salespeople are believed to be involved, including a young Asian woman who reportedly has visited a number of residences, Barrong said.

“They’re hitting all areas of town, no specific neighborhood,” she said.

What’s particularly concerning to police is that in a few instances, the uninvited visitors have barged into local residents’ homes after being greeted at the front door, then commented about items inside a house or questioned people about their daily schedules, Barrong said.

“They’re actually scaring people,” she said.

Police suspect that the door-to-door visits may be linked to residential burglaries or other crimes. “We’ve got a couple of potential” break-ins that may be associated with the investigation, Barrong said.

Eugene police asked any Eugene resident who has had an aggressive salesperson stop by their home in recent weeks to contact the department at 541-682-5111.

The suspicious visits may also be happening in Springfield, where a police log entry indicates that an Asian woman in her 20s had arrived at a home on 71st Street on Saturday and tried to sell a carpet cleaning product.

Springfield police Sgt. R.A. Lewis said Thursday that he was not aware of any recent spate of complaints regarding door-to-door visitors in the city.

Authorities advise people to be suspicious whenever a door-to-door seller uses pressure tactics, and to ask about a company’s contact information in order to find out whether they represent a legitimate business.

Barrong said people should instruct un­invited visitors to immediately leave their property, and warn them that police will be called.
By Jack Moran
The Register-Guard
http://www.registerguard.com
Eugene, Oregon
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Washington, DC
President Obama Makes Historic Commitment to Fight Human Trafficking
October, 2012
President Obama Makes Historic Commitment to Fight Human Trafficking
Megan Fowler, 202-540-5231, mfowler@polarisproject.org
Polaris Project
polarisproject.org
New White House Initiatives Will Increase Support for Human Trafficking Survivors, Prohibit Forced Labor by Government Contractors

Washington, D.C. (September 25, 2012) – The following is a statement by Polaris Project Executive Director Bradley Myles following President Obama’s remarks on human trafficking in New York today:

“Today, President Obama rightly declared that fighting modern slavery is one of the great human rights battles of our era in a speech detailing a number of concrete measures to help identify victims of human trafficking and reduce this crime and human rights abuse throughout the United States and globally.

“Importantly the President's words help to shift the paradigm from treating trafficked persons as criminals to seeing them as crime vict­ims to be protected. This is a core belief here at Polaris Project and we welcome all efforts to ensure that victims of human trafficking are treated with dignity and respect and are provided with comprehensive social services.”

“We support the President’s plan to ensure that government contractors do not engage in human trafficking and forced labor, to increase training and tools for law enforcement and prosecutors, and to promote greater collaboration among federal agencies. These initiatives will have a significant impact. Additionally we echo President Obama’s call to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and urge Congress to move forward quickly to approve this measure which has previously been reauthorized three times by bipartisan majorities. The current Senate bill, S. 1301, has 52 cosponsors.

“We know first-hand that victims all over the United States need support to leave their trafficking situation and rebuild their lives. Thousands of victims have called the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline on their own behalf to request help. This national hotline is one of our country’s best tools to identify and reach victims and connect them to the services they need.

“President Obama has made it clear that his Administration wants to make these survivors a top priority. His speech and policy announcements represent a turning point in the fight against human trafficking which clearly signal that this is a real problem here in our country. We do not face an insurmountable challenge, but we must heed this call and redouble our efforts to create a world without modern slavery. With the help of business leaders, community members, law enforcement, and federal and state officials, we can come together to support victims of trafficking and eradicate this crime from our communities.”

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About the National Human Trafficking Resource Center

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline, operated by Polaris Project since December 2007 and partially funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has received almost 60,000 calls and connected more than 6,700 potential victims to services. Almost 2,700 victims have called the hotline on their own behalf. Incidences of sex and labor trafficking have been reported to the hotline in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the last two years. More than a dozen states have passed laws requiring or encouraging the posting of the national human trafficking hotline number. To report a tip, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area or request information, call the NHTRC at: 1-888-3737-888.

About Polaris Project

Polaris Project is one of the leading organizations in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star "Polaris" that guided people escaping slavery along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally. By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery. Learn more at www.polarisproject.org.

Contact

Megan Fowler, 202-540-5231, mfowler@polarisproject.org
Megan Fowler, 202-540-5231, mfowler@polarisproject.org
Polaris Project
http://www.polarisproject.org
Washington, DC
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Chicago, Illinois
Alarm firm to pay $1M after allegedly using criminal salesmen
October 31, 2012
Alarm firm to pay $1M after allegedly using criminal salesmen
Tribune staff
Chicago Tribune
11:16 a.m. CDT, October 31, 2012
An alarm company accused of "slamming" homeowners and using alleged felons to sell its products will pay a $1 million fine, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Pinnacle Security, headquartered in Orem, Utah, agreed to a settlement that was announced Wednesday by the state department.

The department alleged that Pinnacle sold its services using "unfair and deceptive" trade practices, hired unlicensed sales personnel, and allowed employees with criminal histories to sell products door to door in Illinois. The company was accused of "slamming" consumers by changing their alarm service using "fraudulent and deceptive" means.

Pinnacle neither admitted nor denied the allegations in the agreement, but spokesman Stuart Dean issued a statement.

"Pinnacle Security has worked closely to address the generally historical issues related to licensing requirements of our sales representatives that allegedly took place as early as 2006," the statement said.

"Since 2010, Pinnacle has implemented industry-leading compliance initiatives to help ensure that Pinnacle's sales representatives meet all city, county and state licensing requirements."

"When homeowners purchase security systems to protect their families from crimes, they should at least be assured that the company with which they do business is following Illinois laws," said Jay Stewart, the department's director of professional regulation.

The department said 700 of 1,100 Pinnacle workers were not licensed by the state. Several workers had been charged with or convicted of felonies, including larceny, robbery, theft, conspiracy to commit burglary, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, assault, domestic battery, and possession of controlled substances, the department said.

Pinnacle agreed to pay the $1 million fine, of which $250,000 had already been paid, and also agreed to a two-year ban on new sales to Illinois consumers, supervision of Pinnacle's business of overseeing existing security systems, and five years of probation.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan had already settled a lawsuit with Pinnacle.
Tribune staff
Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com
Chicago, Illinois
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Tennessee
Magazine salesman was a sex offender
October 31, 2012
Magazine salesman was a sex offender
by Mary Jo Denton
Herald-Citizen
October 31, 2012
PUTNAM COUNTY — One of those people selling magazines door-to-door here last week was a sex offender from New York, according to the Putnam Sheriff’s Department.

The Cookeville Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department responded to numerous calls from residents last week complaining about suspicious people knocking on their doors wanting to sell magazine subscriptions for “wounded soldiers.” Some residents bought magazine subscriptions or gave donations.

Officers located several of the salespeople, all of whom were from other states, and ordered them to stop going door-to-door to sell because they did not have the proper city or county permit to do so.

Now, in one report released this week by the Sheriff’s Department, a deputy notes that one of the suspicious salesmen was Calvin Smith, 23, of Port Jervis, New York, who is a registered sex offender.

Deputy Scott Stockton located Smith in the Middleford Drive area about mid-day Friday after receiving calls reporting “a suspicious person going from yard to yard.”

“I?made contact with Calvin Smith and asked him what he was doing and he said that he was in the area selling magazines and that he had just got in town yesterday,” the deputy’s report says.

“I asked him if he had a permit to be doing door to door sales and he said he did not and didn’t know if the company he was working for had one or not.

“I advised him that he had to have one and that he needed to contact the person that dropped him off to come and pick him up and he said that he did not have a way to contact them, that he had a meeting place and a time to meet them.”

Deputy Stockton then ran a police computer check on Smith and learned that he is wanted in New Jersey and that he is a registered sex offender. However, the State of New Jersey was unwilling to extradite him, that is, unwilling to expend the funds and resources necessary to transport Smith back to that state.

The deputy then informed Smith that he must either register here as a sex offender or else leave the area.

“Mr. Smith left the area at that time,” the report says.
by Mary Jo Denton
Herald-Citizen
http://www.herald-citizen.com
Cookeville, Tennessee
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KIRKLAND, Washington
80-year-old woman sexually assaulted in Kirkland
October 30, 2012
80-year-old woman sexually assaulted in Kirkland
KIRO News
Posted: 2:39 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012
KIRKLAND, Wash. —

Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted an 80-year-old woman at her home in Kirkland's Juanita neighborhood last Thursday.

In a news release issued Tuesday, police said the victim arrived home in the 9500 block of Northeast 128th Street and tried to quickly close the door when she saw a man she suspected was a salesman.

The man pushed the door open, shoved the woman to the floor, put his hand over her mouth and choked her, police said. She fought with him as he pulled off her clothing. She bit him and left bite marks on his hand.

He told her he is homeless and that he recently ended a four-year relationship.

Police said the attacker is a dark-skinned black man, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, in his mid 20s, with a medium build and a "long, skinny face." He was wearing a cap similar to a stocking cap with a short bill.

Police asked anyone with information about the attack to contact Detective Dave Quiggle, Kirkland Police Department at 425-587-3507 or dquiggle@kirklandwa.gov.
KIRO News
http://www.kirotv.com
Seattle, Washington
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Tennessee
Door-to-door sales after dark generate complaints
October 29, 2012
Door-to-door sales after dark generate complaints
by HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
Herald-Citizen
october 29, 2012
By MARY JO DENTON
PUTNAM COUNTY — Door-to-door sales groups hit Putnam County in recent days, knocking on doors after dark and claiming to be raising funds for “wounded soliders.”

They have succeeded in frightening several residents, who lodged complaints with police.

In one case, a 21-year-old man who was said to be the supervisor of a six-member group, was cited to Cookeville city court for soliciting without the required city permit.

According to the Cookeville Police Department, officers have responded to at least 20 complaint calls from residents on recent nights about solicitors knocking on doors after dark.

On Friday night, Officer Jason Hees made contact “with the solicitors we have been dealing with all week,” one police department shift summary report says.

“The manager was charged with soliciting without a permit. All of his workers were gathered up and escorted back to their motel room and told not to be back out without proper permits or they would go to jail,” the report says.

It was 7:41 p.m. Friday when Officer Hees was dispatched to the area of Northgate Apartments on E. 10th Street on a complaint about a man going door to door selling something. He found the man and asked him to contact his supervisor, Taylor Shouse.

“Mr. Shouse arrived on scene and was issued a citation for soliciting without a permit,”?the officer’s report says. “He was then instructed to pick up his six other employees and return to the hotel for the night.”

Officer Hees then followed Shouse’s vehicle as he picked up the others who were going door-to-door. Most of the employees had no identification, the officer’s report says.

Reportedly, the seven persons were trying to sell magazine subscriptions “for wounded soldiers.”

The Putnam Sheriff’s Department received similar complaints about door-to-door sales people in county areas on Wednesday night and Thursday night, according to reports on file at the Department.

Deputy Gary Davis said he was dispatched to the area of McBroom Chapel Road and Eaton about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday on a report of “a person going door to door selling magazines.”

The deputy went to the area and made contact with a woman who said she was “selling magazines with a company called ‘Back a Winner,’” the report says.

“She had forms of identification and it had information regarding interstate commerce and quoted some case law,” the deputy’s report says.

“The individual was dropped off in an area along with other people, and these individuals were attempting to sell magazine subscriptions.”

Deputy Davis said the information that the woman, Elizabeth Dudley of North Carolina, had “appeared legitimate,” but she had been scheduled to be picked up about 8:15 p.m. and her ride was not there.

“Due to her safety, I stayed with her and she made attempts to contact her ride,” the deputy said. “After many attempts, her ride was just up the road fueling up at Echo Valley Market. I transported her to her ride.”

Deputy Davis said the driver’s phone had gone dead and he was having trouble contacting the others who were out selling magazines.

Another deputy, John Pettit, worked a similar case on Thursday night after receiving a complaint call from a resident of Preakness Drive.

“The caller advised that two men came to her door and stated they were neighbors,” the report says. She wanted officers to check on the two.

“When I arrived in the area, I found a white van with a New York temporary tag sitting on the shoulder of the road unoccupied,” the report says.

“I then made contact with the two men on a porch on Preakness Drive. The two, Amir Rodgers and Taylor Shouse, advised me that they were selling magazine subscriptions for wounded soldiers.

“The white van belonged to their boss, who was also in the area selling magazines. The two advised they did not mean to startle the (homeowner). They stated that they knocked on the door and when the woman came to the door, they waved at her and she immediately turned off the porch light and would not come to the door.”

Deputy Pettit advised the two that they must have a permit from the county clerk’s office to sell door to door.

“I?advised them that they should also have some type of name tags or business cards to show people that they are legitimate. One of the men showed me a paper that said magazines for troops. It listed names of soldiers who were wounded.”

The deputy checked the identification papers of the two men and found nothing illegal, he said.

Later in the evening, another resident of Preakness Drive contacted the deputy and complained that two men had come to his house just before the deputy had arrived in the area. He said the two had told him they were on the rugby team at Tennessee Tech and were raising money for a trip.”

That man had written two checks, for $63 each, and had given the checks to the young men.

“He said a neighbor had later called Tennessee Tech and was told that the school had no knowledge of the two or any fund raiser. He said he was going to cancel the checks first thing in the morning.”

Violation of the city ordinance forbidding such soliciting door to door without a permit carries a penalty of $150, according to city officials.

Police officers say it is not a good idea to open your doors to strangers, especially at night. They also advise that if you donate to a charity, you should first determine whether it is a legitimate cause.
By DANNY HENLEY
danny.henley@courierpost.com
The Rolla Daily News
http://www.herald-citizen.com
Cookeville, Tennessee
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Weatherford, Oklahoma
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Freedom Sales, aka: Palmetto Marketing, aka: Sunshine Subscription Agency Inc.,
aka: J C Sales, aka: PMI, aka: Pitts Sales, aka: Gemini Sales, aka: Colvin Sales
BBB: Sunshine Subscription Agency
President/Owner: Vincent Pitts
Sunshine Subscription Agency Magazine Salesman Selling Magazines For The
Magazine Publishers of America and the National Field Selling Association

Sunshine Subscription Agency is an active member of the National Field Selling Association:

http://nfsa.com
The Unholy

See: Criminal Profiler for rapes and murders committed by Palmetto Marketing and Sunshine Subscription Agency
Criminal Profiler

Google Search: Palmetto Marketing + magazine

Search Palmetto Marketing This Website
end DMPG Info
October 28, 2012
RipOff Report: #961288
Complaint Review: Freedom Sales
Submitted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Reported By: honeykeeper — Weatherford Oklahoma United States of America
Freedom Sales
7522 Wiles Rd. Ste#112 Coral Springs Florida 33067 United States of America
Phone: 866-298-0163
Web: www.sunshinesubscription.com
Category: Door to Door Sales
Freedom Sales Three Times A Charm Coral Springs, Florida

Last year, while I was leaving the grocery store, a young girl was outside by my car. She approached me and was very nice. She told me that she was selling magazines and she was starving, waiting for her ride to come pick her up. She also had told me that she was in college and trying to earn extra money and a chance to win a trip.

I listened to her and offered her some food, ended up buying a magazine subscription to help her out and went on with my business when her ride arrived. I never received the magazine that I had ordered and just knocked it up to a lesson learned.

This year, the same company came to my house 3 times. While I was sleeping, after a graveyard shift at work, my daughter answered the door to find 2 young men. She invited them in and also listened to their story. When she told them she didn't have any money they left. Later they both returned to tell her that she looked "hot" and that they were sure she could sell for the company. They wanted to know if she wanted a job, she could leave with them right then! She said she'd think about it and they left again.

Third time they came back and asked to use the bathroom. Her brother was in the shower and they couldn't come in so they instead did "their business" on the side of my house in broad daylight. This is when she woke me up. They left a business card and a post-it note with Vinny's phone number and some guy named Adam's number on it. Trying then to get my son and daughter to go work for them.

I called the number after they left and asked questions to Vinny himself. It still sounded so sketchy. I looked the company up online because I was worried about human trafficking, since it's been so popular in this area lately. Now, seeing online that Vinny pays some of the girls to have sex, I'm so happy my daughter decided it was not for her.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/28/2012 6:14:17 PM and is a permanent record located here: //freedom-sales/door-to-door-sales/coral-springs-florida-86514.htm. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
Complaint Review: Freedom Sales
http://www.ripoffreport.com
Read The Entire RipOff Report Here
Click Here to read other Ripoff Reports on Freedom Sales

As of 11/02/12 Approximately 482 RipOff Reports on Palmetto Marketing:
Click Here to read other Ripoff Reports on Palmetto Marketing

As of 11/02/12 Approximately 100 RipOff Reports on Palmetto Marketing:
Click Here to read other Ripoff Reports on Sunshine Subscription Agency

Some of the crimes committed during Mr. Vincent Pitts watch:

Brian Greene
Uttering A Forged Instrument
01/15/10
Sunshine Subscription Agency
Palmetto Marketing

Wesley Williams
Sexual Battery against 13-year-old girl,
forgery
01/15/10
Sunshine Subscription Agency
Palmetto Marketing

Jesse L. Estep
third-degree sexual assault,
second-degree unlawful restraint
and disorderly conduct,
peddling without a permit
05/06/10
Freedom Sales
Sunshine Subscription Agency
Palmetto Marketing

Brandon Lee Green
Second Degree Sexual Assault,
Burglary,
Misdemeanor Battery,
Fales Imprisonment
07/01/05
Sunshine Subscription Agency, Inc. Felony Criminal Complaint - PDF
Criminal Complaint

Michael Roland Poissant
Two Counts of Rape,
Kidnapping,
Abduction,
Aggravated burglary
09/03/02
Palmetto Marketing Inc.

Diana Cooper
Murdered Homeowner
Offender: Matthew Maxson
5/24/2000
Palmetto Marketing Inc.

Dan Ziegler
Vehicular homicide Van Rollover
10/4/2000
Colvin Sales
Palmetto Marketing, Inc.

John Skyles III
Murdered Mag. Agent
Offender: Yannick Marsala, Arthur Matthews Jr.
3/15/2000
Pitts Sales
Palmetto Marketing

Lisa Carter
Mag Agent Van Rollover
9/14/1997
Palmetto Marketing

Kevin Lee Mobley
Burglary
Check Fraud
09/18/96
Palmetto Marketing, Inc.

"He who profits by a crime commits it."

The Blood Sucking, Scumbag, Pig for Profit:


Vincent Pitts
You are looking at a Pigs Ass
You are looking an EVIL DEVIL FROM HELL !!!
A PIG that puts profit before human life.
This Pig for Profit and his company are responsible for crimes
against humanity.
Pitts companies and sales agents are responsible for criminal fraud, exploitation (human trafficking),
death by van rollover, rape, and murder.
Vincent Pitts - Owner: Palmetto Marketing
Sunshine Subscription Agency
Active member
National Field Selling Association
Former president
National Field Selling Association

National Field Selling Association (NFSA)

NFSA Website:
http://www.nfsa.com
http://edumacation.com/NationalFieldSellingAssociation

Google Search: National Field Selling Association
Google Search This Site For: National Field Selling Association

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 Association, Scumbag Criminal Publishers: Covering up criminal Companies. Internet, Pennsylvania
Report:
Complaint Review: NFSA

Submitted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 Reported By: Once a Member — Dallas Texas United States of America

NFSF
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

I would like to say a few things that are on my mind. I have been in the magazine business now for 24 years. So there are a few things that are wrong with this industry. One of which is the National Field Selling Association (NFSA). The NFSA was first put into place as a war fund. A fund to help Door to Door people, defend them in a court of law.

Dan Smith (old as dirt) was hired to lobby for our industry, in the halls of Washington DC. At that time the industry was all over the news. Joe and Vinnie were trying to get their 15 minutes of fame on the Sally Jesse Rafael show.

That back fired on them, in a big way. Dan should have been replaced 15 years ago, but he gets a check every month from the dues paid. Yes, you have to pay dues to be part of this black ops cover up. The only way to get ELECTED to the board you must be in the cleaner or magazine industry. Not one person is a member outside of that group. None from the newspapers, candy, or big door to door industry, i.e. Shaklee, Amway, NSA or even the door to door meat companies are members. Then there is that busybody Elaine Williams and all of her threats and noise makers.

Which brings us to date? The NFSA needs to be shut down. It is a cancer of our business. Please allow me to explain. Prior to the current president, they had a criminal running the place.

He has a record that has some very serious crimes on it. Well, he’s gone after he misused his position of the NFSA for his own wealth. Now the current president is the widow of one of the Biggest Wrongdoers that has ever been in this industry. It should be her duty to clean up all the sh*t her husband left behind. She has never worked for an honest company nor ever ran one. So where does she get examples from on how the business should be run. What did she read a book? Maybe some people should do a little homework on the person that representing them.

I wouldn’t piss on her if she was on fire. The Halls have one of the dirtiest names in this business. Do you know Mac called a black man “N*gger” for his entire time he worked for him, 27 years. So did his children and she allow that to go on. Now they want to represent everyone in this industry. Lol. Or maybe we could talk about all the people Mac Hall beat the sh*t out of. How many people that were raped. Run a back ground check on this guy. His children are, an still in, the industry today. They must have read that book, too.

What I want to address is the role of the NFSA, today. Its mission is to clean up the industry. I will have to say its real mission is to cover up after criminal companies. To cover up all of the complaints, about the reckless companies that operate today. I ask you this, hy try and cover up the scumbags, why not BLACKLIST out of the industry. I will tell you why, because most of the people that care about what is said about the door to door business are cleaning up after themselves. If enough people complain to the FTC instead of some website. The disobedient will go away. The NFSA is nothing but a failsafe answer for criminals in this business.

So, which brings me to my next point, the NFSA giving out bus tickets? I have personally given people the information about parent watch. I have also told stranded people at the bus station, not in the business about parent watch and their free tickets they give out. I tell them to call them and say they worked for a magazine crew and they are stranded. I also have given out names of managers to tell them they worked for.

So anybody needing to travel for free, that is the answer. But, it’s 2012 and anyone I know that runs add, doesn’t put “return guaranteed” in their ad. I haven’t for at least 6 years now. So Elaine Williams can go hump herself, (owner of parent watch). But if you need a free ticket or know of someone who does call them. They buy one every time. I know of people who use this system to jump from crew to crew. Nice job, Elaine, you provide the swindlers free travel. I will soon print some business cards up and pass them out with this information at every bus station across America. (I still travel) So in the year of 2012, may parent watch buy 27,000 bus tickets. That should be fun.

Everyone has a parent, so they should provide everyone tickets. Then we have the “Background Checks”. There are NO guidelines of who you can hire. So the company knows they have a murderer working for their company. So,” Who Cares”, is the position of the NFSA. But, you can order a background check for a fee from any one of the magazine or cleaner companies. They do that to.

So you say, without the NFSA we won’t be able to sell magazines door to door. I say BULLSH*T! Publishers come and go and always come back. And if they don’t, who cares. A new magazine is started every week. When I came into the business we had 1 magazine on our list that people knew, “Rolling Stone”, all the rest were sh*t nobody ever hears of. So that’s a bunch of crap. The Clearing houses are just getting lazy and not hunting for new prospects.

What power does the NFSA really have? NONE! They can’t do sh*t to anyone who isn’t a member. So if this means anything to anyone, the NFSA should just go away.

I know the response the NFSA and their cover up artist will say. Come join us so you can have a voice. NO THANKS, I wouldn’t have you people represent me in a water fight. You just want my money to pay your payroll of artist. Cover up artist.

Maybe in 2012, the illegitimate companies and the NFSA will finally go away for good. Wake up people!
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Civil Lawsuit
June 19, 2006
Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Vincent Pitts
President of National Field Selling Association
NFSA

A civil lawsuit has been filed against Vincent Pitts (president of the National Field Selling Association) and owner of Palmetto Marketting, Inc. (palmettomarketinginc.com) in response to the brutal beating and rape of a 50 year-old Menomonie, Wisconsin Woman on July 1, 2005.

STATE OF WISCONSIN
CIRCUIT COURT
DUNN COUNTY

Ms.x
Menomonie, WI 54751

Plaintiff,

Wisconsin Department of Justice
Crime Victim Compensation Program
17 West Main Street
P.O. Box 7951
Madison, WI 53708-7951
and
Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire County
2503 North Hillcrest Parkway
Altoona, WI 54720
Subrogated Parties.
Case No:
Case Codes: 30106, 30107

vs.

Vincent Pitts, an Individual
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Palmetto, Marketing, Inc., a Florida Corporation
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Sunshine Subscription Agency, Inc., a Florida Corporation
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Robert Cecil, an Individual
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Tina Michelle Cecil, an Individual
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Gemini Subscriptions, Inc., a Florida Corporation
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Brandon Green, an Individual
Dunn County Jail
615 Stokke Parkway
Menomonie, WI 54751

Read The Criminal Complaint Againsit Brandon Lee Green
Read The Civil Lawsuit Against Vincent Pitts




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Jefferson, Ohio
Jefferson vandals do $75,000 in damage on street
Trees, Halloween displays, mailboxes and more targeted on North Chestnut Street
October 27, 2012
Jefferson vandals do $75,000 in damage on street
Trees, Halloween displays, mailboxes and more targeted on North Chestnut Street
By SHELLEY TERRY - sterry@starbeacon.com Star Beacon
October 27, 2012
JEFFERSON — Someone took a hatchet, walked along North Chestnut Street and hacked several trees Thursday night, leaving village officials and residents upset by the destruction.

When Village Administrator Terry Finger arrived at work Friday morning, he couldn’t believe the havoc the vandals had caused: several tree trunks were slashed, a small tree was chopped down, barrels toppled, mailboxes smashed, benches tipped over, items from Halloween displays stolen and many political signs were pulled up or demolished.

Finger said the damage came to more than $75,000.

A hatchet is suspected, rather than a machete or axe, because a hatchet was stolen from a North Chestnut Street resident’s Halloween display, Finger said.

Police are not commenting, only to say the incidents are “under investigation,” Jefferson Village Police Department Deputy Chief Dave Wassie said.

Finger said earlier Thursday evening, a group of people were soliciting magazines door-to-door, claiming to be working towards an all-expense-paid trip.

When they came to his door, he asked them if they got a permit. The leader of the group said that they had gotten a permit.

Finger then revealed that he was the village administrator and he knew they had not gotten a permit. He called the police. Come to find out, the man was wanted in Indiana for theft.

Police arrested the man and he’s in jail, Finger said.

Police also are investigating the soliciting incident.

Anyone with information on the vandalism or the solicitation, should call the village police at 440-576-0010.
By SHELLEY TERRY - sterry@starbeacon.com Star Beacon
http://starbeacon.com
Ashtabula, Ohio
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HANNIBAL, Missouri
Police warning about door-to-door salesmen
Hannibal police are encouraging the public to be wary of door-to-door salesmen
after a resident had money stolen by someone posing as a solicitor.
October 25, 2012
Police warning about door-to-door salesmen
Hannibal police are encouraging the public to be wary of door-to-door salesmen
after a resident had money stolen by someone posing as a solicitor.
By DANNY HENLEY
danny.henley@courierpost.com
The Rolla Daily News
Oct. 25, 2012 9:02 a.m.
HANNIBAL -- Hannibal police are encouraging the public to be wary of door-to-door salesmen after a resident had money stolen by someone posing as a solicitor. “They talk their way in by asking to use the phone or scamming their way in one way or another,” said Lt. John Zerbonia of the HPD, adding that once in the victim’s home they will strike after distracting the individual. “When dealing with any solicitors, either door to door or over the telephone, do not allow any one in your house or give out any personal information.” Before dealing with any door-to-door salesmen, Zerbonia encourages people to check with the city clerk’s office to determine if the sales person has a valid itinerant license, which must be approved by the chief of police and officials at city hall. Even if the sales person has an itinerant license, police caution that’s not a 100 percent guarantee the individual is on the up and up since police can only conduct a basic criminal check for active warrants and previous cases in the department’s data system. According to Zerbonia, false salespeople may work alone or have a partner. He added that usually they are “younger males.” “I’m not saying all of them (door-to-door salesmen) are criminals. The majority are legitimate salesmen. We just need to have a little diligence,” said Zerbonia. No part of town is immune from the problem. “In the past they’ve hit all areas of town. They usually just go door to door in different areas. They hit one area one day and another area another day,” Zerbonia said. Now is the time of year when people need to be especially vigilant, says Zerbonia. “Periodically throughout the year we get them, but normally at this time when we’re getting closer to the holiday season is when we really see an increase,” he said.
By DANNY HENLEY
danny.henley@courierpost.com
The Rolla Daily News
http://www.therolladailynews.com
Rolla, Missouri
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Roseville, California
Door-to-Door Solicitor Arrested on Suspicion of Burglary
October 24, 2012
Door-to-Door Solicitor Arrested on Suspicion of Burglary
By Roseville Patch Staff
RosevillePatch
roseville-ca.patch.com
October 24, 2012
On the afternoon of Oct. 20, police received a few calls from east Roseville neighborhoods about two females going door to door, trying to sell magazine subscriptions without the proper permits to conduct door-to-door soliciting. While in the 2200 block of Sebastian Way, one of the solicitors was talking to a resident at the front door, and the other allegedly entered the home through an unlocked side door to the garage, and stole an iPhone.

Officers responded to the area, contacted the women and recovered the resident's stolen phone. The suspect, a 19-year-old female from Alabama, was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

A tip from the Roseville Police Department: In order to solicit door to door in Roseville, solicitors must have a valid Roseville business license, and must register with the police department prior to soliciting. Ask to see solicitors' permits, and call police immediately if they're aggressive, won't take no for an answer, or otherwise appear suspicious to you.

You can also put a "no soliciting" sign up by your door--by law, solicitors are legally required to respect your wishes and not knock on your door. Never let strangers into your home.
By Roseville Patch Staff
RosevillePatch
roseville-ca.patch.com
http://roseville-ca.patch.com
Roseville, California
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Roseville, California
East Roseville Parkway, burglary
October 23, 2012
East Roseville Parkway, burglary
Roseville Crime Report Weekly Update
Rocklin & Roseville Today
Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - City of Roseville
East Roseville Parkway, burglary: On the afternoon of October 20, police received a few calls from east Roseville neighborhoods about two females going door to door, trying to sell magazine subscriptions without the proper permits to conduct door-to-door soliciting. While in the 2200 block of Sebastian way, one of the solicitors was talking to a resident at the front door, and the other allegedly entered the home through an unlocked side door to the garage, and stole an iPhone. Officers responded to the area, contacted the women and recovered the resident's stolen phone. The suspect, a 19-year-old female from Alabama, was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Rocklin & Roseville Today
http://www.rocklintoday.com
Rocklin, California
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Kirksville, Missouri
KPD warns of door-to-door magazine scam
The PIG for Profit: Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.

October 23, 2012
KPD warns of door-to-door magazine scam
Scammers allegedly looking to sell fraudulent magazine subscriptions
kirksvilledailyexpress.com
Oct. 23, 2012 10:50 a.m.
The Kirksville Police Department warned residents against a group of scammers going door-to-door selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions, with the most recent incident reported Monday night.

A resident called police to report she had been approached at home by a man allegedly selling magazine subscriptions. The man also asked the resident for a donation for disabled veterans causes.

Police said a group has been targeted Kirksville recently, potentially using the company name Midwest Circulation, of Cameron, Mo.

The sales pitches vary and can include proceeds supporting care packages for overseas military personnel or support for disabled American veterans.

The group is currently under investigation for fraud and theft in other parts of Missouri and were reportedly seen in Kirksville from Oct. 15 through 21, according to police.

Monday's report was made in the 2000 block of E. Normal St.

Police suggested residents follow these tips to avoid being scammed:

- Ask for written information before deciding to subscribe. Legitimate companies will send you the details upfront and never insist you act immediately.

- Be wary of prizes or signing bonuses.

- Know the cancellation policy, since some services don't allow cancellations once orders have been placed.

- Watch out for imposters. Crooks may claim to represent legitimate groups, but then pocket your money.

- Don't give our credit card or bank account information unless you're making a specific purchase. There is no reason a company would need that information for any other purpose.

Residents who feel they may have fallen victim to this or any other scam should contact the Kirksville Police Department at (660) 785-6945, Central Dispatch at (660) 665-5621 or anonymously at (660) 627-BUST.
Submitted by Rich Miller, Web Producer
14 News NBC WFIE-TV
http://www.kirksvilledailyexpress.com
Kirksville, Missouri
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 102412:
Midwest Circulations,LLC, aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.

Google Search: Midwest Circulation + magazine

Search Midwest Circulation This Website

BBB: Midwest Circulation LLC
This Business is not BBB accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Phone: (816) 632-2917
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429
3330 Smalley Ter, Kansas City, MO 64129
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
BBB file opened: September 29, 2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Business incorporated: 11/01/2008 in CO
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Management
Jami . Wendy ., Customer Service
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Wendy ., Customer Service
Business Category
MAGAZINES-SUBSCRIPTION AGENTS
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
end BBB info.

On January 15, 2012 a magazine salesman was arrested and accused of stealing the wedding rings from an 81-year-old Gainesville woman who had let him into her house to use the restroom, police said. The suspect, Jack Ryan Patti, 20, of Belton, Mo., who said he was an employee with Midwest Circulation LLC, was charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony, as the wedding rings were valued at about $700. Patti was being held at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Gainsville police case # 02-12-001056.

On May 8, 2010 Patrick M. Schneider, a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman raped a Sycamore, Illinois woman. Schneider was convicted of criminal sexual assault. According to police reports Schneider was employed by Midwest Circulations LLC. Dekalb County Illinois Case # 201001431

Kissimmee, Florida
December 31, 2009
Arrests of salesmen in bloody Osceola County beating attracts attention of national group monitoring door-to-door magazine sales. KISSIMMEE – Two national groups say the recent arrests of two magazine salesmen charged with beating a colleague at an Osceola County motel represent a nationwide surge in violence in a door-to-door business where workers can't meet quotas in the recession. Parent Watch, one of the groups, has been following the industry for 30 years that hires young adults to travel across country in teams selling magazine subscriptions to earn points for prizes, cash awards and shopping sprees. "The crews for the most point seem to be more on edge than ever before because they can't sell," said Parent Watch founder Earline Williams, who handles two to six phone calls a day from frightened, stranded workers seeking bus fare home. "The industry's ouf of control as far as violence." On Dec. 16, Osceola County deputies found a salesman known as " The Kid" bleeding from multiple wounds outside America's Best Inn at 5150 W. U.S. Highway 192, according to sheriff's reports. The victim, Brian Emery, told deputies he recently had been hired to sell magazines and slept with other team members in a motel room rented by the company. Late on Dec. 15, some of his team members gave him $12 to buy beer but became enraged when he bought the wrong brand, the report stated. Justine Angermeier, a 24-year-old salesman, is charged with breaking a 32-ounce beer bottle against Emery's right eye and cheekbone. Jeremy Kirkemeir, 20, a team member with a criminal record in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, is charged with taking part in a beating that followed, according to court records. Both were released on bail from the Osceola County Jail. On Thursday, about 30 salespeople working for Midwest Circulation LLC, a door-to-door magazine sales company, checked out America's Best Inn on Thursday afternoon, according to the motel staff. Midwest Circulation manager Bridgett Robbins, who lists Angermeier as a friend on her Myspace.com page, did not return a telephone request for comment. The group's activities prompted a public warning in Gainesville in November, when about 50 Midwest Circulation workers started selling magazines in Alachua County, according to the Gainesville Sun. "Our patrol division has been advised to be on the lookout for places where these folks may be working and that they do have criminal histories," sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey told the newspaper. Few of the magazine sales teams do background checks on their workers, according Phil Ellenbecker of http://www.magazinesalescrews.com , a national group based in Wisconsin that has tracked about 300 felony crimes and 86 deaths attributed to door-to-door vendors. "It's not uncommon to get recently released felons knocking on your door trying to sell you magazines," said Ellenbecker. "They've been linked to a number of unsolved rapes and murders."
Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at 407-420-5257 or hcurtis@orlandosentinel.com.
Source:
By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel
5:06 p.m. EST, December 31, 2009
http://www.orlandosentinel.com
Orlando, Florida
end sentinel article

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
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The dirty stench of door to door sales

GEORGETOWN, Texas
Direct TV salesman wanted for stealing
Homeowner captured suspect on surveillance camera
October 23, 2012
Direct TV salesman wanted for stealing
Homeowner captured suspect on surveillance camera
Updated: Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012, 11:24 PM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012, 11:22 PM CDT
Erin Cargile
KXAN News
GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) - Georgetown police say a man who used to sell cable for Direct TV is wanted for stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry while going door to door. One homeowner caught him on surveillance camera.

According to Williamson County court documents, Kenneth Murcer, 26, would tell customers he was feeling sick and needed to use their restroom so he could snoop through their belongings.

Jeremy Bender noticed something was wrong when his wife's wedding ring went missing.

"Her mom walked down the hallway and said, 'Oh, by the way there was a Direct TV guy here yesterday,"' said Bender.

Jeremy was not home at the time so he checked the footage on the new surveillance cameras he had just installed. The video showed the salesman walking up and down the hallway to the bathroom looking around and going into bedrooms.

Jeremy says Murcer swiped some of his wife’s jewelry that had been passed down from family members and some sentimental pieces that belonged to his daughter’s mother who passed away.

Alice Molina says Murcer paid her a visit, too, and promised to cut her cable bill in half.

"He did make you feel at ease," said Molina.

He took two long trips to the bathroom and seemed awfully curious about the jewelry sitting on the dresser.

"He kept looking at everything," said Molina. "Even at one time he tried to open the jewelry box."

When he left, Alice discovered two rings missing along with a gold diamond pin that was attached to one of her husband's coats in the closet.

Georgetown police checked with local pawn shops and found that Murcer had pawned $12,000 worth of jewelry at Cash America on North Lamar. All eleven pieces were identified by Jeremy and returned to he and his wife.

There are some items that have not been found.

According to Georgetown police, Murcer is in a treatment center in Arizona. He will not face the Williamson County theft charges until he gets out of treatment and is picked up by Arizona Law Enforcement.

A spokesperson for Direct TV said they will not be able to comment on the case until Wednesday.
Erin Cargile
KXAN News
http://www.kxan.com
Austin, Texas
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Tracy, California
Police Log: Woman reports threatening note
October 22, 2012
Police Log: Woman reports threatening note
by TP staff
Tracy Press
Oct 22, 2012
3:36 p.m.: A door-to-door salesman reportedly threatened to beat up a woman after she refused to buy his products on the 100 block of East Emerson Avenue. Police found the man did not have a sales permit.
by TP staff
Tracy Press
http://www.tracypress.com
Tracy, California
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Evansville, Indiana
EPD: Elderly woman victim of home improvement fraud
October 19, 2012
EPD: Elderly woman victim of home improvement fraud
Submitted by Rich Miller, Web Producer
14 News NBC WFIE-TV
Friday, October 19th, 2012, 8:33am
East siders may want to be wary when answering their door. Evansville Police say a 72-year-old east side woman was victimized by an unsolicited door-to-coor cleaning products salesman.

They say they responded to a home on North Stockwell Road after the woman said she purchased four bottles of cleaning solution for $100 early this week. The salesman then requested more money to power wash the outside of her house. She wrote him another check for $82 and he left.

The next day, he showed up and asked for additional funding for the job and in fear, the victim wrote another check to him for $269. She told police she wrote the last check just to get him to leave after he repeatedly asked to hug her.

The offender was scheduled to show up Wednesday morning to complete the work but never arrived or called.
Submitted by Rich Miller, Web Producer
14 News NBC WFIE-TV
http://eastside.14news.com
Evansville, Indiana
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Omaha, Nebraska
Man selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door for CU is a fraud
October 17, 2012
Man selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door for CU is a fraud
Bob Glissmann
omaha.com
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:01 am / Updated at 8:41 pm
The men’s soccer team at Creighton University is not selling magazine subscriptions around Omaha.

But a man in his 20s is going door to door, posing as a member of the team and asking people for a cash-only contribution with a promise of a subscription.

It’s a scam, and the man, who speaks in broken English, isn’t affiliated with Creighton, officials say.

Omaha police are aware of the matter, said Rob Anderson, Creighton’s sports information director. Most of the visits to homes have been in the Bemis Park area, around 38th Street, north of Cuming Street.

Anderson said that if people are motivated to give money to Creighton athletics, "we’d love to have it," but he said the school holds fundraising events, not door-to-door sales drives.

People are advised to use caution if approached by the young man, to decline his sales offer and report the incident to police. — Bob Glissmann
Bob Glissmann
omaha.com
http://www.omaha.com
Omaha, Nebraska
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The Tulsa ordinance allowing residents to stop door-to-door sales.
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
Schemes & Rip Offs: Magazine Sales Scam
October 13, 2012
Schemes & Rip Offs: Magazine Sales Scam
vallynewslive.com
mail@valleynewslive.com
Posted: Sep 13, 2012 12:00 PM CDT
Updated: Oct 04, 2012 12:00 PM CDT
On August 31, 2012, Grand Forks Police received a complaint against a magazine salesman that is selling magazines door to door. The name of the company is Midwest Circulations LLC. Midwest Circulations LLC does not currently have a permit to be selling magazines within the city limits of Grand Forks.

If any member of the public should come in contact with Midwest Circulations LLC at their residence, please contact the Police Department at 787-8000.

A classic scam is the door-to-door magazine sales. Typically, young men or women (ranging from late teens to early twenties) will come to your door, giving a sales pitch that may have to do with raising money for a trip overseas for their school. They may also say that they are raising money for their high school or college, or they are raising money to go to college. Who wants to deny a young person their dream of college? These salespeople may even have laminated ID badges to show you, along with a sad story. They might also tell you that they are being judged on how well they do with their presentation. Finally, the catch will come… you have to purchase something, which is usually a magazine subscription. Sadly, most consumers that end up giving their money away for those subscriptions will never receive a magazine or see their money again.

Other door-to-door scams might include salespeople claiming to be from an alarm company, cable or telephone company, roofing repair, driveway paving, or home improvement.

Tips to avoid the door-to-door scam:

Don't let them in your house. While there are legitimate salespeople that still make door-to-door visits, consumers should be very cautious by not allowing any unexpected guests into their home. If someone comes to your door that you do not know, you should ask who it is through a closed door. If it's a solicitor and you don't want to talk to them, simply tell them to leave. If you do open the door, don't open it wide and don't invite them in. They may say things like: "Can I use your phone to contact my sales manager", "Can I get a glass of water", "Can I use your bathroom" or "It's really hot out here, can we go inside and talk where it's cool?" If you tell them "no" and they still won't leave you alone, one suggestions is to yell "fire" or anything to get other people's attention. If you feel like you are in danger, you should immediately call the police.

Pay attention and listen carefully to what they say. If you think that the salesperson may be lying, ask for the name of their school, company, or association that they are representing, along with their contact information. Verify that this salesperson is actually associated with the group, and then verify that the company is legitimate by checking with the Better Business Bureau.

Ask the salesperson to give you everything in writing, including return or warranty information. Tell them that you'd like to verify everything first, then get back to them. If you don't feel comfortable or see a neighbor being harassed by a salesperson, call the police.

Don't be pressured into anything. Salespeople will try using high pressure sales techniques in order to get you to buy their product. Hold your position, and don't allow them to win you over with words like "this offer is only valid for today", or "I won't be in this area again". A door-to-door salesperson will try to keep you talking so long that you'll finally wear down and say "yes." They hope that you will just "give- in" so that you can get rid of them. 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.

What to do if you have already been scammed:

If you happen to have the company's address and telephone number, you should try contacting them first to cancel the subscription or services that you agreed to, and ask for a refund.
If you paid cash for one of these door-to-door scams, there isn't much that can be done to retrieve your money since there is no way to trace it. If you paid by check, you can try contacting your bank and canceling the check. You should also warn the bank that a potential scammer has your check, and you might want to change the account number.
If you paid by credit or debit card, contact the bank or credit card issuer immediately. Explain to them what happened, and you might have to cancel the card. You may also want to continue to monitor charges to your card so you can dispute any purchases you did not make.
If the company continues to contact you and demand payment after you've canceled, send them copies of the cancellation letter along with a cease and desist letter. You may have to contact an attorney, and threaten them with legal action if they continue to harass you by saying they will report you to a credit bureau.
You can contact and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or call toll-free, 1-877- FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.
You can file a complaint with the BBB by visiting our website
vallynewslive.com
mail@valleynewslive.com
http://www.valleynewslive.com
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Bellevue, Washington: National Coverage
How to Handle Traveling Magazine Sales Crews
October 13, 2012
How to Handle Traveling Magazine Sales Crews
By Barb Nefer, eHow Contributor
eHow, Inc.
Demand Media, Inc.
Posted by DMPG: October 13, 2012
All over the country, traveling sales crews go door to door to sell magazine subscriptions under the guise of being local youngsters. They claim your purchase will help them win a trip, earn a scholarship or benefit a charity--but the only benefit is to their company. Your magazines may never show up, and the contact information on your receipt will prove false. To prevent this scam, you must be assertive and say no

Instructions

Recognizing the Sales Crews

1
When someone comes to your door claiming to be a neighbor or local student, make them verify their claims. If they claim to be from a local school, ask for their teacher's name and other information. If they claim to be home-schooled, ask for their address and parents' phone number. If they provide vague information, it's a red flag. If they won't give the information, say "I'm not interested" and end the conversation.

2
Don't let the salesperson into your home. Sales crew members are good at working their way in the door by using flattery or asking if they can use the bathroom or have a drink of water. Don't feel bad for saying no. You are under no obligation to let a stranger into your home, and you could endanger yourself by doing so. At best, it adds to the pressure to buy. At worst, you could be setting yourself up for criminal activity.

3
Know your local door-to-door solicitation laws. In most municipalities, it is either illegal or requires a permit, which magazine crews rarely have. If a salesperson pressures you, tell them that you are reporting them to the police.

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Tips & Warnings

If you buy a magazine subscription from a traveling sales crew, even in the rare case that you actually receive your magazines, you'll still have overpaid for the subscription. In addition to the already inflated price, they add on a "service charge." If you're really interested in a magazine, order your subscription from a legitimate company.

Loss of money is not the only risk you could face from traveling magazine sales crews. There have been instances of rape, robbery, assault and even murder. Use the same caution with these salespeople as you would with any other stranger at your door. Don't be caught off guard because of their claims to be neighbors or local students.
By Barb Nefer, eHow Contributor
eHow, Inc.
Demand Media, Inc.
http://www.ehow.com
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG IMMORAL PIGS FOR PROFIT Strike Again !!!
NFSA President: Sandra Hall: Alliance Service Company.
NFSA Vice President: LeVan Ellis: Ultimate Unity, aka: American Community Services.
Blue Diamond Subscriptions Owner: Brandon Stice.
The DIRTY MAGGOT MONSTERS Selling Magazines door-to-door for the Magazine Publishers of America
President of the MPA: Nina Link: A plea for help: Letters to the MPA: gone ignored and unanswered


Mineral Wells, Texas
Authorities round up door-to-door solicitors
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Blue Diamond Subscriptions
BBB: Blue Diamond
Immoral Criminal Trade Group: National Field Selling Association: NFSA : The National Field Selling Association
See Why We Say This
Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Industry Flow Chart
end DMPG Info
October 12, 2012
Authorities round up door-to-door solicitors
Mineral Wells Index
October 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Palo Pinto County Pct. 5 Constable Gary Morris said local authorities responded Thursday to complaints that a group of individuals were targeting residents with magazine solicitations.

The group of 11 were from various states, he said, noting they have all been staying at a Dallas area hotel.

As of Thursday afternoon, Morris said officers had gathered nine suspects, explaining one more was at a local hospital for unknown injuries.

“They were going door-to-door selling Blue Diamond magazine,” he said, noting an online search of the title revealed “a lot of complaints.”

The driver of a Dodge van reportedly dropped off the solicitors, who made their rounds in area neighborhoods awaiting the return of their ride.

“They are actually taking cash,” he said, “which is just insane.”

He said the solicitors could be charged with misdemeanors, though he explained his priority was escorting them out of Mineral Wells.
Mineral Wells Index
http://mineralwellsindex.com
Mineral Wells, Texas
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Sullivan, Missouri
Unlicensed peddlers questioned by police
Several had outstanding warrants, including one for domestic assault
October 12, 2012
Unlicensed peddlers questioned by police
Several had outstanding warrants, including one for domestic assault
sullivanjournal.com
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 3:52 pm

Will Sites
Peddlers Oct. 12
Sullivan Police question several people in a van on East Street.
The unlicensed peddlers were selling magazine subscription
door-to-door;
several of them had felony warrants from out-of-state.
Oct. 12, 2012.

SULLIVAN - A man selling magazines door-to-door Friday afternoon on George Street brought the attention of residents and Sullivan Police. After being asked for the required city peddlers license, the man admitted that he didn't have a permit. Before long, the police discovered that the man did have two outstanding felony warrants from Florida - one for grand larceny and another for domestic assault. However, Florida would only extradite to neighboring states. The police had no choice but to let the man walk away.

But not before obtaining information that led to more unlicensed peddlers. Two young females were selling magazines on East Street, near East Vine Street. One of the females said she was from Cameron, Mo., the hometown of the magazine subscription company. She said that the company she works for has a business license and that she believed the license gave her permission to sell anywhere in Missouri.

Sullivan P.D. officers informed the two females that they need a city permit to sell door-to-door. The females stated that a van was en route to pick them up. Apparently, the van was picking up the man caught selling on George Street. A Sullivan Police officer followed the van from the George Street location to East Street.

While the van was picking up the two females on East Street, it was determined that the driver of the van did not have a license. It was also determined that most - if not all - of the magazine peddlers were wanted on a variety of warrants. Unfortunately, the warrants were from states that would not extradite from Missouri (too far). Officers had no choice but to let the crew go.

One of the unlicensed peddlers said that they (the sales crew) had been kicked out of other towns before coming to Sullivan. Yesterday they were in Sunset Hills, where they didn't bother to obtain a license and were told to leave. In Springfield, Mo., the peddler said that nobody complained.

Getting caught, it seems, is just the cost of doing business.
Will Sites
http://www.sullivanjournal.com
Sullivan, Missouri
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SPOKANE, Washington
Spokane community plagued by aggressive door to door salesmen
October 12, 2012
Spokane community plagued by aggressive door to door salesmen
by ASHLEY KORSLIEN & KREM.com
NWCN
NWCN.com
Posted on October 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM
Updated yesterday at 6:27 PM
SPOKANE-- A group of people living in Northwest Spokane said aggressive door to door salesmen have gone too far. Several neighbors have even filed police reports.

Neighbors said recent salesmen are aggressive and confrontational. Some neighbors in the Eagle Ridge Community reported that the door to door salesmen pushed their way into their homes and refused to leave when asked.

Neighbor Angela Lauret got a knock at her door and said a door to door salesman asked if she to buy cleaning products. She said the man was insistent. “I’m like, I don't care, I’m not interested. He's like well just come out, come out, you don't have to stay just leave the dog inside just come out. I'm like no! I'm not interested.”

Police reports have been filed according to neighbors.
by ASHLEY KORSLIEN & KREM.com
NWCN
NWCN.com
http://www.nwcn.com
Seattle, Washington
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SPOKANE, Washington
Spokane community plagued by aggressive door to door salesmen
October 12, 2012
Spokane community plagued by aggressive door to door salesmen
by ASHLEY KORSLIEN & KREM.com
KREM.com
Posted on October 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM
Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 6:27 PM
SPOKANE-- A group of people living in Northwest Spokane said aggressive door to door salesmen have gone too far. Several neighbors have even filed police reports.

Neighbors said recent salesmen are aggressive and confrontational. Some neighbors in the Eagle Ridge Community reported that the door to door salesmen pushed their way into their homes and refused to leave when asked.

Neighbor Angela Lauret got a knock at her door and said a door to door salesman asked if she to buy cleaning products. She said the man was insistent. “I’m like, I don't care, I’m not interested. He's like well just come out, come out, you don't have to stay just leave the dog inside just come out. I'm like no! I'm not interested.”

Police reports have been filed according to neighbors.
by ASHLEY KORSLIEN & KREM.com
KREM.com
http://www.krem.com
Spokane, Washington
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Waterloo, Iowa
Police warn of magazine sales scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Anti-Lazziness Sales Inc.
BBB: Anti-Lazziness Sales Inc
This Business is not BBB Accredited
AntiLaziness Sales, Inc
(219) 878-9165205 Belden St., Michigan City, IN 46360
http://www.antilazy1.com
BBB file opened: 07/14/2009
Business started: 12/01/2008
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Robert Jackson
Business Category
Magazines Sold Door-to-Door, Magazines - Dealers, Mail Order & Catalog Shopping
Alternate Business Names
Anti Lazy Sales, Anti-Lazziness Sales, Anti-Lazy, Inc.
end DMPG Info
October 12, 2012
Police warn of magazine sales scam
WCFCOURIER.COM
October 12, 2012 2:04 am
WATERLOO, Iowa --- The Waterloo Police Department has taken several fraud reports recently involving two females going door to door to sell magazines under the business name "Anti-Lazziness Sales Inc."

Police investigated the reports, making contact with the owner of Anti-Lazziness Sales Inc., Robert Jackson of Indiana.

According to Jackson, the Anti-Lazziness Sales Inc. has administratively dissolved and has been out of business since Oct. 10, 2011.

Jackson also identified the two females as his former employees, which were terminated for fraudulent practices.

Police asked that anyone who feels they were a victim of a similar fraud, to contact them at (319) 291-2515.
WCFCOURIER.COM
http://wcfcourier.com
Waterloo, Iowa
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British Columbia
Door-to-door scammers posing as United Way fundraisers
October 12, 2012
Door-to-door scammers posing as United Way fundraisers
The Revelstoke Current
Posted by editor on October 12, 2012
Con artistss are scamming local citizens by going door to door in the Shuswap and Vernon areas asking for donations to the United Way. The funds are being collected using handheld debit machines and donors are sometimes being offered Tim Horton’s gift cards as a reward for donating, says a statement from the United Way.

“The individuals who are canvassing appear clean cut and presentable,” the statement said. “They were in the Shuswap area last weekend and in Vernon yesterday. The debit information gathered door to door was used to extract additional unapproved funds from donors’ accounts.”

The United Way in our region does not canvass door to door. As well, they do not offer ‘rewards’ to donors and do not use handheld card readers. United Way is a trusted charity that has been in the community for 51 years and donations support 28 charities delivering 35 programs supporting kids, youth, families and seniors.

This scam was also carried out on Central Vancouver Island several weeks ago by people posing as a newly wed couple. The RCMP has been contacted and is currently investigating the situation.

If you are approached to give at your door please decline, but, if possible, get a good description of the individuals and contact the RCMP immediately. If you have been victimised please contact your bank to report the transactions and contact the local RCMP at 250-837-5255.
Posted by editor
The Revelstoke Current
http://www.revelstokecurrent.com
Revelstoke, British Columbia
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Columbus, Georgia
Police: Man possibly posing as door-to-door solicitor wanted for sexual assault
October 9, 2012
Police: Man possibly posing as door-to-door solicitor wanted for sexual assault
By Fadell Pitts
WTVM-TV
Posted: Oct 09, 2012 2:52 PM CDT Updated: Oct 09, 2012 4:58 PM CDT
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Crime Stoppers and the Columbus Police Department's Sex Crimes Division is asking the public's help in finding a suspect who is wanted in connection with a sexual assault that happened last week near St. Mary's Road and Irwin Way.

Investigators say on October 4, an unidentified man entered a home where he forcibly sexually assaulted the victim.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 30s, around 5'8 to 6'0, slim build, weighing about 150 pounds with a bald or low "fade" hair cut. He is believed to have a dark complexion, shave or acne bumps on his face, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses.

Authorities say the suspect may be posing as a door-to-door solicitor and has been seen carrying a brown folder, or a yellow envelope or tablet.

If you have any information that can lead to an arrest and an indictment, you could receive a reward up to $1000 and you do not have to give your name.

To leave a tip, call Valley Area Crime Stoppers at (706) 653-3188. You can also go to the Columbus Police Department's website for more information on how to submit a tip online or by a mobile device.
By Fadell Pitts
WTVM-TV
http://www.wtvm.com
Columbus, Georgia
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Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
Unsolicited sales persons identified
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
L. Hill Enterprises
end DMPG Info
October 9, 2012
Unsolicited sales persons identified
Police News — Oct. 9, 2012
October 9, 2012
The Express
Unsolicited sales persons identified

LOCK HAVEN-Woodward Township police identified individuals about whom they had received complaints from residents at 411 Guardlock Drive yesterday.

Residents had complained about persons going door to door attempting to sell household items and Kirby vacuum cleaners, police said.

Police identified those persons as employees of L. Hill Enterprises based in Liverpool, N.Y. According to an online rating by the Better Business Bureau, L. Hill Enterprises received an "F" grade based on 18 complaints filed against the business in the last three years, and four locations closed in the last 12 months (www.bbb.org/buffalo/business-reviews/vacuum-cleaning-systems/l-hill-enterprise-in-liverpool-ny-124251525/).

Police thank all those who called in information and warn residents to use caution when dealing with unsolicited sales persons or phone calls; always ask for some type of identification and the company for which they work, and be suspicious of individuals reluctant to provide this information, police said.

Residents should call the local police agency in their area if they have any questions regarding this type of activity, police said.
The Express
http://www.lockhaven.com
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
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Malaysia
Salesman charged with rape, robbery after luring women with “job interviews”
October 8, 2012
Salesman charged with rape, robbery after luring women with “job interviews”
By MAIZATUL NAZLINA
The Star Online
Published: Monday October 8, 2012 MYT 6:39:00 PM
Updated: Monday October 8, 2012 MYT 8:47:28 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: A salesman was charged with three counts of raping and committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature without consent with two women and two counts of robbing his victims after luring them to a hotel for “job interviews”.

Chai Ruong Huei, 29, claimed trial to the five charges read in Mandarin before Sessions Court Judge Emelia Kaswati Mohd Khalid.

He appeared calm when the charges were read to him on Monday but cried when the court police ushered him to the court lockup after the charges were read.

He was denied bail.

Judge Emelia Kaswati set Nov 9 for mention pending appointment of a lawyer.

Chai was charged with raping a 21-year-old woman at a hotel room in My Home Hotel Sdn Bhd, Jalan Usahawan 7, Off Jalan Klang, Setapak at about 11.40am on Sept 15.

He was charged under Section 376 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of 20 years' jail and whipping, if convicted.

Chai was also accused of committing carnal intercourse by putting his private part into the 21-year-old woman's mouth without her consent at the same hotel at about 11.35am the following day.

To this charge, he was accused under Section 377C of the same act which provides a maximum of 20 years' imprisonment and whipping on conviction.

Chai faced third charge of robbing the woman of her Apple iPad and a Nokia handphone at the same place at about 11.45am on Sept 15.

He was also accused of raping a 19-year-old girl at a hotel room in Royal Bintang Hotel in Jalan Bukit Bintang here at about 1.15pm on Oct 25, 2010.

Chai had robbed the 19-year-old girl of her RM500 cash and a Sony Ericsson handphone at the same place at about 1.15pm on Oct 25.

It was reported on Sept 26 that a serial rapist lured his victims by offering them lucrative salaries and setting up "job interviews".

His activities came to light after police received reports from two victims who claimed they were raped and robbed during a "job interview."

It was reported that the man would ask his intended victim to a budget hotel in the city to attend the "interview" after she applied for a sales promoter job through a website.

In a replied e-mail, the victim would be offered RM400 per day for the job by the suspect.

The man would ask the victim to register the hotel room under her name to avoid his name being used.
By MAIZATUL NAZLINA
The Star Online
http://thestar.com.my
Malaysia
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Sioux City, Iowa
Sioux City police scrutinizing complaints about vacuum-cleaner sales crews
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association: DSA
PIGS FOR PROFIT:
Kirby Crimes Against Humanity
DSA Trade Group
How the DSA Corporate Giant (door-to-door sales SCUM) tried to destroy Wisconsin Legislation: SB-4:
Malinda's Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act: State Statue: 103.34:
Legislation written to protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners from the immoral and fowl crimes committed by the Direct Selling Industry.
Wisconsin Legislation 2009: SB-4
Wisconsin Legislation 2007: SB-80
Wisconsin Legislation 2006: SB-251
end DMPG Info
October 7, 2012
Sioux City police scrutinizing complaints about vacuum-cleaner sales crews
The Sioux City Journal
October 07, 2012 7:00 am • MOLLY MONTAG mmontag@siouxcityjournal.com
SIOUX CITY | Complaints about aggressive sales techniques by door-to-door vacuum cleaner sales representatives are getting a closer look from Sioux City police.

If the complaints about people who were in the area recently selling Kirby vacuum cleaners are found to be justified, police will ask the city to revoke their transient merchant permits, said Sioux City police Sgt. Jim Cunningham. The request could come as early as this week.

City officials in Sioux City, South Sioux City and Dakota City said they received numerous reports in recent weeks about people who were selling Kirby vacuums. The home appliances are made by The Kirby Co., based in Cleveland, and sold exclusively through in-home demonstrations.

In South Sioux City, residents complained that a vacuum cleaner sales crew working for Cheyenne Distributing, of Cheyenne, Wyo. used overly aggressive sales tactics and wouldn’t leave when asked to, said South Sioux City police Sgt. Chris Chernock.

Chernock said that although those who complained chose not to press criminal charges, he warned the sales crew members to leave when residents ask them to.

He said he hoped city officials would consider strengthening permit laws in the wake of the complaints and make it easier for city staffers to revoke door-to-door sales permits.

“I think (a warning) should be part of the ordinance,” Chernock said. “If these people are found to be the subject of complaints of high-pressure or overly aggressive sales tactics, that (should) be part of the application process, that that won’t be tolerated.”

Four employees of Cheyenne Distributing, an independent distributor of Kirby vacuums, were arrested Sept. 8 in Sioux City for not having their sales permits with them while selling door to door. All pleaded guilty to the charge, a misdemeanor, and were fined $65 TO $100.

Cheyenne Distributing has been the subject of numerous complaints to the Better Business Bureau. The business ethics association gave the company its lowest rating, F, for the number of complaints -- 29 in the past three years -- and its failure to respond in three instances.

A woman who answered the phone at Cheyenne Distributing last week refused to speak about the allegations or arrests. She referred questions to The Kirby Co.

Halle Sminchak, a Kirby spokeswoman, said the company was not aware of any complaints about Cheyenne Distributing’s activities in the Sioux City area but will investigate the reports.

“Kirby does not and will not tolerate inappropriate sales tactics by its independent distributors,” Sminchak said in an email.

Violations of its sales ethics policy could cause Kirby to terminate its relationship with Cheyenne Distributing, she said.

It's unclear if Cheyenne Distributing employees are still selling vacuums in the Sioux City area. The company obtained a valid permit to sell in Sioux City through Nov. 3 and a permit to sell in Dakota City through this time next year.

Its South Sioux City permit has expired, but in spite of the complaints, officials there said they don't expect any changes in door-to-door sales permits would go before the City Council anytime soon.

City Administrator Lance Hedquist said he didn't anticipate looking into the matter, and City Clerk Sue Murray-Lee said if it were to come up, it wouldn't be until spring. Tags
Kirby Company, Salemen, Door-to-door Salesmen, Cheyenne Distributing, The Kirby Co., Chris Chernock, South Sioux City, Sioux City, Dakota City, Jim Cunningham, Halle Sminchak, Better Business Bureau, Lance Hedquist, Sue Murray-lee
The Sioux City Journal
MOLLY MONTAG mmontag@siouxcityjournal.com
http://siouxcityjournal.com
Sioux City, Iowa
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Reading, Pennsylvania
Council to prohibit commercial soliciting
October 6, 2012
Council to prohibit commercial soliciting
- By Karyn H. Feick
Reading Eagle
Originally Published: 10/6/2012
Kenhorst Borough Council has voted 7-0 to have Solicitor Jill E. Nagy draw up an ordinance banning commercial solicitors from going door-to-door. Borough Manager Jeri Diesinger said that political, religious and nonprofit groups such as Girl Scouts would need to get a permit. Diesinger also said solicitations would be limited to daytime hours and solicitors would have to honor "No Solicitors" signs. Councilman Edward Mohn said that he was concerned for elderly residents after 14 burglaries were reported this year, 11 of them in September.
- By Karyn H. Feick
Reading Eagle
- By Karyn H. Feick
http://readingeagle.com
Reading, Pennsylvania
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San Antonio, Texas
Salesman Accused of Assaulting Woman
October 5, 2012
Salesman Accused of Assaulting Woman
By: Fox S.A. Staff
KABB FOX 29
Friday, October 5 2012, 05:58 PM CDT
Authorities say a man posing as a security alarm salesman had something else in mind when he went to one San Antonio woman's door. Investigators say Breckin Coffey, 21, forced his way inside the woman's home after she told him she wasn't interested in an alarm. According to an affidavit, Coffey molested the woman, then ran off when she spit on him and started yelling. Coffey told police the interaction was consensual. Police say Coffey came back the next day, but was chased off by a neighbor. Coffey is now charged with burglary with intent to commit sexual assault.
Friday, October 5 2012, 05:58 PM CDT
By: Fox S.A. Staff
KABB FOX 29
http://www.foxsanantonio.com
San Antonio, Texas
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Madison, Wisconsin
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Shares Recent "Success Stories" from the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN)
October 5, 2012
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Shares Recent "Success Stories" from the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN)
Wisconsin Department of Justice
doj.state.wi.us
Friday, October 05, 2012
A WCAN alert issued yesterday resulted in the arrest of a suspect for retail theft.

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to share some of the recent successes of the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN), an instant alert messaging network designed for law enforcement, business and the general public.

Yesterday, the Lodi Police Department issued a WCAN alert for a retail theft that occurred on October 2, 2012, at a hardware store. A surveillance photo of the man, suspected of stealing almost $500 worth of merchandise, was attached to the alert. Within an hour of sending out the alert, Lodi Police received a call from the Sauk County Sheriff's Department with information about the identity of the suspect in the photo. After receiving the tip from law enforcement, Lodi Police interviewed the identified suspect, recovered the stolen property and made an arrest.

“As a police chief, I find this to be an incredibly powerful tool for connecting local law enforcement,” Lodi Police Chief William Laughlin said. “This incident was our first time using the WCAN, and without it, we may not have identified a suspect so quickly and recovered the stolen goods for our local business.”

“This is an excellent example of how the Crime Alert Network can be used effectively and efficiently across jurisdictions to solve crimes and protect local business,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “I'm thankful to our law enforcement partners and the business community for their support of this new tool to fight and prevent crime.”

On September 21, 2012, the Village of Big Bend Police Department issued an alert through the WCAN in reference to a sexual assault that occurred a day earlier. The victim had reported being sexually assaulted by an individual who was selling magazines door-to-door the afternoon of September 20, 2012.

The Mukwonago Police Department received the alert, and then contacted Big Bend police to report that a resident had contacted their department to report a door-to-door salesman whose behavior was suspicious. The individual's description matched the description of the suspect involved in the assault in Big Bend. Mukwonago police located a group of door-to-door magazine salespeople who were in the area and worked for the same company as the suspect. This groupprovided information about the locationof the suspect, who was arrested on September 22, 2012, by the Milwaukee Police Department.

With the WCAN, law enforcement officers issue alerts at no cost either by fax, e-mail or text message to individuals and business owners, who may enroll online to receive alerts at a cost of $12 a year. To enroll or to learn more about the WCAN, visit the website below:

http://www.wisconsincrimealert.gov/

The WCAN also is hosting free crime prevention webinars for subscribers. A flyer about the trainings currently scheduled is available at the following link: WCAN Webinar Flyer
Wisconsin Department of Justice
doj.state.wi.us
http://www.doj.state.wi.us
Madison, Wisconsin
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Grant Town, West Virginia
Strange Man Tries Forcing His Way Into Homes In Grant Town
October 4, 2012
Strange Man Tries Forcing His Way Into Homes In Grant Town
Written by Pierce Legeion
WDTV
Last updated on October 04, 2012 @ 9:07AM
Created on October 04, 2012 @ 6:22PM
Several people were startled in Grant Town last week by a man going door to door claiming to be selling everything from vacuums to magazines. The man hit 10 to 12 homes in the small community last Monday and Tuesday and apparently tried to force himself into several of the homes.

Luckily the folks in Grant Town did the right thing by not letting the man into their homes.

Police started receiving reports about a strange solicitor from residents early last week. The man claimed to be a salesman and tried to persuade several residents to let him into their homes. It is unclear why he wanted to enter the homes, but police say he used several different excuses from wanting to show them the item being sold inside to asking to use the restroom in the home. Police also say that he was with a group of people driving a green Ford Expedition with Pennsylvania tags. After a second day of these reports, Police Chief Matthew Biggie patrolled the town to try to catch up with the group but was unsuccessful.

The town does have an ordinance that requires door-to-door solicitors to get a permit at town hall. Town officials were not aware of this man having a permit. The group has not been seen since last Tuesday but if you do see them or the vehicle, call police immediately.

If someone knocks on your door and is not able to show you a permit or some kind of ID, lock your door and call police.
Written by Pierce Legeion
WDTV
http://www.wdtv.com
Bridgeport, West Virginia
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The Tulsa ordinance allowing residents to stop door-to-door sales.
2 News
KJRH-TV
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa ordinance allows residents to shut out door-to-door salespeople
October 3, 2012
Tulsa ordinance allows residents to shut out door-to-door salespeople
By: Michelle Lowry
2 News
KJRH-TV
Posted: 10/03/2012
TULSA - Posting signs and even the time of day gives residents more control over who can try to sell goods and services at their homes.

Posting a "No Soliciting" or "No Trespassing" sign bans salespeople from knocking on your door.

Thanks to the new city ordinance even if you don't post a sign it's illegal for a solicitor to do business in a residential neighborhood except for the hours between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If a company isn't following the rules, a city spokesperson says call the police non-emergency number, (918) 596- 9222.

A salesperson who breaks the rules faces a $1,200 fine and up to six months in jail.

Click here to read the ordinance in its entirety.
By: Michelle Lowry
2 News
KJRH-TV
http://www.kjrh.com
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Bartlett, Tennessee
Bartlett mayor offers signs to deter door-to-door sales
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
AT&T
end DMPG Info
October 3, 2012
Bartlett mayor offers signs to deter door-to-door sales
By Clay Bailey
The Commercial Appeal
Posted October 3, 2012 at midnight, updated October 3, 2012 at 12:06 a.m.
AT&T plans to go door-to-door in Bartlett peddling its U-verse service, and the suburb is letting residents know how to deter the sales if they don't want unannounced visitors.

Mayor Keith McDonald has encouraged residents to put up No Trespassing or No Solicitation signs if they want to keep the sales representatives at bay. In fact, he has ordered 1,000 No Solicitation signs to distribute, not as mayor but through his campaign funds.

The communications company is the latest to use a recent court order that clears the way for door-to-door sales. Bartlett dealt with a similar request earlier this summer from a security company.

Cathy Lewandowski, senior public relations manager for AT&T corporate communications, confirmed in an email that the company intends to start the sales approach this month. She said "customers appreciate a personal contact," and that AT&T has used the approach "since the launch of U-verse and (it) has proven successful."

Bartlett passed an ordinance in 2001 and amended it last year, prohibiting such sales, except for religious and political groups. Officials said the law was based on safety and tranquillity of neighbors.

However, recent court rulings diluted the city's restrictions on such sales — saying sales personnel cannot be banned. That caused the city to ignore its existing law and allow Pinnacle Security to go door-to-door.

Insp. Jeff Cox, head of the Bartlett Police uniform patrol division, said he has not noticed an increase in solicitation complaints from residents since Pinnacle told the city they would start working there.

McDonald said AT&T recently notified the city of its intent to use the sales strategy and did mention the recent rulings that trumped any city regulations.

Since the summer, the city has encouraged residents who wanted to prevent the sales to put up their own signage.

"They need to put something up that says No Trespassing or No Solicitation," McDonald said. "That way, if someone comes knocking, and they want to complain, then we have something to stand on."

Lewandowski said AT&T will "respect the wishes of each resident," if the signs are in the yard, "and it's our policy to comply with local ordinances."
By Clay Bailey
The Commercial Appeal
http://www.commercialappeal.com
Memphis, Tennessee
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Australia
Court fines companies $1m for door-to-door sales
October 2, 2012
Court fines companies $1m for door-to-door sales
Radio National
abc.net.au
Guest Rod Sims
Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Presenter Damien Carrick
Producer James Pattison
Broadcast: Tuesday 2 October 2012 5:30PM

Image: The ACCC is issuing 'Do Not Knock' stickers as part of a campaign
to tackle unwanted door-to-door sales practices
( Australian Competition and Consumer Commission )





Australia No-Knock Sticker - PDF


Last week, the Federal Court ordered two companies to pay $1 million in fines for illegal door-to- door selling practices. The action -- an Australian first -- was brought to court on behalf of frustrated residents by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Where do you stand when it comes to people trying to sell you things on your property?

Transcript


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Damien Carrick: We begin today’s show with dodgy door-to-door salesmen. Last week, in a legal first the Federal Court ordered two companies to pay $1 million in fines for illegal door-to-door selling practices. The action was brought to court on behalf of frustrated residents by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Rod Sims is the chair of the ACCC.

Rod Sims: The two companies were Neighbourhood Energy, which is a subsidiary of Alinta Energy, which is quite a large company, and Australian Green Credits, which is the company that was actually hired to do the door-to-door selling. How they breached the law was in two ways: firstly, they breached the unsolicited selling provisions, which is a new part of our act brought in in the last couple of years, which basically requires people to state the purpose of why they’ve knocked on your door; if they’re trying to sell you something they’ve got to state the purpose, they’ve got to state who they’re from, and they’ve got to go if you ask them to. Now we allege, and the court has agreed that they breached all three provisions of the act in that sense that they knocked on the door and didn’t say why they were there, didn’t say who they were from and didn’t leave when asked. Second issue is that they...separate from the unsolicited selling provision they also engaged in misrepresentation, which of course is a long-standing part of the consumer law, and that was misrepresentations in relation to saying to people, ‘Look, you’ve been zoned incorrectly, you’ve been wrongly billed by your supplier’, as a pretence to get them to switch energy companies.

Damien Carrick: So they were fudging it, they were getting their foot in the door with an incorrect pretext and then trying to sell a product or a service to these people?

Rod Sims: Yes, and look, the importance of the case is, we think threefold. Firstly, we’ve been interested in door-to-door selling over the last year because we’ve heard examples of really very bad behaviour by door-to-door sellers for vulnerable people in their home. If you can just imagine yourself at home, maybe elderly, English not your first language, getting door-knocked and getting subject to misrepresentations and basically a fair bit of pressure selling. So we’ve taken an interest in this to try and make sure that companies improve their behaviour. So this is the first case we’ve brought on door-to-door activity, it’s also the first case in relation to the new unsolicited selling provision, and perhaps even more importantly the court orders were the first to underlie the importance of ‘do not knock’ stickers. So, the effect of the court order now is that if a salesperson knocks on your door and ignores a visible ‘do not knock’ sign on your door, then the company is exposed to a maximum penalty of $50,000. So that’s an important issue, that if you knock on the door with a sticker there then you are held to have knocked on the door when someone’s actually requested you to leave.

Damien Carrick: And this ‘do not knock’ sticker campaign, I think it started in Victoria a couple of years ago and it’s now spread across the country, hasn’t it?

Rod Sims: Yes, and we’ve now happily climbed on board, we have ‘do not knock’ stickers which we can make available, and when we said that we got knocked over in the rush, so we’re doing further print runs, so it’s quite a popular idea.

Damien Carrick: How many door-to-door sales are there each year in Australia?

Rod Sims: The most recent financial year there were 1.3 million sales through door-to-door selling, 1 million of those 1.3 million was in relation to energy, and energy therefore is a focus. I should also add we have the Lux company in court at the moment because of concerns we have about their selling door-to-door of vacuum cleaners, so we’re not just exclusively energy, but that’s our main focus at the moment.

Damien Carrick: Door-to-door sales, they can be done ethically, can they? I mean, it’s not a question of the whole industry being dodgy?

Rod Sims: Look, I think they can be done ethically. The ACCC gets about a couple of hundred complaints a year on door-to-door selling, but most of the complaints go to the state ombudsmen, and they get about 4,000 a year. Now, when you think about how many people actually bother to complain, that’s actually quite a large number, and the ombudsmen raise it with us as a very big issue, and when you look at the nature of the complaints and you read them as I have, there really is quite bad behaviour.

Now, I think it can be done ethically. What a lot of the energy companies have done is subcontracted out to a company who’s in turn subcontracted to individual sellers who they pay according to performance. So, if you make a sale you get paid, if you don’t you don’t. Now, if you’re going to run a system like that you need a lot of checks and balances. Alternatively, if you’re going to use your own staff, then I think it’s a much safer proposition. So, they’ve set it up in a way that it is prone to risk, and so it...I strongly believe it does not have to be done as badly as it’s being done, and so the whole purpose of our campaign is to get the energy companies to basically improve the way they’re doing this and wipe out these very bad instances that we’re reading about from these ombudsmen’s reports.

Damien Carrick: But at the end of the day you’d say Neighbourhood Energy and Australian Green Credits, they’re reputable companies, but they...they just don’t have enough checks and balances?

Rod Sims: Yes, look, that’s right, and the other companies that are involved in this activity are AGL, which we also have before the courts for the same issue, TRUenergy, Origin Energy. I mean, they’re all big companies that are essentially involved in this, and I think it is a lack of checks and balances, I think it’s a lack of the chief executives and the boards of these companies not actually taking enough notice of what’s being done in their name.

Damien Carrick: It’s the economics, though, isn’t it? I mean, you’re pointing out that they contract out the work, and that gets contracted out again and again and again down to people that are knocking door-to-door who don’t have many skills who are desperate for a commission...

Rod Sims: Who themselves are vulnerable, that’s right, but I think that there are still ways you can do it. I mean, if you do contract out and pay someone on a commission you can then have someone from your company following up each sale to make sure that it was done in the appropriate ways. So, you can still contract out, it just means you need more checks and balances. I mean, it’s just human behaviour; if you put somebody who doesn’t have a lot of money on a commission basis, then you are going to expect a greater level of, frankly, misbehaviour, and so you just need more checks and balances in there. So I think it’s a function of education of the community and enforcement action to let the companies know that we are watching, and therefore they better take notice of what’s been done in their name.

Damien Carrick: Rod Sims, chairman of the ACCC, on what he’s described as quite a win for the rights of consumers to be protected from unlawful door-to-door selling.

Guest Rod Sims
Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Presenter Damien Carrick
Producer James Pattison
Radio National
abc.net.au
Guest Rod Sims
Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Presenter Damien Carrick
Producer James Pattison
http://www.abc.net.au
Australia
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


The EVIL Monster and PIG For Profit:
LeVan Ellis

LeVan Ellis: Vice President: National Field Selling Association.
Sandra Hall: President: National Field Selling Association.

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 (Owner: LeVan Ellis) rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde, a 66-year-old grandmother.
Rodger Broadway rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde


Chicago man charged in slaying of Ocean County woman
06/14/2004, 12:00 am
The Times, Ottawa, Illinois

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) -- A Chicago man has been charged in the slaying of a 77-year-old Dover Township woman in her home, the Ocean County prosecutor's office said Saturday. The suspect, Azriel Rashad Bridge, 18, was arrested Friday at an Elizabeth hotel near Newark Liberty International Airport, where he was traced following complaints about door-to-door magazine solicitors in Shirley Reuter's neighborhood, said Robert Gasser, executive assistant prosecutor. Gasser said the suspect worked for the solicitation company, American Community Services, based in Michigan City, Ind. Bridge was charged with murder, felony murder and robbery and was being held in the county jail on $500,000 bail. A court hearing was scheduled for Monday, and Gasser expected Bridge to request a public defender. Authorities believe Reuter was killed Wednesday afternoon after she let a man into her home. Reuter had been on the telephone with a member of her church choir when a man who had come to her door asking for a drink of water returned, this time asking to use the bathroom, Gasser said. The phone line went dead, and the choir member was unable to reach Reuter by phone afterward. Her body was found Thursday night when three choir members came to check on her after she missed practice. Gasser said an autopsy indicated Reuter died from multiple sharp and blunt-force injuries to the face and neck.
The Times, Ottawa, Illinois
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Azriel Bridge Grand Jury Indictment: PDF
SEE: Criminal Profiler: American Community Services


Middletown, Ohio
Magazine salesman accused of theft, forgery
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Ultimate Unity, aka: Dedicated Too Inc. aka: American Community Services
President/Owner: LeVan Ellis
Vice President of the National field Selling Association.
8557 West US Highway 20, Michigan City, IN 46360
219-809-5733
Email: totalded@gmail.com
Website: ultimateunity.com (This domain is for sale)
See: www.uunity.biz
See: Debra Ellis
See: http://www.americancommunity.com
See: BBB: American Community Services
Google Search: American Community Services + magazine
Search American Community Services This Website
See:
The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues
By Craig Malisow Mon., Apr. 6 2009 at 6:59 AM
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/04/magazine_sales_crimes.php
See:
Mrs. Kayon Ellis
American Community Services
See: SCUMBAG/Hairball/PIG for Profit: Levan Ellis
This Monster is responsible for the deaths of young kids in van rollovers,
and the rapes and murderes of multiple homeowners.
end DMPG Info
September 28, 2012
Magazine salesman accused of theft, forgery
By Justin McClelland
Middletown Journal
Posted: 2:48 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012

Submitted Photo
Magazine salesman accused of theft, forgery

Police are advising residents to be careful of a group claiming to sell magazine subscriptions but who are actually using the excuse as a way to break into homes and steal.

Eric Wright, 19, of Louisville, Ky., is accused of stealing money and a checkbook from a 66-year-old Clearcreek Twp. woman and forging checks in her name. Wright is an employee of Ultimate Unity Inc., a Michigan City Ind. company that sells magazine subscriptions to support charities, according to Clearcreek Twp. police reports.

Wright first addressed the woman claiming to be selling magazine subscriptions for a charity called Graceful Hands. The woman left Carpenter in her entryway while she retrieved her reading glasses and upon her return found him in the living room, according to a police report. After Carpenter left, the woman noticed her purse was askew and that approximately $200 in cash and her checkbook were missing.

After the woman called police, Wright was located and admitted to stealing the checkbook and writing a check to assist in making his sales quota, the report said. Wright then had thrown the checkbook into a field, where it was later recovered by police according to the report.

Police are advising that anyone who purchased a subscription through Graceful Hands or Ultimate Unity to make sure the orders were actually made with the company and to contact their local police department if the magazines do not arrive in the prescribed time.
By Justin McClelland
Middletown Journal
http://www.middletownjournal.com
Middletown, Ohio
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San Francisco, California
Salesman sought for shaking down students
September 28, 2012
Salesman sought for shaking down students
Henry K. Lee and Ellen Huet
San Francisco Chronicle
Updated 6:01 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2012
(09-28) 17:59 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Police departments at two Bay Area universities are looking for a magazine salesman they say robbed five students by forcing them to hand over money when they refused to buy subscriptions, police said.

An arrest warrant for robbery and extortion was issued Friday by Alameda County authorities for Kody Alan Smith, 24, who is accused of coercing money from two women on UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza on Sept. 10, and three more at San Francisco State University on Sept. 11 and 12.

UC Berkeley police said when the first woman, a 20-year-old student, declined a subscription, Smith and two accomplices threatened her and followed her to an ATM at the nearby Golden Bear Cafe, where she withdrew and gave them $400. Smith then approached another female student on the plaza and "verbally pressured" her to buy several subscriptions, police said.

She declined, but Smith made some hand gestures that made her believe that she would be physically harmed if she tried to walk away without giving him money, authorities said. Smith walked the woman to the same ATM, where she withdrew about $150 , police said.

In both cases, Smith introduced himself as "Kody," police said.

Alameda County prosecutors have charged Smith with two counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of extortion.

San Francisco State spokeswoman Ellen Griffin said two women and a man were approached at the campus' central plaza. Smith allegedly introduced himself as either a magazine salesman or a charity collector, but soon pressured them to give him cash, Griffin said.

The three victims handed over $60, $100 and $500, Griffin said. No one was injured.

Smith is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, about 135 pounds, with a thin build, blue eyes and short hair. He also has been described as having a strong East Coast accent, officials said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call UC Berkeley police at (510) 642-6760.

Henry K. Lee and Ellen Huet are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. E-mail: hlee@sfchronicle.com, ehuet@sfchronicle Twitter: @henryklee, @ellenhuet
Henry K. Lee and Ellen Huet
San Francisco Chronicle
http://www.sfgate.com
San Francisco, California
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Police arrest man accused of sexual assault in Big Bend
September 25, 2012
Police arrest man accused of sexual assault in Big Bend
WISN TV
UPDATED 2:51 PM CDT Sep 25, 2012
MILWAUKEE —

A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman while selling magazines has been arrested.

The alleged victim talked only to WISN 12 News last week.

She said the man came to her home in Big Bend on Thursday and said he was selling magazines for veterans.

She said he came inside, took off his clothes and started groping her.

A similar incident happened the same day in Mukwonago.

Officers talked to a group of door-to-door magazine salespeople who said they worked with the suspect.

They were able to give police information about him.

Milwaukee police arrested the man Saturday.
WISN TV
http://www.wisn.com
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
Alert from the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN) Helps Police Develop Suspect in Sexual Assault Investigation
September 24, 2012
Alert from the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN) Helps Police Develop Suspect in Sexual Assault Investigation
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Attorney General, J.B. VAN HOLLEN
Monday, September 24, 2012
Big Bend Investigation in the Village of Big Bend

MADISON — On September 21, 2012, the Village of Big Bend Police Department issued an alert through the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN) in reference to a sexual assault that occurred a day earlier. The victim had reported being sexually assaulted by an individual who was selling magazines door-to-door the afternoon of September 20, 2012.

The Mukwonago Police Department received the alert, and then contacted Big Bend police to report that a resident had contacted their department to report a door-to-door salesman whose behavior was suspicious. The individual's description matched the description of the suspect involved in the assault in Big Bend. Mukwonago police located a group of door-to-door magazine salespeople who were in the area and worked for the same company as the suspect. This group provided information about the location of the suspect, who was arrested on September 22, 2012, by the Milwaukee Police Department.

“This was the first WCAN alert issued by the Big Bend Police Department, and through an alert citizen and old fashioned police work, combined with new technology, investigators were able to track down a suspect in this case and possibly, prevent further victimization,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Alerts like this one also serve to warn residents and business owners of possible criminal activity in their area, which shows the WCAN is about preventing crime as much as it is about solving it.”

With the WCAN, law enforcement officers issue alerts at no cost to them either by fax, e-mail or text message to individuals and business owners, who may enroll online to receive alerts at a cost of $12 a year. Officers may choose from more than 50 categories, such as pharmacies or convenience stores, when issuing their targeted crime alerts across the county, a multi-county region or statewide.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has launched, as part of its Public Education Program through the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, radio and TV spots to promote the WCAN. You can watch the TV spot at the following web address: WCAN Audio and Video

To enroll or to learn more about WCAN, visit the website below:

http://www.wisconsincrimealert.gov/
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Attorney General, J.B. VAN HOLLEN
http://www.doj.state.wi.us
Madison, Wisconsin
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Berkeley, California
U.C. Police Advisory: Watch Out for Robber Posing as Magazine Salesman
September 24, 2012
U.C. Police Advisory: Watch Out for Robber Posing as Magazine Salesman
University of California Police issued an advisory about the robberies over the weekend.
By Laila Kearney
BerkeleyPatch
09/24/12, 1:43 am
University of California Police are looking for clues to help catch a man who is suspected of robbing two students on the U.C. Berkeley campus, while posing as a magazine salesman.

Police issued a message to the public over the weekend, asking for information on the suspect, who identified himself to his victims as "Kody."

The man allegedly approached women on campus at two different times on Monday, Sept. 10 and asked them to purchase magazine subscriptions. When they refused the subscriptions, the man threatened physical harm and forced them to withdraw and hand him over cash from an ATM near the Golden Bear Cafe, according to a police report. Neither of the women were harmed.

The suspect was described as a white man in his early 20s with with a thin build, blue eyes and short hair. He was about 6'7" tall.

If you have any information about the crimes, contact: University of California Police Department
Criminal Investigation Bureau
(510) 642-0472 / 8AM–5PM
(510) 642-6760 / All other times

*From the campus police:
By Laila Kearney
BerkeleyPatch
http://berkeley.patch.com
Berkeley, California
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Magazine sales firm owner faces fraud charges in Stafford
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Majestic Sales LLC. aka: United Family Circulation
aka: Marquis Fulfillment Agency

Active Member of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association Members Page:
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page


BBB: United Family Circulation
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Family Circulation
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (770) 831-7733
(770) 831-7722
(866) 299-2619
(770) 831-7002
(770) 831-7003
Fax: (770) 831-7040
303 W Shadburn Ave Ste 100, Buford, GA 30518-2692
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
Principal: Mr. James Clair (President)
Mr. Nicholas Angel (CEO, CFO, SEC)
Mr. Rick Clair Ms. Julie Clair Ms. Jennifer I. Clair (Secretary)
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., 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
September 21, 2012
Magazine sales firm owner faces fraud charges in Stafford
BY KEITH EPPS
THE FREE LANCE-STAR
fredericksburg.com
September 21st, 2012 9:35 pm
A judge Friday set a $250,000 bond for the head of a Georgia-based magazine sales operation accused of cheating at least 60 people in Stafford out of money.

James Edward Clair, 42, of Buford, Ga., is charged in Stafford with 148 offenses, including multiple counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

During a three-hour bond hearing Friday in Stafford Circuit Court, prosecutors Kristin Bird and Jim Peterson asked Judge Sarah Deneke to have Clair held without bond.

They argued that Clair’s business is continuing to operate fraudulently and that Clair has been encouraging others wanted in Stafford for their roles in the operation to hide from authorities.

Local attorney Mark Gardner and Georgia lawyer Brian Steele said Clair poses no danger to any community and is not a flight risk.

Steele said Clair has known about the investigation against him for months and still showed up in Stafford on Friday as requested.

“He is not the leader of the people who came to Stafford to rip off residents,” Steele said.

According to the evidence, a group of young people were in the area earlier this year selling magazine subscriptions, supposedly to benefit troops overseas or local sports teams.

Detective Christine Hammond testified that she began an investigation in March after getting complaints from multiple residents.

Hammond said she learned that the solicitors were often lying to residents about their own identities and about what the money was being raised for.

Many customers either didn’t get what they paid for or got nothing at all.

Hammond’s investigation led to a central clearinghouse in Georgia headed by Clair. She said Clair has sent solicitors all over the country, including Washington state, Oregon, Kansas, Florida and North Carolina.

The Stafford group stayed at the Days Inn on U.S. 17 in a block of rooms that police say were paid for by Clair.

Hammond’s widespread investigation, which included a trip to Georgia to serve a search warrant, resulted in the arrests of about 15 people on charges in Stafford.

Two have already been convicted of felony offenses, and some are cooperating with authorities in the case against Clair.

A six-day trial in Stafford has been tentatively set to start Feb. 19.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
kepps@freelancestar.com
By Edie Gross on September 21st, 2012 9:35 pm
BY KEITH EPPS
THE FREE LANCE-STAR
fredericksburg.com
http://blogs.fredericksburg.com
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Karleen Hillery Spruiell (James Edward Clair's Sister) is curently serving a 10 year prison term
in Arizona. The bitch was convicted of multiple counts of DUI and Felony Assault.

Karleen Hillery Spruiell

Karleen Hillery Spruiell is responsible for the deaths of 8 young kids.
Including 7 kids killed near Janesville, Wisconsin on March 25, 1999
Janesville, Wisconsin Van Rollover March 25, 1999
Malinda's Memorial

karleen Hillery's brother James E. Clair (Marquis Fulfillment Agency)
is currently being sued for the deaths of 4 young kids (LTP Inc.) in a van rollover on June 22, 2011
near Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Read PDF Law Suit

Robert Spruiell and Karleen Hillery Spruiell were both members of the National Field Selling Association.
Robert Spruiell was stabbed to death in May 2008 in Miami, Florida during a drug deal gone bad.
They are all part of the family: Organized Crime: The NFSA and the MPA. Robert Spruiell and Karleen Hillery both cleared magazine subscriptions through the Magazine Publishers of America.
Using magazine clearinghouses:
National Publishers Exchange
Magazine Fullfilment Services
PUBLISHERS CONSULTING CORPORATION
"He who profits by a crime commits it."



Salt Lake City, Utah
Door to Door Salesman Accused of Rape
September 21, 2012
Door to Door Salesman Accused of Rape
September 21, 2012
By Rocky Mountain Defenders
HG.org
Global Legal Resources
Crime committed by door-to-door salesmen might be more frequent than you realize. Sex crimes, in particular are a common offense- and these charges come with serious consequences in Utah.

This month, shocking news came out of Layton, Utah: a door to door salesman was charged with the sexual assault of a woman inside of her home. The man was selling magazines and when one 24-year-old woman went to fetch her wallet, the man forced himself on her. The neighborhood now says they are thinking twice before opening their doors. Police have issued a warning to residents to not open their doors for salesmen. The defendant is claiming that the act was consensual. His former, one-time girlfriend testified that, “They [the customer and the salesman] did have a relationship beforehand. She did know him and meet him before.” This leads to a question- how common are door-to-door salesman assaults?

•Earlier this year, in Florida a security company salesman was accused of beating, choking, threatening and raping a woman. Authorities said, "What concerns us is that this individual has been going door-to-door in multiple locations. We know he felt very confident she was not going to tell on him and we suspect that confidence may have been built out of other attacks."

•A Georgia man was arrested for rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated assault and burglary. Police believed he “used his employment at that time as a ruse to contact victims.”

•A door-to-door salesman who was denied a sale, forced his way into the home of a Los Angeles woman beat her, burglarized her and attempted to rape her

•In 2005, a sales agent raped a 17-year-old mentally disabled girl- to gain her confidence, the sales agent acted as though he had a disability as well

•In 2008, over eight months, Houston Press investigated door-to-door magazine sales across the country and discovered there had been at least three murders, one rape, two attempted rapes, one stabbing, one attempted murder, one vehicle fatality and one attempted abduction of a teenage girl

Door to door sales, unless permitted by a political or religious organization, is in most cases illegal. In the words of the Magazine Publishers of America, "Magazine Publishers of America condemns any door-to-door business that preys on vulnerable individuals or poses a threat to the public. [MPA] has long urged its members to identify any subscriptions coming from these sources and recommends that its members cease doing business with any company that does not fully comply with the law. Our guidelines and relations with subscription agents are clear, and we encourage all our members to follow them."

In Utah, a minimum prison sentence for rape is five years; however a prison sentence can be extended up to life. If serious bodily injury resulted, an offender can receive a minimum sentence of 15 years. Statutory rape (rape of a child) has a minimum prison sentence of 25 years. If a serious injury was caused or if the offender has a record, a sentence of life in prison without parole can be given. Because Utah takes sex crime charges so seriously, you should to! If you have been charged with a sex crime, don’t put your future in jeopardy by failing to secure aggressive legal representation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rocky Mountain Defenders, PC
Rocky Mountain Defenders, PC is a criminal defense firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The firm handles a wide range of sex crime cases including rape, child pornography, internet sex crimes, molestation, prostitution offenses and sex with a minor. The firm also represents clients facing drug crime charges, DUI charges, assault charges or fraud, kidnapping and hate crime charges- just to name a few. With over 50 years of combined experience, Rocky Mountain Defenders, PC is a firm you can trust. Many of the lawyers at the firm are former prosecutors, which give them a leg up in court.

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DMPG Info Clip Posted 09/22/12:

Dedicated Memorial Parents Group Response To The Above Article:

Door to door sales, unless permitted by a political or religious organization, is in most cases illegal. In the words of the Magazine Publishers of America, "Magazine Publishers of America condemns any door-to-door business that preys on vulnerable individuals or poses a threat to the public. [MPA] has long urged its members to identify any subscriptions coming from these sources and recommends that its members cease doing business with any company that does not fully comply with the law. Our guidelines and relations with subscription agents are clear, and we encourage all our members to follow them."

The MPA may publically condemn their distribution of magazines to the magazine clearinghouses across the country but they WILL NOT do a thing to STOP the carnage. After all why should they - they are making money on each and every magazine sold by a door-to-door magazine sales agent. In reality the MPA is the SOURCE of the PROBLEM. They continue to feed their product to the magazine clearinghouses who in turn continue to process magazine subscriptions from their field crews. Until this immoral and criminal bond is broken the exploitation, rapes, murders, and vehicular homicides will continue.
See: Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Industry Flow Chart
See Why We Say This

The letters that you are about to read were written to and hand delivered to the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) : www.magazine.org : MPA on April 5, 2004. The letters were hand delivered to former vice-president of the MPA Michael Pashby by Phil Ellenbecker and Pam Christman. Pam's son Peter and Phil's daughter Malinda were both killed while selling magazines for the Magazine Publishers of America on March 25, 1999. A total of 7 young kids died and 5 were maimed for life:
Janesville Wisconsin Van Roll Over March 25, 1999
Sales Crew: Youth Employment Service
Clearinghouse: Subscriptions Plus, Inc. Owner: Karleen Hillery
Crew Manager: Choan Lane
Van Driver: Jeremy Holmes
Janesville Wisconsin Van Roll Over March 25, 1999

Subscriptions Plus, Inc. Owner: Karleen Hillery - active member of the Nationa Field Selling Association: NFSA
Nationa Field Selling Association president: Nathan Edwards active member of the Magazine Publishers of America.
MPA president: Nina Link.

A plea for help: Letters to the MPA: gone ignored and unanswered


Yuma, Arizona
Youths offered good pay, handed a nightmare
September 21, 2012
Youths offered good pay, handed a nightmare
September 21, 2012 2:56 PM
BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub
THE YUMA SUN
After reading a story about a questionable company going door to door in Yuma, a woman shared her encounter with two former employees. Her story about the alleged tactics the company uses and how it reportedly mistreats its young employees matched those I've read.

In January two “kids” showed up at the church where she works, asking for help. Apparently they had a dispute with their manager over lack of pay. He got mad and dropped them off as they passed Yuma. With no money, they had no way to get home to Chicago.

They had signed on with the company after being “offered good jobs with good pay.” But the dream job turned into a nightmare when they were pushed to sell and threatened when they didn't.

Asked why they didn't just leave, they said they had no money, no food and didn't know anybody who could help them.

The woman and a co-worker paid their way back home. “They were in tears when we told them we would send them home,” she recalled.
BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub
THE YUMA SUN http://www.yumasun.com
Yuma, Arizona
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South Orange, New Jersey
Door-to-Door Peddling Leads to Three Arrests
The South Orange Police arrested two men and one woman
September 20, 2012
Door-to-Door Peddling Leads to Three Arrests
The South Orange Police arrested two men and one woman
By Marcia Worth
SouthOrangePatch
southorange.patch.com
September 20, 2012
The South Orange police report two men and one woman were arrested in three separate incidents of door-to-door peddling.

Anthony Thomas, 22, of Paulsboro, was arrested on the evening of Sept. 19 on Richmond Ave. when a resident complained he was going door to door. Police learned that Thomas had an outstanding arrest warrant issued for his arrest from Camden county.

Tyrie Webb, 21, of Camden, was arrested on the evening of Sept. 18 on Riggs Pl. Residents reported that Webb was going door to door, and South Orange police learned that Webb had an outstanding arrest warrant from Somerdale.

Daiondria Cochran, 19, of Ohio resident was arrested on Sept. 12 in the afternoon on Meeker Street. When South Orange police arrived on Meeker Street, after a resident called reporting door to door solicitation, Cochran resisted arrest and was combative. She was arrested for obstruction and disorderly conduct .
By Marcia Worth
SouthOrangePatch
southorange.patch.com
http://southorange.patch.com
South Orange, New Jersey
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Door-to-door salesman threatened with handgun
September 19, 2012
Door-to-door salesman threatened with handgun
KHON2
Published: 9/19 11:06 am
Updated: 9/19 11:09 am
Police say the 18-year-old salesman was demonstrating a product inside the suspect’s home, when the suspect got upset and pulled out a gun. It happened Tuesday in the Waianae area. Police were called at 12:44 pm and arrested the 42-year-old resident after checks revealed the handgun was not registered. Police have opened a Terroristic Threatening case. The suspect also faces a firearm charge for the unregistered weapon. He was released pending investigation.
KHON2
http://www.khon2.com
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Upper Bern Township, Pennsylvania
Proposed ordinance targets scam artists
September 15, 2012
Proposed ordinance targets scam artists
- By Michael Wagner
Reading Eagle Press
Originally Published: 9/15/2012
The Upper Bern Township supervisors are considering a solicitation ordinance designed to protect residents from door-to-door scam artists.

The topic came up a few months ago after a number of residents complained about strangers soliciting around the township.

"A lot of other communities have these ordinances," Chairman Ervin Steinly Jr. said Wednesday.

The ordinance would require anyone who wants to sell something in Upper Bern to apply for a solicitation permit. The township would then have information on file to track the person down if a resident feels that he has been treated unfairly or cheated.

"They should be able to produce a permit," Solicitor Gretchen Sterns said of door-to-door solicitors.

Exemptions would be granted for organizations such as churches and children selling items for school.

The supervisors plan to vote on advertising the proposed ordinance at their meeting in October.

In other business, the supervisors unanimously passed a resolution that doubles the price of permits for such things as construction, demolition and business when someone who is required to have a permit is caught without one.

The matter of permits is addressed in an article in the township's fall newsletter that lists when permits are required. Anyone unsure of whether he needs a permit is advised to contact the township.

Applications for most permits can be found on the township website.

- By Michael Wagner
- By Michael Wagner
Reading Eagle Press
http://readingeagle.com
Reading, Pennsylvania
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Grand Forks, North Dakota (MSNBC - National Coverage)
Schemes & Rip Offs: Magazine Sales Scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulations LLC
end DMPG Info
September 13, 2012
Schemes & Rip Offs: Magazine Sales Scam
KVLY-TV
MSNBC
updated 9/13/2012 6:17:32 PM ET
On August 31, 2012, Grand Forks Police received a complaint against a magazine salesman that is selling magazines door to door. The name of the company is Midwest Circulations LLC. Midwest Circulations LLC does not currently have a permit to be selling magazines within the city limits of Grand Forks.

If any member of the public should come in contact with Midwest Circulations LLC at their residence, please contact the Police Department at 787-8000.

A classic scam is the door-to-door magazine sales. Typically, young men or women (ranging from late teens to early twenties) will come to your door, giving a sales pitch that may have to do with raising money for a trip overseas for their school. They may also say that they are raising money for their high school or college, or they are raising money to go to college. Who wants to deny a young person their dream of college? These salespeople may even have laminated ID badges to show you, along with a sad story. They might also tell you that they are being judged on how well they do with their presentation. Finally, the catch will come… you have to purchase something, which is usually a magazine subscription. Sadly, most consumers that end up giving their money away for those subscriptions will never receive a magazine or see their money again.

Other door-to-door scams might include salespeople claiming to be from an alarm company, cable or telephone company, roofing repair, driveway paving, or home improvement.

Tips to avoid the door-to-door scam:

Don't let them in your house. While there are legitimate salespeople that still make door-to-door visits, consumers should be very cautious by not allowing any unexpected guests into their home. If someone comes to your door that you do not know, you should ask who it is through a closed door. If it's a solicitor and you don't want to talk to them, simply tell them to leave. If you do open the door, don't open it wide and don't invite them in. They may say things like: "Can I use your phone to contact my sales manager", "Can I get a glass of water", "Can I use your bathroom" or "It's really hot out here, can we go inside and talk where it's cool?" If you tell them "no" and they still won't leave you alone, one suggestions is to yell "fire" or anything to get other people's attention. If you feel like you are in danger, you should immediately call the police.

Pay attention and listen carefully to what they say. If you think that the salesperson may be lying, ask for the name of their school, company, or association that they are representing, along with their contact information. Verify that this salesperson is actually associated with the group, and then verify that the company is legitimate by checking with the Better Business Bureau.

Ask the salesperson to give you everything in writing, including return or warranty information. Tell them that you'd like to verify everything first, then get back to them. If you don't feel comfortable or see a neighbor being harassed by a salesperson, call the police.

Don't be pressured into anything. Salespeople will try using high pressure sales techniques in order to get you to buy their product. Hold your position, and don't allow them to win you over with words like "this offer is only valid for today", or "I won't be in this area again". A door-to-door salesperson will try to keep you talking so long that you'll finally wear down and say "yes." They hope that you will just "give- in" so that you can get rid of them. 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.

What to do if you have already been scammed:

If you happen to have the company's address and telephone number, you should try contacting them first to cancel the subscription or services that you agreed to, and ask for a refund.
If you paid cash for one of these door-to-door scams, there isn't much that can be done to retrieve your money since there is no way to trace it. If you paid by check, you can try contacting your bank and canceling the check. You should also warn the bank that a potential scammer has your check, and you might want to change the account number.
If you paid by credit or debit card, contact the bank or credit card issuer immediately. Explain to them what happened, and you might have to cancel the card. You may also want to continue to monitor charges to your card so you can dispute any purchases you did not make.
If the company continues to contact you and demand payment after you've canceled, send them copies of the cancellation letter along with a cease and desist letter. You may have to contact an attorney, and threaten them with legal action if they continue to harass you by saying they will report you to a credit bureau.
You can contact and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.
You can file a complaint with the BBB by visiting our website
KVLY-TV
http://www.valleynewslive.com
MSNBC
http://www.msnbc.msn.com
KVLY-TV: Grand Forks, North Dakota
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 092112:
Midwest Circulations,LLC, aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.

Google Search: Midwest Circulation + magazine

Search Midwest Circulation This Website

BBB: Midwest Circulation LLC
This Business is not BBB accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Phone: (816) 632-2917
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429
3330 Smalley Ter, Kansas City, MO 64129
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
BBB file opened: September 29, 2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Business incorporated: 11/01/2008 in CO
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Management
Jami . Wendy ., Customer Service
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Wendy ., Customer Service
Business Category
MAGAZINES-SUBSCRIPTION AGENTS
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
end BBB info.

On January 15, 2012 a magazine salesman was arrested and accused of stealing the wedding rings from an 81-year-old Gainesville woman who had let him into her house to use the restroom, police said. The suspect, Jack Ryan Patti, 20, of Belton, Mo., who said he was an employee with Midwest Circulation LLC, was charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony, as the wedding rings were valued at about $700. Patti was being held at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Gainsville police case # 02-12-001056.

On May 8, 2010 Patrick M. Schneider, a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman raped a Sycamore, Illinois woman. Schneider was convicted of criminal sexual assault. According to police reports Schneider was employed by Midwest Circulations LLC. Dekalb County Illinois Case # 201001431

Kissimmee, Florida
December 31, 2009
Arrests of salesmen in bloody Osceola County beating attracts attention of national group monitoring door-to-door magazine sales. KISSIMMEE – Two national groups say the recent arrests of two magazine salesmen charged with beating a colleague at an Osceola County motel represent a nationwide surge in violence in a door-to-door business where workers can't meet quotas in the recession. Parent Watch, one of the groups, has been following the industry for 30 years that hires young adults to travel across country in teams selling magazine subscriptions to earn points for prizes, cash awards and shopping sprees. "The crews for the most point seem to be more on edge than ever before because they can't sell," said Parent Watch founder Earline Williams, who handles two to six phone calls a day from frightened, stranded workers seeking bus fare home. "The industry's ouf of control as far as violence." On Dec. 16, Osceola County deputies found a salesman known as " The Kid" bleeding from multiple wounds outside America's Best Inn at 5150 W. U.S. Highway 192, according to sheriff's reports. The victim, Brian Emery, told deputies he recently had been hired to sell magazines and slept with other team members in a motel room rented by the company. Late on Dec. 15, some of his team members gave him $12 to buy beer but became enraged when he bought the wrong brand, the report stated. Justine Angermeier, a 24-year-old salesman, is charged with breaking a 32-ounce beer bottle against Emery's right eye and cheekbone. Jeremy Kirkemeir, 20, a team member with a criminal record in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, is charged with taking part in a beating that followed, according to court records. Both were released on bail from the Osceola County Jail. On Thursday, about 30 salespeople working for Midwest Circulation LLC, a door-to-door magazine sales company, checked out America's Best Inn on Thursday afternoon, according to the motel staff. Midwest Circulation manager Bridgett Robbins, who lists Angermeier as a friend on her Myspace.com page, did not return a telephone request for comment. The group's activities prompted a public warning in Gainesville in November, when about 50 Midwest Circulation workers started selling magazines in Alachua County, according to the Gainesville Sun. "Our patrol division has been advised to be on the lookout for places where these folks may be working and that they do have criminal histories," sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey told the newspaper. Few of the magazine sales teams do background checks on their workers, according Phil Ellenbecker of http://www.magazinesalescrews.com , a national group based in Wisconsin that has tracked about 300 felony crimes and 86 deaths attributed to door-to-door vendors. "It's not uncommon to get recently released felons knocking on your door trying to sell you magazines," said Ellenbecker. "They've been linked to a number of unsolved rapes and murders."
Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at 407-420-5257 or hcurtis@orlandosentinel.com.
Source:
By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel
5:06 p.m. EST, December 31, 2009
http://www.orlandosentinel.com
Orlando, Florida
end sentinel article

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
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Amarillo, Texas
Aamrillo Police Notified of Suspicious People Selling Magazines
September 13, 2012
Aamrillo Police Notified of Suspicious People Selling Magazines
By: Karl Wehmhoener
FOX14
KAMR4
Updated: September 13, 2012
AMARILLO -- Last night, Amarillo Police were notified of suspicious people selling magazines in a neighborhood, west of Bell Street, north of IH-40. The peddlers were a white male about 22, 5ft9, slim build. He had a tattoo of a star inside the crook of one elbow. He was with a white female about the same age that identified herself as a girlfriend. The peddler, when asked for identification, displayed a small green card, NOT the blue, 8 1/2 X 11 City of Amarillo peddler's permit. The name the peddler provided is not listed with the Amarillo Police as having a permit. This morning, another pair of salesmen, tried to sell magazines to the same person. It is unknown if these people are conducting a legitimate business. Anyone that comes into contact with peddlers should ask for their blue City of Amarillo permit and call the police department at 378-3038 if you believe they are operating without one.
By: Karl Wehmhoener
FOX14
KAMR4
http://myhighplains.com
Amarillo, Texas
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Detroit, Michigan
Suspects in Magazine Subscription Scam Identified, Linked to Traveling Ring
Police say they have identified several of the individuals connected with a magazine
subscription scam reported throughout Metro Detroit.
September 13, 2012
Suspects in Magazine Subscription Scam Identified, Linked to Traveling Ring
Police say they have identified several of the individuals connected with a magazine subscription scam reported throughout Metro Detroit.
By Jenny Whalen and Marina Cracchiolo
ShelbyUticaPatch
shelby-utica.patch.com
September 13, 2012
Police are warning residents that members of a large traveling door-to-door magazine subscription scam have been spotted in northern Macomb communities.

Police say members are part of a larger ring that has been seen in other states. The ring is reported to have been peddling their scam in multiple cities across Metro Detroit, with at least a dozen reports made in Clinton Township alone.

The suspects, many in their late teens and early 20s, reportedly go door-to-door passing themselves off as student athletes selling magazine subscriptions for wounded veterans, according to police.

On Sept. 11, an elderly Clinton Township resident reported she gave a 17- to 18-year-old white male $452 for the subscriptions, believing him to be the grandson of a neighbor.

Another Clinton Township resident reported giving a teenage girl, who has been identified by police, $48 on Sept. 5 under the pretense that she was a Fraser High School softball player.

Since reports of this scam reached news media, Clinton Township police say they have received more than 40 phone calls with reports on this case from across Metro Detroit.

This group of individuals is believed to have visited Livonia, Shelby Township, Van Buren Township, Sterling Heights, St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township and several other cities, according to police.

Shelby Township Lt. Stan Muszynski reminded all residents that anyone who comes to your door to sell a product must have a permit from the township to solicit and have a visible ID badge that identifies them.

Approximately 10-12 individuals are believed to be operating in the ring. All are thought to be out-of-state residents, according to police.

Once arrests are made, police say the suspects will face charges of larceny by false pretenses, with penalties dependent on the amount of money involved.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.
By Jenny Whalen and Marina Cracchiolo
ShelbyUticaPatch
shelby-utica.patch.com
http://shelby-utica.patch.com
Utica and Shelby Township, Michigan
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CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Michigan
Ring targeting metro Detroiters in magazine subscription scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
United Circulation, LLC
BBB: United Circulation, LLC
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Circulation
(866) 203-5890
PO Box 501, Waterloo, IA 50704-0501
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 01/04/2008
Business started: 06/01/2007
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Principal: Amanda Burns (Office Manager) Jacob Stack
Business Category
Sales & Order Books
Google Search: United Circulation + magazine
end DMPG Info
September 12, 2012
Ring targeting metro Detroiters in magazine subscription scam
By: Michael Rosenfield
7ABC ACTION NEWS
WXYZ-TV Channel 7
Posted: 09/12/2012
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Investigators say at least three people have been going door-to-door across metro Detroit selling bogus magazine subscriptions.

The suspects are targeting neighborhoods from Macomb County to Van Buren Township in Wayne County. Detectives say they are smooth talkers who make their way into people’s homes.

"They build a rapport with them," said Detective Tony Maisano of the Clinton Township Police Department. "They know how to talk to people and to get what they want."

In each case, the scammers say they are raising money for wounded soldiers by selling magazines, and the suspects say proceeds also help out school athletic teams.

One girl, believed to be in her late teens, has said she is a pitcher with the varsity softball team at Fraser High School. But unfortunately for her, Paul Fisette had just received an email from the Fraser School District warning people about the scam when she knocked on his door in Clinton Township.

"Couldn't have been more perfect timing," Fisette said. "Told her this is a scam," said Fisette.

Fisette snapped a photo of the young woman, who then walked off with no idea that her picture had been taken, and police say so far they have found about a half-dozen victims but they estimate there could be hundreds. In each case, victims are told to make their checks to United Circulation or UC.

Police hope the photo will lead investigators to break up the ring. Maisano says Fisette will receive an award from the police department for his quick thinking.

"It's a bogus corporation," said Det. Maisano.

Police say so far they know of three suspects, two girls and a boy, who have gotten away with hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

Investigators are hoping more victims come forward.

If you have been a victim, or you recognize the young woman in the photo, call Detective Maisano at 586-493-7840.
By: Michael Rosenfield
7ABC ACTION NEWS
WXYZ-TV Channel 7
http://www.wxyz.com
Southfield, Michigan
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West Hartford, Connecticut
Shady Urban Nation magazine salesman nabbed by West Hartford cops
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Urban Nation
aka:
Urban 1
Freedom Sales
Discovering Unlimited Possibilities
Website:
http://urbannationent.com
end DMPG Info
September 12, 2012
Shady Urban Nation magazine salesman nabbed by West Hartford cops
Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
BY KATHLEEN SCHASSLER
West Hartford News
@Imkat17
West Hartford Police cited a handful of out-of-state solicitors recently after complaints by residents in the Webster Hill, reporting solicitors going door to door without town permits.

The individuals taken into custody were connected to the business Urban1, also called Urban Nation, a magazine subscription service with a long history of complaints with the Better Business Bureau. In addition, the driver of the group's van was cited for driving on a suspended license and the van was towed from the scene.

"This group has been all over the state," said Lt. Jeffrey Rose, a member of the department's Community Relations Division. "It's very disconcerting for residents.

Police encourage residents to call in door to door solicitors if town solicitor permits are not clearly displayed. West Hartford residents that paid by check had their checks returned to them.

The Better Business Bureau bureau recorded 187 complaints filed against the business. According to the BBB, "This company is not a registered charity. That means that the money given to the company does not benefit any charitable cause, as far as we have been able to verify."
BY KATHLEEN SCHASSLER
West Hartford News
@Imkat17
http://www.westhartfordnews.com
Middletown, Connecticut
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West Hartford, Connecticut
Police Arrest Several for Soliciting Without a Permit
Police report several recent incidences of door-to-door salesman operating
in West Hartford without permits, and are asking residents to check for solicitor permits.
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Urban Nation
aka:
Urban 1
Freedom Sales
Discovering Unlimited Possibilities
Website:
http://urbannationent.com
end DMPG Info
September 12, 2012
Police Arrest Several for Soliciting Without a Permit
Police report several recent incidences of door-to-door salesman operating
in West Hartford without permits, and are asking residents to check for solicitor permits.
By Ronni Newton
West Hartford Patch
westhartford.patch.com
September 12, 2012
West Hartford Police have charged several door-to-door magazine salesmen for soliciting without a permit.

Police report that they were called to the area of Hartwell Road last Thursday in response to a complaint about solicitors working in the area without permits.

According to police, they located four solicitors in the neighborhood from Urban 1, also known as Urban Nation, a magazine subscription company which, police say, has a long history of complaints with the Better Business Bureau.

Police said the company has been warned on several occasions not to solicit in West Hartford without a permit.

According to police, the driver of the van transporting the solicitors was also cited for driving with a suspended license, and the van was towed from the scene.

Police encourage residents to report any door-to-door solicitors who do not clearly display town solicitor permits.

Individuals charged include Antoine Monk of Portland, OR, Marcus Burks of Chicago, IL, Ossieta Wilkerson of Detroit, MI, Jacristen Hawkins of Chicago, IL, and Willie Cooley of Hampton, GA.

All were released on $100 cash bond and are scheduled to appear in Hartford Community Court on Sept. 12.

According to police, those West Hartford residents who paid by check had their checks returned to them.
By Ronni Newton
West Hartford Patch
westhartford.patch.com
http://westhartford.patch.com
West Hartford, Connecticut
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Simsbury, Connecticut
Two Charged with Violation of Simsbury Town Ordinance
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Urban Nation
aka:
Urban 1
Freedom Sales
Discovering Unlimited Possibilities
Website:
http://urbannationent.com
end DMPG Info
September 10, 2012
Two Charged with Violation of Simsbury Town Ordinance
A Simsbury town ordinance requires a permit for door-to-door sales.
By Jeff Brush
The Simsbury Patch
September 10, 2012
Two individuals were arrested last week and charged with violating a town ordinance that requires a permit for making door-to-door sales.

Ronnesha Turner, 28, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kevin Jerome Johnson, Jr., 26, of Detroit, Michigan, were arrested by Simsbury Police on September 6 on Whynwood Road where they were selling magazine subscriptions for Urban Nation.

The two were charged with violating the town's peddlers/hawkers ordinance, according to Captain Nicholas Boulter, a spokesperson for the Simsbury Police Department.

"It's very common this time of year," Boulter said. "Every year we get a group of young adults that come to sell subscriptions."

Police were responding to complaints from residents about solicitors in the neighborhood when they discovered the individuals did not obtain a permit.

"There's no reason to believe that they weren't representing a company," Boulter said.

Police investigating the incident do not have reason to suspect any criminal activity, only a violation that carries a $90 fine.

Police also received a complaint about a similar, unrelated incident on September 5.

"We can't charge anyone unless they've solicited or have attempted to solicit," Boulter said.

A warning was issued to an individual from New York who was attempting similar door-to-door sales in the community.

Boulter said residents should be cautious of anyone soliciting sales and that the salesperson should have visible identification and a valid permit from the town of Simsbury.

Questions or concerns about this type of sales activity should be directed to the Simsbury Police Department at 658-3100.
By Jeff Brush
The Simsbury Patch
http://simsbury.patch.com
Simsbury, Connecticut
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 09/15/12:

Urban Nation
aka:
Urban 1
Freedom Sales
Discovering Unlimited Possibilities
Website:
http://urbannationent.com

Google Search: "Urban Nation" + magazine

Search "Urban Nation" This Website

BBB Business Review Reliability Report for Urban Nation:
BBB Report for Urban Nation
BBB Rating: F
Business Contact & Profile
Business Name: Urban Nation
Business Address: 904 West Montgomery Ste 4-326
Willis, TX 77378
Principal: Lawrence Engerman, President
Phone Number: (936) 890-8304
(800) 586-0134
Fax Number: (936) 856-4049
BBB Accreditation:
This business is not a BBB Accredited Business
Type of Business: MAGAZINES-SUBSCRIPTION AGENTS
Business Management
Mr. Lawrence Engerman , President
Melanie Wilson
Related Businesses
Freedom Sales




WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia
Women selling magazines attacked, robbed in Williamsburg
September 10, 2012
Women selling magazines attacked, robbed in Williamsburg
by WVEC.com
13NEWS
Posted on September 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM Updated yesterday at 6:01 PM
WILLIAMSBURG - Two women selling magazine subscriptions were assaulted and robbed by two men.

They were walking through Barclay Square apartments in Williamsburg on Sept. 3 when the men said they'd buy magazines but had to go to an ATM to get money. They asked the women to go with them to get it, which they did, authorities stated.

The car entered a store parking lot on Merrimac Trail but didn't stop, so the women asked where they were being taken and that's when one of them turned around and punched one of them in the face.

The car stopped, the women were pulled from the car and the money they'd collected was stolen.

Investigators say the women's injuries didn't require medical attention.

One suspect is a thin black man, 20-30 years old and had on a dark t-shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect is a thin Hispanic man, 20-30 years old, who was wearing tan shorts. They were driving an older model green four-door sedan.

If you know anything that can help find those involved, call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Authorities wouldn't say what organization the women were working for but told WVEC.com it's a legitimate one.
by WVEC.com
13NEWS
http://www.wvec.com
Hampton Roads area of Virginia
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Tyler, Texas
Door-to-door selling complaints on the rise
September 9, 2012
Door-to-door selling complaints on the rise
By Mechele Agbayani Mills
Tyler Better Business Bureau
Tyler Morning Telegraph
tylerpaper.com
Posted 10:22 pm Sunday, September 09, 2012
The Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints each year from consumers who unknowingly fall for scamming door-to-door solicitors.

While many door-to-door salespersons are honest, the BBB receives troubling complaints from consumers who purchased items like magazines that never came, meat that was no good or cleaning products that did not work. BBB warns that deceptive door-to-door sellers are looking to make a quick buck, and they’re on the rise.

In 2012, BBB has already received more than 1,000 complaints about door-to-door magazine sellers and dealers, a number that’s well on its way to nearly doubling last year’s 1,300 complaints.

Unscrupulous marketers sometimes trick consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for items they don’t want or can’t afford.

BBB has already received more than 600 complaints in 2012 against companies selling magazines door-to-door. The most common complaint involves consumers paying for magazines they never receive. Several consumers allege the sales representative misled them by claiming to work for a local school or charity fundraiser.

In other complaints, food service sales representatives knock on doors selling produce or meat products, claiming their prices are much lower than grocery stores. So far in 2012, BBB has received 25 complaints against companies selling meat products door-to-door. Consumer complaints to BBB allege that their orders never arrive, or are not of the high quality originally promised.

If visited by a door-to-door sales representative, BBB recommends consumers:

- Research the company with BBB. Visit bbb.org to view the company’s BBB Business Review to find out more about their marketplace performance. If you have a smart phone, you can download and use the BBB app to access the company’s report while the person is standing at your door, or visit m.bbb.org on your mobile device.

- Get transaction details in writing. Be sure you receive a contract or receipt explaining the details of your purchase and all the terms and conditions that apply.

- Remember the “Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule.” The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives consumers three days to cancel purchases of more than $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Always get a receipt. By law, the company must give consumers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.

- Be wary of high-pressure sales tactics. If they don’t want you do any research on them or their product or service, you may want to spend your money elsewhere.

Stand strong. Never invite anyone you don’t know into your home. If the salesperson refuses to leave, call the police.

For more tips on how to be a savvy consumer, go to www.bbb.org. To report a fraud or scam, call the BBB Hotline at 903-581-8373.
By Mechele Agbayani Mills
Tyler Better Business Bureau
Tyler Morning Telegraph
tylerpaper.com
http://www.tylerpaper.com
Tyler, Texas
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LAYTON, Utah
Door-to-door salesman accused of rape
September 4, 2012
Door-to-door salesman accused of rape
By Pat Reavy
September 4th, 2012 @ 1:48pm
ksl.com | KSL Broadcasting Salt Lake City UT
LAYTON — Police have arrested a door-to-door magazine salesman who they say raped a woman in her home.

David Allen Smith, 29, was booked into the Davis County Jail Friday for investigation of rape and burglary.

On Aug. 29, Smith went to a woman's house in Layton and tried to sell her a magazine subscription, said Layton Police Lt. Garret Atkin. The woman, 24, told the man she wasn't interested. But he then asked if he could get a drink of water.

As she turned to get a glass of water, Smith followed her inside, Atkin said. When the woman turned back to give him the drink, Smith grabbed her and raped her, he said. The woman was believed to have called police within 30 minutes.

On Friday, Layton police received several calls from annoyed citizens about magazine salespeople in their area. Atkin said the group wasn't breaking any laws, but officers responded, hoping they might find clues into the rape case.

Based on a description, detectives determined a man who had been with that group on Aug. 29 was someone they wanted to question. They found out he was in Logan on that day selling subscriptions.

Officers found him in Logan and arrested him after he was interviewed, Atkin said.

Smith is not from Utah, but Atkin did not know Tuesday where he was from, noting that he appeared to live from hotel room to hotel room.

As of Tuesday, there was no evidence to suggest there are other victims in Utah, the lieutenant said.

As a safety tip, Atkin said residents — including children — should remember they're under no obligation to open or unlock a door for someone such as a door-to-door salesman. And if the salesman won't go away, "It's OK to close the door and lock it behind you, even if it's rude," he said.
By Pat Reavy
ksl.com | KSL Broadcasting Salt Lake City UT
http://www.ksl.com
Salt Lake City Utah
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Omaha, Nebraska
Police Tracking Door to Door Sales Scam
September 4, 2012
Police Tracking Door to Door Sales Scam
Franque Thompson
KPTM FOX 42 News
Posted: Sep 04, 2012 7:10 PM CDT
Updated: Sep 04, 2012 9:13 PM CDT
OMAHA (KPTM)- Omaha police said they have been getting more complaints about a crime trend involving door to door scams.

In some recent cases people posing as college students are going door to door asking for your personal information and your money. But you shouldn't mistake the scam for a bargain deal.

Lately there have been complaints of people going door to door, claiming to be representatives of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. They say they are selling books and other orders. But they are conning people out of their money. The scams are leaving neighbors disgusted.

"It's really sad. There's always a new scam every time you turn around. If people worked half as hard at a real job as they do of thinking creative scams to get people out of their money, we'd have a much better society," said concerned neighbor Gary Hein.

A UNO spokesperson said the scams pop up often but want to let people know that they aren't affiliated with door to door sales.

Police say the complaints from residents range from assertive behavior to requests for cash, checks and even keys to a car.

"We're trying to tell citizens to be weary about who you're dealing with as far as people coming to your door trying to sell a particular product," said Scott Gray of the Omaha Police Department.

Police said solicitors are aware that they're only allowed to go door to door from 8am to 6pm within city limits. They say one way to avoid a scam, is to ask for identification and a peddlers permit. If they don't have those two things, the scam should be immediately reported to the police.

"People should not be afraid to call 911 to have an officer come out. A lot of people think, ‘well it's not an emergency, I'm going to get in trouble for calling 911.' That's not the case," said Gray.

Police say non-profits like the Boys Scouts are an exception but they recommend being especially aware of the sweet talkers.

"They'll go to a neighbors house and maybe talk to them and get their name or maybe even the names of their kids. And then they'll go tot the next house and say ‘hey I was just speaking to your neighbor Jane and she bought this and we think you should too.' They'll try to really personalize it," said Gray.

Police recommend joining a neighborhood watch group to keep everyone safe and of aware of these kind of situations.

Information on peddlers permits can be found on the Omaha Police Department's web sit
Franque Thompson
KPTM FOX 42 News
http://www.kptm.com
Omaha, Nebraska
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Layton, Utah
Traveling salesman accused of raping Layton woman
Man allegedly went into home and overpowered woman.

DMPG Info:
Layton, Utah Police Department Case #: 12-17406
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Tower of Power
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company Clearinghouse:
Pacific Coast Clearing Services
BBB: Pacific Coast Clearing Services, Inc.
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Pacific Coast Clearing Services Inc
BBB Rating: D-
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
Additional Rape Case: PCCS:
Rondie Lamont Walz
Rape
Date: 12/02/06
Magazine Sales Company: Pacific Coast Clearing Services
Location: Claremont, California
Claremont, California PD Case #: 06-4264
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September 3, 2012
Traveling salesman accused of raping Layton woman
Man allegedly went into home and overpowered woman.
By Janelle Stecklein
The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Sep 03 2012 11:11 am • Last Updated Sep 03 2012 11:12 pm
Traveling salesman accused of raping Layton woman

David Allen Smith

Layton police arrested a traveling magazine salesman on suspicion of rape after he allegedly persuaded a woman to give him a drink of water and then sexually assaulted her.

David Allen Smith, 29, who has no permanent address, remained in the Davis County jail Monday.

Layton police Sgt. Jeff Roderick said Smith, who apparently came to Utah to sell magazine subscriptions for a company, on Wednesday knocked on the door of a home in the 300 block of South Fort Lane.

When a 24-year-old woman answered, Smith allegedly introduced himself as "David" and tried unsuccessfully to sell her a magazine subscription.

After the woman said she wasn’t interested, Smith told her he was thirsty and asked for a drink of water. When the woman turned around to get the water, she later told investigators, Smith walked into her home uninvited, Roderick said.

At some point, the woman apparently decided to make a purchase and went to her bedroom to get her wallet. Smith followed her in, overpowered her and then raped her, Roderick said.

Layton detectives tracked the traveling group of magazine sales people to Logan and determined that a "David," who matched the description of the man they were looking for, had been selling items in Layton on the day of the alleged rape.

They took him into custody on Friday and interviewed him.

Smith allegedly told officers that he did have sex with the woman, but it was consensual, Roderick said.

jstecklein@sltrib.com
By Janelle Stecklein
The Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com
Salt Lake City, Utah
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To the Direct Sales Industry: Door-to-Door Sales.
To The Magazine Publishers of America (MPA)
To The National Field Selling Association (NFSA)
Hundreds and thousands of your victims HATE YOUR GUTS
We can only hope that your families and your children learn the TRUTH about how you make your money.
And learn to HATE you as much or MORE than we do !!!
And very soon come to understand what you have done to OUR LOVED ONES and FAMILIES, and what you have taken from us.
We will continue to do everything we can to expose your fraud, abuse, exploitation, human trafficking, rape and murder for profit.
You represent everything in the world that is EVIL and UNHOLY.
You are ALL DOOMED to burn in HELL !!!
And ROT in prison.
You do not have a human soul or compassion, or mercy, or a conscience.
You are not of this world - You are ALL demons, cast out by GOD.
And you will all suffer for what you have done and the crimes you have committed against humanity and the innocent.

They would not listen
they did not know how
perhaps they'll listen now.

They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...

See Why We Say This
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LAYTON, Utah (AP) - National Coverage
Traveling salesman arrested on rape charges
September 3, 2012
Traveling salesman arrested on rape charges
The San Francisco Chronicle
Associated Press
Published 4:33 p.m., Monday, September 3, 2012
LAYTON, Utah (AP) — A traveling salesman has been arrested on suspicion of raping a Layton woman who he was trying to sell a magazine subscription.

David Allen Smith is being held in the Davis County jail Monday on rape and burglary charges.

Layton police Sgt. Jeff Roderick says 29-year-old Smith was going door-to-door Wednesday when he unsuccessfully tried to sell magazines to a 24-year-old woman who answered the door.

The woman says Smith asked for a drink of water, then walked into the house uninvited.

Roderick tells The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/PW1qcb ) the woman apparently decided to make a purchase and went to her bedroom to get her wallet. Smith reportedly followed her into the room and raped her.

Smith allegedly told police he had sex with the woman, but it was consensual.
The San Francisco Chronicle
Associated Press
http://www.sfgate.com
San Francisco, California
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Missouri
Unscrupulous magazine salespersons
August 2012
Unscrupulous magazine salespersons
Missouri Attorney General
Chris Koster
August 2012
Each year, many Missourians call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline to complain about magazine solicitations.

Unscrupulous magazine telemarketers trick consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for multiyear subscriptions to magazines they don't want or can't afford.

Fraudulent sellers make presentations so slick that consumers often are unaware they have purchased several magazine subscriptions until they receive the bill.

Some deceptive salespeople avoid identifying themselves as magazine subscription salespeople or fail to give their names or the names of their companies. Others encourage consumers to make purchases without giving the total costs.

Some callers ask for a credit card or bank account number for "verification" purposes. They then use the credit card number to charge unwanted subscriptions or use the bank account number to withdraw money from your account. Tips to combat unscrupulous magazine salespersons

If you're contacted by a magazine telemarketer, listen carefully to the initial sales presentation. Don't be afraid to interrupt and ask questions. If you're not interested, say good-bye and hang up.
If it sounds like a good deal and you're interested in buying, ask the caller for his name, and the name, address and phone number of the company. Do not give out your credit card number before verifying who it is you are talking to and checking out the company.
Ask for the total yearly cost of each magazine and for the whole package. Before you agree to buy anything, ask to receive a written copy of the sales terms offered over the telephone.
If you receive an offer in the mail or as part of a sweepstakes promotion to review a "free" issue of a magazine -- be careful. Supposedly when the free issue comes, you can review it to see if you like it. Then when the invoice comes, you can simply write "cancel" on it and return it to the company with no further obligation, or you can pay the invoice amount and continue to receive the magazine. However, according to some complaints the bill comes first. Consumers who haven't kept track may think they owe the money and pay it automatically. In other cases, the bill comes after several issues and consumers feel obligated to pay. If you agree to review a free issue, keep track of when you sent the offer and when the magazine and bill come. Return the bill to the company as soon as possible with your decision whether to continue or cancel the subscription.
Missouri Attorney General
Chris Koster
http://ago.mo.gov
Missouri
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Allen Township, Pennsylvania
Arkansas man arrested in Upper Allen Township fraud case
August 31, 2012
Arkansas man arrested in Upper Allen Township fraud case
Naomi Creason, The Sentinel
cumberlink.com
August 31, 2012

Rodney Huston

After a lengthy investigation, Upper Allen Township Police say they’ve been able to make an arrest in a 2010 fraud case.

In December 2010, police received a report from a woman saying she was a victim of fraud, according to police. The woman reported that she met Rodney Wayne Huston, 59, of Arkansas in February 2010 while he was acting as a door-to-door salesman, police said.

Police say Huston likely observed the woman’s diminished capacity during the course of the next several months and convinced her that he should act as her Power of Attorney.

During the next nine months, Huston diverted money from the woman’s accounts for his

personal use to include the purchase of a Cadillac Escalade, according to police. Huston stole in excess of $150,000 in cash and property, and police say he left the woman homeless for a period of time.

Huston’s whereabouts were unknown for a period of time until he was located in Arkansas and arrested for a crime in that state, according to police.

Police say they obtained a warrant for Huston’s arrest in August, and he was arrested at his residence in Kingston, Ark. He was extradited back to Pennsylvania on Thursday, according to police.

Huston was arraigned on theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception charges, and bail was denied due to Huston’s flight risk status, police said.

Upper Allen Township Police were assisted in Arkansas by Madison County Sheriff’s Department and Arkansas State Police.
Naomi Creason, The Sentinel
cumberlink.com
http://cumberlink.com
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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Gadsden, Alabama
Door-to-door salesman charged for entering house without permission
August 31, 2012
Door-to-door salesman charged for entering house without permission
By Lisa Rogers
Times Staff Writer
The Gadsden Times
Published: Friday, August 31, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 31, 2012 at 6:26 p.m.
A Gadsden man attempting to sell vacuum cleaners was charged with criminal trespassing Friday after he went into a home in Altoona without the owner’s permission.

The man, Ruben Eligah Farias Juarez, 21, was dropped out at the home on Hopper Road. The homeowner was across the street, visiting with a neighbor, when he saw Juarez go inside his home.

Just as he got back to his house, Juarez came out and was picked up by someone driving a white van. Several people in the van apparently were selling vacuum cleaners.

The homeowner asked the man what he was doing inside his house and told him to leave. The homeowner was able to give law enforcement officers a detailed description of the van and a license plate number.

Walnut Grove Police Chief Jason Goolsby spotted the white van a short time later, with four people inside, at a residence on Ragan Road.

Etowah County Sheriff’s investigators Ben Greene and Josh Morgan located Juarez, alone, at a residence on U.S. Highway 278 West, apparently attempting to sell a vacuum cleaner.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin said people in groups like these appear to be selling a legitimate product, but the techniques are questionable.

Many of the sales groups have business licenses, Entrekin said, “but that still does not give them a right just to barge in. It doesn’t matter if you have a business license or not. If you’re told to leave and you don’t, you’re going to be arrested.”

Just about every community in Etowah County has had a problem with groups selling products door-to-door, Greene said.
By Lisa Rogers
Times Staff Writer
The Gadsden Times
http://www.gadsdentimes.com
Gadsden, Alabama
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Teen threatened by door-to-door salesman
August 29, 2012



Hey pushy magazine salesman
Posted by Djinn83 on Aug. 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM
Power Hungry Bitch
Cafemom
http://www.cafemom.com

When I say "I'm not interested", Don't ask me why. And don't tell me that you are selling magazine just for "points" and to increase your public speaking skills. Also, don't approach me when I am trying to get 3 kids in the car, buckled, and to Tae Kwon do. Are you nuts? If this weren't California, it would be a good way to get shot.

Now fuck off!
Posted by Djinn83 on Aug. 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM Hey pushy magazine salesman


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Escondido, California
ESCONDIDO: Door-to-door salesman gets 25 years for sexual assault
August 28, 2012
ESCONDIDO: Door-to-door salesman gets 25 years for sexual assault
August 28, 2012 5:00 pm • By MORGAN COOK mcook@nctimes.com
North County Times

Door-to-door salesman Joshua Thomas Nitkin, 22, was sentenced Tuesday
to 25 years in prison for tying up and sexually assaulting at knife-point
two sisters at a home just outside of Escondido in December, 2011.
MORGAN COOK | North County Times.

A door-to-door salesman was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in state prison for tying up and sexually assaulting at knife-point two sisters in one of the women's home just outside of Escondido last year.

The salesman, Joshua Thomas Nitkin, 22, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Nitkin pleaded guilty earlier this year to seven felony charges, including burglary, kidnapping and assault with intent to commit rape in the Dec. 22 attack on the two sisters, then 19 and 22, Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior said after the hearing at the Vista Courthouse.

Nitkin represented himself Tuesday, having fired his attorney in May because he was displeased with the attorney's work during the early stages of the case.

Authorities said Nitkin conned his way into the home on the pretense of demonstrating a "magic" orange cleaner he was selling, prosecutor Tracy Prior said at an earlier hearing.

Once inside, Nitkin threatened the women with a butcher knife and forced them to undress, kiss him, touch his penis and allow him to touch their breasts, Prior said. The women prevented Nitkin from raping them by telling him stories about them and their family, she said.

The younger sister said after the sentencing Tuesday that she and her sister told Nitkin during the attack that their father had assaulted them in the same way. She said the story was not true ---- their father never hurt them ---- but it seemed to make Nitkin "nervous," and he stopped what he was doing.

Nitkin then forced one sister to bind the other with a belt, then tied her up himself, Prior said. He then went through their purses searching for money. Finding none, he left.

The sisters told the judge on Tuesday that they were haunted by the attack, which left them emotionally unstable and unable to find work or hold steady jobs.

Both said they had flashbacks, that they withdrew from friends and family, and that they were afraid to go outside.

"I would see his face on other people, and that would make me leave different locations," the older sister told the judge through a translator. "My body would shake, and I didn't know whether to run or hide."

She said she decided to stop talking to relatives.

"I did this with the idea of not having to explain to them what happened to me and how I felt," she said.

The younger sister said she was afraid to go outside or even look out the window. She said fear caused her to miss out on social activities with family and friends, and robbed her of her ability to trust others.

"I can no longer trust myself, and I can no longer feel that everyone has a good heart," she told the court.

Both sisters said flashbacks and nightmares were happening less frequently, and feelings of anxiety and fear were growing less severe. They said they hoped they would continue to recover.

After Nitkin was sentenced, the younger victim said she felt some relief.

"I feel safer," she said. "I can go out and do more things that I was afraid of."

Call staff writer Morgan Cook at 760-739-6675.
By MORGAN COOK mcook@nctimes.com
North County Times
http://www.nctimes.com
Escondido, California
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Get The Fuck Off My Property !!!
You have the RIGHT to protect your family and your home:
DO NOT Allow a door-to-door magazine or cleaner salesman into your home!!!
See Why We Say This
The Right To Bear Arms

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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Orlando, Florida
Police: Man posed as magazine salesman attacks teen
Orlando police search for attacker in Orange County neighborhood
August 28, 2012
Police: Man posed as magazine salesman attacks teen
Orlando police search for attacker in Orange County neighborhood
WKMG-TV Local 6
ClickOrlando.com
Published On: Aug 28 2012 06:32:57 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2012 08:46:09 PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Orlando police are searching for a man claiming to be a magazine salesman who they say attacked a 17-year-old girl.

Police records show that the attack happened in the 700 block of Arlington Road in Orlando just after 1 p.m. The victim told police she heard a knock on the door, when she answered it, the man at the door claimed he was selling magazines.

The victim then tried to close the door but the man blocked her, then started "hitting" on her. After she tried to close the door again the police report says the man pushed her and punched her in the face. That's when the victim says she grabbed a shoe, hit the man with it and kicked him in the groin.

The attacker then ran down the street and got away. Police checked for fingerprints but weren't able to find any.

The victim wasn't hurt during the attack, according to police. The attacker is described as around 50-years-old, 6 feet tall and 210 pounds.
WKMG-TV Local 6
ClickOrlando.com
http://www.clickorlando.com
Orlando, Florida
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Chicago, Illinois
BBB on Door-to-Door Selling Tactics
August 28, 2012
BBB on Door-to-Door Selling Tactics
ABC7 News
WLS-TV
Tuesday, August 28, 2012


August 28, 2012 (PRESS RELEASE) -- In today's digital age, people tend to focus their attention and concern about matters online including online buying and selling.

However, traditional door-to-door selling is still around and consumers need to be cautious about it because of the salespeople's transitory nature,

"With door-to-door salespeople, you see them once and they are gone. That's not a model for building trust and a good reputation in a community," explained Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.

"The door-to-door method of selling often fosters a hit-and-run attitude with sales tactics that stress immediate decisions," he said. "There are door-to-door salespeople who are honest and provide reliable product or services, but their high-pressure sales tactics cause suspicion."

The national BBB office has received almost double the number of complaints this year, compared to last year. In the Chicago and northern Illinois region, BBB complaints are up only a minor degree.

"We believe a major part of the reason for the lack of increase on door-to-door selling complaints in the Chicago area is the huge increase in inquiries to the BBB about companies selling door-to-door," Bernas stated. "Our inquiries are up over 300 percent from last year. This is very significant.

Bernas explained that the greater number of inquiries shows that buyers are becoming more cautious and are checking out companies before making a purchase.

"Checking out a business before making a purchase protects consumers, and is exactly what the BBB has been advocating for years," Bernas said. "Consumers can do this by going to bbb.org."

The BBB offers these tips for dealing with high-pressure door-to-door salespeople:

Magazine subscriptions. Door-to-door magazine sales account for a major portion of the complaints in this category. The most common complaint involves consumers paying for magazines they never receive. Several consumers allege the sales representative misled them by claiming to work for a local school or charity fundraiser.

Contractors. Oftentimes people selling these services come into an area that has been hit by a storm or other natural disaster. Area residents who are often stunned at the damage, want to quickly fix the damage and return to their previous way of life are most vulnerable to door-to-door sales tactics. Homeowners should check with their insurance companies and the BBB about any companies offering services.

Unhappy Customers Vote with Their Feet by Not Returning:

Customers who are displeased with a product or service are not giving businesses a second chance, according to a recent poll by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB). The poll also shows that few consumers complain to the business about their dissatisfaction.

The largest single response (30%) of unhappy customers in the poll was to simply not return to the business. Others would go to an online complaint/review website to voice their dissatisfaction (22%), or verbally warn others not to patronize the business (20%). Only 28 percent of unhappy customers indicated they would complain directly to the business. This total included those that would verbally complain (15%) and people who would email the business with a complaint (13%).

"These poll results show that consumers often do not to give businesses a second chance," said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. "Customers are not going out of their way to complain or comment to businesses about their experiences. If a service or product is bad, they simply don't return."

Bernas stated that while this might be an understandable reaction for consumers who don't wish to waste their money, it is very bad news for business owners.

"Obtaining customers is expensive for a business, and they need to be treated as valuable resources," the BBB president explained. "When a business loses a customer, it loses money. Not only because a business has squandered an opportunity to gain a repeat customer, but also the business must now spend additional money to obtain a new or replacement customer."

Polling data emphasizes the need for businesses to make customer interaction a positive experience. It also shows that consumers would help businesses by giving honest feedback about products and services.

For more advice on saving money, visit www.bbb.org
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Consumer Watch: Door-to-Door Sales Scams
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
United Circulation, LLC
BBB: United Circulation, LLC
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Circulation
(866) 203-5890
PO Box 501, Waterloo, IA 50704-0501
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 01/04/2008
Business started: 06/01/2007
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Principal: Amanda Burns (Office Manager) Jacob Stack
Business Category
Sales & Order Books
Google Search: United Circulation + magazine
end DMPG Info
August 27, 2012
Consumer Watch: Door-to-Door Sales Scams
By GALTime.com | Work + Money – Mon, Aug 27, 2012 11:50 AM EDT
2012 Yahoo! Contributor Network
By GalTime's Consumer Watchdog Mary Schwager
Door-to-door sales may sound remarkably old fashioned in this digital age, but consumer agencies around the country are cautioning consumers about something they're calling a "new scam."

The Better Business Bureau just released a major warning: Be careful of door-to-door salespeople peddling magazine subscriptions. Additionally, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office and many police departments nationwide all want you to be cautious.

Gretchen Kennedy, from Wilmington, Delaware learned the hard way. She was working from home when she heard a knock at the door. She says two young men were on her porch trying to sell her magazine subscriptions. Gretchen tried to tell them "no", but they gave her the hard sell. Finally, after the men said her subscription would help fund charter schools, she gave in and cut them a check. But the magazine never arrived! "It angers me that, that someone would pull the fundraising card," Kennedy says.

Related: Warning: New "Ransomware" Internet Scam

The Better Business Bureau warns that is exactly the type of scam they have received more than a thousand complaints about, this year alone!

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney says the "help a struggling student ploy" is the scammer's most popular approach. "Consumers are warned that sales people coming to their homes may be misrepresenting themselves as neighbors and individuals working to earn money to go to college, when many of these individuals, who are employed by United Circulation, have come from out of state and may not be college students," Delaney says.

The AG cautions, you're flat out wasting your money.

"Consumers are also warned that United Circulation charges subscription fees far in excess of the actual cost of the subscription," states Delaney.

In addition to magazine subscription sales scams, complaints about door-to-door salespeople hocking all kinds of other stuff is also on the rise. The Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints each year from consumers who unknowingly fall for scamming solicitors. While many door-to-door salespersons are honest, the BBB says its top complaints are about cosmetics and poor quality photography, even meat that was no good.

Related: Why You Should Stop Forwarding Those Emails

The BBB's Paula Fleming warns that deceptive door-to-door sellers are looking to make a quick buck. "Unscrupulous marketers sometimes trick consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for items they don't want or can't afford. Oftentimes, their presentations are so slick that consumers aren't even aware that they have actually made a purchase," she says.

So what should you do if a fast talking, hard selling and seemingly too slick solicitor shows up at your door?

The BBB says:

1. Be safe: Ask for identification before you open the door. Never invite the solicitor into your home.

2. Be wary of high pressure sales tactics: A trustworthy company should let you take time to think about the purchase and compare prices before buying or putting down a deposit.??

3. Research the company with BBB: Visit BBB.org to view the company's BBB Business Review to find out more about their marketplace performance. If you have a smart phone, you can download and use the BBB app to access the company's report while the person is standing at your door, or visit m.bbb.org on your mobile device.

Related: Customer Service Online: How to Get Results

4. Get transaction details in writing: Be sure you receive a contract or receipt explaining the details of your purchase and all the terms and conditions that apply.?

5. ?Remember the "Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule": The Federal Trade Commission's Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives consumers three days to cancel purchases of more than $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, the salesperson should always provide a cancellation form that can be sent to the company to cancel the purchase within three days. By law, the company must give consumers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.

6. 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 sales pitches.

7. Stand strong: 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.

Remember, if you want more time to ponder a purchase, get the salesperson's card, tell them you want to think about it and you'll call them if you're interested.
2012 Yahoo! Contributor Network
By GalTime's Consumer Watchdog Mary Schwager
http://shine.yahoo.com
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ALLATIN, Tennessee
City Creates 'Do Not Solicit' List To Battle Salesmen
August 24, 2012
City Creates 'Do Not Solicit' List To Battle Salesmen
NewsChannel 5
Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:45 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 24, 2012 5:45 PM CDT
ALLATIN, Tenn.- In one mid-state town, door to door salesman have become so aggressive that city leaders approved a new ordinance to try to keep them under control.

The city attorney in Gallatin said after one homeowner canceled a previous sale-- the door- to-door salesperson came back to the home around 9 o'clock at night to confront them. After that incident the city decided to step in and create a "Do Not Solicit" list.

"Everybody is familiar with the do not call list, so we formulated a do not solicit list where citizens could sing up and put their name on the list," said Joe Thompson, Gallatin City Attorney.

Residents can choose to add their addresses to the list and if a salesperson comes knocking, the company the person works for will be fined $50 by the city. On a second offense, their permit will be revoked.

"Thank you so much. That's exactly what the leaders should do, because that's for the good of the people," said Gallatin resident Jean Ryan.

City officials said they are still working out the details of the list, but there will be four ways for Gallatin residents to get their address on the do not solicit list. Residents can visit the city recorder's office, the Gallatin Police Department or the city's website and fill out a form.

Officials also plan to send out a form out to each home in the city once a year along with their utility bill.
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The National Field Selling Association Crooks Strike Again !!!


National Coverage: USA
Beware door-to-door magazine sales: Traveling sales crews take your money
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Trade Company:
National Field Selling Association
NFSA
Magazine Company Trade Group:
Magazine Publishers of America
MPA
end DMPG Info
August 23, 2012
Beware door-to-door magazine sales: Traveling sales crews take your money
door-to-door sales August 23, 2012 By: Barbara Nefer
examiner.com
Remember when you were in grade school or high school and had to go door-to-door to sell candy, gift wrap, or some other item to earn money for a school trip or your sports team? Or maybe you were a Girl Scout and pedaled cookies every year.

Those were innocent sales activities, but nowadays there's a more sinister version. Traveling sales crews go from state to state, supposedly selling magazines to earn trips or scholarships or school credit. In reality, it's all about money, and it's standard operating procedure to tell you whatever lies might earn the sale.

Magazine sales companies recruit young adults to join sales crews that travel the country selling magazines door to door. They're lured in with promises of a great travel experience and making easy money. Instead, they're crammed into cheap hotel rooms, threatened, beaten, immersed in drug culture, and don't receive their pay, according to a New York Times article.

Desperate to meet sales quotas, the youngsters tell lies to make sales. They'll claim to live in your neighborhood ("I'm sure you've seen my mom walking our black dog down the block"), say they're students at a local high school or college, or claim that they're in a public speaking class and need to speak to a certain number of people to get course credit.

They'll appeal to your sympathy, saying they need just a few more points to win a sales contest. If you don't want magazines, they'll conveniently offer to have them sent to a hospital or charity in your name. They'll maneuver their way from the porch into your house so it's hard to get them to leave.

Members of the traveling magazine sales crews will pressure you to pay cash, although they'll also take checks. If you say you don't have the money, they'll offer to go to an ATM with you.

If you pay, at best you'll never see the magazines. If you get a receipt with a company name and phone number, your phone calls won't be answered or the number will be disconnected. Your money is gone and the door-to-door magazine sales crew has moved on to another state.

At worst, your banking information could be used for fraud. At worst, you could be robbed, raped, or even murdered, according to an article in the Houston Press.

What's the best way to protect yourself from traveling magazine sales crew scams? Just don't open your door. Ignore the fake stories and the pleading pitch. Some sales crew members will even ask you to let them in to use your restroom or ask for a bottle of water if you tell them you won't buy anything. Don't fall for that either.

If you want to help protect your less savvy and more vulnerable neighbors, let the magazine sales person know you're going to call the police to see if they're violating anti-solicitation laws. Then follow up and make the call.

Barbara Nefer, Personal Finance Examiner
Barb Nefer has written articles amd ebooks on personal finance for over four years. She especially loves to expose financial scams.
By: Barbara Nefer
examiner.com http://www.examiner.com
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Gallatin, Tennessee
List allows residents to opt out of soliciting
August 23, 2012
List allows residents to opt out of soliciting
3:42 PM, Aug 23, 2012
Written by
Alexander Quinones
Gallatin News Examiner
The Tennessean
tennessean.com
The Gallatin City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to implement a “do-not-solicit” list that would keep commercial solicitors from knocking on the door of residents who sign up for it.

City Attorney Joe Thompson said the ordinance was in response to complaints residents made regarding door-to-door salespeople after the city saw an increase this year in the number of people applying for solication permits.

“Back in the late spring, the recorder’s office received a relatively high volume, compared to preceding years, of applications for solicitor permits,” Thompson said in a phone interview Wednesday. “Some of the solicitors that were in Gallatin this summer were very aggressive, and it resulted in phone calls being made to the recorder’s office, to the police department, about door-to-door salesmen that were coming at odd hours, refusing to leave when asked to by the residents.”

Thompson said the plan is for residents to have four ways to sign up for the list. Residents can add their name to the list by visiting the city recorder’s office during normal business hours or the Gallatin Police Department at any time. There will also be a link added to the city’s website so that residents can send an email to say they would like their address added to the list. Also, at least once a year, Thompson said, residents will receive an insert with their Gallatin Public Utilities bill with instructions on how to sign up.

The program has not launched yet. City Recorder Connie Kittrell said she will be meeting with the city’s information technology division to finalize the logistics.

“We’ll get together and make sure we can get it up as soon as we can,” she said.

The penalty for violators will be a fine up to $50. If the violations continue, the city can revoke the solicitor’s permit.

According to the solicitation application, it costs $50 to get a solicitation permit and solicitors are required to wear a solicitation badge while soliciting. In the future, when a solicitor pulls a permit, they will have to take a copy of the list with them.

Exceptions

Thompson pointed out that the list restricts only for-profit solicitors, meaning it does do not apply to religious or nonprofit organizations.

“There’s lot of different reasons for that, not the least of which there’s a First Amendment concern for charitable organization and other organizations,” he said. “So this only applies to folks showing up at your door that are selling products for a profit. This doesn’t apply to the Girl Scouts when they sell cookies (for example) … but for someone selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door, it does.”

The list is also only for physical visits. Gallatin does not have a do-not-call list.

Additionally, people do not need to be on the list to keep from being solicited at their door. Thompson said residents can put up a sign on their property saying the same; however, in conversation the city has had with residents, Thompson found that that option is not very popular.

“What we found, though, is that some people don’t like a do-not-solicit sign posted on their front door, but it carries the same (legal) weight,” he said.

No objections

At Tuesday’s meeting, there was no response from companies or organizations opposing the measure, nor has there been at previous City Council meetings.

Thompson noted the response from citizens has been favorable.

“All the feedback we’ve gotten from residents has been relatively positive,” he said.

The ordinance was modeled after a similar list established by other cities to give police departments a more direct way to deal with overaggressive solicitations. Addresses remain on the list for five years.

“It’s been very successful in other cities. In a city our size, you will have probably 3,000-4,000 homes that sign up for it,” Thompson told the council at its July 24 work session, when the measure was first introduced for discussion.

Reporter Alexander Quinones can be reached at 575-7114 or aquinones@mtcngroup.com
Written by
Alexander Quinones
Gallatin News Examiner
The Tennessean
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Miami, Florida - National Coverage
Charge dropped in Sunny Isles Beach motel murder
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Integrity Sales
Integrity Program
Prestige Sales
Circulation I
Circulation II
Subscriptions Plus
YES: aka: Youth Subscription Services
Kay's Naturals
Door-to-Door Sales Trade Company:
National Field Selling Association
NFSA
Magazine Company Trade Group:
Magazine Publishers of America
MPA
end DMPG Info
August 23, 2012
Charge dropped in Sunny Isles Beach motel murder
The victim, Robert Sprueill, owned a controversial door-to-door magazine subscription sales business
and owned a restaurant on a rural Hawaiian island.
Posted on Thursday, 08.23.12
By DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com
The Miami Herald

Jeremy Johnson, pleaded no contest Thursday
in Miami-Dade circuit court
to aggravated assault and guilty
to the armed burglary that ended in the killing
of Robert Spruiell in May 2008.
Miami Herald file

Robert Spruiell, aka Kamuela Kamakana,
at his bar, Paddlers' Inn on the island of Molokai.
Spruiell bought the bar in early October 2007.
CREDIT THE MOLOKAI TIMES / THE MOLOKAI TIMES

Soon to be freed from behind bars: A South Dakota man blamed for the Sunny Isles Beach slaying of his boss — a nationally known figure in the door-to-door magazine subscription sales business.

Jeremy Johnson, 26, pleaded no contest Thursday in Miami-Dade circuit court to aggravated assault and guilty to the armed burglary that ended in the killing of Robert Spruiell in May 2008.

Spruiell was a prominent clan member on the outer-lying Hawaiian island of Molokai, where he owned the community’s only restaurant at the time.

Miami-Dade police alleged that Johnson and Spruiell burst into a room at the Golden Nugget motel on Collins Avenue and attacked the tenant, who stabbed Spruiell to death.

Johnson originally had been charged with second-degree felony murder because the armed burglary led to his employer’s demise. On Thursday, prosecutors reduced the charge to aggravated assault and Johnson agreed to a five-year sentence.

With credit for time served since 2008, he’ll likely be free in a few days.

Spruiell, 38, owned a series of Arizona door-to-door subscription companies – an industry that has drawn scorn from consumer advocates for allegations of fraud, improper background checks and exploitation of youngsters who criss-cross the nation hawking magazines.

His company was sued in 2008 after two salespeople were charged with murdering a New Mexico couple; the salesmen later were exonerated when DNA proved another man actually committed the crime.

Spruiell was well-liked by his salespeople and adamantly defended them, especially against the influence of drugs.

In May 2008, his group had been staying at the Golden Nugget, 18555 Collins Ave. He had confronted a motel tenant, Jesus Cisneros, over cocaine the man allegedly supplied to a salesperson.

Spruiell went to Cisneros’ room and got into to a fight. Cisneros claimed Spruiell was stabbed to death when he wrestled a knife away. He claimed self-defense. Detectives arrested Johnson.

But for prosecutors, Cisneros proved a troubling victim and witness. He had recorded 13 arrests since 2000, including a conviction for cocaine possession and resisting arrest with violence two years before the stabbing.

He also gave shifting versions of what happened. Defense attorney Phillip Reizenstein says that at trial, he would have proved that Cisneros was the one who produced the knife, stabbing Spruiell 14 times on the left side of the body, making him the clear aggressor.

“This is very bittersweet,” Reizenstein said of the plea deal. “But Jeremy has waited a long time and he wanted to go home. He took a plea deal that amounted to credit for time served.”

Johnson pleaded no contest to aggravated assault, and because he was granted a “withhold of adjudication,” it won’t show on his felony record. He also pleaded guilty to the armed burglary, which will show on his criminal history.

Spruiell, known in Hawaii as Kamuela Kamakana, was born of an islander mother and before his death had recently bought a bar-restaurant on the rural island of Molokai. The business employed 43 people on a sparsely populated island hard-hit by tough economic times.

He also owned a 9-acre ranch on Molokai, where his ashes were scattered after his death. His estate later sold off the business and the ranch.

“We’re just carrying on,” his uncle, Pete Gonsalves, said Thursday. “It’s been four-and-half years and we still think about him all the time. It’s just a sad part of our family history.”
By DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com
The Miami Herald
http://www.miamiherald.com
Miami, Florida
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Robert Spruiell's wife: Karleen Hillery Spruiell is curently serving a 10 year prison term
in Arizona. The bitch was convicted of multiple counts of DUI and Felony Assault.

Karleen Hillery Spruiell

Karleen Hillery Spruiell is responsible for the deaths of 8 young kids.
Including 7 kids killed near Janesville, Wisconsin on March 25, 1999
Janesville, Wisconsin Van Rollover March 25, 1999
Malinda's Memorial

karleen Hillery's brother James E. Clair (Marquis Fulfillment Agency)
is currently being sued for the deaths of 4 young kids (LTP Inc.) in a van rollover on June 22, 2011
near Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Read PDF Law Suit

Robert Spruiell and Karleen Hillery Spruiell were both members of the National Field Selling Association.


East Whiteland Township Chester County, Pennsylvania
Pest Control: New Fee Will Help East Whiteland Track Solicitors
August 22, 2012
Pest Control: New Fee Will Help East Whiteland Track Solicitors
Police-related fees are also going up.
By Pete Kennedy
MalvernPatch
malvern.patch.com
August 22, 2012
East Whiteland is looking to keep track of who is knocking on residents' doors.

At its Aug. 15 meeting, the Board of Supervisors adopted a revised fee schedule that will require solicitors to obtain licenses before going door-to-door.

'Store on wheels' costs more

The fee will be $150 per year for the "Basic Peddling and Soliciting License," such as would be required for a person selling magazine subscriptions. Vendors who plan to sell goods out of their vehicles will have to pay between $100 to $200 to license their "store on wheels," depending on the amount of time they'll be in the township.

East Whiteland Township Supervisor Bill Holmes said he'd heard about aggressive solicitors in the township and experienced it firsthand.

"I had a guy yesterday trying to sell me something at the door. He was really aggressive," Holmes said at the meeting. "If he's like that with me, what about people he can physically intimidate? ... Now residents can ask, 'Hey, do you have a soliciting [license]?'"

The man was selling pest control services, Holmes said.

What about Girl Scouts selling cookies?

Township Supervisor Virginia McMichael, a Girl Scout herself, asked how the group's annual cookie drive—and other community fundraisers—would be affected. Township Manager Terry Woodman said police would use their discretion.

Police fees increase, too

Compared to the 2011 fee schedule, non-arrest fingerprinting has increased from $10 to $20 per card. Extra-duty police services, which include an officer and a car, increased slightly from $80 to $85 per hour.

The full 2012 fee schedule is available on the township website http://www.eastwhiteland.org/administration/codes/default.aspx
By Pete Kennedy
MalvernPatch
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http://malvern.patch.com
Malvern, Pennsylvania
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Cape Coral, Florida
Second degree murder charge filed in salesman's death
August 22, 2012
Second degree murder charge filed in salesman's death
August 22, 2012
By TIFFANY REPECKI (trepecki@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze
Cape Coral Daily Breeze
The State Attorney's Office officially filed charges Wednesday against a Cape Coral resident for fatally shooting a door-to-door salesman.

Kenneth Bailey Roop, 52, of 1815 S.W. 30th Terrace, was charged with one count of second-degree murder with firearm in the July 25 death of Nicholas Robert Rainey, 30, of 4541 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, officials reported.

He remains in custody at the Lee County Jail on no bond.

Attorneys John Musca and Marquin Rinard are representing Roop.

They could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Assistant state attorney Andreas Gardiner is handling the case.

On July 25, Cape officers responded to numerous calls about a man, later identified as Rainey, who had been shot outside of a home at 1815 S.W. 30th Terrace. He was found dead in the driveway with multiple gunshot wounds.

According to officials, there was a confrontation between Roop and Rainey, who was going door to door selling for Blue Ribbon; Roop then shot Rainey.

Roop was detained by officers and booked into the jail.

He has an arraignment scheduled for Aug. 27.

In 2005, Roop was charged with one misdemeanor count of improper exhibition of weapon in Sumter County, Fla., according to court documents. He was acquitted of the charge after being found not guilty in a jury trial.
By TIFFANY REPECKI (trepecki@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze
Cape Coral Daily Breeze
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Man Shot Dead After Tying To Force His Way Into White City Home


Get The Fuck Off My Property !!!
Don't Arrest This Guy !!!
Give him a medal for shooting this Scumbag !!! for Protecting his family and neighbors.
You have the RIGHT to protect your family and your home:
DO NOT Allow a door-to-door magazine or cleaner salesman into your home!!!
See Why We Say This
The Right To Bear Arms



White City, Oregon
'Self-Defense' Shooting Death Raises Questions Of Ethics
August 21, 2012
'Self-Defense' Shooting Death Raises Questions Of Ethics
Written by Travis Koch, Posted in Local,
Posted: Tue, August 21 2012 at 6:27 PM,
Updated: Tue, August 21 2012 at 6:43 PM
KOBI-TV
Southern Oregon
Monday afternoon a 49 year-old man was shot in the abdomen with a .357 caliber revolver after he allegedly tried forcing himself inside a White City home. Earlier that same man was going door-to-door asking for someone to hide him, saying there were people looking for him. So far, police are ruling this a case of self-defense.

Oregon uses the 'Castle Doctrine' as a guideline to self-defense. I basically says, your home is your castle and that you have the right to defend yourself and others around in a matter of life or death. That's what police are saying happened on Monday when a 66 year-old man shot and killed a stranger for trying to enter his home.

Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Oregon University, Prakash Chenjeri says the situation, while tragic in nature, is an opportunity to discuss self-defense laws and it's ethics. "is this the right thing to do? For all of us to do?"

Basically, use of force is justifiable in a range of scenarios without a duty to retreat. Oregon Supreme Court concluded in
State of Oregon v. Sandoval

Police haven't commented much about the specifics of the case but did question the man who fired the gun. He was later released.
Written by Travis Koch, Posted in Local,
KOBI-TV
Southern Oregon
http://www.kobi5.com
Medford, Oregon
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DMPG opinion regarding the above story

Posted August 25, 2012
DMPG Webmaster

Based on our research and contacting several of the DMPG law firms we have a
slightly different take on the moral, ethical, and legal rights of anyone who
has shot or killed a person or persons that threaten your life, your family or home.
This information is based on the second amendment (the right to bear arms) of the United States Constitution,
and the local and state law enforcement statutes that determine criminal intent.
If you shoot an intruder make sure that you do it inside of your home.
Otherwise you will be faced with a criminal felony charge because the person or persons that you harm
is only trespassing and that is nothing more than a misdemeanor.
In other words the criminal intent will be placed on you and you will go to prison.
You cannot legally shoot anyone on your property and then drag their bleeding carcass
into your home unless they physically attack you with violent force on your property,
in which case you have the absolute right to defend yourself and your loved ones.
If a door-to-door salesman enters your home with the intent to harm you or your family
then you have the right to protect yourself and your family and if that means shooting the
scumbag before he rapes your wife or daughter or tries to kill you then shoot the bastard.
For home defense we recommend a Mossberg pistol grip 12 gauge shotgun loaded with double-ought shells
or a high power pistol such as a military colt 45, 38 special, 357 mag. or 44 mag.
These weapons are all legal and can be purchased at most gun stores.
Take some time with your weapon and learn how to load and shoot it.
Take a gun safety course and by all means keep these weapons away from your children but have then close and ready to use.
Our home is protected with a very sophisticated security system and we have multiple weapons loaded and ready to use.
Of course you may not want to engage in such extreme measures and that is your choice.
But without being able to defend yourself and your loved ones could very easily become another victim
of the traveling door-to-door sales industry.

It is not our intention to promote violence
It is our intention to educate and make you and your family safe.
Unfortunately sometimes the only way you can fight violence is with violence!
Stay Safe - DO NOT allow a door-to-door salesman into your home!
If they knock at your door RUN to your phone and call the police or 911!

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Estherville, Iowa
Three Oregon men arrested on drug charges
August 20, 2012
Three Oregon men arrested on drug charges
August 20, 2012
Estherville Daily News
Three Oregon men were arrested on drug charges following a investigation by the Estherville Police Department last week into door-to-door sales and distribution of illegal drugs.

According to a release from the police department, a complainant reported several subjects staying in a local motel who were using and selling marijuana and heroin. There were also several reports of the same subjects going door to door in the area and using high pressure sales tactics.

Later Thursday, officers located the subjects and identified them following a complaint of them knocking on doors. The investigation led to the officers obtaining two search warrants for two rooms at the Super 8 Motel in Estherville to search for illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. It was reported that some members of the sales team had left the area, after being told by law enforcement officers that door-to-door sales requires a permit.

In the late hours of Thursday, officers executed the search warrants simultaneously on the motel rooms. The officers, with the assistance of Max the police department's K-9, located several items of drug paraphernalia and illegal drugs, as well as illegal prescription drugs in the rooms of the suspects.

Following the search of the rooms, officers placed Matthew Paul Karr, age 36, of Clackamas, Ore., Joshua Ray Pitchford, 24, of Boring Ore., and Cory Alan Davis, 21, of Portland, Ore., under arrest.

Karr was charged with possession of a controlled substance-heroin, a Class C Felony, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Karr remains in the Emmet County Jail on a $66,950 cash only bond.

Pitchford was charged with possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. He remains in the Emmet County Jail on a $1,950 cash only bond. Davis was charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs, a serious misdemeanor. Davis remains in the Emmet County Jail on a $1,950 cash bond.

"On behalf of the Estherville Police Department, I would like to thank the citizens for their assistance in this case, as well as the officers for their time and commitment to this and all cases," said Estherville Captain Brent Shatto. "Without the help of the public, we would find it much more difficult to take these people off of our streets."

The police department would also like to remind citizens that if they have any questions about door to door sales people or have any information about any illegal activity to contact the police department at (712)362-3515 or by e-mail at esthervillepd@yourstarnet.net, or you can message the police department on our Facebook page.
Estherville Daily News
http://www.esthervilledailynews.com
Estherville, Iowa
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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio
Suspicious salesman had history of theft: North Ridgeville Police Blotter
August 20, 2012
Suspicious salesman had history of theft: North Ridgeville Police Blotter
By Sun News staff
The Plain Dealer
cleveland.com
Published: Monday, August 20, 2012, 12:01 PM
Updated: Monday, August 20, 2012, 5:03 PM
North Ridgeville, Ohio

SUSPICIOUS PERSON, CHESTNUT RIDGE: A resident reported a suspicious man was at her door trying to sell cleaning supplies Aug. 11. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. An investigation revealed the man’s identity and it was learned he had a history of theft using the same method of operation.
By Sun News staff
The Plain Dealer
cleveland.com
http://www.cleveland.com
Cleveland, Ohio
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Man Shot Dead After Tying To Force His Way Into White City Home


Get The Fuck Off My Property !!!
Don't Arrest This Guy !!!
Give him a medal for shooting this Scumbag !!! for Protecting his family and neighbors.
You have the RIGHT to protect your family and your home:
DO NOT Allow a door-to-door magazine or cleaner salesman into your home!!!
See Why We Say This
The Right To Bear Arms

White City, Oregon
Man Shot Dead After Tying To Force His Way Into White City Home
August 20, 2012
Man Shot Dead After Tying To Force His Way Into White City Home
Written by Travis Koch, Posted in Local,
KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2
Posted: Mon, August 20 2012 at 6:34 PM,
Updated: Tue, August 21 2012 at 12:45 PM
Police say they started receiving phone calls from people in White City saying a man going door-to-door, was trying to force himself inside. He was eventually shot with a high caliber revolver and died in the front lawn of the home at 7898 Andrea Drive. According to neighbors, the man resides at the home with his daughter and grandson and was taken into custody by Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies for questioning. The deceased man has not been identified until next of kin are notified. The investigation continues and police will be looking for signs of drug or alcohol consumption.
Written by Travis Koch, Posted in Local,
KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2
http://www.kobi5.com
White City, Oregon
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New York, New York
Magazine Veteran Mary Berner Named to Lead MPA
New President-CEO at Magazine Trade Association Was CEO at Reader's Digest Association, Fairchild Publications
August 20, 2012
Magazine Veteran Mary Berner Named to Lead MPA
New President-CEO at Magazine Trade Association Was CEO at Reader's Digest Association, Fairchild Publications
By: Nat Ives Published: August 20, 2012
AdAgeMediaNews

Mary Berner

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Publishing veteran Mary Berner has been named the next president and CEO at the MPA, the magazine industry's primary trade association. Mary Berner Exits Reader's Digest Association

Four-Year Run Saw Company Modernize, Reorganize, Struggle With Debt and Chapter 11

Ms. Berner succeeds longtime MPA chief Nina Link, who said in June that she planned to step down when her contract concludes at the end of the year. Instead Ms. Berner will take over on Sept. 17, the MPA said today. Ms. Link will serve as an advisor until the end of the year.

Magazines have encountered some renewed turbulence lately, with another steep decline in newsstand sales followed by a New York Times column saying "like newspapers, they seem to have reached the edge of the cliff." Publishers dispute that assessment, of course, pointing out that overall circulation is steady and digital editions are growing quickly.

"I love a challenge -- especially when the facts are on our side -- as is the case with the strengths of magazine media," Ms. Berner said today in a statement. "I'm bullish on the fact that magazine brands offer their consumers and advertisers incredibly powerful and unique value on every platform."

Ms. Berner was president and CEO at Reader's Digest Association from 2007 to 2011 and previously held posts including president-CEO at Fairchild Publications and publisher at TV Guide and Glamour. Her ambitions for Reader's Digest Association ran into trouble as the economy entered recession, pushing the company into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
By: Nat Ives
AdAgeMediaNews http://adage.com
New York, New York
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Get The Fuck Off My Property !!!
You have the RIGHT to protect your family and your home:
DO NOT Allow a door-to-door magazine or cleaner salesman into your home!!!
See Why We Say This
The Right To Bear Arms

Manassas Park, Virginia
Police: Manassas Park Man Points Gun at Door-to-Door Salesman
Police said the suspect demanded that the salesman get away from his door.
August 20, 2012
Police: Manassas Park Man Points Gun at Door-to-Door Salesman
Police said the suspect demanded that the salesman get away from his door.
By Jamie M. Rogers
ManassasparkPatch
August 20, 2012
Manassas Park Police Department investigators said that man allegedly pointed a gun at the visitor and demanded he leave. It happened Aug. 13 at a home on Black Hawk Court in Manassas Park when a door-to-door salesman showed up on the suspect's porch, according to police. The suspect opened the door, pointed a gun at the victim's face and told him to get away, Manassas Park Police reports show. Police said the suspect later confessed to investigators that he had brandished a gun at the victim. He was taken before a magistrate court judge and released on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond. He is expected to appeared in court in October. No injuries were reported.
By Jamie M. Rogers
ManassasparkPatch
http://manassaspark.patch.com
Manassas Park, Virginia
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YES !!! This is very Good News !!!
Magazine sales slide 10 percent
STOP the CRIME - We can DESTROY this Fowl, Immoral and Criminal Industry
STOP buying magazines (from all sources) and we can STOP the Exploitation,
Vehicular Homicides, Human Trafficking, Rapes and Murders !!!
Help us DESTROY the National Field Selling Association and the Magazine Publishers of America
Send us an Email and tell us what you think.
We will respond with suggestions on how you can help destroy this criminal industry forever !!!
And how to become a member of the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group



WOODEN HORSE MAGAZINE MEDIA NEWS
August 19, 2012
WOODEN HORSE MAGAZINE MEDIA NEWS
August 19, 2012
By Meg Weaver, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, mweaver@woodenhorsepub.com
Pat Irwin, News Editor, pirwin@woodenhorsepub.com
Jenny Furniss, Editor, jfurniss@woodenhorsepub.com
http://www.woodenhorsepub.com
Dear readers,

If it was a reality TV show, we might call it ‘The Weakest Title’ or ‘The Amazing Race to the Bottom.’ But unfortunately, it’s not a show; it’s an entire industry.

The most recent report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations paints a bleak picture of the magazine industry as a whole, as newsstand sales continued their steady descent during the first half of 2012.

Overall newsstand sales dropped nearly 10% with 21 of the top 25 magazines seeing losses. The weakest contenders belong to the celebrity category. The once-reliable PEOPLE* dropped by more than 18%. US WEEKLY*, IN TOUCH WEEKLY*, and STAR* also saw double-digit declines. Weekly news magazines, like NEWSWEEK* and TIME*, also slumped further as they lost ground in the 24/7 news cycle.

Women’s and fashion titles took a hit as well. VANITY FAIR* was down by nearly 19%, VOGUE* by more than 16% and COSMOPOLITAN* by over 15%. The biggest loser in this category was WEIGHT WATCHERS*, which shed more than 27% of its single-copy sales.

There were some bright spots in food and shelter titles. Sales of industry darling FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE* took off, rising almost 18%. WOMAN’S DAY* and FAMILY CIRCLE* saw respective gains of 8% and 6%. ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST* was up by more than 8%, proving we all need to dream a little.

For the first time, the ABC reported separate numbers for digital editions of magazines, which account for less than 2% of all copies sold. The big winner, by a mile, was GAME INFORMER* with a digital circulation of 1.2 million. Following at a distant second is MAXIM* with fewer than 300,000 digital copies.
WOODEN HORSE MAGAZINE MEDIA NEWS
By Meg Weaver, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, mweaver@woodenhorsepub.com
Pat Irwin, News Editor, pirwin@woodenhorsepub.com
Jenny Furniss, Editor, jfurniss@woodenhorsepub.com
http://www.woodenhorsepub.com
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Boston, Massachusetts
Consumer Alert
As door-to-door salesmen make a comeback, consumers beware
August 19, 2012
Consumer Alert
As door-to-door salesmen make a comeback, consumers beware
Boston.com
August 19, 2012
Once upon another generation, a visit from a door-to-door salesman held out the possibility of being exposed to a new product. Consumers were less mobile. There was no Internet. Not even infomercials.

It stood to reason that door-to-door sales would become less and less of a thought for consumers today as the opportunities to buy have multiplied. But, based on complaints, questions, and observations of late, this old way of doing business appears to have made a comeback — and not in a good way.

Not that every salesperson who comes to your door has bad intentions, but this method of sales — whether for vacuum cleaners, alternative energy, home repairs, or even magazines — is a losing proposition for consumers. Simply put, any time a consumer is backed into a corner and has to make a decision at the spur of the moment, the equation has changed and power has been ceded.

Many of these door-to-door visitors are quite persuasive. Whether legitimate or otherwise, they make their money by convincing people to believe their pitch. That could be that they’re selling the best vacuum ever invented or that they’re poor teens down on their luck and are selling magazine subscriptions to support some organization or their own college dreams. Any legitimate salesperson will be willing to leave you information to ponder and provide you a way to contact them. Any who demand an immediate answer should be met with a “No thanks.”

Both state and federal law give consumers an out if you’ve bought something at home that costs more than $25. By midnight on the third business day after signing a contract (with certain exceptions), you can cancel in writing. Apply the same strategy as you would when getting a telephone solicitation: Never respond “yes” and then provide payment information or sign a financial obligation. If you’re interested, ask for a phone number to call. Then get sent more information, and do some research to make an informed decision. Or, to be even safer: Don’t answer the door to someone you don’t know.

Mitch Lipka has been helping consumers out of jams for the past two decades. He lives in Worcester and also writes the Consumer Alert blog on Boston.com. Mitch can be reached at ConsumerNews@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter @mitchlipka
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http://articles.boston.com
Boston, Massachusetts
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Concord, New Hampshire
Complaints in suspected scam mount
August 18, 2012
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
United Circulation, LLC
BBB: United Circulation, LLC
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Circulation
(866) 203-5890
PO Box 501, Waterloo, IA 50704-0501
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 01/04/2008
Business started: 06/01/2007
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Principal: Amanda Burns (Office Manager) Jacob Stack
Business Category
Sales & Order Books
Google Search: United Circulation + magazine
end DMPG Info
Complaints in suspected scam mount
By Tricia L. Nadolny / Monitor staff
Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot
August 18, 2012
Suspected scammers who hit homes in Bow and Concord this week went door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions they claimed could be sent to soldiers overseas, the police said. Some of the scammers, believed to have traveled from out of the state, allegedly said the money would fund a school trip abroad or a youth soccer program.

An additional 15 people filed police reports with the Bow Police Department yesterday after reading about the alleged scam in the Monitor, bringing the total number of potential victims there to 22, according to Bow police Chief Erin Commerford. In Concord, where the group was believed to have been going door-to-door Thursday, at least five people have filed police reports, officials said.

"She told me she was going to Keene University," said a woman who was approached by a saleswoman at her Auburn Street home Thursday. "I think it's Keene State College. . . . I said to her, 'Well I have plenty of magazines. I really don't need anymore.' And then she handed me a card, and she said, 'We're sending them to soldiers in Iraq as care packages if you don't want them yourself.' "

The woman, who didn't buy a subscription and asked to not be named, thought it was strange that the student misstated the name of her college. But she didn't think the woman was lying until she read about the alleged scam in the newspaper.

The salespeople allegedly told homeowners they were working for United Circulation, a company that is accused of fraud on several online forums. The police said the subscriptions were priced at about $50. In Bow, at least 12 people bought magazines, and two bought several subscriptions totaling about $200, Commerford said.

Lt. Timothy O'Malley of the Concord Police Department said crimes of this kind are more common than most think. He said the police arrest groups for going door-to-door without a peddler's permit every few months, but added that the violators can often not be charged with fraud because it isn't clear if the products promised are eventually delivered.

He said that in June 2011, men from Connecticut and Texas were arrested on the same day for going door-to-door without a permit. Another group of men, this time from Connecticut and Alabama, were arrested for the violation in October.

O'Malley said the people are often quickly bailed out of jail.

"It's very elusive. The guy says, 'I don't know nothing. I was just sent here with the money to bail these guys out.' They get in their van and head out," he said, adding that it's unclear how many who are charged show up at court for their arraignments.

O'Malley said anyone going door-to-door in Concord should have a city-issued peddler's permit, and he advised that homeowners approached by a salesperson should either ask to see the permit or call the police.

"If you've already answered the door and you're not sure, try to tell them no thank you and then call us, and we'll come ask for the ID," he said. "We don't want people to feel like they have to ask for these things if they're concerned."

One of the women approached Thursday in Concord said the girl at her front door claimed to have just been accepted to culinary school in Paris.

"She acted real cute in telling me like she was so embarrassed to have to go door to door," the woman, who lives south of Concord Hospital and asked to not be named, said. "(She acted like) this was so silly but her grandparents had encouraged her to do this."

The saleswoman allegedly said her grandparents lived on the street, and told the woman she might have seen her grandfather walking his golden retriever in the morning. The homeowner invited the girl inside, and after about five minutes she agreed to buy a subscription, writing a check for about $50.

That night she showed the receipt to her husband, who said it might have been a scam. The woman has since cancelled her check and plans to change her bank account number.

Another Concord homeowner approached Thursday questioned a saleswoman about her inconsistent story, according to O'Malley. The alleged scammer told the homeowner she was raising funds for the Concord Strikers soccer team and said she lived a few streets over. But the homeowner knew people who lived on that street and asked if they knew any of the same people.

"That's where the story fell apart," O'Malley said. "They changed the story and said they actually were from out of state and just moved here this summer."

Commerford said she has compiled physical descriptions of the alleged scammers, and she believes there could be up to six people involved.

On Wednesday, the office of the attorney general issued a consumer alert about United Circulation, saying the salespeople "have come from out of state and may not be college students."

O'Malley said Concord's peddler ordinance was created shortly after three traveling magazine salesmen were charged with raping a Concord woman in 2005. Two of the men pleaded guilty and served two years in jail. A third man who was found guilty by a jury is serving 7½ to 15 years in the state prison and is eligible for parole in October.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.
By Tricia L. Nadolny / Monitor staff
Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot
http://www.concordmonitor.com
Concord, New Hampshire
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Concord, New Hampshire
Police: Beware of magazine scam
August 17, 2012
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
United Circulation, LLC
BBB: United Circulation, LLC
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Circulation
(866) 203-5890
PO Box 501, Waterloo, IA 50704-0501
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 01/04/2008
Business started: 06/01/2007
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Principal: Amanda Burns (Office Manager) Jacob Stack
Business Category
Sales & Order Books
Google Search: United Circulation + magazine
end DMPG Info
Police: Beware of magazine scam
People claiming to sell subscriptions
By Tricia L. Nadolny / Monitor staff
Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot
August 17, 2012
Several Bow homeowners were approached by scammers Tuesday who claimed to be selling magazine subscriptions to fund their college educations, the police said.

Bow police Chief Erin Commerford said four salespeople working in groups of two went door-to-door Tuesday afternoon and early evening on Woodhill Hooksett, Allen and Knox roads. The scammers allegedly told homeowners they lived in the area, and one group said they attended school at Southern New Hampshire University and were raising money to go to culinary school in Paris.

Commerford said at least five people reported to the police that they bought a subscription for about $50, and two people wrote checks for four separate magazines totaling about $200.

After a few hours, several homeowners became suspicious, Commerford said.

"On one of the occasions where a check was not written . . . one of the people said, 'Well, I live at 300 whatever (street),' " she said. The homeowner said, " 'Well, I know that road doesn't go up to 300.' "

The police said the scammers claimed to work for United Circulation, a company that is accused of fraud on several online forums. On Wednesday, the office of the attorney general issued a consumer alert about United Circulation, saying the salespeople "have come from out of state and may not be college students."

"I can only presume they're transient," Commerford said. "In the presentation that they're giving to the people that they had contact with, they're not accurate. . . . We don't have any residential street that goes up to 300 in town."

In total, seven homeowners have reported they were approached by the salespeople, and five said they purchased a subscription. Most wrote checks but one paid cash, according to the police.

Commerford said she expects more residents who don't yet realize they were scammed could still come forward.

The police believe two men and two women were involved in the scam. One female was described as being about 5-foot-4 and approximately 150 pounds with long, dark hair pulled into a bun. The other woman had red hair, the police said.

One of the men was described as being about 5-foot-5 with dark hair and wearing a T-shirt and shorts. The other man was described as being tall and thin. Commerford said the men also requested to use the bathroom at each house they visited, and though the homeowners agreed, nothing was reported stolen.

She said the men might have been looking for prescription drugs but that the homeowners did not store medications in their bathrooms.

Residents who had contact with the group are asked to call the Bow Police Department at 228-0511.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)
By Tricia L. Nadolny / Monitor staff
Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot
http://www.concordmonitor.com
Concord, New Hampshire
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Norfolk, Virginia
In Southeastern Virginia & Northeastern North Carolina
BBB of Greater Hampton Roads
Door-to-door sales used as a cover for home burglaries in Norfolk
August 15, 2012
Door-to-door sales used as a cover for home burglaries in Norfolk
In Southeastern Virginia & Northeastern North Carolina
BBB of Greater Hampton Roads
8/16/2012
NORFOLK -- Norfolk Police are warning of people going door-to-door to sell vacuum cleaners or offer carpet cleaning services. The person shows an ID that appears to be real and asks to be allowed inside, sometimes offering a free gift like a pack of toilet paper or a case of canned drinks. A police alert says many homes across the city have been burglarized soon after the visit. An alert posted on the Colonial Place Civic League website from police reminds residents that permits are required before any soliciting taking place and that permit has to be carried with solicitors. If you're approached by someone without a permit, call police right away at 441-5610.
In Southeastern Virginia & Northeastern North Carolina
BBB of Greater Hampton Roads
http://norfolk.bbb.org
Norfolk, Virginia
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Bozeman, Montana
Help Catch This Jerk Selling Door To Door Magazine Subscriptions
August 16, 2012
Help Catch This Jerk Selling Door To Door Magazine Subscriptions
By: Colleen O'Quinn | August 16, 2012
100.7 KXLB

Bozeman Police

This unidentified male is going door to door selling non-existent magazine subscriptions in the Bozeman area.
He is telling people his name is Thomas Williams and is asking people to buy magazines for wounded warriors across the country. He is having people make checks out to Tomas Robles who he says is his professor at the college running the program. One victim who gave him a check caught him attempting to cash the check at a local bank here in Bozeman. If anyone is approached by this male, do not give him any money and call the police immediately.
Source: Bozeman Police Department
By: Colleen O'Quinn
100.7 KXLB http://xlcountry.com
Bozeman, Montana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Council members push rule for peddlers to buy permits
August 16, 2012
Council members push rule for peddlers to buy permits
BY rebekah allen
Advocate staff writer
Capital City Press LLC
August 16, 2012
The Metro Council came a step closer to approving a system to shield residents from door-to-door peddlers Wednesday at the finance and executive committee meeting.

Councilman Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois proposed an ordinance that would require door-to-door salesmen to get a $5 permit with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

The ordinance has been modified since it was originally introduced so it doesn’t affect solicitors with religious or charitable purposes, or politicians who are canvassing neighborhoods for support.

Last week, attorney John Delgado, who is running against Bourgeois for the District 12 Metro Council seat, accused Bourgeois of proposing the ordinance change to curb his ability to canvass neighborhoods.

“This has nothing to do with the pope having to get a permit, or Kip (Holden) or Mike (Walker) having to get a permit,” Bourgeois said. “It’s strictly for people in neighborhoods working for profit.”

Bourgeois said he’s gotten complaints from constituents who are concerned about the salesmen, because there’s no way to determine if they’re legitimate or if they may have some criminal intent.

Councilman Chandler Loupe noted that two years ago, he had the same problem in his district, and proposed an ordinance that allowed subdivisions and individuals to protect themselves by putting up “No Soliciting” signs.

Peddlers can be charged with trespassing if they try to sell to a house with a sign, he said.

Loupe questioned whether an additional ordinance was necessary considering that residents could solve the problem by putting up a sign.

The finance and executive committee recommended that the full council approve the item when it meets next week.
BY rebekah allen
Advocate staff writer
Capital City Press LLC
http://theadvocate.com
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Concord, New Hampshire
Police: Door-to-door scammers offering fake magazine subscriptions
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
United Circulation, LLC
BBB: United Circulation, LLC
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Circulation
(866) 203-5890
PO Box 501, Waterloo, IA 50704-0501
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 01/04/2008
Business started: 06/01/2007
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Principal: Amanda Burns (Office Manager) Jacob Stack
Business Category
Sales & Order Books
Google Search: United Circulation + magazine
end DMPG Info
August 16, 2012
Police: Door-to-door scammers offering fake magazine subscriptions
By Tricia L. Nadolny / Monitor staff
Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot
August 16, 2012
The police say at least five Bow residents were scammed Tuesday by door-to-door salesmen offering magazine subscriptions to fund their college educations.

Police Chief Erin Commerford said the salespeople went to homes in the area of Woodhill Hookestt and Allen roads at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, telling homeowners they lived on a nearby street. Commerford said there were four scammers working in two groups and that all of them appeared to be in their late teens or early twenties.

She said five people have reported that they bought subscriptions, and at least two people wrote checks for four separate magazines totaling about $200.

After a few hours, several homeowners became suspicious, Commerford said.

“On one of the occasions where a check was not written … one of the people said, 'Well, I live at 300 whatever (street),' ” she said. “(The homeowner) said, 'Well, I know that road doesn’t go up to 300'.”

The salespeople said they were working for United Circulation, a company that is accused of fraud on several online forums, Commerford said.

The police believe two men and two women were involved in the scam. One female was described as being about 5-foot-4 and approximately 150 pounds with long, dark hair pulled into a bun. The other woman had red hair, the police say.

One of the men was described as being about 5-foot-5 with dark hair and wearing a T-shirt and shorts. The other man was described as being tall and thin. Commerford said the men also requested to use the bathroom at each house they visited, and though the homeowners agreed, nothing was reported stolen.

The Office of the Attorney General issued a consumer alert yesterday about United Circulation, saying the salespeople “have come from out of state and may not be college students.”

Residents who had contact with the group are asked to call the Bow Police Department at 228-0511.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.)

For more information on how to deal with them, visit:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro03
http://austin.bbb.org/article/dont-get-heated-by-high-pressure-door-to-door-salespeople-34392
By Tricia L. Nadolny / Monitor staff
Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot
http://www.concordmonitor.com
Concord, New Hampshire
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Don't Waste Your Money: Door-to-door sales warning
Original URL:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiQImA_arKk


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 On Your Side: Door-To-Door Sales Scams
August 15, 2012
3 On Your Side: Door-To-Door Sales Scams
CBS 3
August 15, 2012 6:23 PM
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A knock at the door recently interrupted Gretchen Kennedy while she was working from home. When she opened it, she saw two young men on her porch.

“They said that they were selling magazines,” Kennedy said. “I said I wasn’t interested and I said that I declined several times.”

But she finally caved in because they said it would help charter schools but the magazine never arrived. When she complained, the company never responded.

“It angers me that, that someone would do, pull the fundraising card,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy fell victim to one of the latest door-to-door sales scams out there.

“They will normally try to pull at your heart strings, pull at your purse strings,” said Carrie Hurt of the Better Business Bureau.

In 2010 the B.B.B. got 600 complaints about door-to-door sales and in 2011 that number more than doubled to 1300 and it’s up again already for 2012. There are complaints from consumers who say they never got what they paid for and were victims of aggressive sellers using high pressure tactics.

“They will use something like, you know, using the safety of your family, your home isn’t safe,” Hurt said.

Elliott Shouse knows that tactic. Unemployed in a bad economy, he took a job selling windows door to door.

He says he quit after the first day when the sales instructor suggested, “Go into the kids rooms and if the windows didn’t open to tell the people that their kids would die if they didn’t buy these products.”

The newest products racking up complaints today include security systems, produce and meats, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, photography sales and magazines. The company Kennedy paid has an “F” rating with the B.B.B. and more than 170 complaints.

“I was angry that I was duped,” Kennedy said.

If someone knocks on your door trying to sell you something, take their business card, research the company and its products. Tell the salesperson that you’ll call them back if you want to do business.

For more information on how to deal with them, visit:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro03
http://austin.bbb.org/article/dont-get-heated-by-high-pressure-door-to-door-salespeople-34392
CBS 3
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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CONCORD, New Hampshire
Warning issued over possible salesman scam in NH
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
United Circulation, LLC
BBB: United Circulation, LLC
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Circulation
(866) 203-5890
PO Box 501, Waterloo, IA 50704-0501
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 01/04/2008
Business started: 06/01/2007
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Principal: Amanda Burns (Office Manager) Jacob Stack
Business Category
Sales & Order Books
Google Search: United Circulation + magazine
end DMPG Info
August 15, 2012
Warning issued over possible salesman scam in NH
unionleader.com
August 15. 2012 11:30PM
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday warned against a possible scam involving door-to-door magazine subscription sales. The Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that the sales representatives misrepresent themselves as neighbors or individuals working to earn money to go to college, but are employed by a company called United Circulation who “have come from out of state and may not be college students.” The statement said United Circulation charges subscription fees “far in excess of the actual cost of the subscription.” Anyone who believes they are the victim of an unfair or deceptive act in connection with door-to-door magazine sales can call their local police department or call the Consumer Protection Bureau at 271-3641 or (888) 468-4454. More information on consumer fraud is available at doj.nh.gov/consumer.
unionleader.com
http://www.unionleader.com
CONCORD, New Hampshire
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Norfolk, Virginia
Door-to-door sales used as cover for home burglaries in Norfolk
August 15, 2012
Door-to-door sales used as cover for home burglaries in Norfolk
by Mike Gooding, 13News
WVEC.com
Posted on August 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM
Updated yesterday at 5:21 PM
NORFOLK -- Norfolk Police are warning of people going door-to-door to sell vacuum cleaners or offer carpet cleaning services. The person shows an ID that appears to be real and asks to be allowed inside, sometimes offering a free gift like a pack of toilet paper or a case of canned drinks. A police alert says many homes across the city have been burglarized soon after the visit. An alert posted on the Colonial Place Civic League website from police reminds residents that permits are required before any soliciting taking place and that permit has to be carried with solicitors. If you're approached by someone without a permit, call police right away at 441-5610.
by Mike Gooding, 13News
WVEC.com
http://www.wvec.com
Norfolk, Virginia
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DO NOT ALLOW door-to-door salesmen into your home!!!
LOCK Your Door And Call The Police!!!
We have documented 89 deaths and over 400 criminal felony cases.
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www.dedicatedmemorial.org
www.magazinesalescrews.info
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This is addressed to the NFSA and the MPA
GET THE FUCK OUT OF WISCONSIN !!!
DO IT NOW and NEVER COME BACK.
We don't need another rape or murder in our state.
We don't need 7 more kids to be murdered in a van rollover
So you can PROFIT from another crime !!!
GET OUT AND STAY OUT ~or~ Suffer the consequences !!!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Consumers targeted in door-to-door sales scams
August 13, 2012
Consumers targeted in door-to-door sales scams
By Gitte Laasby of the Journal Sentinel
JSOnline
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
Aug. 13, 2012
The young woman who showed up at Rebecca Thomas' house in Merton last summer sounded like she had had a tough life. She was a single mom in the inner city who had had a drug problem. She was trying to build a better life by selling subscriptions to national magazines door-to-door.

Thomas said she was personable and talked about her children. Thomas - herself a mom - sympathized and wanted to help. She had no idea she was about to make a $115 mistake.

"She just said, 'This helps me get points,' " Thomas recalled Monday. "They get a certain percentage of their sales. She used to be a drug user and had difficulty finding work. My friend was out of work. She really did have a very good spiel, as it were."

Thomas looked over the woman's laminated name badge and portfolio, which had rave reviews from customers, and then agreed to purchase one-year subscriptions for three magazines, Reader's Digest, Golf Illustrated and Christianity Today. She handed the woman a check for $115. On the receipt, the woman wrote, "Thanks! God bless!" and drew a smiley face.

The check was cashed the next day.

The paperwork had said to allow 90 to 120 days for delivery to start, but when January 2012 came around, Thomas still had not received a single magazine. She started to wonder. She searched online for "Tenacity Inc.," the Tennessee company selling the subscriptions, and found a flashy, legitimate-looking website listing the door-to-door seller's name as a representative.

Thomas tried calling the phone number on her receipt several times, but the call went to voice mail. She left her contact information but never got a call back. She sent a certified letter to the address on the receipt to request a refund, but her letter was returned.

She filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, but neither was able to get a response from the company. Going to small claims court would cost more than she lost.

"It was like a $115 lesson," Thomas said.

The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau has received 18 complaints this year about door-to-door sales of magazines and books, spokeswoman Susan Bach said. The complaints come from across the state, from Appleton, Superior and Hudson to Pewaukee and Milwaukee.

On Monday, the national Better Business Bureau warned that it is seeing an increase in complaints about door-to-door sales of such things as magazines, meat, cosmetics, cleaning supplies and home repairs. The BBB has received 1,147 complaints of door-to-door salespeople nationwide through July of this year compared with 1,300 in all of 2011.

The majority of the complaints this year - more than 600 nationally - were about companies selling magazines. Most were from consumers who paid for magazines they never received. Often, the salesperson claimed to be working for a local school or charity fundraiser.

Door-to-door sales are also a common complaint in Wisconsin. For instance, Bach said, contractors will stop by unannounced to try to make a sale.

"They'll say, 'We're in the neighborhood. We're doing your neighbor's house down the street. We thought we'd stop by,' " Bach said. "Or, 'We can see your windows are pretty old.' I've probably had three or four conversations with door-to-door salesmen this summer about windows, roofs and siding."

Some door-to-door salespeople are honest and legitimate, but some push scams. The problem is that it's often hard to track down fly-by-night ones when they don't deliver what they promise.

Governmental agencies and consumer groups say the most important rules are not to let salespeople into your home, and to hold off on purchasing anything until you've researched the company. ***

Before you buy door-to-door

Ask the salesperson for company information and research it.
Ask the salesperson to come back later to avoid a hasty decision.
Don't fall for the "sympathy" approach.
Ask the salesperson for a contract and/or receipt as proof of the agreement and to outline price, warranty and other conditions.
If you regret your purchase, remember that the Federal Trade Commission's "cooling-off rule" gives you three days to cancel a purchase of more than $25 that's made in your home or at a location that's not the seller's permanent place of business.
By Gitte Laasby of the Journal Sentinel
JSOnline
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
http://www.jsonline.com
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Federal Way, Washington
Cops arrest door-to-door salesman
August 13, 2012
Cops arrest door-to-door salesman | Federal Way crime blotter
August 13, 2012 · 11:25 AM
Door-to-door salesman arrested: At 1:11 p.m. Aug. 12 in the 2600 block of South 287th Street, a man who was selling cleaning products door-to-door was contacted by police as he walked his route. According to the report, a name check came back positive for the man for a warrant out of Tacoma. The man was placed under arrest and transported to Tacoma.
Federal Way crime blotter
http://www.federalwaymirror.com
Federal Way, Washington
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MANSFIELD, Massachusetts
Mansfield man allegedly pulls gun on salesmen
August 13, 2012
Mansfield man allegedly pulls gun on salesmen
BY DAVID LINTON SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
The Sun Chronicle
Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012 4:10 pm | Updated: 11:50 pm, Mon Aug 13, 2012.
MANSFIELD — A former Texas man licensed in his native state to carry a concealed weapon got a tough lesson in gun laws in Massachusetts, allegedly after he pulled a handgun on two aggressive door-to-door salesmen.

Charles C. Cook, 51, is free now on $5,000 cash bail following his arraignment Monday in Attleboro District Court. But Cook spent the weekend behind bars after he was arrested Friday at West Village Apartments on West Street.

Police say he confronted two men selling magazines outside his neighbor’s apartment Friday night by pointing a handgun he held in his jacket pocket and telling them to move on.

The men had gone to Cook’s apartment first while he and his fiancé were eating dinner, before Cook told the men he was not interested, according to police.

The men then knocked on his neighbor’s door, according to police, and things got serious.

But Cook’s lawyer, Louis Xifaras of Mansfield, said his client was concerned about protecting his neighbor, a woman with two young children, from the two salesmen. He said the salesmen had an “aggressive” sales pitch and did not have permission to be on the property.

Xifaras said Cook never took the gun out of his jacket pocket. He said Cook grew up in the Fort Worth area of Texas where he was legally licensed to carry a concealed weapon. He said his client only recently moved to Massachusetts to be with his fiancé and has not yet had time to get a Massachusetts gun license.

“He has only been here a brief time so he didn’t have time to make a transfer,” Xifaras said.

Xifaras said Cook was about to call about the two men for trespassing when police came to his door. Inside the apartment, police confiscated Cook’s .380-caliber, semi-automatic handgun which was loaded with seven rounds of ammunition.

The incident was investigated by detectives Paul Hargadon and Kenneth Wright and officers Jeffrey Danner and Jeffrey Bombard.

Cook pleaded innocent to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, improper storage of a firearm and two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon. He is due back in court Oct. 5.
BY DAVID LINTON SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
The Sun Chronicle
http://www.thesunchronicle.com
Attleboro, North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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Opelika, Alabama
AUM warns public against magazine fraud
August 12, 2012
AUM warns public against magazine fraud
By: Staff report | Opelika-Auburn News
Published: August 12, 2012
The campus police at Auburn University at Montgomery have reported there are at least two individuals that are selling magazine subscriptions under false pretenses, claiming to be members of the AUM marching band. The university does not have a marching band. The public is advised not to purchase anything from these individuals and to contact the police if propositioned with a suspicious offer.
By: Staff report | Opelika-Auburn News
http://www2.oanow.com
Opelika, Alabama
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Jamestown, North Dakota
Vacuum vendors irk residents
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
Kirby Vacuum
Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
August 11, 2012
Vacuum vendors irk residents
A team of out-of-state vacuum salesmen have caused many complaints to the Jamestown Police Department this month.
Lt. Bruce Judd estimated the JPD has received more than 25 calls complaining about door-to-door vendors offering
Kirby-brand vacuums. He said many residents were bothered by the salesmen’s high-pressure tactics and thought they
were attempting some sort of scam.
By: Sun Staff, The Jamestown Sun
The Jamestown Sun
Published August 11, 2012, 07:11 AM
A team of out-of-state vacuum salesmen have caused many complaints to the Jamestown Police Department this month.

Lt. Bruce Judd estimated the JPD has received more than 25 calls complaining about door-to-door vendors offering Kirby-brand vacuums. He said many residents were bothered by the salesmen’s high-pressure tactics and thought they were attempting some sort of scam.

Judd said the vacuum sellers are here legally and have a license to sell here for one year. He said police have approached them and suggested they tone down their sales pitches.

Kirby vacuums are sold by independent distributors who sell through in-home demonstrations, according to The Kirby Co.

The salesmen have also prompted several calls to the Jamestown Kirby Vacuum Center, said Duane Gehring, who owns the business with his wife, Kathy. They said they’ve received about six calls this week complaining about the door-to-door sales.

Duane Gehring said his business does service and warranty work on Kirby vacuums, as well as other brands, but he is not affiliated with the out-of-state salesmen. He said he was worried the salesmen, who are employed by a distributor based in Cheyenne, Wyo., would damage his business’s reputation.

“I’ve been here doing business and paying taxes for 30 years,” Duane Gehring said.

He said anyone with comments about the vendors is welcome to call him and he will forward the messages on to the Kirby factory. His business’ phone number is 701-252-1884.

The Gehrings said they’ve seen other traveling vendors offering different products in the Jamestown area lately and suspected the boom in the Oil Patch encouraged them.

“They hear on the news there’s oil in North Dakota and they come running,” Kathy Gehring said.
By: Sun Staff, The Jamestown Sun
The Jamestown Sun
http://www.jamestownsun.com
Jamestown, North Dakota
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*** WARNING ***
Dedicated Memorial Parents Group:
DO NOT ALLOW door-to-door salesmen into your home!!!
LOCK Your Door And Call The Police!!!
We have documented 89 deaths and over 400 criminal felony cases.
www.magazinesalescrews.com
www.dedicatedmemorial.org
www.magazinesalescrews.info
Facebook:
Beware of Traveling Door-to-door Sales Crews
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beware-of-Traveling-Door-to-Door-Sales-Crews/100395130009145

Parent Watch:
www.parentwatch.org
www.magcrew.com


This is addressed to the NFSA, MPA, DSA and the Southwestern Company
GET THE FUCK OUT OF WISCONSIN !!!
DO IT NOW and NEVER COME BACK !!!
We don't need another rape or murder in our state.
We don't need 7 more kids to be murdered in a van rollover
So you can PROFIT from another crime !!!
GET OUT AND STAY OUT ~or~ Suffer the consequences !!!

Janesville, Wisconsin
School district warns of door-to-door seller
August 10, 2012
School district warns of door-to-door seller
By FRANK SCHULTZ
GazetteXtra.com
Friday, August 10, 2012 - 1:16 p.m.
JANESVILLE -- The Janesville School District announced Friday that it had received numerous telephone calls about a door-to-door salesman. The man reportedly tells people he that he represents the school district and is selling instructional booklets. "The district does not have any affiliation with this salesman or any other door-to-door initiatives," according to the announcement.
By FRANK SCHULTZ
GazetteXtra.com
http://gazettextra.com
Janesville, Wisconsin
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Alpine California
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: Girls Selling Door to Door Subscriptions & Asking to Use Restroom 8-9-12
August 9, 2012
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: Girls Selling Door to Door Subscriptions & Asking to Use Restroom 8-9-12
Alpine Community Network
NAME: Nilson
EMAIL: acnilson@cox.net
DATE_STAMP: 09/08/2012
TIME_STAMP: 1:30
8-9-12 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: Two girls came to our door to sell subscriptions for servicemen and they would get a trip to Disneyland—-asked for a glass of water—then asked to use the bathroom.
A neighbor of ours said the same thing happened to him with the same girl going to the bathroom. He said the girl was in there a long time.
Alpine Community Network
NAME: Nilson
EMAIL: acnilson@cox.net
http://www.alpinecommunitynetwork.com
Alpine California
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Roseville, California
Crime Watch: Road Rage, Drug-Deal Robbery, More
August 9, 2012
Crime Watch: Road Rage, Drug-Deal Robbery, More
By Patch Staff
RosevillePatch
August 9, 2012
Door-to-Door Solicitors Steal Cash from Resident

At about 3 p.m. on July 29, two males were soliciting door to door at an apartment complex on Central Park Drive. They claimed to be soliciting cash for sponsorships for students at a local school.

One resident gave them some cash from a desk in his living room. They left and one came back about 15 minutes later, claiming to have left a pamphlet in the resident's bathroom. While one of the residents was checking the bathroom, the solicitor grabbed the rest of the resident's cash from the desk and ran.

The suspect was described as a white male teenager, 5'10" tall and 165 pounds, with short, straight brown hair. He was wearing a light blue t-shirt and blue jeans. He was last seen getting into the driver's side of a light blue van with out-of-state license plates.
By Patch Staff
RosevillePatch
http://roseville-ca.patch.com
Roseville, California
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Tampa, Florida
Police Explain How to Answer the Door
August 9, 2012
Police Explain How to Answer the Door
It might seem like a no-brainer, but there is a specific way
to make sure you protect yourself from burglars.
By Ashley Reams
NewTampaPatch
August 9, 2012
If you’re home during the day and hear a knock at the door, your first instinct might be to ignore the probable solicitor, but that’s not always the best idea, according to the Tampa and Temple Terrace police departments.

In an email forwarded by Community Service Officer Tracy Mishler to members of the Temple Terrace Crime Watch Aug. 6, Lisa Timmer, TPD’s neighborhood affairs liaison, explained why.

“When an uninvited guest knocks at your door, you may be tempted to stay quiet so they leave,” she wrote. “This will work if it is truly a door to door solicitor, however, if it is a burglar, they may be checking to see if you are home.”

According to Timmer, here’s what you should do instead:

Answer loudly through the door, state that you are busy, and tell whoever is on the other side to have a nice day. Say this is a firm voice. If they continue to knock and make excuses, loudly inform them through the door that you are calling the police. This will usually send them packing.

Call Temple Terrace Police Non-Emergency at 813-989-7110 or Tampa Police Non-Emergency at 813-231-6130, depending on where you live. Give the best description you can and the direction of travel.

“Hopefully, an officer will intercept them and find out what their true motive was behind going door to door,” Timmer said.
By Ashley Reams
NewTampaPatch
http://newtampa.patch.com
Tampa, Florida
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*** WARNING ***
Dedicated Memorial Parents Group:
DO NOT ALLOW door-to-door salesmen into your home!!!
LOCK Your Door And Call The Police!!!
We have documented 89 deaths and over 400 criminal felony cases.
www.magazinesalescrews.com
www.dedicatedmemorial.org
www.magazinesalescrews.info
Facebook:
Beware of Traveling Door-to-door Sales Crews
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beware-of-Traveling-Door-to-Door-Sales-Crews/100395130009145

Parent Watch:
www.parentwatch.org
www.magcrew.com


This is addressed to the NFSA and the MPA
GET THE FUCK OUT OF WISCONSIN !!!
DO IT NOW and NEVER COME BACK.
We don't need another rape or murder in our state.
We don't need 7 more kids to be murdered in a van rollover
So you can PROFIT from another crime !!!
GET OUT AND STAY OUT ~or~ Suffer the consequences !!!

Bayside, Wisconsin
Bayside sets rules for door-to-door solicitors
August 8, 2012
Bayside sets rules for door-to-door solicitors
Permits still required; hours extend until 6:30 p.m.
By Dave Fidlin
dave.fidlin@thinkpost.net
Community Newspapers Inc.
Aug. 8, 2012
Bayside - In an effort to address recent resident complaints, village officials last week voted to tighten restrictions for door-to-door solicitors.

While solicitors have always been required to purchase a transient merchant permit to go door-to-door to residences within Bayside's municipal boundaries, there has not been an ordinance on the books to set parameters on the practice.

After fielding several calls of solicitors coming at times perceived as too late, officials crafted an ordinance to restrict when door-to-door business can be conducted.

Village Manager Andy Pederson and Village Attorney Christopher Jaekels presented the board with a draft ordinance that stated soliciting could only take place daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Trustee Eido Walny disagreed with the suggestion and successfully led a proposal to extend the permissible hours into the evening. Solicitors will have to stop door-to-door activities at 6:30 p.m.

"If they're going to go through the trouble of getting a permit, at least give (solicitors) a chance to get people who are working during the day," Walny said.

Pederson said the ordinance has a broad reach. It not only applies to traditional commercial solicitors, but also to people working on behalf of religious, political and charitable organizations.

Before receiving a permit, Pederson said the Bayside Police Department conducts a background check of all applicants. People awarded a permit are required to carry the documentation when going door-to-door.

The village compiles and maintains a list of residents not interested in door-to-door solicitations. Pederson said each applicant receives the most up-to-date list after paying the permit fee and undergoing the background check.
By Dave Fidlin
dave.fidlin@thinkpost.net
Community Newspapers Inc.
http://www.baysidenow.com
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Fort Myers, Florida
Dangers of knocking on doors
August 8, 2012
Dangers of knocking on doors
WZVN-TV
Posted: Aug 08, 2012 10:03 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 08, 2012 10:44 PM CDT
FORT MYERS -

For the third time in two weeks, a person just trying to do their job was threatened with a gun. Authorities say each of the accused broke the law. We found out what you can do if someone comes onto your property, and what people who go door-to-door need to watch out for.

Knocking on someone's door to sell cookies can be risky. Girl Scouts never know what kind of people they will run into.

"Obviously in today's world, you don't know what you are going to stumble across," said Sue Stewart, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Florida. "Girls are facing risks by being in the public and being more known."

Stewart says those risks may change the way they sell cookies in order to keep the girls safe.

"I think the recent out break of gun violence that we are going to look at how girls proceed with door-to-door sales," she said.

In the past couple of weeks, we've heard three reports of people going door to door and being greeted with a gun.

We wanted to know what your rights as a homeowner are.

"It's your right to bear arms," said criminal attorney Peter Dennis.

Going door-to-door can be a risk. If you're on the inside, you can have any weapon you want - as long as you don't threaten the person outside.>

"You can't aim it at your neighbor across the street and say, ‘I'm going to kill you if you come over here one more time,'" Dennis explained.

That's when it becomes a crime, he says. A person could face a felony charge of aggravated assault.

Dennis says it's best to put up no trespassing or no solicitation signs. They are a sure indicator you want to be left alone.

"Recommend you heed those notices - even if not legally binding," Dennis said.

Stewart says the Girl Scouts have always avoided those homes. And now, thanks to a few unfortunate cases, some businesses may re-think going door to door all together.
WZVN-TV
http://www.abc-7.com
Fort Myers, Florida
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Vacuum salesman pleads guilty in door-to-door scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
August 8, 2012
Vacuum salesman pleads guilty in door-to-door scam
By Molly Waldron
KTNV Channel 13 Action News
CREATED 5:37 PM
August 8, 2012
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A door-to-door salesman who was the focus of several Contact 13 reports is now set to pay back his victims.

Gary Harvey pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses from a person over the age of 60.

We first told you about the vacuum cleaner salesman back in March.

The Nevada Attorney General's office says Harvey ripped off people like Ken and Sandra Norton. It was last November when the couple paid Harvey $972 for a brand new Kirby vacuum. But all they ever got was a 10-year-old demo vacuum.

Ken and Sandra say they're happy to know Harvey has pleaded guilty.

"I feel almost vindicated," Sandra said. "Everything is working to our benefit since we got screwed over."

As part of his plea, Harvey has agreed to pay more than $15,000 in restitution and could spend up to six years in prison.
By Molly Waldron
KTNV Channel 13 Action News
http://www.ktnv.com
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Catherine Cortez Masto, Attorney General
555 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 3900
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Telephone - (702) 486-3420
Fax - (702) 486-3283
Web - http://ag.state.nv.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer López
DATE: August 7, 2012 702-486-3782
ATTORNEY GENERAL MASTO ANNOUNCES GUILTY PLEA OF DOOR-TO-DOOR
VACUUM CLEANER SALESMAN WHO TARGETED SENIORS
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Victims satisfied after door-to-door vacuum salesman pleads guilty
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
August 7, 2012
Victims satisfied after door-to-door vacuum salesman pleads guilty
Daniel Gutierrez
KTNV Channel 13 Action News
CREATED Aug. 7, 2012
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A door-to-door salesman who was the focus of several Contact 13 reports is now set to pay back his victims.

"The system works and I thank Action 13 for helping us," says Ken Norton.

He and his wife Sandra still don't have a new Kirby vacuum but they're happy to learn the man who ran off with their money has agreed to a plea deal.

Vacuum cleaner salesman Gary Harvey has pled guilty to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses from a person over the age of 60.

"I feel almost vindicated. Everything is working to our benefit since we got screwed over," says Sandra.

Ken and Sandra are just one of 19 cases investigated by the Nevada Attorney General's Office. The AG says Harvey admitted to fraudulently obtaining money while posing as a licensed distributor of Kirby vacuums under the business name HARVCO. He preyed on senior citizen communities in Las Vegas.

Contact 13 first told you about Harvey back in March. We received several complaints from unsatisfied customers like Ken and Sandra, who said they bought new vacuums that were never delivered. Harvey knocked on their door last November.

"He promised us all kinds of things like lifetime bags. He'd even come in once a year in December and vacuum and shampoo our rugs," says Sandra.

It was a deal the couple says they couldn't refuse.

"Started around $2400 and finally dropped it to $972," says Sandra. "He was so smooth," says Ken.

In the end, they were only left with a 10-year-old demo and the new vacuum was never delivered. But back in April, the AG's office caught up with Harvey and he was arrested. Now Harvey has agreed to pay more than $15,000 in restitution. He'll be sentenced in December and could spend up to 6 years in prison and pay more fines.

"I'm happy. I'm happy if we didn't get any money back. As long as he's doing something to serve his time," says Ken.

So here's the Contact 13 bottom line: remember all door-to-door salesmen are required to have a Clark County Solicitor's License. Don't feel pressured to make an immediate decision. Do some research before making a purchase. And always get a receipt.

If you believe you've been a victim of any door-to-door salesman, make sure to file a complaint. Contact the Nevada Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Hotline at 702-486-3132 and press “6” for instructions on how to file a complaint.
Daniel Gutierrez
KTNV Channel 13 Action News
http://www.ktnv.com
Las Vegas, Nevada
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York, Virginia
York Supervisors debate solicitor regulations
August 7, 2012
York Supervisors debate solicitor regulations
By Amanda Kerr, akerr@dailypress.com | 757-247-4733
Daily Press
10:20 p.m. EDT, August 7, 2012
YORK ——

The York County Board of Supervisors Tuesday debated how much detail they want in a new proposed ordinance regulating door-to-door salesmen.

Supervisors Sheila Noll and George Hrichak were concerned the 12-page draft ordinance put too many restrictions on businessmen while Supervisors Don Wiggins and Tom Shepperd liked the ordinance, saying it offered protection for citizens from scams.

Shepperd has been a champion of creating an ordinance addressing solicitors in residential areas because of continued complaints from residents who have been bothered by a solicitor or residents who were concerned salesmen weren't legitimate.

York-Poquoson Danny Diggs said last year the Sheriff's Office received 132 complaints about solicitors and called it a "significant problem" in the county.

The new ordinance creates a host of requirements and regulations including a new solicitor's permit door-to-door salesman must get from the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office at a cost of $20. Salesmen would be required to keep the permit with them at all times. They would be restricted to selling between 9 a.m. and a half-hour before sunset.

Diggs suggested eliminating requirements for a surety bond and finger printing.

The Supervisors will hold a public hearing at a later date to receive public comment on the new ordinance before voting on it.
By Amanda Kerr, akerr@dailypress.com | 757-247-4733
Daily Press
http://www.dailypress.com
Newport News, Virginia
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Darien, Connecticut
Urination Charge Follows Solicitation Charge
Released after he was charged with violating the town's solicitation ordinance,
a Mississippi salesman is seen on video urinating into a trash receptacle in the
Darien Police headquarters lobby, police said.
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Liberty Sales
end DMPG Info
August 7, 2012
Urination Charge Follows Solicitation Charge
Released after he was charged with violating the town's solicitation ordinance,
a Mississippi salesman is seen on video urinating into a trash receptacle in the
Darien Police headquarters lobby, police said.
By David Gurliacci
DarienPatch
August 7, 2012 5:59 am


A 38-year-old Mississippi man just released from police custody on a violation of the town's soliciting ordinance did a little releasing of his own in the police headquarters lobby last week, according to police.

William Jones, of Columbus, MS left a part of himself for police to remember him by—his urine—in a garbage receptacle in the lobby just before departing in a van at 3 p.m., Thursday, police said. Although police said his action was caught on video surveillance tape, Jones left the building and entered a waiting van before police reacted.

Darien police gave this account of how Jones came to be charged in connection with a discharge:

Jones, who was in town selling magazines for Liberty Sales of Houston, TX, had been arrested Aug. 1 on a charge of violating the town's solicitation ordinance.

Police said Jones had another person working with him at the time, and they were both using his solicitation permit—a violation of the ordinance. Jones' permit then was revoked.

Darien police applied for and received a warrant for Jones' arrest. On Saturday, Stratford police located Jones at a hotel there and took him into custody for the warrant.

Darien officers returned Jones to town police headquarters to process him for the arrest. A bail commissioner released Jones on a written promise to appear Aug. 14 in state Superior Court in Stamford.


By David Gurliacci
DarienPatch
http://darien.patch.com
Darien, Connecticut
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YES !!! This is very Good News !!!
Newsstand magazine sales slide 10 percent
STOP the CRIME - We can DESTROY this Fowl, Immoral and Criminal Industry
STOP buying magazines And we can STOP the Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Rape and Murder !!!
Send us an Email and tell us what you think.
We will respond with suggestions on how you can help destroy this criminal industry forever !!!
And how to become a member of the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group



NEW YORK
Newsstand magazine sales slide 10 percent
August 7, 2012
Newsstand magazine sales slide 10 percent
BY: The Associated Press
New Orleans Publishing Group
POSTED: 12:14 PM Tuesday, August 7, 2012
NEW YORK — U.S. magazine sales fell nearly 10 percent in the first half of 2012, a troubling sign for print publishers that suggests Americans are still being careful about discretionary spending.

The Audit Bureau of Circulations said today that overall circulation, including subscriptions, was just about flat from a year earlier. But single-copy sales, which are more closely watched because publishers make more money from them continued to fall. Subscriptions are typically sold at a discount so publishers can increase their circulation and attract advertisers.

The industry group said single-copy sales at newsstands and other retailers totaled 26.4 million in the first six months of 2012. That’s down from 29.1 million in the same period last year.

Cosmopolitan was still the top-selling magazine at newsstands, even though its sales fell nearly 16 percent to 1.4 million. Most of the top 25 best-selling magazines saw their sales decline. Family Circle and Woman’s Day were among the exceptions. Weight Watchers magazine saw the biggest sales decline — nearly 28 percent, to 325,950 copies in the first six months of the year.

Total circulation, which includes digital sales such as issues sold on the iPad, was just about flat at 297.1 million. Paid subscriptions grew 1 percent to 260 million from 257.2 million.

Magazine sales have been declining because people are more careful about spending money in the uncertain economy and because of the proliferation of free content on the Web, sometimes from the magazines themselves.

The Audit Bureau also released, for the first time, the top 25 best-selling digital replica magazines. These are digital versions of print magazines that contain the same content and advertising as their paper counterparts. Game Informer Magazine was the No. 1 highest- circulation digital replica magazine, with 1.2 million copies. Maxim was No. 2 with 284,824.
BY: The Associated Press
New Orleans Publishing Group
http://neworleanscitybusiness.com
Metairie, Louisiana
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The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group is trying to make this world a better and safer place to live.
We are trying to protect innocent children and homeowners from the fraud, exploitation, horrific van accidents, rape, and murder.
But the National Field Selling Association and the Magazine Publishers of America have a much different agenda.
Their goal, and their primary purpose is to make money and they could give a rat’s ass how they do this.
Their greed and insatiable hunger for the almight dollar is responsible for 89 deaths and over 400 high profile criminal felonies.
Many of these crimes have been against innocent homeowners that have been raped and murdered by the NFSA and MPA sales agents.
Many more have been against innocent children and young adults who have been exploited for profit.
This industry is destroying human life for profit !!!
It is a immoral, malignant, criminal industry based on the sale of magazines and cleaner products door-to-door.
Currently the DMPG Wanted page contains 4 unsolved murders and 5 unsolved rape cases
all directly connected to the traveling door-to-door sales industry.
The monsters that control this fowl and immoral industry are Nina Link: President of the MPA and Sandra Hall President of the NFSA.
The DMPG is asking everyone that finds this web site to Boycott door-to-door sales and to email or call Nina Link and Sandra Hall
and tell them to STOP raping and murdering innocent human beings for profit.
Please help us put an end to this hideous and criminal industry before they rape or murder you or one of your loved ones.
Sincerely,
The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group

See Why We Say This

95 Documented DEATHS and over 400 Recorded And Documented High Profile Felony Cases:
Wanted
Traveling Sales Crews Criminal Profiler
It is time to put an end to this industries exploitation, fraud and criminal acts.

A Industry Rife With Fraud, Exploitation, and Crime
BOYCOTT !!!
Breaking News
"He who profits by a crime commits it."
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing."
Raped and Murdered Homeowners for PROFIT
Murdered Sales Agents Selling Magazines
For Readers Digest, Conde Nast, Hearst, Mother Jones, Wenner Media
The National field Selling Association and the Magazine Publishers of America.

Raleigh, North Carolina
Door-to-door act in East Raleigh highlights need for caution
Woman showed up at houses and asked to use bathroom
August 4, 2012
Door-to-door act in East Raleigh highlights need for caution
Woman showed up at houses and asked to use bathroom
By Matt Garfield - mgarfield@newsobserver.com
The News & Observer
Saturday, Aug. 04, 2012

Henrietta Kay Scott

Emily Brooks thought it was odd when a young woman carrying a clipboard knocked on her door and said she was trying to earn points for college.

Brooks grew more suspicious when the woman, told “no thanks,” asked whether she could come inside to use the bathroom. Again rebuffed, the woman scoffed and headed off toward the next house.

Sensing something amiss, Brooks dialed 911 to report what had happened.

Her call led to the arrest of a suspected credit card thief.

An officer showed up within minutes Monday and found the woman going door-to-door on Colleton Road in Longview, a neighborhood off New Bern Avenue in East Raleigh.

The woman, identified as Henrietta Kay Scott, 21, had a stolen checkbook and Visa card that had been reported missing earlier in the month, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

In addition to financial card theft, Scott was charged with obstructing an officer after she gave false information about her identity, Sughrue said.

The case typifies a ploy that police say is not unusual. The woman indicated that she was trying to sell magazine subscriptions, a tactic often used to gain easy access to credit card numbers.

“Even if nothing is taken from victims’ homes at the time, often the magazine subscriptions go unfulfilled,” Sughrue said. “The best advice is just to decline.”

The National Consumers League, America’s oldest consumer organization, publishes a list of common door-to-door scams. Among frequent tactics:

The salesperson is in a contest and will win prizes for making sales; the company is a charitable, nonprofit organization, yet you’ve never heard of it; the sale benefits youth programs to help young people stay off drugs or learn job skills.

A good defense is to ask to see a permit, said John Breyault, the league’s vice president for public policy.

“The people who go door-to-door aren’t always your typical scam artist,” he said. “Often, these are just teenagers who are looking for a summer job.”

Salespeople soliciting for profit must obtain permits from the city’s Revenue Department. For those soliciting for a school, scouts or other nonprofit, no permit is required, according to city policy.

Keeping neighbors informed

Hours after the encounter, an officer called Brooks to thank her for contacting police. He called the arrest “a good catch.”

Contacting police isn’t the only thing Brooks did. After the woman left, Brooks sent an email to the neighborhood list-serv in the East Citizens Advisory Council, alerting dozens of residents to beware of a suspicious person in the area.

The email chain has become a go-to source for many residents. East CAC members discuss everything from dogs running loose on the street to recommendations for plumbers and repairmen.

“It’s a grassroots social network that really does provide a lot of benefit,” said Emrys Treasure, co-chairman of the East CAC. “It’s hard to imagine how the CAC would go without it.”

For Longview residents, the exchanges are part of a larger effort to promote a spirit of unity in the neighborhood, which is undergoing revitalization as newcomers seek affordable homes near downtown.

“We all know what’s going on in the neighborhood – good and bad,” said Brooks, describing the email chain. “We all try to keep in touch with each other. If we hear loud music or sirens going down the street, everybody” lets each other know.

Garfield: 919-836-4952
By Matt Garfield - mgarfield@newsobserver.com
The News & Observer
http://www.midtownraleighnews.com
Raleigh, North Carolina
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DMPG Info Clip Posted August 5, 2012

A Blast from The Past

Original URL: http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/aug99/publish02080199a.asp

Magazines count on sales door to door
Many publishers ignore dangerous, ugly side of subscription industry, critics say

By Dave Umhoefer and Meg Kissinger
of the Journal Sentinel staff
Last Updated: Aug. 1, 1999

New York - America's multibillion-dollar magazine publishing industry has a decades-old habit it can't break.

It is hooked on door-to-door sales as a cheap, easy source of millions of new subscribers - and critics say publishers are in denial over the abusive and dangerous culture on many traveling sales crews.

Some publishers who contracted directly with Kay Hillery's troubled Subscriptions Plus Inc. have moved to reject orders she generates. But there appears to be no interest in investigating the field-selling industry as a whole.

Publishers express horror over allegations involving the magazine subscription industry, but they said they cannot be blamed, in part because they are unaware of specific trouble spots or they lack resources to root out bad actors.

But the trade's biggest critic isn't buying it.

"The publishers shouldn't be able to sleep at night given the dozens of deaths," said Earlene Williams, a longtime watchdog over magazine crews, which then-New York Attorney General Robert Abrams described to Congress in 1987 as "sophisticated criminal enterprises masquerading as legitimate sources of employment."

"They (the publishers) are taking the money," Williams told the Journal Sentinel. "They are ultimately responsible."

Williams can't accept naivete as an excuse. Congress, partly at the urging of her Manhattan-based Parent Watch group, held hearings twice in the mid-1980s revealing a host of child labor and consumer abuses on traveling crews.

Many publishers contract directly with companies that run crews, so they can't argue that layers of subcontractors separate them from the street sellers, she pointed out. Close relationships between publishers and major figures at clearinghouses that process field orders date back 60 years.

Michael Pashby, an official with the Magazine Publishers of America, said the industry instituted guidelines last year aimed at curbing deceptive and abusive practices in field selling. The voluntary agreement encourages publishers to approve all companies that send them orders.

He acknowledged that publicity had made some abuses on crews obvious, but he defended door-to-door in general as viable.

"There is nothing inherently wrong with doing business door-to-door," Pashby said in an interview at the MPA headquarters in New York.

Some publishers do no business through door-to-door, while some magazines can rely on it for 15% or more of sales, industry experts say. It's a vital, if relatively small, part of the revenue mix for many.

Subscription prices typically are higher at the door. The reason: Postage and handling charges of $7 or more are tacked on. Street agents typically get $4 or more on a $20 subscription, although many complain they are shorted. Crew drivers usually get $1 per sale by agents. The crew chief makes about $9 of the $20, another $4 goes to the clearinghouse, and $2 is left for the publisher. Postage and handling charges add to the take of the clearinghouses and perhaps to those below.

The magazine trade group has estimated that field sales account for 1% of all subscriptions. That would mean 3 million subscriptions or some $60 million, Pashby said. Williams' educated guess is $200 million.

Hearst, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines and Petersen Publishing Co. have severed ties to Hillery's company. It's unclear so far how much that will hurt Hillery's business.

Chip Block, an industry veteran and Petersen board member, said he could offer no defense of agents like Hillery, who generate millions of dollars in orders for publishers.

But to suggest that publishers simply not take money from these agents is unrealistic, he said. Publishers pay careful attention to subscription totals because they are linked to how much they can charge advertisers, Block said. Recently, publishers have become more dependent on agents for new subscribers.

He recommends that publishers combine to hire their own subscription agents. He pleaded ignorance of any details of companies that have hired underage children.

"We are sitting here in New York," Block said. "Frankly, it is a revelation to find out that this stuff is still going on."

Also stunned was John Gill, agency manager at the non-profit Children's Better Health Institute, a non-profit whose wholesome children's titles like Jack and Jill were being sold by Hillery's crews. The institute has since persuaded its clearinghouse to stop taking Hillery's orders for its magazines.

Despite his concerns, Gill said, the non-profit will probably rely more heavily on door-to-door sales as it fights to stay competitive, unless evidence of widespread abuses forces a change in strategy.

Parent Watch's Williams, interviewed in her Manhattan home office stacked with complaint files against traveling crews, believes the case has been made over and over. She is clearly frustrated because efforts to regulate field sales have largely failed over the years, and self-policing has had mixed results.

"It kills me that when we started Parent Watch in 1982, some of these children who are dying were not even born yet," said Williams, whose son was briefly on a magazine crew.

"It is time for the public officials and the magazine publishers to do the right and brave thing."

Appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Aug. 2, 1999.


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Seeking The Lost

Mary Ann Switalski




https://www.facebook.com/seeking.thelost.news/posts/270440533057359?comment_id=1072975&offset=0&total_comments=13

Face Book:
Seeking TheLost
Friday at 11:05pm
·
8/3/2012: I have a BIG favor to ask. Detective Mark Czworniak of the Chicago Police Department has been trying to solve this Ann's case and has commented on the original wall post. I know this case is on his mind constantly because he wrote me an e-mail about it. I'd like EVERYONE to please share this poster as a favor to him. POST: Girl Vanishes After Joining MAGAZINE CREW: Mary Ann Switalski was 17 years old when she vanished from Chicago, Illinois on 7/15/1963 while attending a carnival at St. Priscilla's Catholic Church on July 15, 1963.

Two days after her disappearance her parents received a short letter postmarked from Oak Park, IL.

In the letter, Mary Ann stated that she was fine and that she was going to earn some money to take care of them. No further contact was ever made.

It is believed that Mary Ann may have joined a magazine door-to-door sales group that was headed to California.

The husband and wife owners of the sales organization gave conflicting statements.

The wife stated that Mary Ann left with the sales group and the husband stated that Mary Ann never left Chicago.

Her photo is aged progressed to show what she might look like at 65 years of age.

Her date of birth is 9/14/1946.

At the time of her disappearance she was 5'2" and 102 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

NOTE: If anyone has any leads, please feel free to contact Detective Mark Czworniak directly at mark.czworniak@chicagopolice.org or 312 744 8261.

Mark's Facebook page for Mary: https://www.facebook.com/maryann.switalski

SOURCE: http://doenetwork.org/cases/2277dfil.html

SOURCE: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewPoster&caseNum=1180028&orgPrefix=NCMC&searchLang=en_US

If anyone has any leads, please feel free to contact me directly at mark.czworniak@chicagopolice.org.Detective Czworniak Chicago Police Department. 312 744 8261.

Face Book:
Seeking The Lost
https://www.facebook.com/seeking.thelost.news


Stamford, Connecticut
Police blotter: Door-to-door salesman charged in Greenwich
August 3, 2012
Police blotter: Door-to-door salesman charged in Greenwich
The Advocate
Updated 7:50 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2012
- Apollos J. McCorey, 20, of 1626 Taylor Ave., Charlotte, N.C., was charged Tuesday with illegal sales without a tax permit and violation of a town ordinance.

Police responded to Field Road on the report of a subject soliciting from door to door.

Police had previously warned McCorey, who said he didn't have identification, for violation of a town ordinance, police said.

Bond was set at $1,000 and he is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Aug. 8.

- Timothy C. Clinton, 50, of 1233 King St., was charged Tuesday with evading responsibility, operation under the influence, failure to signal and distracted driving.

Bond was set at $500 and he is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Aug. 10.

- John M. Perella, 44, of 1235 King St., was charged Tuesday with interfering with an officer.

He is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Aug. 8.
The Advocate
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com
Stamford, Connecticut
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Onslow County, North Carlonia
Who’s There: Door-To-Door Salesmen and Kids
August 2, 2012
Who’s There: Door-To-Door Salesmen and Kids
August 2nd, 2012 Chris Barnes
Onslow Memorial Hospital
middleville.onslow.org
The prevalence of door-to-door salespeople seems to be on the increase in my neighborhood. Most recently we’ve been treated to an academic textbook salesperson with a series of high priced textbooks on elementary, middle and high school topics, a “miracle” cleaning spray salesperson, and a very rude and pushy security system representative.

Outside of Girl Scout cookies, Boy Scout popcorn and school fundraisers, I’ve never made a purchase at my door. Until recently, we didn’t have any protocols in place with the kids about folks coming to the door. I was quite surprised when I recently found my teen talking to a salesperson in our doorway. I was a bit irrational and flew quickly to protective dad mode. Being a bit too quick, I never even heard what he was selling. He quickly left the property and I doubt he will return, particularly when my large dog bounded out of the garage.

I have no issue with capitalism and the right for folks to make a living. I would simply hope that the folks traveling the neighborhood selling door-to-door would be respectful of homeowners’ rights. With stories of home invasions, abductions and the like, I think it is important that we are cautious, particularly as it relates to our kids and their interactions with strangers.

We live in a relatively safe community and neighborhood with few issues. However, I have cautioned my kids to wait for an adult to answer the door when there is a solicitor or unknown visitor. I wish this level of caution was unnecessary.

What safeguards do you put in place for your kids?
Onslow Memorial Hospital
middleville.onslow.org
http://middleville.onslow.org
Jacksonville, North Carlonia
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Branson, Missouri
OTC Warns of Fake Door to Door Book Sales
August 1, 2012
OTC Warns of Fake Door to Door Book Sales
By: Monte Schisler, News Director
KRZK Radio
Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Area residents are being advised not to purchase books from a young woman who says she’s representing the Ozarks Technical Community College’s Culinary Arts Program.

The woman is reportedly going door to door to area homes trying to sell the books to raise money for a trip with the college.

Anyone contacted by this person is urged to call the nearest law enforcement agency.

A similar scam was reported earlier this year, when an individual was trying to sell magazine subscriptions.

OTC says it is not affiliated with any sales program of this kind.

The Springfield based college has a campus at Branson Meadows, and is building a new Table Rock Campus in Hollister that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.
By: Monte Schisler, News Director
KRZK Radio
http://hometowndailynews.com
Branson, Missouri
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EAST GREENWICH TWP., News Jersey
East Greenwich arrests fugitive wanted for 2 counts of attempted murder in Louisiana
July 31, 2012
East Greenwich arrests fugitive wanted for 2 counts of attempted murder in Louisiana
By Gloucester County Times
New Jersey On-Line LLC
nj.com
Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 12:10 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 12:13 PM
EAST GREENWICH TWP. — A resident who called police when a door-to-door cleaning supplies salesman couldn’t display a township solicitor’s permit was responsible for nabbing a man wanted for two counts of attempted murder in Louisiana.

Police got a call from a man who lives in the Weathervane development in Mount Royal at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, reporting what appeared to be a violation of a township ordinance.

Ptl. Brett Pfeiffer quickly spotted the door-to-door salesman and pulled him over, police said.

Pfeiffer was about to write Christopher D. Murphy, 21, a ticket for not having a solicitor’s license, but the officer ran him for wants and warrants with the National Crime Information Center, first. The attempted murder charges changed everything.

Murphy allegedly was involved in a dispute at a house party in Monroe, La. last November and shot one man in the back and stomach and a second man in the leg, police said. He fled two charges of second-degree attempted murder.

Murphy was arrested without incident and charged with being a fugitive from justice. He was committed to the Gloucester County Jail in Woodbury on a no-bail warrant. He’ll await extradition there.

Murphy was selling products for a Michigan company and records show he’d been in Washington, D.C., Virginia and, more recently, Woodbury.

Lt. Charles Barone said the incident demonstrates how important it could be for residents to call police when they observe something or someone suspicious.
By Gloucester County Times
New Jersey On-Line LLC
nj.com
http://www.nj.com
New Jersey
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DMPG Info Clip Posted August 1, 2012

Christopher D. Murphy Wanted For 2 Counts Of Attempted Murder




http://nixle.com/alert/4756842
Monroe LA Police Department
Wednesday November 23rd, 2011 :: 02:13 p.m. CST
WANTED: Christopher D. Murphy- DOB: 01/11/1991 B/M : 2 Counts Attempted Murder

On November 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm, Monroe Police Department received a call in reference to a shooting.
The shooting took place during a party which erupted into a fight in the 300 block of Morris Ave.

Officers arrived on scene and discovered two victims had been shot.
One victim was shot in the both legs and the other victim was shot
in the stomach. Both victims were transported to local hospitals.
Monroe Police Department is searching for the suspect.

There is an ACTIVE WARRANT for the arrest of Christopher D. Murphy for two counts of Attempted Murder.

Date of Birth: 01/11/1991
Height 5-9
Weight 201
Last known address: 133 Arlington Drive, Monroe, La.

Address/Location
Monroe LA Police Department
700 Wood St
Monroe, LA 71201

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 318-329-2600


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police reports, court documents, media articles, and secretary of state websites.
The DMPG is not responsible for inaccurate data in any of the above sources of information.
Various company websites change over a period of time. Information and Links also change.
The DMPG cannot control this and for this reason cannot guarantee 100% accuracty of data.
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WebMaster
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Medford, Oregon
Sheriff's department seeks fraud suspect
July 31, 2012
Sheriff's department seeks fraud suspect
Mail Tribune & Daily Tidings
July 31, 2012

Jackson County Sheriff's Department released
this security camera photo of the suspect.

A man who claimed to be selling magazine subscriptions to help veterans is suspected of withdrawing nearly $900 in cash from a 92-year-old Medford woman's bank account, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reports.

The sheriff's department said in a news release today that the woman, who lives in the 3400 block of South Pacific Highway, reported the fraud July 2 and now investigators are seeking the public's help in tracking the suspect down.

The woman told a deputy that a man about 20 who said he was a neighbor's grandson came to her door selling magazine subscriptions on July 1. The salesman told the woman he was raising money for war veterans, the news release said.

When the woman said she didn't have any money at her home, the man said he could take her debit card and go get cash for her order, then bring back her card. The woman agreed and handed over her debit card, the sheriff's department reported.

Investigators said the man then went to three ATMs, withdrawing nearly $900 in an hour. He returned the debit card to the woman, but she became suspicious when he didn't provide any order forms or subscription information, the news release said.

Sheriff's investigators concluded that the man wasn't really the neighbor's grandson and are now working to identify who he really is, the release said.

He is white with short brown hair, no visible tattoos or other marks and was wearing a short-sleeved shirt, shorts, and a purple and yellow bracelet on his left wrist. Authorities have released a photo of him from the ATM where the woman's card was used.

Anyone who recognizes him or knows his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's tip line at 541-774-8333 or Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case or any unsolved criminal activity. Callers can remain anonymous.
Mail Tribune & Daily Tidings
http://www.mailtribune.com
Medford, Oregon
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Medford, Oregon
$1000 Reward: Police Seeking Fake Magazine Salesman
July 31, 2012
$1000 Reward: Police Seeking Fake Magazine Salesman
Written by Travis Koch, Posted in Local,
KOBI-TV
Posted: Tue, July 31 2012 at 5:48 PM, Updated: Tue, July 31 2012 at 6:17 PM
Crime stoppers is offering a thousand dollar reward for information that leads to the arrest of one man. After posing as a magazine salesman police say he swindled hundreds of dollars using the ATM card of a 92 year old Medford woman.

Edith Rawlings-Hatcht admits giving up her ATM Card was a bad idea but says at the time, the young man posing as her neighbors grandson had a pretty convincing story. He claimed to be with a church group, selling magazines for veterans overseas. After realizing she didn't have the cash to pay for the four dollar subscription, the boy offered to take her debit card to the ATM for her. Police have released photos from that ATM of the suspected thief. Tonight the victim of that hoax is trying to recover her confidence which she says is low after being taken advantage of at her own home.

If you have any information call the numbers below

Crime Stoppers Tip Line: 1 (800) 850-0580

Jackson County Sheriff's Tip Line: (541) 774-8333
Written by Travis Koch
KOBI-TV
http://www.kobi5.com
Medford, Oregon
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They would not listen
they did not know how
perhaps they'll listen now.

They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...

Published on Jul 30, 2012 by AdamKokesh
How to prevent door-to-door sales
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The National Field Selling Association Crooks Strike Again !!!


DMPG Info Clip Posted July 30, 2012
Ripoff Report Updates:
Complaints Reviews Scams Lawsuits Frauds Reported
Palmetto Marketing
Ultimate Unity

Palmetto Marketing and Ultimate Unity are Active Members of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association Members Page:
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
Beware of Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Crews
Read about the NFSA SCUM on Facebook

Palmetto Marketing, aka: Sunshine Subscription Agency
Google Search: Palmetto Marketing + magazine
Search Palmetto Marketing This Website
Ultimate Unity
Google Search: Ultimate Unity + magazine
Search Ultimate Unity This Website

Ripoff Reports Ultimate Unity Update July 19, 2012
Ripoff Reports Ultimate Unity

Ripoff Reports Palmetto Marketing Update July 16, 2012
Ripoff Reports Palmetto Marketing

Palmetto Marketing
Phone: (954) 341-8135
Fax: (954) 341-6918
7522 Wiles Rd Ste 112, Coral Springs, FL 33067-2056
http://www.sunshinesubscription.com
Principal: Mr. Vincent Pitts (President)
aka:
Sunshine Subscription Agency
PMI Sales
Pitts Sales
Gemini Sales
Freedom Sales
J C Sales

Ultimate Unity, Inc.
Phone: (219) 809-5733
Fax: (219) 809-5734
8555 W US Highway 20, Michigan City, IN 46360-7628 Inc.
www.uunity.biz
Vice President: Debra Ellis
Principal: LeVan Ellis (President)
aka:
American Community Services, Inc.
Phone: (219) 874-7248
Fax: (219) 879-4656
8557 W. U. S. Highway 20, Michigan City, IN 46360-7628
http://www.americancommunity.com
Google Search: American Community Services + magazine
Search American Community Services This Website


Note: The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group collects information from various sources:
police reports, court documents, media articles, and secretary of state websites.
The DMPG is not responsible for inaccurate data in any of the above sources of information.
Various company websites change over a period of time. Information and Links also change.
The DMPG cannot control this and for this reason cannot guarantee 100% accuracty of data.
If you have a question or find an error on this website please contact the DMPG WebMaster:
WebMaster
~or~ read the DMPG disclaimer: DMPG Disclaimer
Dedicated Parents Group LLC @ 2012


Magazine Salesman Arrested in Van Buren
July 30, 2012
Magazine Salesman Arrested in Van Buren
By: Bobbi Smith
NWAhomepage.com
KNWA-TV
Fox 24 (KFTA-TV)
Updated: July 30, 2012


It's illegal to solicit door-to-door in Van Buren - a law a magazine salesman had to learn the hard way on Sunday.

Van Buren Police arrested Austin Currier from Albion, Pennsylvania for loitering and soliciting without a permit.

Detective Jonathan Wear says that the police department had received multiple complaints about Currier on Sunday afternoon and that Currier was going door-to-door selling books and magazines.

Police say Currier had been stopped earlier in the day and was given a warning. He was told that it was illegal to solicit door to door in Van Buren without a permit.

Detective Wear says that Currier ignored the warning and continued to go door-to-door selling magazines, and after receiving yet another complaint about Currier, police made contact with him at 11th and Lincoln where he was arrested for violating the ordinance and state loitering statute.

Austin Currier was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center on misdemeanor charges of Soliciting without a permit (City ordinance) and Loitering (State Statute).

According to Van Buren city ordinance, soliciting must be done between the hours of 8:00am and 9:00pm Monday through Saturday with a permit. Soliciting cannot be done at any time on Sunday. The solicitor must leave if asked by the homeowner. Soliciting cannot be done in the business district, and the solicitor must identify himself and the business he/she is soliciting for. The penalty for violating the ordinance is a fine of up to $200.00.
By: Bobbi Smith
NWAhomepage.com
KNWA-TV
http://nwahomepage.com
Fayetteville Arkansas
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Cape Coral, Florida
Florida Man Will Kill Anyone on His Property
July 29, 2012
Florida Man Will Kill Anyone on His Property
July 29, 2012 01:10 PM EDT
gather.com
Skyword Inc.
by Jessica Knight
Member since:
February 21, 2012
Everyone is frequently annoyed by a door-to-door salesman. Whether it's children's books or steaks, magazine subscriptions or Kirby vacuums, the salesman come around and annoy you, trying to get you to buy whatever they are peddling. Floridian Kenneth Roop has found a way out of the sale: he just kills the salesman.

Nicolas Rainey, 30, is the victim in this situation. According to one of his co-workers, he had walked up to Roop's door and knocked, receiving no answer. Rainey worked for a door-to-door company, selling steak and seafood. On his way back down the driveway, Roop pulled up and asked what Rainey was doing. As Rainey explained, Roop raised a black handgun and shot the attractive, young salesman. And once wasn't enough. As Nicolas Rainey lay on the ground, Roop felt the need to fire another bullet into his head, "for effect."

Referred to as the neighborhood crazy, Roop told police he had no trespassing signs posted and would kill anyone who came onto his property. "I'm not going to give him the chance to do something to me. I was in fear," he told police.

Is this a reasonable situation? Technically, Rainey did trespass, against posted signs. Does that give Roop the right to kill? Everyone is annoyed by a door-to-door salesman, probably weekly, but most people have also worked in some form of door-to-door sales and are glad to have survived it. Roop does make a good point. More and more frequently, the salesman are the dangerous parties, coming into homes and robbing the unsuspecting homeowners.

Maybe society isn't currently safe enough for door-to-door sales. They could be a threat, or their potential customers could be dangerous predators. You know, the economy is bad. Maybe they should just stop. Kirby's are too expensive; magazines are a stupid waste of money (have they heard of the internet?); and the rest you can buy at the store. You really don't need someone to come to your home to sell it to you at 3 times the price.
gather.com
Skyword Inc.
by Jessica Knight
http://news.gather.com
Boston, Massachusetts
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West Haven, Connecticut
Magazine Salesman Punches Customer in Face: Cops
Police said Truman Tart has an extensive criminal history with several felony arrests around the country.
July 27, 2012
Magazine Salesman Punches Customer in Face: Cops
Police said Truman Tart has an extensive criminal history with several felony arrests around the country.
NBC Connecticut TV WVIT
nbcconnecticut.com
Friday, Jul 27, 2012 | Updated 12:24 PM EDT

Police said Truman Tart punched a customer in the face because
the customer would not let him come in from the rain

A man who was trying to sell magazines in West Haven was arrested after punching a Pheasant Road resident in the face because the man would not allow him into his house, police said.

Truman Tart, 24, of 529 Whalley Avenue New Haven, was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.

He has an extensive criminal history and did not have a permit to sell magazine, according to a news release from Sgt. David Tammaro.

When West Haven police responded to Pheasant Road around 8 p.m. on Thursday, the resident said he answered the door for two magazine solicitors and one asked to come inside and out of the rain when the weather got bad, police said.

The homeowner refused and Tart punched him in the face, police said

Police found the solicitors and arrested Tart, who has an extensive criminal history with several felony arrests around the country, according to Tammaro.

West Haven ordinance requires solicitors to obtain a permit from the police department.

Police run national criminal background checks to ensure that people with criminal records are not soliciting in residential neighborhoods.

Tart was held on $10,000 bond.
NBC Connecticut TV WVIT
nbcconnecticut.com
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com
West Hartford, Connecticut
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WEST HAVEN, Connecticut
Cops: Magazine salesman punched homeowner
July 27, 2012
Cops: Magazine salesman punched homeowner
Staff Reports
Connecticut Post
Updated 12:14 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012
WEST HAVEN -- A door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested Thursday after police say he punched a homeowner in the face when the salesman wasn't let inside.

The suspect, Truman Tart, 24, of Whalley Avenue in New Haven, and another man, knocked on the door of a Pheasant Road house at about 8 p.m., while heavy rain was falling, said Sgt. David Tammaro, the police department spokesman.

Tart asked if he could come inside out of the rain, and when the homeowner refused Tart punched him in the face and the two men fled, Tammaro said.

Police found the two men and the homeowner identified Tart as the man who assaulted him, Tammaro said. West Haven has an ordinance requiring door-to-door salespeople to get a police permit and submit to a national criminal background check, Tammaro said.

He said residents should call police when solicitors are in their neighborhood.

Tart was charged with assault and breach of peace, and held overnight. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at Superior Court in Milford.
Staff Reports
Connecticut Post
http://www.ctpost.com
Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck police warn of more magazine sale reports
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
United Circulation, LLC
BBB: United Circulation, LLC
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Circulation
(866) 203-5890
PO Box 501, Waterloo, IA 50704-0501
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 01/04/2008
Business started: 06/01/2007
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Principal: Amanda Burns (Office Manager) Jacob Stack
Business Category
Sales & Order Books
Google Search: United Circulation + magazine
end DMPG Info
July 27, 2012
Bismarck police warn of more magazine sale reports
July 27, 2012 10:33 am • By JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune
More people have reported being swindled by people going door to door in Bismarck for supposed fundraisers.

On Wednesday, two women reported they had given a pair of men, approximately 20 years old, $50 to send a Reader’s Digest subscription to troops overseas. The men had told them they were selling the magazines to raise money for a trip to Europe through Bismarck State College. However, the college has no such fundraising effort going on, and the company that appeared on a receipt, United Circulation, LLC., is not licensed for door-to-door sales in Bismarck and does not have a North Dakota Transient Merchant License.

Following the reporting of that case by Bismarck media outlets, police received two more similar reports.

In one case, a woman reported giving two men, who matched the description of the two in the case reported Wednesday, $40 to send a magazine subscription overseas on June 11, Sgt. Mark Buschena said. Her check already has been cashed.

Another woman reported that one man came to her door on the 1000 block of Governor Lane, asking for money for mission trip to Hawaii to build homes and churches, Buschena said. He said she cancelled the check after hearing about the Europe-trip fundraising scam. The man is believed to be on of the two from the other reports, Buschena said.

The men are described as being 19 or 20 years old. One is blonde, approximately 6-feet tall and thin, with a cast on his right hand. Victims have said he is the one who did most of the talking. The other man is described as having brown hair and is approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall and stocky.

Police say people selling door to door must have transient merchant licenses with their names on them in their possession at all times when they are selling. Sales only are permitted from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sales may not be initiated at homes with “no trespassing,” “no soliciting” or similar signs.

Anyone with information about the cases should call the Bismarck Police Department at 223-1212 or Bismarck Area Crime Stoppers at 224-TIPS (224-8477).

Reach reporter Jenny Michael at 250-8225 or jenny.michael@bismarcktribune.com.
By JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune
http://bismarcktribune.com
Bismarck, North Dakota
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Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck police investigate illegal door-to-door sales
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
United Circulation, LLC
BBB: United Circulation, LLC
This Business is not BBB Accredited
United Circulation
(866) 203-5890
PO Box 501, Waterloo, IA 50704-0501
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 01/04/2008
Business started: 06/01/2007
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Principal: Amanda Burns (Office Manager) Jacob Stack
Business Category
Sales & Order Books
Google Search: United Circulation + magazine
end DMPG Info
July 26, 2012
Bismarck police investigate illegal door-to-door sales
July 26, 2012 3:45 pm • By JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune
The Bismarck Police Department says to be aware of unlicensed groups selling magazines door to door.

Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said an 88-year-old Bismarck woman and a 90-year-old Bismarck woman reported that two men came to their home on the 200 block of West Owens Avenue selling magazines at 1:15 p.m. The men, estimated to be approximately 20 years old, were wearing dark clothing and one had a cast on his right hand. The men said they were selling magazines to raise money through Bismarck State College for a trip to Europe.

The women paid $50 to have a subscription of Reader’s Digest sent to troops overseas. Buschena said one of the women was a former employee of BSC and called the school to get more information about the fundraiser. After being told no such program existed, the women reported the incident to police.

A receipt from the transaction showed the name of the business as United Circulation, LLC, of Cedar Falls, Iowa. The business is not licensed for door-to-door sales in Bismarck and does not have a North Dakota Transient Merchant License, police say.

Bismarck police remind people that door-to-door merchants are governed by the following rules:

All employees must be approved to conduct sales and must have been issued individual identification badges by the city prior to engaging in sales. Individual identification badges must be worn and clearly displayed at all times by employees when conducting sales. Salespeople must have transient merchant licenses with their names on it, in their possession. Door-to-door sales are permitted only from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sales may not be attempted at homes, businesses or other establishments where there are “no trespassing,” “no soliciting” or similar signs Employees may not engage in fraud or make any misrepresentations or false statements in the course of carrying out their business or engage in any disorderly conduct or commit any crimes.

Reach reporter Jenny Michael at 250-8225 or jenny.michael@bismarcktribune.com.
By JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune
http://bismarcktribune.com
Bismarck, North Dakota
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Memphis, Tennessee/Middletown New York
UPDATE: Missing Forrest City Woman Returns to Arkansas
July 25, 2012
UPDATE: Missing Forrest City Woman Returns to Arkansas
By: Marci Manley, KARK 4 News
Updated: July 25, 2012

Last photo of Tiffany and Aaron with magazine sales crew


Photo of Aaron Stevenson and Tiffany


Photo of Matt Turner

Wednesday Update:

Lisa Ennis, Tiffany Ennis' mother confirms Tiffany and her boyfriend Aaron Stevenson have arrived in Forrest City by bus. Aaron's brother, Matt Turner, who was traveling with them initially is not with them.

According to Ennis, police told her Stevenson had been beaten up but would be okay.

Details remain unclear as to how the teens arrived, where they've been over the past 10 days.

Tuesday Update:

Lisa Ennis, the mother of 20-year-old Tiffany Ennis, said there has been no additional information on her daughter's whereabouts. Tiffany, her boyfriend Aaron Stevenson, and his brother Matt Turner are all still believed to be missing. Photos follow below.

Wallkill Police have not returned our phone calls since Monday.
By: Marci Manley, KARK 4 News
http://arkansasmatters.com
Little Rock, Arkansas
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 072512:
Magazine Sales company:
Lifestyles Success, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.lifestylesuccessinc.com
Google Search: Lifestyles Success + magazine

BBB: Lifestyles Success, Inc.
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Lifestyles Success, Inc.
BBB Rating: F
(404) 518-8936
3645 Marketplace Blvd, Suite 130-64, Atlanta, GA 30344
BBB file opened: 03/11/2011
Contact Information
Principal: Tim Robertson
Business Category
Magazines Sold Door-to-Door

Whois:
Registrant:
michelle colbert
3645 marketplace blvd 130-64
East Point, GA 30344
US
Domain name: LIFESTYLESUCCESSINC.COM
Administrative Contact:
colbert, michelle
3645 marketplace blvd 130-64
East Point, GA 30344
US
+1.5303212288

Note: The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group collects information from various sources:
police reports, court documents, media articles, and secretary of state websites.
The DMPG is not responsible for inaccurate data in any of the above sources of information.
Various company websites change over a period of time. Information and Links also change.
The DMPG cannot control this and for this reason cannot guarantee 100% accuracty of data.
If you have a question or find an error on this website please contact the DMPG WebMaster:
WebMaster
~or~ read the DMPG disclaimer: DMPG Disclaimer
Dedicated Parents Group LLC @ 2012


Lincoln, Rhode Island
Amendment would speed up inevitable 'no' for door-to-door sales in Lincoln
July 25, 2012
Amendment would speed up inevitable 'no' for door-to-door sales in Lincoln
By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH, Valley Breeze Staff Writer
The Valley Breeze
7/25/2012
LINCOLN - Because the Town Council has historically denied virtually every request to allow salesmen to go door-to-door throughout town neighborhoods, an ordinance amendment is before the Town Council that would save applicants from even filling out the paperwork.

Councilor Kenneth Pichette submitted Ordinance 2012-7 at the July 17 meeting, and it was then deferred to the Ordinance Committee, which will meet next month.

Pichette said both during and prior to his two years on the council, soliciting is usually denied approval.

"As a rule, we don't usually allow soliciting in the town of Lincoln," Pichette told The Breeze. "We want to keep people in the town from being bothered."

The amendment to ordinances 187-1 through 187-7 states, "Any applicant requesting a permit to solicit door-to-door must be approved by the Town Council prior to fulfilling the current application process."

The applicant may appear before the council, it states, or submit a request in writing.

Pichette said the application process is "pretty intense," so he submitted the amendment to "preempt the amount of work" for the applicant when the answer is most likely to be "no."

At that same meeting, councilors voted to deny Worcester, Mass., resident Nathan Woods from selling Verizon Fios through Intrinsic Consulting Inc. He had applied for "lead-based door-to-door" operations to be completed from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

According to the seven ordinances in the town charter regarding soliciting, individuals or companies that wish to solicit must register with the Police Department, giving complete identification, signature, employer name, nature of products or services, names of manufacturers, organizations represented and the proposed method of operation in the town.

A registration fee of $2 for 90 days is required for the permit, though the council may waive fees for charitable organizations, the ordinance states. The registrant must then carry the registration with him or her at all times, and it can be taken away for violations.

Pichette said if any residents have questions about a solicitor, they should call Town Hall at 401-333-1100.
By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH, Valley Breeze Staff Writer
The Valley Breeze
http://www.valleybreeze.com
Lincoln, Rhode Island
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Memphis, Tennessee/Middletown New York
Arkansas group goes missing in New York State
July 24, 2012
Arkansas group goes missing in New York State
Posted: Jul 24, 2012 3:04 PM CDT Updated: Jul 24, 2012 5:25 PM CDT
By Andrew Douglas
8ABC
kait8.com

An Arkansas mom is thousands of miles away from home
trying to find her missing 20-year-old daughter, Tiffany Ennis.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - An Arkansas mom is thousands of miles away from home trying to find her missing 20-year-old daughter.

Lisa Ennis says her daughter, Tiffany, answered a newspaper ad about selling magazines in New York, but wanted to quit after 2 weeks.

Ennis last spoke to Tiffany, who was with her boyfriend Aaron Stevenson, on the phone 10 days ago.

"She was scared and didn't know what to do," Ennis said.

The couple is from Forrest City, AR, and answered a newspaper add to sell magazines in Middletown, NY.

They rode a bus to Middletown with Matt Turner, Stevenson's brother.

Ennis said the company paid for the 3 to get to New York, but weren't given tickets when they wanted to return to Arkansas.

Instead, they were dropped off at a bus station without a way to buy tickets and haven't been seen or heard from since.

Tiffany's mom went to Middtletown to try and find her daughter.

"At first I thought that… she was just dead somewhere here because she didn't call me," Enis said. "But I think they have her somewhere."

Arkansas police and have been in contact with Middletown police and the investigation is currently considered a missing persons case and foul play is not suspected.

Action News 5's calls to the magazine company went unanswered.
By Andrew Douglas
8ABC
WMC-TV
kait8.com
http://www.kait8.com
Jonesboro, Arkansas
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New York
Another Child Is Missing From A Magazine Sales Crew In New York City
July 24, 2012
Another Child Is Missing From A Magazine Sales Crew In New York City
By: Dawn Worswick
examiner.com
July 24, 2012

Missing From Magazine Sales Crew
in New York City

Another girl is missing from a magazine sales crew, this time from New York. Tiffany Ennis, 20 of Forrest City Arkansas.

"If you really want to stop these people, then go to the source. They are run by a company called Mecca Enterprises, based out of Arlington, Texas. This has been going on since at least the 70's. How do I know? Because I was one of those people. I finally left after 8 months and was given $200 and a bus ticket. I tried to get the money that I earned and they told me to prove it. Of course I couldn't. That was 26 years ago. I never saw drugs there, but I did witness beatings by the crew managers." Kelly Patrick Explains on a Facebook post of a smiling picture of Tiffany Ennis who has disappeared with her boyfriend and her brother after going to New York and joining a magazine sales crew.

The travel tickets were paid for by the company but they refused to pay for the way back dropping them all off at a bus station but none of them have been seen from since.

Traveling magazine sales crews are notoriously dangerous for young people as they have to travel long distances from their homes, work long hours without pay, food, or water, and are threatened by crew managers when quotas aren't met. Some have even been sold into human trafficking rings and while America's Most Wanted did a special expose on the scam, it is still a prevalent and dangerous lure for young people.

Another former sales associate said, "These magazine crews need to be stopped! They trick young people to believe that they will makes a lot of money ...and they will get to travel.. They get them hooked on drugs and won't let them have Any of the money they Make..that way they can't go home."

While a mother said, "They did the same shit to my son at that age luckily we was able to get my son home!"

Another teen associate voices her concern, "These magazine crews need to be more responsible. I was in one as a 15 year old and had the exact same thing happen to me. Only I was lucky enough to have met someone that was genuinely concerned for my well being."

Both Tiffany, her boyfriend, and his brother are believed to be missing. If you have any information on their whereabouts, your asked to contact local law enforcement or the St. Francis County Sheriff's Office, and ask for Deputy Heath Reynolds 870-633-2611.
By: Dawn Worswick
examiner.com
http://www.examiner.com
New York
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The National Field Selling Association Crooks Strike Again !!!


Gering, Nebraska
Magazine scammers going door-to-door in Gering
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
HP Consulting
PO Box 1030 Kittredge, CO 80457 888-888-9025
Active Member of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association Members Page:
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
Beware of Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Crews
Read about the NFSA SCUM on Facebook
Dirty Criminal RATS Always Crawl Out Of The Same Stench Hole Of SHIT !!!
Isn't it ODD that so many of these door-to-door magazine sales companies have that same address
or close to the same address in Kittredge, Colorado ???
Also See:
Preferred Consulting Service
Unique Subscriptions Agency Inc.
Great Lake Circulation
D2D Consulting
American Cash Awards
Monitoring Services Network
Face to Face Technologies Inc
Dynasty Technologies, Inc,
Face Off, Inc.,
Miami Dream Team,
No Limit Sales,
Lone Star,
Top Notch,
Bunny,Inc,
Northeast Promotions,
East Coast Marketing

Also See:
Kealy Landes
Mark Shumate
Jennifer Proffitt
Proffitt-Payne
Cody Payne

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office
has filed a lawsuit against Jennifer Proffitt-Payne (DOB: 12/21/1961), Cody Payne (DOB: 11/28/1963) and a series of Jefferson County-based magazine businesses.
The lawsuit follows allegations that Proffitt-Payne, of Evergreen, and her businesses, including Great Lakes Circulation and D2D Consulting, engaged in deceptive trade practices.

end DMPG Info
July 21, 2012
Magazine scammers going door-to-door in Gering
KOTA
kotanow.com
Posted: Jul 21, 2012 6:38 PM CDT
Updated: Jul 21, 2012 6:38 PM CDT
Gering Police want to warn people about a potential magazine subscription scam circulating the community. Police say a man and a woman are canvassing neighborhoods in Gering selling magazines without a local permit. Residents who believe they were scammed say the couple asks them to buy magazine subscriptions for overseas military members. Police say the scammers also claim the money will help pay for Gering high school students to go to Italy. The scammers request that checks be written to HP Consulting which police identified as a scam.
KOTA
kotanow.com
http://www.kotanow.com
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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GEARHART, Oregon
Warnings issued about door-to-door sales scams
July 20, 2012
Warnings issued about door-to-door sales scams
Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012 2:00 am | Updated: 6:08 pm, Thu Jul 19, 2012.
By Jeremy C. Ruark
Seaside Signal
GEARHART – It happens each summer and each summer officials say they become a bit craftier.

Seaside and Gearhart Police are warning residents to be aware of door-to-door sales people and the pitches they use designed to take your money.

Gearhart Police Chief Jeff Forman said the newest twist on the door-to-door sales involves a contest.

“So they say they aren’t selling, but they are signing you up for a contest,” he said. “But in reality it’s a gimmick to get your money.”

The sales pitches can vary but frequently include magazines or cleaning products sales.

Police say the sales people are usually young men and women in their teens brought into a neighborhood in a van. They usually filter through a neighborhood going door-to-door quickly.

“They will come in and hit the area until they are contacted by the police and then they move on,” said Bob Gross, Seaside Police Chief.

Many times the door-to-door sales people can be aggressive and often target the elderly, according to the Oregon Attorney General’s spokesman Tony Green.

“They often make promises that they cannot keep,” Green said. “Some of these people also place their foot in the door so you can’t close it.”

The Oregon Attorney General’s office continues to warn consumers about purchasing anything from door-to-door sales people.

“Some communities take a hard line and arrest them,” said Gross. “We make them aware that business licenses are required and if they attempt to sell without the license they will be cited.”

Those who sell door-to-door in Seaside without a license could face a fine not to exceed $500 and the materials they are attempting to sell would be confiscated.

Police urge residents approached by door-to-door sales people to ask to see their business license.

“If they don’t have a business license, don’t do business with them. Get a physical description of the sales people and any vehicle they may be using andcall police,” said Gross.
By Jeremy C. Ruark
Seaside Signal
http://www.seasidesignal.com
Seaside, Oregon
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
ID Now Required for Door-to-Door Sales in Minneapolis
July 20, 2012
ID Now Required for Door-to-Door Sales in Minneapolis
City of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Created: 07/20/2012 1:49 PM KSTP.com By: Mike Maybay
If a salesperson knocks on your door, and they don't have a city-issued ID badge, call 911. That was the message from the Minneapolis City Council Friday. The council unanimously passed a new ordinance governing how solicitors operate in the city. "Under the new rules, door-to-door salespeople and transient merchants will be required to wear a city-issued photo identification card," said a city spokesperson. Earlier this month, KSTP.COM reported on concerns Council Member Gary Schiff raised about the safety of those selling magazines door-to-door. "Traveling magazine sales is one of the top-five most dangerous jobs for youth," said Schiff. The new ordinance "does not apply to canvassers, including people who advocate for religious, social, or political causes," said the spokesperson.
City of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Created: 07/20/2012 1:49 PM KSTP.com By: Mike Maybay
http://www.minneapolismn.gov
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Adams and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Door-to-door salespeople upsetting area residents
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Advantage
The Scumbags:
aka: Southwestern Company
Research: Southwestern Company/Kirby/Amway/DSA: Southwestern Company/Kirby/Amway/DSA
Research: SouthwesternCompanyTruth: http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
Research: Southwestern Testimonies: http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
Research: youbyte on Southwestern Company: http://www.youbyte.com
end DMPG Info
July 19, 2012
Door-to-door salespeople upsetting area residents
Reported by: Jesse Knutson
Email: JesseKnutson@cbs21.com
CBS 21
whptv.com
Published: 7/19 2:50 pm
Updated: 7/19 3:51 pm
Door-to-door salesmen in Adams and Cumberland County are upsetting people by trying to sell books and magazines and claiming that they're endorsed by the school district.

While the company they work for is legitimate, local school districts are warning residents.

These salesmen are going door-to-door trying to sell books or magazines that they say are endorsed by area schools, but the schools have put out warnings saying they are not connected in any way.

The salesmen are said to be college aged students trying to make some extra cash over the summer.

They work for a company called "Southwestern Advantage" which employs people to go out and sell books on behalf of the company.

People who have dealt with the salesmen say that they are extremely pushy, not accepting no for an answer and returning to houses 4 or 5 times before giving up. Some of the salesmen have implied that they are endorsed by local schools, but school districts have spoken out and put warnings on their websites saying that they have not spoken to these people and that they are not affiliated with the schools.

Some of the salesmen have gotten the names of the residents and created maps of the neighborhoods, finding families that have school aged children.

While what they're doing isn't illegal, State Police say it's important to be aware of this situation.

"Although these salesmen seem to be within their legal rights and are legitimately selling a product, some of the issues we've been encountering with these individuals are the persistence delivery methods," explained Trooper Adam Reed. "Some people would call them somewhat pushy."

Police say that if these people approach your house that you're more than welcome to buy books and know that they're legitimate, but if you don't want to - just ask them to leave the property. If they won't leave or they continue to come back, call police.
Reported by: Jesse Knutson
Email: JesseKnutson@cbs21.com
whptv.com
CBS 21
http://www.whptv.com
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Adams and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Trooper tells public how to handle persistent salesman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Advantage
aka: The Scumbags:
Southwestern Company
Research: Southwestern Company/Kirby/Amway/DSA: Southwestern Company/Kirby/Amway/DSA
Research: SouthwesternCompanyTruth: http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
Research: Southwestern Testimonies: http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
Research: youbyte on Southwestern Company: http://www.youbyte.com
July 19, 2012
Trooper tells public how to handle persistent salesman
By Joseph Cress, Sentinel Reporter | Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 10:00 am
The Sentinel - cumberlink.com
The persistent and aggressive sales techniques of door-to-door salesmen is catching the ire of residents throughout Cumberland and parts of Adams counties.

“Their delivery style is upsetting and making a lot of people suspicious,” said Trooper Adam Reed, public information officer for Pennsylvania State Police Troop H.

State police have received numerous reports in recent weeks of salesmen driving around with out-of-state tags targeting rural and suburban neighborhoods near Newville Borough and the townships of South Middleton, Dickinson, West Pennsboro, Penn, Lower Mifflin, Upper Frankfort and Lower Frankford.

The Sentinel on Wednesday reported how three local school districts — South Middleton, Big Spring and Mechanicsburg — have posted online advisories warning local residents of false claims made by salesmen trying to sell books or magazines they say are endorsed by area schools.

Unnerving

The coverage resulted in a few email messages from readers in Adams County reporting that salesmen have been coming around the Bermudian Springs School District making similar claims.

“This guy with Missouri license plates has came to my house three times already being very persistent until finally my husband told him to get lost,” Autumn Riley wrote. “He has names of local families and names of their children, which I find just plain creepy.”

Reed confirmed how there have been reports of overly persistent salesmen.

In many cases, police tracked down these individuals only to learn they have the proper paperwork to conduct door-to-door sales.

“They are going through channels to get permits from the townships,” Reed said. “To my knowledge, they have not done anything to rise to the level of criminal charges.

Steps to take

“Residents are well within their rights to tell a salesman they are not welcome on their property,” Reed added. “Politely ask them to leave...If they refuse, contact local law enforcement.”

Not only is it important for a resident to verify that the salesman has a permit issued by the municipality, but it is also important to make sure he or she has a valid ID from the company, Reed said. He urged people to never let a salesman into their home and to always deal with them on the porch. He also suggested that residents keep an eye out for any vehicles that seem out-of-place in their neighborhood.

Reed was not sure how the salesmen are obtaining information about the occupants of the households they visit. He added most of the salesmen encountered by state police this summer have been college students in their 20s.

Though it is unclear who exactly is being overly persistent, Reed mentioned a company named Southwestern Advantage that offers college students the opportunity to sell textbooks and study aides as independent contractors.

“You can go to their website to verify the legitimacy of a salesman who claims to be a contractor for this company,” Reed said. “The home page allows you to search by the last name or by the dealer’s account number.”

The Southwestern web site is www.swadvantage.com.

Company responds

Company spokesman Trey Campbell said Southwestern Advantage is based out of Nashville, Tenn., and offers college students the opportunity to run their own business selling educational products.

Students who participate in this program are required to attend a week-long training session during which they are taught to be professional and not to be overly aggressive in their delivery of the sales presentation, Campbell said.

“If it is our student dealers, we certainly apologize,” Campbell said in response to the reported complaints. “That was not our intention or the intention of the students. We want to make sure the community feels comfortable with the sales process.”

He added it is not unusual for students to build a customer list based on information received from cold calls and referrals made by neighbors.

Though he could not say what exactly was said during each encounter, Campbell explained how students in the program are given specific instructions not to represent the products as being endorsed by any school district.

“It is important that student dealers make it very clear that they are not with any school district,” Campbell said. He added that same disclaimer is included in company brochures and other literature left with customers.

Each dealer is issued a dual-sided ID badge with his dealer account information, Campbell said.
By Joseph Cress, Sentinel Reporter
The Sentinel - cumberlink.com
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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DMPG Response:
Trey Campbell - Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla ... What a crock of SHIT!!!
How many more lies will you tell to cover up the TRUTH about the direct sales industry?
Of course your fowl company began selling bibles door-to-door:
(Temptations to lie never cease. They are always present.
Lying is such a quick and effortless way to gain an advantage over others.
It appears to offer easy and swift escape from embarrassment, fear and guilt. But the Bible says,
“Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.” Proverbs 12:22)
So why didn't you mention to the reporter the labor violations, the exploitation, the brain washing, the false representation,
the solicitation violations, the accidents and the deaths directly connected to your GOD like company?
I guess your SHIT and your companies SHIT just doesn't stink!
And we should know this more than anyone since you paid off Wisconsin law makers to destroy our SB-4 legislation.
Why didn't you mention to the reporter that the Southwestern Company has been BANNED by multiple colleges?
And why didn't you tell the reporter about your 3 year battle in Wisconsin to try and destroy legislation
that would protect innocent children and homeowners from your fowl and immoral industry?
Why didn't you mention to the reporter how one of your sales agents was raped by a co-worker???
Gee - I guess you forgot about all of that stuff and decided to take up where the NFSA and the MPA left off!!!
You, your company, Kirby and the DSA are as fowl as the NFSA and the MPA.
You have no ethics, no morals, and no compassion towards human life.
All your multi-billion dollar a year industry gives a shit about is the almight dollar.
So Mr. Campbell go write another story on your blog to cover up the truth and lie to the world
about how GOD like and perfect your rotten and immoral industry really is.
And we will be there every single second of every single day to protect young kids and homeowners from the likes of you.
end DMPG Info


The National Field Selling Association Crooks Strike Again !!!


St. Louis, Missouri
Contact 2: Magazine Sales
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Interstate Subscription Services
BBB: Interstate Subscription Services
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Interstate Subscription Service
Additional LocationsPhone: (210) 340-0002
Fax: (210) 340-2608
4835 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229-3627
BBB Rating: C-
Additional Information
BBB file opened: 04/01/1998
Business started: 01/20/1998
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: January 1998, TX
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Ms Cindy Tamayo (Office Manager)
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazine Sales
Alternate Business Names
Interstate Subscription Services, Inc.
end DMPG Info
July 17, 2012
Contact 2: Magazine Sales
FOX 2
Posted on: 11:50 pm, July 17, 2012, by Bonita Cornute, updated on: 11:34pm, July 17, 2012


ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – Warm weather is perfect for door to door sales of all types. But is it wise to buy magazines this way? Consumers have lost anywhere from 50 dollars to 250 dollars. And the BBB says some of the people peddling books and magazines could be part of an organized network. They knock on your door and present a convincing sales pitch. Chris Thetford of the BBB describes the pitch and what to avoid.

‘If somebody comes to your door, and they present some sort of story like they`re trying to get their life back together they`re trying to finance a trip somewhere, for church group, youth group something like that you need to step back .’

Young adults are ideal for this type of sales. They could be from different cities. They may not know one another. But they are part of a team taken to select neighborhoods to sell magazines. An alert from the BBB points to 50 complaints received about a company called “all for one. Consumers tells the BBB they never see the magazines. Kara Kennedy of O`Fallon Missouri says she was at a gas station when a young man approached her. He said he worked for Interstate Subscription Services.

‘He was like; I was wondering if you could help me out with a scholarship. I was like trying to win a scholarship myself and I was like of course. I asked what is it, and he was like just order some magazines.’

Kara Kennedy ordered a subscription for her 18month old nephew.

‘I didn`t think they were coming. They actually just came in this weekend. I ordered them in April. And it`s July.’ Kara hopes the remaining 11 issues arrive on time. But she says the cost is worse than the wait. She gave the young man 65 dollars cash. That`s a lot more than the price quoted on the order form inside the magazine.

‘Its twelve, ninety eight for 12 magazines.’

Kara is living on a student’s income. 65 dollars is a lot of money to her. And she says she feels ripped off. But according to Thetford you can stop a scam before it starts.

‘If you are interested in the purchase tell them to come back the next day, so you can check out the group to make sure you are actually getting what you are bargaining to get. If they don`t want to come back the next day that`s a good red flag. That`s something you`ll want to avoid.’

Remember you’re not obligated to deal with someone selling door to door. Don’t get taken in by sad stories and pleas for help. And ask to see a copy of a permit to solicit business. Most municipalities require such permits. If you have a consumer issue call us at 1800 782-2222 volunteers take calls Monday through Thursday from 11am till 1pm.

Click on Better Business Bureau for more information on consumer tips.
by Bonita Cornute
FOX 2
http://fox2now.com
St. Louis, Missouri
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LaGrangeville, New York
Southwestern Company is Not Affiliated with the Arlington Central School District
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
end DMPG Info
July 15, 2012
Southwestern Company is Not Affiliated with the Arlington Central School District
arlingtonschools.org
July 15, 2012
Southwestern Company is Not Affiliated with the Arlington Central School District

We have been informed that there is a sales team working locally from Southwestern Company selling educational materials.

Please note that Southwestern is not affiliated with the Arlington School District in any way. We have not provided this organization with any information about our students. We are advising that anyone who is solicited by this company check for credentials before buying any products. We also advise against sharing personal information about your family or any of your neighbors.

The NYS Police is currently investigating this company. If you have any concerns or questions about being approached by sales representatives, please call the NYS Police at 677-7300.
http://www.arlingtonschools.org
LaGrangeville, New York
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St. Cloud, Minnesota
Salesmen Jailed For Attacking Homeowner
July 15, 2012
Salesmen Jailed For Attacking Homeowner
By: Bill Henderson
AM 1240 WJON
July 15, 2012
Two magazine salesmen are in jail after a fight with a potential subscriber.
Police were called to the 300 block of 17th Avenue North on Friday night where an investigation revealed that a 21 year old Iowa man and an 18 year man from California who were traveling saleseman knocked on the door of the residence and when the resident refused to buy the magazines the men kicked the door open and attacked the homeowner. Neighbors heard yelling and when the suspects attempted to run away they were restrained until police arrived. The homeowner received minor injuries but did not require medical attention. Both unidentified men are being held the Stearns County Jail on 1st degree burglary charges.
By: Bill Henderson
AM 1240 WJON
http://wjon.com
St. Cloud, Minnesota
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St. Cloud, Minnesota
2 traveling salesmen end up in jail, accused of kicking in resident's door
July 14, 2012
2 traveling salesmen end up in jail, accused of kicking in resident's door
sctimes.com
5:21 PM, Jul 14, 2012
Two men were taken to Stearns County Jail on Friday to await expected first-degree burglary charges after they were accused of kicking in a door after a resident refused to buy the magazines they were selling.

According to St. Cloud police, officers were called to the 300 block of 17th Avenue North after a fight was reported at 8:40 p.m. Friday. They arrived to find two traveling magazine salesmen who were being restrained.

Their investigation found that 21-year-old Shane Lee Timmerman of Iowa and Angel Israel Andrade, 18, of California had knocked on the door of a 29-year-old man. When the resident declined to buy magazines and attempted to close the door, Timmerman and Andrade kicked the door open and attacked the homeowner, according to a police report.

Neighbors heard yelling and when Timmerman and Andrade tried to run away, they restrained them until police arrived.

The homeowner had minor injuries that did not require treatment, according to police.
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Birmingham, Michigan
Police Arrest North Carolina Man In Connection With Door-to-Door Solicitor Case
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
World Wide Circulation Inc.
BBB: World Wide Circulation
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
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: December 06, 1996
Business started: 01/01/1984
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Teresa Brisendine, Office Manager
Business Category
Wholesalers & Distributors
Alternate Business Names
Pinnacle Sales
end BBB.
World Wide Circulation Inc.:
Active Member of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association Members Page:
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
Beware of Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Crews
Read about the NFSA SCUM on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/1NFSA
end DMPG Info
July 13, 2012
Police Arrest North Carolina Man In Connection With Door-to-Door Solicitor Case
The following information was supplied by the Birmingham Police Department.
Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
By Laura Houser
BirminghamPatch
birmingham.patch.com
July 13, 2012
Authorities arrested a man in connection with a suspected larceny from a home on the 1600 block of Bowers on July 2.

Birmingham Police said Thursday that a 25-year-old man from Lincolnton, NC is the suspect who claimed to be a door-to-door magazine salesman. According to police reports, the man told a woman on Bowers that he was selling magazines for World Wide Circulation, Inc., a company based in St. Clair Shores.

The woman let the man inside her home while she went to find her purse, reports state, and while she was distracted, the man ran out the house with her wallet. A neighbor later found the wallet on a nearby sidewalk but the cash was missing. A K-9 unit was unable to locate the man.

The incident wasn't the first time Birmingham police received complaints of solicitors going door-to-door selling magazines. According to Cmdr. Terry Kiernan, the city has not issued any permits for a magazine company to solicit in the city, and if residents are approached by salespeople, they're encouraged to call police.

Police said Thursday the man had been released on bond.
By Laura Houser
BirminghamPatch
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Birmingham, Michigan
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POCATELLO, Idaho
Police propose license for door-to-door sales
July 12, 2012
Police propose license for door-to-door sales
By Brittany Borghi
NPG of Idaho
localnews8.com
POSTED: 10:32 PM MDT Jul 12, 2012
UPDATED: 10:35 PM MDT Jul 12, 2012
POCATELLO, Idaho -

Door-to-door sales people: some represent legitimate businesses, but others can mean trouble for people on the other side of the door.

Now, the city of Pocatello is hoping to do something about the issue.

In Thursday's city council study session, the Pocatello Police proposed licensing door-to-door sales people, which would include mandatory background checks.

Capt. Jim Peterson with the Pocatello Police said there have been three citations issued to door-to-door sales people this year alone. The current registration system doesn't give police any teeth when it comes to enforcement, Peterson said, and police want to make sure people are safe.

Ty Iwakiri said he's had some awkward run-ins with sidewalk solicitors, and he thinks the license is a good idea.

"Definitely some of them look kind of shady sometimes. That's why my wife, and when my daughter's home, don't answer the door," Iwakiri said.

Peterson said that right now, all sales people need is a $25 registration that can be given to any number of employees. If this proposal passes, businesses will have to buy a license for each seller, and be required to wear a photo ID at all times.

"we don't know who a lot of these people who come in, if we don't do background checks, we don't know what their history is, and they're coming into people's homes."

Police get a good number of complaints from people every year concerning door-to-door solicitors, including allegations of verbal abuse and violence. Peterson wants to prevent something even worse from happening.

"There was an incident were a door-to-door salesman in Idaho Falls ended up in a lady's home and sexually abused her. And those people had been in Pocatello the week before," Peterson said.

Out of town companies can scam people, cut and run, and there's nothing they can do about it, Peterson said. Under the proposal, businesses will be required to post a bond as insurance, so that doesn't happen. Proposal or not, Peterson said, always be careful and call the police if a sales person becomes threatening.

"If they're being aggressive, verbally abusive or refusing to leave, then step back in, close your door, lock it, lock the door and call us," he said.

One woman who works as a door-to-door sales woman for a local company said she has no problem with having to get a license.

The proposal will go to the legal department and will be considered by the council at a future meeting. Peterson is confident it will pass, he said.
NPG of Idaho
localnews8.com
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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http://www.magazinesalescrews.com/vanaccidents.html


Riverside, Illinois
Cops: Man sells bogus subscriptions to 'easy to fool' victims
July 11, 2012
Cops: Man sells bogus subscriptions to 'easy to fool' victims
Staff report
Chicago Tribune
9:17 p.m. CDT, July 11, 2012

Booking photo of Frederick Dawson
(Riverside police / July 11, 2012)

A Youngstown, Ohio, man faces felony theft by deception charges after collecting money for bogus magazine subscriptions from Riverside residents he found “easy to fool,” police said today.

Frederick Dawson, 42, was fired from a Missouri magazine subscription company in May, but recently has been going door-to-door in Riverside, soliciting for magazine subscriptions and pocketing the money, Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said in a release.

Several other west suburban police departments are investigating whether Dawson did the same in their communities, he said.

“Mr. Dawson told investigators that suburban Cook County residents were easy to fool, as several homeowners just gave him money because he looked nice or [they] felt sorry for him,” Weitzel said in the release.

Dawson had a list of several resident names marked with comments like "good man" or "very nice person,” so he could return to the same homes if he needed money again, Weitzel said in the release.

Dawson was arrested about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Northgate Road in the west suburb after someone complained to police.

At first, it seemed Dawson was a legitimate subscription salesperson, because he had the correct paperwork and receipts, but officers called the company he claimed to be working for and officials there told police he was fired in May.

The victim who talked to police initially picked Dawson out of a lineup, and this afternoon he was being held by Riverside police, pending further investigation.
Staff report
Chicago Tribune
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Chicago, Illinois
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis considers IDs for door-to-door solicitors
July 11, 2012
Minneapolis considers IDs for door-to-door solicitors
Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
Star Tribune
startribune.com
Updated: July 11, 2012 - 7:29 AM

An example of what a badge for solicitors looks like.
Photo: , Star Tribune

To protect against door-to-door swindlers, the Minneapolis City Council is expected to approve rules requiring commercial solicitors to register or display photo identification.

They show up at your doorstep selling security systems, collecting money for causes, hawking magazines. Distinguishing the legitimate operators from swindlers can be complicated in the world of door-to-door sales, but it might get easier in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis City Council is expected to approve new rules this week that would require door-to-door salespeople to wear city-issued photo identification cards. The proposal is intended to help residents easily identify fly-by-night operators who scam consumers and sometimes exploit youth workers. Previously, only salespeople had to carry the license.

"They can be in our town, hit a neighborhood and be gone before we even get a complaint," said Grant Wilson, the city's head of business licensing. "So this way an exposed identification badge will be a good thing."

The broad proposal simultaneously loosens the requirements for those going door to door for political or religious causes, which have broad constitutional protections. Noncommercial solicitors will not be required to register with the city or display an ID, for example.

Under Minneapolis' rewritten door-to-door regulations, which get a final City Council vote July 20, homeowners will now be able to keep sales representatives away by posting a prominent sign that prohibits peddlers and solicitors from the property. That also won't apply to politicians and advocates.

Door-to-door activity must stop at 9 p.m. or sunset, whichever is later, per the proposal.

Council Member Gary Schiff, co-author of the proposed ordinance, said he hopes the ID requirement will help stamp out traveling magazine crews that employ youths for low wages, long hours and in extremely poor conditions. Schiff believes they won't obtain IDs, and he wants people to call 911 if they encounter a door-to-door salesman without one.

"My hope is that ... we send a strong message to the travelling magazine sales crew industry [that] you are not wanted here," Schiff said. "We do not want to see the exploitation of youth continue."

No magazine solicitors are currently registered with the city of Minneapolis, though Schiff said a youth selling magazine subscriptions showed up at his door. A spokesman for the state Department of Labor and Industry was unaware of any complaints of magazine crew exploitation in Minnesota.

Schools and nonprofit organizations that involve children, such as the Girl Scouts, will be able to obtain bulk IDs to distribute if children are going door to door.

So will neighborhood kids offering to shovel driveways need to register with the city? Wilson says no. "Regulatory discretion will take care of that," Wilson said, noting that the city does not shut down lemonade stands.

'Extra credibility'

The rule changes are partly intended to align city ordinances with the U.S. Constitution.

City staffers determined there were constitutional problems with requiring solicitors -- canvassers and people who offer goods or services at a later date -- to obtain a license or pay a registration fee. New rules merely require solicitors to register, while exempting canvassers from even that requirement.

Most commercial door-to-door solicitation in Minneapolis is conducted by Comcast and Utah-based security firms, according a city registration list. Peddlers, who offer items on the spot, are rare.

Megan Herrick, a spokesman for Vivint, a home automation company based in Utah that sells door to door in Minneapolis, said they like the ID requirement. "It gives the guys extra credibility on the doorstep," Herrick said.

Minnesota Public Interest Research Group does door-to-door advocacy in Minneapolis, most recently regarding organic waste disposal and has no objections to the changes. "We understand the city's desire to have reasonable controls on some of the door-to-door activities," said Josh Winters, MPIRG executive director.

St. Paul ordinances already require commercial solicitors to display a city-issued badge with a photograph.

Eric Roper • 612-673-1732 Twitter: @StribRoper
Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
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Greenwich, Connecticut
Door-To-Door Magazine Vendors Draw Attention Of Police
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Unified Doers Management Group, LLC.
Unity Management
UD Management
Unity Management aka:
UD Management Group aka Unified Doers Management LLC
BBB: UD Management Group
This Business is not BBB accredited
Unified Doers Management LLC
Phone: (202) 898-1171
(202) 898-1121(Phone)
(202) 898-1181(Phone)
611 K Steet N.W. Suite 3, Washington, DC 20001
BBB Rating: F
Description:
The company describes itself as a processing center for subscription orders.
It processes sales orders for Unified Stars, Unity Management, and Unified
Doers, which are described as independent sales organizations.
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
Principal: 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 bbb info.
UD Management Website:
http://www.udmanagementgroup.com
Active Member of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association Members Page:
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
Beware of Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Crews
Read about the NFSA SCUM on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/1NFSA
See:
The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues
By Craig Malisow Mon., Apr. 6 2009 at 6:59 AM
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/04/magazine_sales_crimes.php
See:
Mrs. Kayon Ellis
American Community Services
See: SCUMBAG/Hairball/PIG for Profit: Levan Ellis
end DMPG Info
July 11, 2012
Door-To-Door Magazine Vendors Draw Attention Of Police
By DAVID OWENS, dowens@courant.com The Hartford Courant
The Hartford Courant
6:02 p.m. EDT, July 11, 2012
Crews of young people selling magazine subscriptions have been fanning out across the state, and police have been arresting solicitors who have not obtained permits and fielding complaints from people who've dealt with the vendors.

The solicitors show up year-round in Connecticut, although most activity is in the summer. Some are legitimate. Others, police warn, have criminal backgrounds that might otherwise make them ineligible for vending permits that most towns require.

Three magazine salesmen were arrested in Glastonbury this week after first being warned not to sell magazine subscriptions without a permit, said Sgt. Rich McKeon, a Glastonbury police spokesman.

"It happens every year," McKeon said Wednesday. "We're finding, like a lot of communities, that these outfits do not come in for permits." Sign Up For Traffic Text Alerts

Kelin Moore, 22, of Chicago, Edward Bell, 19, of Cincinnati, and Sanchez Davis, 25, of Gulfport, Miss., were charged Tuesday with soliciting without a permit.

Solicitors were reportedly selling magazines in Portland, too, but police were unable to find them.

The crews that came to the attention of police in Portland and Glastonbury were affiliated with Unified Doers Management Group, LLC of Washington. The organization is also known as UD Management.

A Portland resident who called police about the solicitors told The Courant the man he spoke with Monday was selling magazines for Unified Stars on behalf of Unified Doers Management Group, LLC.

Online forums list dozens of complaints from people who said they ordered magazines from people working for UD Management but never got the magazines and could not obtain refunds.

A call to UD Management was not returned Wednesday.

Police have ordinances regulating solicitors to protect citizens and to ensure the companies that are selling items are legitimate, said West Hartford police Lt. Jeff Rose.

A lot of the solicitors are from out of state and some have criminal backgrounds, said Rose, who wasn't speaking about a particular case or person who'd been arrested recently. And sometimes people will pay for subscriptions and never get the magazines they ordered, he said.

Last Thursday, Middletown police got a complaint about a magazine seller. Officer Thomas Ganley caught up with William Ham, 20, who was one of several people working for Unity Management, a police report states. Unity Management is affiliated with UD Management and Unified Doers Management Group, according to the Better Business Bureau. The BBB gives Unified Doers a rating of F.

When Ganley ran Ham's name to check for arrest warrants, he found Ham was wanted in Ohio for a parole violation on an aggravated robbery charge. Ham was part of a group that had "tried to gang rob someone with a cattle prod," according to Ganley's report. He was held in custody.

Farmington police Lt. Marshall Porter said there have been no reports of magazine solicitors in Farmington yet this year but they do create problems when they arrive.

"It's a problem nationwide," he said. "They do this without permits. They can be overly aggressive. Some of them have extensive criminal histories."

Some will commit crimes as they make their rounds selling magazines, Porter said. If they find a home where no one answers the door, they'll burglarize it, he said.

"A lot of our complaints are just over-aggressive foot-in-the-door tactics," he said. The companies use vans to transport young people around and will drop them in a neighborhood and tell them they'll be picked up in several hours and "you better sell magazines."

"I've heard horror stories of how they'll be treated if they don't perform," Porter said. "That could explain some of the aggressiveness."

Police said anyone who has a question about vendors who stop by their house or who feel uneasy about a vendor should call police.
By DAVID OWENS, dowens@courant.com The Hartford Courant
The Hartford Courant
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DENTON COUNTY, Texas
Company sends out felon as traveling salesman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
KIRBY
Trade Group: direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
July 10, 2012
Company sends out felon as traveling salesman
by JONATHAN BETZ
WFAA.com
Posted on July 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Dallas forthworh, Texas


DENTON COUNTY - Jamie Chadwell was already in the market to upgrade her vacuum cleaner. So when two people knocked on her door in early June, offering to sell a Kirby vacuum cleaner, she welcomed them inside.

“We were actually interested in seeing if they could get a spot out of our carpet,” the mother of two said.

After the salespeople left her Denton County home however, she felt like she had been taken to the cleaners. While she watched one person demonstrate the vacuum, she said the other employee was snatching jewelry off her kitchen counter.

“This man came into my home and took my engagement ring,” Chadwell said. “As we were distracted, he was over there stealing.”

Most troubling to her, as she would later learn, was that the salesperson had a lengthy criminal record, including drug and alcohol charges. A history of which his employer was fully aware.

“We trusted him to come in, and I feel angry because they knew he was a felon when he came into our home,” she said.

Fully aware that its business model relies on homeowners trusting strangers with vacuums, Kirby said it requires all of its local distributors to run background checks on its sales force. Distributors caught in violation are penalized, the company insists.

“We require factory distributors to take all reasonable measures to ensure members of sales force do not pose a threat to consumers,” said Steve Baden, a company executive.

Yet the Cleveland-based company points out it has no direct role in hiring salespeople -- it leaves that to local independent distributors.

Yet the distributor, Ernie Nowell of Lewisville, had personal interest in hiring this salesperson. They’re related.

Nowell boasts he’s run a Kirby shop from a storefront on Lewisville’s Main Street for 43 years. Yet, the 67-year-old man admitted he was aware of his relative’s criminal past, but wanted to give him a job and a chance anyway.

“He’s been through lots,” Nowell admitted to News 8 on the phone. “He’s been through lots of rehab programs… the only problem he’s had is possession of drugs.”

He said he was aware employing the relative as a salesperson violated corporate policy.

“He is not a threat to anybody,” Nowell said. “He was as clean as a whistle, no issues… Somewhere along the way the wheels came off.”

Still Nowell insists his relative has done nothing wrong. News 8 is not naming the employee in question, since he has not been charged with stealing the ring.

Nowell said his employee had been working for him since the fall, but was let go when the Chadwells accused him of theft.

“I do pull background checks on people who come through my office,” he said. “I haven’t done anything wrong.”

Consumer advocates say the case is a reminder that homeowners are left largely guessing as to whether to trust door-to-door salespeople, which typically step up efforts in the summer.

“There’s not a great way to know for sure who it is that’s at your door,” said Jeannette Kopko with the Better Business Bureau of Dallas.

Nationally, she said Kirby enjoys a B+ rating.

“If you haven’t invited them there, and there’s a stranger at your doorstep,” she added, “that’s who they are: a stranger.”

Chadwell has decided against opening the door to traveling salesmen again. To drive home her stance, she’s posted a stern ‘no solicitation’ notice on her front door.

“We will never open our door to another salesperson,” she said.

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com
by JONATHAN BETZ
WFAA.com
http://www.wfaa.com
Dallas forthworh, Texas
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Greenwich, Connecticut
Greenwich PD: Illegal Magazine Sales Lead to Arrest
Woman from Chicago busted in Pemberwick section of town.
July 9, 2012
Greenwich PD: Illegal Magazine Sales Lead to Arrest
Woman from Chicago busted in Pemberwick section of town.
By Barbara Heins
greenwich.patch.com
July 9, 2012
Greenwich Police say they arrested a Chicago woman on charges of illegally selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door over the weekend in the Pemberwick section of town. Tamecka S. Lewis, 19, was charged with soliciting without a permit and not having a Connecticut tax stamp. Police were called to Pemberwick Road to investigate a complaint about a woman selling the magazines door-to-door about 4:45 p.m. July 7. Lewis was released after posting a $750 bond and scheduled to appear July 16 in state Superior Court in Stamford.
By Barbara Heins
greenwich.patch.com
http://greenwich.patch.com
Greenwich, Connecticut
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Acadiana, Louisiana
BBB Warns Public About Magazine Sales Scams
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Companys:
All Four One
Strickly Business
Urban One, or Urban1
Midwest Clearing Inc
end DMPG Info
July 9, 2012
BBB Warns Public About Magazine Sales Scams
Posted: Jul 9, 2012 1:11 PM by Press Release
KATC.com
A door-to-door magazine sales scheme that victimized several Acadiana area residents is the latest in a series of nearly identical scams that have duped hundreds of consumers across the nation.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges consumers not to do business with All Four One, or All 4 One, which lists an address in Gary, Ind., but has used phone numbers in Indiana and in the St. Louis area. Its website and sales tactics are virtually identical to two other door-to-door operations that have been taking money in recent months for books and magazine subscriptions that were never received.

In many of the BBB complaints, consumers say the salespeople who came to their homes used personal stories of struggle and tragedy to make plays for sympathy and get the consumers to order magazines.

All Four One has an "F" grade with the BBB, the lowest grade possible. Despite claiming an Indiana address, All Four One does not appear to be registered in that state.

Printed material used on the website of All Four One - www.all4oneinc.net - is an almost exact copy of the material used on the websites for two other notorious door-to-door magazine businesses, Strickly Business 1 of Missouri City, Tex., and Urban One, or Urban1, which lists a St. Louis address. Combined, Strickly Business 1 and Urban One have logged more than 300 complaints with the BBB since early 2011.

According to the BBB there is growing evidence that the phony companies are part of an extensive, organized network of thieves. These so-called businesses have schemed and scammed their way into hundreds of homes, using lies and deception to steal consumers' money."

The BBB has closed more than 50 complaints against All Four One in recent months. The All Four One website lists Alan Mullins as a company contact, with a northwest Indiana phone number. Calls to that number were not returned.

The BBB noted that the Hazel Crest, Ill., address used to register Urban One's website was the same address used by yet another magazine sales business, Midwest Clearing Inc. of Hazel Crest, Ill., which has logged more than 400 complaints.

BBB complaints involving All Four One have come from 12 mostly Midwestern states. Losses range from $39 to $591. Fourteen complaints are from Ohio, 10 from Missouri, seven from Indiana and five from Illinois.

A man from St. Charles, Mo., said he bought subscriptions from two young women who came to his home last August, claiming to represent All Four One. He said magazines ordered from one of the women ultimately were delivered, but the other subscriptions - for which he paid $184 have never arrived. He said the women told him they were selling the subscriptions to help pay for education and to improve their lives. "It was against my better judgment, but I bought the magazines anyway," he said.

A woman from University City, Mo., said she stopped payment on a $72 check to All Four One after having second thoughts. She described the salesman as "disarming in his friendliness." The man initially convinced her that he was using the job to escape a difficult past.

An Indianapolis woman said she lost $101 to All Four One after agreeing to purchase a cookbook and a magazine subscription. She said she spoke by phone with a man who identified himself as Eric Thompson at the St. Louis area phone number. He promised to look into the matter, she said, but she never received her order.

The BBB offers the following advice for persons approached by door-to-door salespeople:

· Check for a BBB Business Review by going to www.bbb.org

· Remember that you are under no obligation to interact with a salesperson that comes to your home. If you feel at all threatened, contact police immediately.

· Do not invite a stranger into your home unless you have made prior arrangements to meet with him or her.

· Many communities require a special soliciting permit for companies selling door-to-door. Before buying anything, ask to see a copy of a permit, as well as any personal identification. Take down that information in the event there is a problem later.

· Do not be taken in by sad stories, pleas to help a student or organization or by solicitors claiming they are raising money for charities, unless you know the claims are true.

· If you do decide to buy, pay with a credit card in case you need to challenge the purchase later. The BBB of Acadiana works for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses. Please contact the BBB at www.acadiana.bbb.org or (337) 981-3497 24 hours a day for information on businesses throughout North America.

The BBB of Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.

Acadiana residents can now have BBB information in the palm of their hand with the official BBB Search app, a convenient, mobile BBB solution available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The app can be found at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bbb-search-find-local-businesses/id440014505?mt=8.
KATC.com
http://www.katc.com
Lafayette, Louisiana
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"He who profits by a crime commits it."

DMPG Info: Quote from the above article:
"According to the BBB there is growing evidence that the phony companies are part of an extensive, organized network of thieves.
These so-called businesses have schemed and scammed their way into hundreds of homes, using lies and deception to steal consumers' money."
end Quote.

Define: "Organized Crime"
Internet Links To Definitions Of: "Organized Crime":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organized_crime

See: Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Industry Flow Charts
http://www.magazinesalescrews.com/industryflowcharts.html

Organized Crime Research:
http://www.organized-crime.de
http://www.organized-crime.de/OCDEF1.htm

Define Human Trafficking:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking
See: Polaris Project:
http://www.polarisproject.org
FOR A WORLD WITHOUT SLAVERY


National Field Selling Association (NFSA)

NFSA Website:
http://www.nfsa.com
http://edumacation.com/NationalFieldSellingAssociation

Google Search: National Field Selling Association
Google Search This Site For: National Field Selling Association

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 Association, Scumbag Criminal Publishers: Covering up criminal Companies. Internet, Pennsylvania
Report:
Complaint Review: NFSA

Submitted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 Reported By: Once a Member — Dallas Texas United States of America

NFSF
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

I would like to say a few things that are on my mind. I have been in the magazine business now for 24 years. So there are a few things that are wrong with this industry. One of which is the National Field Selling Association (NFSA). The NFSA was first put into place as a war fund. A fund to help Door to Door people, defend them in a court of law.

Dan Smith (old as dirt) was hired to lobby for our industry, in the halls of Washington DC. At that time the industry was all over the news. Joe and Vinnie were trying to get their 15 minutes of fame on the Sally Jesse Rafael show.

That back fired on them, in a big way. Dan should have been replaced 15 years ago, but he gets a check every month from the dues paid. Yes, you have to pay dues to be part of this black ops cover up. The only way to get ELECTED to the board you must be in the cleaner or magazine industry. Not one person is a member outside of that group. None from the newspapers, candy, or big door to door industry, i.e. Shaklee, Amway, NSA or even the door to door meat companies are members. Then there is that busybody Elaine Williams and all of her threats and noise makers.

Which brings us to date? The NFSA needs to be shut down. It is a cancer of our business. Please allow me to explain. Prior to the current president, they had a criminal running the place.

He has a record that has some very serious crimes on it. Well, he’s gone after he misused his position of the NFSA for his own wealth. Now the current president is the widow of one of the Biggest Wrongdoers that has ever been in this industry. It should be her duty to clean up all the sh*t her husband left behind. She has never worked for an honest company nor ever ran one. So where does she get examples from on how the business should be run. What did she read a book? Maybe some people should do a little homework on the person that representing them.

I wouldn’t piss on her if she was on fire. The Halls have one of the dirtiest names in this business. Do you know Mac called a black man “N*gger” for his entire time he worked for him, 27 years. So did his children and she allow that to go on. Now they want to represent everyone in this industry. Lol. Or maybe we could talk about all the people Mac Hall beat the sh*t out of. How many people that were raped. Run a back ground check on this guy. His children are, an still in, the industry today. They must have read that book, too.

What I want to address is the role of the NFSA, today. Its mission is to clean up the industry. I will have to say its real mission is to cover up after criminal companies. To cover up all of the complaints, about the reckless companies that operate today. I ask you this, hy try and cover up the scumbags, why not BLACKLIST out of the industry. I will tell you why, because most of the people that care about what is said about the door to door business are cleaning up after themselves. If enough people complain to the FTC instead of some website. The disobedient will go away. The NFSA is nothing but a failsafe answer for criminals in this business.

So, which brings me to my next point, the NFSA giving out bus tickets? I have personally given people the information about parent watch. I have also told stranded people at the bus station, not in the business about parent watch and their free tickets they give out. I tell them to call them and say they worked for a magazine crew and they are stranded. I also have given out names of managers to tell them they worked for.

So anybody needing to travel for free, that is the answer. But, it’s 2012 and anyone I know that runs add, doesn’t put “return guaranteed” in their ad. I haven’t for at least 6 years now. So Elaine Williams can go hump herself, (owner of parent watch). But if you need a free ticket or know of someone who does call them. They buy one every time. I know of people who use this system to jump from crew to crew. Nice job, Elaine, you provide the swindlers free travel. I will soon print some business cards up and pass them out with this information at every bus station across America. (I still travel) So in the year of 2012, may parent watch buy 27,000 bus tickets. That should be fun.

Everyone has a parent, so they should provide everyone tickets. Then we have the “Background Checks”. There are NO guidelines of who you can hire. So the company knows they have a murderer working for their company. So,” Who Cares”, is the position of the NFSA. But, you can order a background check for a fee from any one of the magazine or cleaner companies. They do that to.

So you say, without the NFSA we won’t be able to sell magazines door to door. I say BULLSH*T! Publishers come and go and always come back. And if they don’t, who cares. A new magazine is started every week. When I came into the business we had 1 magazine on our list that people knew, “Rolling Stone”, all the rest were sh*t nobody ever hears of. So that’s a bunch of crap. The Clearing houses are just getting lazy and not hunting for new prospects.

What power does the NFSA really have? NONE! They can’t do sh*t to anyone who isn’t a member. So if this means anything to anyone, the NFSA should just go away.

I know the response the NFSA and their cover up artist will say. Come join us so you can have a voice. NO THANKS, I wouldn’t have you people represent me in a water fight. You just want my money to pay your payroll of artist. Cover up artist.

Maybe in 2012, the illegitimate companies and the NFSA will finally go away for good. Wake up people!
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Middletown, Connecticut
Police: Man selling magazines in Middletown turns out to be fugitive from Ohio
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Unity Management aka:
UD Management Group aka Unified Doers Management LLC
BBB: UD Management Group
This Business is not BBB accredited
Unified Doers Management LLC
Phone: (202) 898-1171
(202) 898-1121(Phone)
(202) 898-1181(Phone)
611 K Steet N.W. Suite 3, Washington, DC 20001
BBB Rating: F
Description:
The company describes itself as a processing center for subscription orders.
It processes sales orders for Unified Stars, Unity Management, and Unified
Doers, which are described as independent sales organizations.
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
Principal: 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 bbb info.
UD Management Website:
http://www.udmanagementgroup.com
Active Member of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association Members Page:
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
Beware of Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Crews
Read about the NFSA SCUM on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/1NFSA
See:
The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues
By Craig Malisow Mon., Apr. 6 2009 at 6:59 AM
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/04/magazine_sales_crimes.php
end DMPG Info
July 7, 2012
Police: Man selling magazines in Middletown turns out to be fugitive from Ohio
By LAUREN SIEVERT
Press Staff
@LaurenSievertMP
The Middletown Press
Published: Saturday, July 07, 2012; Last Updated: Saturday, July 7, 2012 1:30 AM EDT
MIDDLETOWN — A man charged as a fugitive out of Ohio was arraigned in Middletown Superior Court on Friday and waived extradition.

William Ham, 20, 2731 Oxford Ave., Dayton, Ohio, is charged with being a fugitive from justice and was arrested July 5. Judge Gerard Adelman on Friday set bond for $90,000 cash or surety. Ham signed paperwork agreeing to waive extradition, meaning he waived his right to a hearing to fight the extradition. He was given a court date of Aug. 3.

Police were dispatched to East Street on July 5 after getting a report of a large group of individuals going door to door trying to sell a magazine for an out-of-state company. This violates city regulations, as any company that wants to solicit has to register with the city and notify the police department of when they will be soliciting.

The company, Unity Management from Washington, D.C., had not registered with the city and had not advised the police they would be going door to door, police said. Ham confirmed he was making the sales for Unity Management, and police advised him that it was illegal to continue since the company was out of compliance. When police ran his name for the report, Ham came back as a wanted person from Ohio.

Ham is wanted on a parole violation from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections/Adult Probation Authority and is accused of violating his parole on an aggravated robbery charge.

Ham told police he “might have” violated his parole for leaving the state of Ohio for several months to sell magazines, police said. He told police the original charge from Ohio was from an incident where he participated with a group of people to “gang rob” someone with a cattle prod, police said. Ham was taken into custody and held as a fugitive without a bond until his arraignment hearing.
By LAUREN SIEVERT
Press Staff
@LaurenSievertMP
The Middletown Press
http://middletownpress.com
Middletown, Connecticut
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Tilden Township, Pennsylvania
Police halt magazine sales pitches in Tilden Township
1 seller jailed on Ohio case parole violation
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation
end DMPG Info
July 7, 2012
Police halt magazine sales pitches in Tilden Township
1 seller jailed on Ohio case parole violation
Originally Published: 7/7/2012
Reading Eagle Company
After receiving complaints from residents about questionable sales tactics from a group pitching magazine subscriptions, Tilden Township police approached one of the salesmen to tell him to stop.

But when police ran his name on a computer database, they found out he was wanted for a parole violation in a burglary case in Ohio.

Paul A. Rockel, 27, of Chesapeake, Ohio, was arrested Thursday afternoon on the warrant from Lawrence County, Tilden Chief William J. McEllroy III said Friday.

Rockel remained in Berks County Prison on Friday awaiting transfer to Ohio.

McEllroy said he planned to tell Rockel and about a half-dozen others to leave the area because they did not have a soliciting permit as required by township ordinance.

McEllroy said he convinced Rockel to return $10 that Rockel had received from a 77-year-old woman as a donation toward his college education fund in lieu of a magazine subscription because Rockel had misled her.

According to McEllroy:

Rockel told woman that he had just come from her neighbors' home and they said she would help him. The woman later checked with the neighbors and found out what Rockel told her was inaccurate.

Others in the group, representing Midwest Circulation LLC of Cameron, Mo., were using tactics that McEllroy considered unethical.

Midwest Circulation officials could not be reached for comment.

The salesmen, who were operating out of a hotel in Allentown, claimed they had just moved to the area and selling magazine subscriptions would help them win a contest so they could get their homemade Pearl Harbor documentary on the History channel.

Police learned that 70 company representatives were in Berks this week selling subscriptions door to door.

Customers were given receipts for their orders, but the receipts do not contain the name or phone number of the company.

McEllroy said he's unsure if the subscriptions are legitimate, but he urged residents to be skeptical.

"I just know that some of these sales people I dealt with in the township got some of their transactions through lying to the residents, and that's what I have a problem with," McEllroy said.
Reading Eagle Company
http://readingeagle.com
Reading, Pennsylvania
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DMPG Info:
Incident Report for Case# 61-12-00660 & 61-12-00661


DMPG Info Clip Posted 070712:
Midwest Circulations,LLC, aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.

Google Search: Midwest Circulation + magazine

Search Midwest Circulation This Website

BBB: Midwest Circulation LLC
This Business is not BBB accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Phone: (816) 632-2917
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429
3330 Smalley Ter, Kansas City, MO 64129
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
BBB file opened: September 29, 2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Business incorporated: 11/01/2008 in CO
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Management
Jami . Wendy ., Customer Service
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Wendy ., Customer Service
Business Category
MAGAZINES-SUBSCRIPTION AGENTS
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
end BBB info.

On January 15, 2012 a magazine salesman was arrested and accused of stealing the wedding rings from an 81-year-old Gainesville woman who had let him into her house to use the restroom, police said. The suspect, Jack Ryan Patti, 20, of Belton, Mo., who said he was an employee with Midwest Circulation LLC, was charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony, as the wedding rings were valued at about $700. Patti was being held at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Gainsville police case # 02-12-001056.

On May 8, 2010 Patrick M. Schneider, a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman raped a Sycamore, Illinois woman. Schneider was convicted of criminal sexual assault. According to police reports Schneider was employed by Midwest Circulations LLC. Dekalb County Illinois Case # 201001431

Kissimmee, Florida
December 31, 2009
Arrests of salesmen in bloody Osceola County beating attracts attention of national group monitoring door-to-door magazine sales. KISSIMMEE – Two national groups say the recent arrests of two magazine salesmen charged with beating a colleague at an Osceola County motel represent a nationwide surge in violence in a door-to-door business where workers can't meet quotas in the recession. Parent Watch, one of the groups, has been following the industry for 30 years that hires young adults to travel across country in teams selling magazine subscriptions to earn points for prizes, cash awards and shopping sprees. "The crews for the most point seem to be more on edge than ever before because they can't sell," said Parent Watch founder Earline Williams, who handles two to six phone calls a day from frightened, stranded workers seeking bus fare home. "The industry's ouf of control as far as violence." On Dec. 16, Osceola County deputies found a salesman known as " The Kid" bleeding from multiple wounds outside America's Best Inn at 5150 W. U.S. Highway 192, according to sheriff's reports. The victim, Brian Emery, told deputies he recently had been hired to sell magazines and slept with other team members in a motel room rented by the company. Late on Dec. 15, some of his team members gave him $12 to buy beer but became enraged when he bought the wrong brand, the report stated. Justine Angermeier, a 24-year-old salesman, is charged with breaking a 32-ounce beer bottle against Emery's right eye and cheekbone. Jeremy Kirkemeir, 20, a team member with a criminal record in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, is charged with taking part in a beating that followed, according to court records. Both were released on bail from the Osceola County Jail. On Thursday, about 30 salespeople working for Midwest Circulation LLC, a door-to-door magazine sales company, checked out America's Best Inn on Thursday afternoon, according to the motel staff. Midwest Circulation manager Bridgett Robbins, who lists Angermeier as a friend on her Myspace.com page, did not return a telephone request for comment. The group's activities prompted a public warning in Gainesville in November, when about 50 Midwest Circulation workers started selling magazines in Alachua County, according to the Gainesville Sun. "Our patrol division has been advised to be on the lookout for places where these folks may be working and that they do have criminal histories," sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey told the newspaper. Few of the magazine sales teams do background checks on their workers, according Phil Ellenbecker of http://www.magazinesalescrews.com , a national group based in Wisconsin that has tracked about 300 felony crimes and 86 deaths attributed to door-to-door vendors. "It's not uncommon to get recently released felons knocking on your door trying to sell you magazines," said Ellenbecker. "They've been linked to a number of unsolved rapes and murders."
Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at 407-420-5257 or hcurtis@orlandosentinel.com.
Source:
By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel
5:06 p.m. EST, December 31, 2009
http://www.orlandosentinel.com
Orlando, Florida
end sentinel article

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Michigan salesman arrested after hotel fight east of Fort Collins
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
T & B Sales, aka: Austin Diversified Products, Inc.
BBB: Austin Diversified Products
Austin Diversified Products, Inc.
Active 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
BBB: T & B Sales
This Business is not BBB Accredited
T & B Sales
Phone: (678) 422-2666
(877) 258-4029
(678) 516-2050
(678) 422-2661
Fax: (678) 422-2668
(770) 473-9824
674 Mount Zion Rd., Jonesboro, GA 30236
tbadvanagesales.com
www.tbadvanagesales.com
BBB file opened: 08/12/2003
Business started: 05/07/2007
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Timothy Burgess (CEO)
Customer Contact: Ms. Patricia Hines (Administrative Assistant)
Mr. Tim Burgess (Sales)
Ms. Lucinda M. Ukiwo (Corp. Service Manager)
Number of Employees
200
Business Category
Cleaning Supplies Direct Door-to-Door, Product Sales -
General, Business Services - General, Magazine Sales, General Merchandise - Retail
Products & Services
This company offers door to door sales of an all purpose cleaner.
Alternate Business Names
T & B Advantage Sales
end DMPG Info
July 6, 2012
Michigan salesman arrested after hotel fight east of Fort Collins
Written by
Robert Allen
coloradoan.com
10:36 PM, Jul 6, 2012

Deputies with Larimer County Sheriffs Office investigate a fight Thursday
that put one woman in the hospital. / Robert Allen/The Coloradoan



Damon Davis

A Michigan man was arrested on a felony assault charge Friday morning after a fight Thursday at a hotel east of Fort Collins that left one woman in the hospital.

Damon Davis, 39, of Romulus, Mich., was booked on a count of second-degree assault after the incident at the Plaza Hotel on East Mulberry Road near Interstate 25, according to Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman suffered cuts and other head injuries. Clothing and debris were scattered across the parking lot outside one of the Plaza Hotel’s first-floor, outdoor-facing units on East Mulberry.

A deputy said people being interviewed after the incident Thursday were believed to be traveling, door-to-door sales people who come to the area each summer. The sheriff’s office later confirmed that Davis works for a company called TMB Sales.

More information on the incident and Davis’ alleged involvement wasn’t available Friday.

Deputies have responded to many crime-related calls at the hotel in the past year, and 24/7 patrols have been assigned to the area.
Written by
Robert Allen
coloradoan.com
http://www.coloradoan.com
Fort Collins, Colorado
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DMPG Info:
There was an error in the above article.
The company name: TMB Sales is incorrect.
The DMPG has verified the company name to be T & B Sales.


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Middletown, Connecticut
Police: Man selling magazines in Middletown turns out to be fugitive from Ohio
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Unity Management aka:
UD Management Group aka Unified Doers Management LLC
BBB: UD Management Group
This Business is not BBB accredited
Unified Doers Management LLC
Phone: (202) 898-1171
(202) 898-1121(Phone)
(202) 898-1181(Phone)
611 K Steet N.W. Suite 3, Washington, DC 20001
BBB Rating: F
Description:
The company describes itself as a processing center for subscription orders.
It processes sales orders for Unified Stars, Unity Management, and Unified
Doers, which are described as independent sales organizations.
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
Principal: 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 bbb info.
UD Management Website:
http://www.udmanagementgroup.com
Active Member of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association Members Page:
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
Beware of Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Crews
Read about the NFSA SCUM on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/1NFSA
See:
The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues
By Craig Malisow Mon., Apr. 6 2009 at 6:59 AM
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/04/magazine_sales_crimes.php
end DMPG Info
July 6, 2012
Police: Man selling magazines in Middletown turns out to be fugitive from Ohio
Published: Friday, July 06, 2012; Last Updated: Friday, July 6, 2012 5:58 PM EDT
By LAUREN SIEVERT
@LaurenSievertMP
Press Staff
The Middletown Press
MIDDLETOWN — A man charged as a fugitive out of Ohio was arraigned in Middletown Superior Court on Friday and waived extradition.

William Ham, 20, 2731 Oxford Ave., Dayton, Ohio, is charged with being a fugitive from justice and was arrested July 5. Judge Gerard Adelman on Friday set bond for $90,000 cash or surety. Ham signed paperwork agreeing to waive extradition, meaning he waived his right to a hearing to fight the extradition. He was given a court date of Aug. 3.

Police were dispatched to East Street on July 5 after getting a report of a large group of individuals going door to door trying to sell a magazine for an out-of-state company. This violates city regulations, as any company that wants to solicit has to register with the city and notify the police department of when they will be soliciting.

The company, Unity Management from Washington, D.C., had not registered with the city and had not advised the police they would be going door to door, police said. Ham confirmed he was making the sales for Unity Management, and police advised him that it was illegal to continue since the company was out of compliance. When police ran his name for the report, Ham came back as a wanted person from Ohio.

Ham is wanted on a parole violation from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections/Adult Probation Authority and is accused of violating his parole on an aggravated robbery charge.

Ham told police he “might have” violated his parole for leaving the state of Ohio for several months to sell magazines, police said. He told police the original charge from Ohio was from an incident where he participated with a group of people to “gang rob” someone with a cattle prod, police said. Ham was taken into custody and held as a fugitive without a bond until his arraignment hearing.
By LAUREN SIEVERT
@LaurenSievertMP
Press Staff
The Middletown Press
http://middletownpress.com
Middletown, Connecticut
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York, Nebraska
York residents say salesman called them racist
July 6, 2012
York residents say salesman called them racist
By The Associated Press | Posted: Friday, July 6, 2012 10:00 am
journalstar.com
YORK — York police said residents are complaining about door-to-door sales pitches that reportedly ended with screamed obscenities and allegations that Nebraska is "full of racist hicks."

Police received six calls Monday about encounters that residents described as violent, insulting and rude.

Several residents told the newspaper that a cleaning-supply salesman accused them of being racist when they rejected his pitch. In one case, a resident said he felt he was being threatened.

One salesman, who was not identified, appeared to be responsible for the encounters.

City officials said they granted a group of sellers a one-day permit to sell the products door-to-door. City Clerk Jean Thiele said officials will not grant a permit again if the reports are confirmed.
By The Associated Press
journalstar.com http://journalstar.com
Lincoln, Nebraska
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The Ozarks of southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas Arkansas
Sheriff warns of scam in area
July 6, 2012
Sheriff warns of scam in area
Ozarks Sentinel
ozarkssentinel.com
July 6, 2012
Baxter County residents should be aware that there are complaints of a person going door to door attempting to sell magazine subscriptions purportedly on behalf of the local German American Partnership Program (GAPP), which is a program associated with the Mountain Home Public Schools.

The Sheriff’s Office is warning Baxter County residents to be alert to potential fraudulent magazine sales scams in their neighborhoods.

The Sheriff’s Office took a complaint report indicating that a man came to the door of a private residence in Mountain Home telling the residents that he was selling magazine subscriptions on behalf of the Mountain Home Schools GAPP program. The residents bought subscriptions, but later began making inquiries as to the legitimacy of this salesman and his product. Their inquiries led them to believe that this was not a legitimate enterprise, and they subsequently stopped payment on the checks they had issued. The Sheriff’s Office was then notified of the suspected scam.

The Sheriff’s Office consulted with a Mountain Home Police Department School Resource Officer this morning, and he verified with representatives of the local GAPP program that they are not going door to door selling magazines or any other items, nor have they contracted with or agreed for other persons or organizations to do so on their behalf.

Therefore, the Sheriff’s Office is warning Baxter County residents to be alert to potential fraudulent magazine sales scams in their neighborhoods. Persons should not purchase magazines or conduct business with magazines sales persons unless they are able to verify the legitimacy of the activity with known sources or contacts.

Any person who is approached at their home by unknown persons selling magazines without valid or verifiable credentials should consider contacting their local law enforcement agency in order that the legitimacy of the sales person and his or her organization can be investigated and hopefully verified.
Ozarks Sentinel
ozarkssentinel.com
http://www.ozarkssentinel.com
The Ozarks of southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas Arkansas
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Baxter County, Arkansas
Authorities warn of potential scam
July 6, 2012
Authorities warn of potential scam
baxterbulletin.com
9:45 PM, Jul 5, 2012
Sheriff John Montgomery issued a warning about a possible magazine sales scam in the county.

Montgomery says Baxter County residents should be aware there are complaints of a person going door-to-door attempting to sell magazine subscriptions purportedly on behalf of the local German American Partnership Program, a program associated with the Mountain Home Public Schools.

The sheriff’s office took a complaint from a resident claiming a man came to the door of a home and sold magazine subscriptions allegedly on behalf of the GAPP program. The residents said they bought subscriptions but later stopped payment on their checks when they could not verify his credentials.

The sheriff’s office says Mountain Home Police Department school resource officer also confirmed no GAPP representatives are selling anything door to door.

BCSO is warning residents to be alert to potentially fraudulent salespeople and report invalid credentials to a local law enforcement agency.

From submitted report
baxterbulletin.com
http://www.baxterbulletin.com
Mountain Home, Arkansas
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BIRMINGHAM, Michigan
Crime alert: Thieves going door-to-door in Birmingham
Crooks posing as magazine salesmen
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Mega Sales, Inc
See:
Go Doers Enterprise, Inc.
http://www.ceobound.org/
Urban Development
http://www.udmanagementgroup.com
Otis Garrett
Anna Garrett, Mega Sales
Lettell Garrett--Unity Management
BBB: Mega Sales, Inc
Unified Producers, Inc.
See:
http://www.quality-stay4less.com/references.html
BBB
Urban Development Solutions aka
Omni-Horizons Inc.
8557 E. US Highway 20
Michigan City, IN 46360-7628
BBB: Omni-Horizons Inc
Business Contact and Profile
Name: Omni-Horizons Inc.
Phone: (219) 809-2323
Fax: (219) 809-5734
Address: 8557 E. US Highway 20
Michigan City, IN 46360-7628
Original Business Start Date: January 1990
Principal: Mrs. Kayon Ellis, President
Customer Contact: Mrs. Kayon Ellis, President - (219) 809-2323
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: July 1990, IN
Employees: 300
Type of Business: Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.
Additional DBA Names: ALL CAN SUCCEED, INC. High Standards, Inc.
Thanks God Bless
Dedicated to Inc.
Urban Development Solutions
See:
American Community Services
See: SCUMBAG/Hairball/PIG for Profit: Levan Ellis
See: UD Management Group
See: Ultimate Unity
See: http://nfsa.com
See: National Field Selling Association Scumbag Criminal Trade Group
See: DMPG Criminal Profiler: American Community Services
See Why We Say This
end DMPG Info
July 6, 2012
Crime alert: Thieves going door-to-door in Birmingham
Crooks posing as magazine salesmen
WDIV
Published On: Jul 06 2012 06:20:44 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 06 2012 06:21:39 PM EDT
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. -
Birmingham police are issuing an alert after reports of thieves posing as magazine salesmen going door-to-door and robbing people. Investigators have received several reports from residents about the conmen who say the work for a company called Mega Sales Inc. On Monday, one woman on Bowers St. told police that a man came to her door, saying he was selling magazines. She reportedly let him inside. He then distracted her, took her wallet and purse and took off. Police said someone in the neighborhood later found the wallet with money missing nearby. Authorities are advising you to never let solicitors inside your home.
baxterbulletin.com
http://www.clickondetroit.com
Detroit, Michigan
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TILDEN TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania
TILDEN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
July 5, 2012
TILDEN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
(BERKS COUNTY)
INFORMATION RELEASE
870 Hex Highway, Hamburg, PA 19526
Voice: 610-562-9001 | Fax: 610-562-9148
INCIDENT NO
61-12-00660 & 61-12-00661
INVESTIGATING TOWNSHIP OFFICER
Chief William J. McEllroy III
NATURE OF INCIDENT
Suspicious Activity/Warrant Service
DATE/TIME OF INCIDENT
07/05/2012 1500 hours
LOCATION
200 Block of Laurel Ave, Tilden Township
tildentownship.com
http://www.tildentownship.com
TILDEN TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania
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Incident Report for Case# 61-12-00660 & 61-12-00661


LAYTON, Utah
Cities in Utah crack down on door-to-door solicitors
July 4, 2012
Cities in Utah crack down on door-to-door solicitors
By Dana Rimington
Standard-Examiner correspondent
Standard-Examiner
Wed, 07/04/2012 - 11:25pm
LAYTON — Everyone is familiar with them — solicitors knocking on the door, ready to sell their wares on the doorstep. For many years, salesmen had free rein to sell door-to-door in the Top of Utah; however, many cities are now starting to crack down on who solicits to their residents.

Layton city implemented an ordinance a few years ago requiring all solicitors to have a license. If solicitors are caught without a license, they can be slapped with a citation.

“More and more cities are requiring solicitation licenses, with each city having their own set of rules and regulations,” said Virginia Migliore, Layton City’s business licensing specialist.

Layton requires solicitors to renew their license every year, and as a result, can monitor and regulate who is going door-to-door in their city.

“We make sure to look into their history, and require them to pass a criminal background check, which makes it a little bit more comfortable for our residents,” said Migliore.

All solicitors are asked to have the license visible for homeowners to see. If not, homeowners can ask to see the license before listening to their offer.

Since implementing the ordinance, most traveling salespeople in Layton appear to be getting the required license, said Migliore, who admits there are still a number of persons selling without a license.

In the past year, Layton has received 28 complaints regarding non-licensed solicitors, though it was able to issue just one citation. Even with a license, some solicitors can get pushy, many even ringing doorbells of those with ‘no solicitor’ or ‘no trespassing’ signs, and claiming they are not selling anything, Migliore said. Anyone doing so in Layton is in violation of the city ordinance, and would be subject to a class B misdemeanor, according to Layton police.

Layton Police Lt. Garret Atkin said, “It does happen a lot with solicitors who say they aren’t soliciting, but then they ask if you’d like to buy something.”

Atkin advises that any homeowner concerned about someone approaching their doorstep, whom they aren’t familiar with, to simply not open the door.

The other recourse homeowners have when it comes to dealing with overly-pushy solicitors is to get law enforcement involved. Often times though, the homeowner does not have a good enough description of the solicitor, police said.

“They need to get the name and a good description of the person, so we have more to follow up on if they aren’t licensed and the homeowner feels they are being threatened,” said Migliore. “There are a lot of them out there that can be really pushy, but if we have them licensed, we can follow up on that with the company they are with.”

Recently, 44-year-old Layton resident Maria Odle had a solicitor come to her door that claimed he wasn’t selling anything. She quickly informed the salesman she wasn’t interested in buying anything. His response was to show her a list of fellow neighbors who have helped him better his situation in life, and asked if she could do the same.

“He kind of badgered me, and then came out and said he was selling magazines,” said Odle. “When I said no, he continued badgering me.”

After Odle said no again, the solicitor informed her he would be back.

“He made me feel bad after he left,” she said.

Though she didn’t ask to see his license or call to complain, Odle did exactly what most homeowners do with unwanted solicitors — she closed the door and ignored the situation.

“It probably happens a lot more than is being reported,” Atkin said.
By Dana Rimington
Standard-Examiner correspondent
Standard-Examiner
http://www.standard.net
Ogden, Utah
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Birmingham, Michigan
Magazine subscription scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
World Wide Circulation Inc.
BBB: World Wide Circulation
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
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: December 06, 1996
Business started: 01/01/1984
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Teresa Brisendine, Office Manager
Business Category
Wholesalers & Distributors
Alternate Business Names
Pinnacle Sales
end BBB.
World Wide Circulation Inc.:
Active Member of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association Members Page:
http://nfsa.com/portfolio-page
Beware of Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Crews
Read about the NFSA SCUM on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/1NFSA
end DMPG Info
July 3, 2012
Magazine subscription scam
DownTown Publications
downtownpublications.com
July 3, 2012
07/03/2012 - A Birmingham woman who let a man selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door into her house found that the man stole her wallet, and police are alerting residents to be aware of an illegal scam in the area.

At 8:25 p.m. Monday, July 2, a woman living in the 1600 block of Bowers in Birmingham opened the door to a white man in his 20s selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door. The homeowner allowed the man inside, and she went to get her purse to pay for the subscription. The woman told Birmingham police that she was briefly distracted, and the man ran out of her house. She then realized her wallet was gone from her purse, and that the man had taken it.

A neighbor of the woman found the wallet a short time later lying on the sidewalk, but all of the woman's cash had been taken. Police officers checked the area for the man with a police K-9, but they were unsuccessful in finding him. Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan said they are looking for a white male in his early 20s, who is approximately 5-feet, 9-inches tall. A receipt the man left behind at the woman's home was from World Wide Circulation Inc., at 32008 Harper in St. Clair Shores. Birmingham police detectives are investigating.

Kiernan said Birmingham Police have received numerous complaints about solicitors going door-to-door selling magazines for a company called Mega Sales, Inc. Kiernan said Birmingham has not issued any permits for any magazine company to sell magazines, or solicit in any fashion, in the city. He is urging citizens to call the Birmingham Police Department at 248.530.1870 if anyone comes to their home or business attempting to sell magazines, or any other goods or services.
DownTown Publications
downtownpublications.com
http://www.downtownpublications.com
Birmingham, Michigan
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Birmingham, Michigan
Police Warn of Door-to-Door Magazine Solicitors After Woman's Wallet Taken
According to police, no company is licensed to sell magazines door-to-door in Birmingham.
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Crew:
Mega Sales, Inc
See:
Go Doers Enterprise, Inc.
http://www.ceobound.org/
Urban Development
http://www.udmanagementgroup.com
Otis Garrett
Anna Garrett, Mega Sales
Lettell Garrett--Unity Management
http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/unified-doers-management-llc-in-washington-dc-12905066/
Unified Producers, Inc.
See:
http://www.quality-stay4less.com/references.html
BBB
Urban Development Solutions aka
Omni-Horizons Inc.
8557 E. US Highway 20
Michigan City, IN 46360-7628
http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/omni-horizons-in-michigan-city-in-10524
Business Contact and Profile
Name: Omni-Horizons Inc.
Phone: (219) 809-2323
Fax: (219) 809-5734
Address: 8557 E. US Highway 20
Michigan City, IN 46360-7628
Original Business Start Date: January 1990
Principal: Mrs. Kayon Ellis, President
Customer Contact: Mrs. Kayon Ellis, President - (219) 809-2323
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: July 1990, IN
Employees: 300
Type of Business: Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.
Additional DBA Names: ALL CAN SUCCEED, INC. High Standards, Inc.
Thanks God Bless
Dedicated to Inc.
Urban Development Solutions
See:
American community Services
See: UD Management Group
See: Ultimate Unity
See: http://nfsa.com
end DMPG Info
July 3, 2012
Police Warn of Door-to-Door Magazine Solicitors After Woman's Wallet Taken
According to police, no company is licensed to sell magazines door-to-door in Birmingham.
By Laura Houser
BirminghamPpatch
birmingham.patch.com
3:11 pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Birmingham police are currently on the lookout for a man suspected of stealing cash while selling magazines door-to-door.

In addition, after the department received several complaints about solicitors without permits, authorities are encouraging residents approached by door-to-door magazine salespeople to call the police.

According to Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan, the incident occurred around 8:25 p.m. Monday on the 1600 block of Bowers. A man — in his early 20's, witnesses state, and approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall — said he was selling magazines for World Wide Circulation, Inc., a company based in St. Clair Shores.

A woman on Bowers let the man inside her home, police reports state, while she went to find her purse and pay for a magazine subscription. While she was briefly distracted, the man ran out of the house, police say. At that point, the woman realized the wallet was missing from her purse.

According to police, a neighbor found the wallet a short time later on a nearby sidewalk with the cash missing. Officers checked the area with a K-9 unit but was unable to find the man.

Kiernan said this isn't the first time Birmingham police have received complaints of solicitors going door-to-door selling magazines, oftentimes for a company called Mega Sales, Inc. According to Kiernan, the city has not issued permits for any magazine company to solicit in the city.

3:11 pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2012
By Laura Houser
BirminghamPpatch
birmingham.patch.com
http://birmingham.patch.com
Birmingham, Michigan
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Plain City, Ohio
‘No Knock’ ordinance restricts solicitors
July 2, 2012
‘No Knock’ ordinance restricts solicitors
By Fran Odyniec
Editor
The Advocate
July 2, 2012
London, Ohio
When some pitch man on television hawking the latest slicer and dicer or basement water-proofing deal comes into your family room, all it takes is a click of the channel selector and the pest is gone.

It’s a slightly different situation when you’re sitting down to dinner or quietly enjoying a mid-morning cup of coffee and somebody knocks on your front door wanting to sell you the latest in water softeners or a resurfacing job for your driveway.

One way or the other, that person may be a nuisance or even worse a scam artist.

Plain City council member Shawn Kaeser more than just noticed this type of solicitation going on in his subdivision.

“It seemed that people are constantly coming down our street, ” Kaeser said of those door-to-door sales folks. “There is no way to identify them which is not safe.”

He got together back in March with Plain City Police Chief Jim Hill and decided to do something about it.

They agreed that it was time to update the village ordinance relating to peddlers, solicitors and mobile vendors, which had been on the books since the 1980s.

“The chief looked around at other communities’ ordinances and came back with suggestions,” Kaeser said.

Earlier this month on June 11, village council passed Ordinance No. 7-12 which has become known as the “No Knock Ordinance.”

“It stops commercial salesmen from coming to your home,” said Hill.

The ordinance requires that salesmen obtain a permit to solicit in the village, but, as those late-night TV pitchmen say, “Wait! There’s more.”

They can not approach any home that is registered on the village’s “No Knock Registry.”

Residents can place their home address on the registry by going to the Plain City website, clicking on public safety, going to the police department’s forms page, and scrolling down to No Knock Registry.

While the registry requires a resident’s name as well as his or her home address, the resident’s name will not appear on the list that registered solicitors must view before engaging in solicitations in the village.

“Solicitors first have to check in with the police department and register,” explained Hill. “It is a $50 fee for a permit which is good for one year. Previously, the permit cost $5.”

By the same token, residents are able to click on the permits issued button to determine which solicitors have registered.

“That’s the list of valid permit holders,” said the chief.

Getting listed as a valid permit holder is not automatic.

It takes up to five days for the police department to issue a permit from the date of application.

“This gives us time to check the applicant’s record,” Hill continued, “to make sure that the applicant is not wanted for an offense, or is a fugitive, or is a registered sex offender.”

However, if a resident chooses not to utilize the No Knock Registry, Hill advises that they look for the solicitor’s permit when they answer that knock on the door.

“They are required to wear a lanyard with the permit or to display the permit on their clothing,” he said of valid solicitors. “They also must show the permit upon request.”

“Ask for the permit,” Hill said. “If they can’t provide it, call the police. You could help stop a crime that could affect you and several other people in the neighborhood as well.”

He explained that an “invalid” solicitor could be involved in schemes including the types that prey on the elderly.

“They also could be scoping out the home for a theft or a burglary,” Hill said.

Should a permit holder violate the “No Knock” ordinance, the police department can revoke the permit, and could be charged with a minor misdemeanor.

Under the ordinance, a permit can be issued only to persons with a valid form of state or government ID card with a photo.

The permit allows solicitation only between 10 a.m and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No solicitation is permitted on Sundays and holidays.

There is an exemption for local organizations. The ordinance does not require a solicitation permit for religious, charitable, or non-profit organizations such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.

Presently, the village does not display “no soliciting without permit” signs, but in its meeting of Monday, June 25 council indicated that such signs would be forthcoming.

For more information on “No Knock Registry,” contact the Plain City Police Department at (614) 873-2921.
By Fran Odyniec
Editor
The Advocate
July 2, 2012
http://plaincity-advocate.com
London, Ohio
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Shreveport, Louisiana
What to do when trouble knocks
June 29, 2012
What to do when trouble knocks
KTBS
Published On: Jun 29 2012 09:16:39 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 29 2012 10:21:19 PM CDT
Beware: You could be opening your door to trouble.
Pushy door-to-door sales people may come knocking at night with crime on their mind instead of making a deal. Crooks could be casing your home for burglary, that's according to the Shreveport Police Department. Authorities have not yet connected any burglaries to any complaints about door-to-door sales people but they encourage residents to report solicitors. "Going door to door selling whatever it may be, magazines, vaccum cleaners, books, whatever the case may be, is not only against the law, city ordinance calls it a nuisance," said Sgt. Bill Goodin. You are also urged to not to let sales representatives that you don't know inside your home. You can contact police at (318)673-BLUE with a full description of the person and their direction of travel.
KTBS
http://www.ktbs.com
Shreveport, Louisiana
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Bowie, Maryland
Door to door soliciting increasing
June 28, 2012
Door to door soliciting increasing
Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 1:00 pm | Updated: 3:51 pm, Wed Jun 27, 2012.
By Joe Aiello Staff Writer
The Bowie Blade-News
CapitalGazette.com
Summer is here and so is warmer weather and longer daylight hours. Along with this you may see an increase in door-to-door solicitors in your neighborhood.

Anyone, besides non-profit groups such as schools, churches or fire departments, who wish to sell merchandise or services door to door, must first obtain county and city licenses. The licenses will contain a photograph of the individual and the city permit is bright yellow in color.

Door-to-door solicitors may only sell their products between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The city has issued a significant number of solicitor’s licenses in the past month and wants residents to be prepared.

City of Bowie Code Compliance Supervisor Steve Roberts offered the following information and suggestions for homeowners to optimize personal safety:

Only open the door if you wish to and feel safe doing it.
Keep your screen/storm door closed between yourself and the salesman.
Do not invite the salesman into your home.
Ask to see the city of Bowie solicitor’s permit. Solicitor’s permits are issued to each qualifying door-to-door solicitor.
Do not leave your door open and return to another room for cash or a credit card.
If you choose to purchase an item or service, pay by credit card or check, not cash.
Read all documents and contracts carefully. Know the conditions of the sale.
Do not allow yourself to be bullied or coerced into purchasing their service or merchandise.

If you have questions concerning door-to-door solicitation, call Code Compliance at 301-809-3008 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the non-emergency police number, 301-352-1200.

If at any time you feel threatened, call 911 and a police officer will be dispatched to provide assistance.

jaiello@bladenews.com
By Joe Aiello Staff Writer
The Bowie Blade-News
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http://www.capitalgazette.com
Annapolis, Maryland
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Washington Township, Michigan
Washington homes targeted in recent rash of break-ins
June 28, 2012
Washington homes targeted in recent rash of break-ins
By MATT DECEMBER
matt.december@advisorsource.com; Twitter: @MattDecember
Advisor & Source Newspapers
Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Washington Township residents are being warned of a new rash of break-ins occurring in the community during the last several weeks.

For the second time since April, a string of break-ins, which have occurred generally on the west side of the township during the last few weeks, has township officials warning residents to lock doors and be aware of people they don't recognize in their neighborhoods or subdivisions.

"In one incident at Carriage Hills North, the homeowner was actually home and the person just walked into the house when the owner was on a different part of the property, stole some stuff and walked out," said Supervisor Dan O'Leary. "They are getting brazen."

O'Leary said the township is asking residents to be aware of their neighborhood and lock their doors.

"You can't leave your doors open. It's a different world," he said. "We are just asking people to be conscious."

Residents are also being requested to ask to see a Washington Township-provided license from anyone going door-to-door claiming to be a vendor.

"If they don't have one they shouldn't be there because any door-to-door vendors have to be licensed by the clerk," he said. "If anyone is knocking on your door, can't tell you they have a license, call the township or call the Sheriff's Office because chances are good they are not legitimate."

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office arrested two men May 2 in connection with a string of break-ins in the community that occurred over the course of several weeks.

According to authorities, those men were stealing items to be sold or bartered for drugs.

Anyone with more information or concerns about the most recent break-ins should contact Washington Township at 786-0010 or the Macomb County Sheriff's Office at 469-5502.

By MATT DECEMBER matt.december@advisorsource.com; Twitter: @MattDecember

Contact Matt December at 586-323-8147 or matt.december@advisorsource.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattDecember or on Facebook at Matt December.
By MATT DECEMBER
matt.december@advisorsource.com; Twitter: @MattDecember
Advisor & Source Newspapers
http://www.sourcenewspapers.com
Shelby Twp, Michigan
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West Des Moines, Iowa
Selling Door-to-Door in West Des Moines Without a Permit Is a Mistake
A Texas man was attempting to sell cleaning supplies when residents called police.
June 28, 2012
Selling Door-to-Door in West Des Moines Without a Permit Is a Mistake
A Texas man was attempting to sell cleaning supplies when residents called police.
By Matt Nelson
westdesmoines.patch
June 28, 2012
A Texas man was arrested Friday for trying to sell cleaning supplies in West Des Moines without a permit.

Steve Williams, 24, was allegedly selling cleaning products when he was stopped by officers, who asked to see his work permit. Williams had a permit for Urbandale and surrounding cities, but not West Des Moines.

Williams told officers he had assumed his Urbandale permit would be valid in West Des Moines.

Officers quickly determined that Williams had spoken with other officers about the permit earlier in the day on Beachtree Drive, and he had been warned about operating without a permit.

An eyewitness told officers that Williams said he had been operating with a permit.

Williams was arrested and taken to the Polk County Jail.
By Matt Nelson
westdesmoines.patch
http://westdesmoines.patch.com
West Des Moines, Iowa
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Police Blotter:
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Ultimate Unity
BBB: Ultimate Unity
BBB Accredited Business since 11/11/2010
Ultimate Unity, Inc.
Phone: (219) 809-5733
Fax: (219) 809-5734
8555 W US Highway 20, Michigan City, IN 46360-7628
www.uunity.biz
BBB file opened: 02/17/2010
Business started: 10/01/2009
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: October 2009, IN
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Maurice McClain (President)
Number of Employees
10
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazines - Distributors
Products & Services
This business processes and provides customer service,
magazine and book clearing house and subscriptions.
end BBB Report
See: American Community Services
Trade Group: National Field Selling Association: NFSA
See BBB: American Community Services, Inc.
See LeVan Ellis (President) American Community Services, Inc.
See Criminal Profiler: American Community Services
Google Search: American Community Services + magazine
Search American Community Services This Website
end DMPG Info
June 26, 2012
Police Blotter:
By Cristel Mohrman
June 26, 2012
BuffaloGrovePatch
buffalogrove.patch.com
COMPLAINT

A resident of the 1400 block of Rose Boulevard reported that a person without a permit ignored the “No Solicitor” sign on the door and knocked at 4 p.m. June 22. An officer located people who were soliciting for Kids of America and did not have a permit. The supervisor was contacted and advised to pick up the boys.

A resident reported a solicitor without a permit at 4:40 p.m. June 22 near Old Barn Court and Hidden Lake Drive. An officer located the person, who was soliciting for Ultimate Unity and selling magazines. The solicitor did not have a permit and stopped.

A resident of the 1400 block of Mill Creek Drive reported a person selling children’s books at 4:50 p.m. June 22. An officer located the solicitor, who had a valid permit from Arlington Heights and did not realize that she had strayed into Buffalo Grove. The solicitor returned to Arlington Heights.
By Cristel Mohrman
BuffaloGrovePatch
buffalogrove.patch.com
http://buffalogrove.patch.com
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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Cascade County, Montana
Authorities Warn of Aggressive Magazine Salespeople
June 26, 2012
Authorities Warn of Aggressive Magazine Salespeople
By KFBB News Team
KFBB-TV
Story Created: Jun 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM MDT
Story Updated: Jun 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM MDT
Groups of teenagers have been going door-to-door in Cascade County over the past week selling magazine subscriptions, but some authorities say it's a scam.

The salespeople, mainly in their late teens, have been going door-to-door throughout Great Falls and Cascade County claiming to sell magazine subscriptions so they can earn a trip overseas.

The teens seldom take "No" for an answer and can be very pushy, borderline rude. It is recommended people politely tell the salespeople to leave.

"My best advice is: don't get confrontational with them, be polite to them," said Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards. "Tell them, "I'm not interested." And they will persist, and this is from experience, they will persist with you. Ask them politely to leave your property. Once you've asked them to leave, they have to leave."

Edwards had two encounters with the teens in the last week, one of whom was "rude" while trying to sell a subscription.

If they are persistent after you tell them "No," Sheriff Edwards says to inform them you will notify authorities and close and lock your door.

If you are concerned about potential scammer at your door or if they refuse to leave, call Great Falls Police at 771-1180 or Cascade County Sheriff at 454-6848.
By KFBB News Team
KFBB-TV
http://www.kfbb.com
Black Eagle, Montana
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Lincoln, Nebraska
Five Solicitors Cited For No Permit
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
June 26, 2012
Five Solicitors Cited For No Permit
Reporter: 10/11 News Team
Channel 10/11 - KOLN-TV
Posted: Tue 6:29 AM, Jun 26, 2012
Updated: Tue 6:43 AM, Jun 26, 2012
Lincoln Police have cited five people for soliciting without a permit.

According to Captain Michon Morrow, around 9:30 p.m. Monday, a resident near SW 12th and W. Van Dorn Streets called police about people going door to door.

Morrow says officers contacted a van and cited all five of the people inside for soliciting without a permit.

"The people cited come from all over the country to work for these types of companies. The ones we cited were from Saint Louis, Westlake, Louisanna, Omaha, Mayfield, Ohio and Portland, Oregon. The group was going door to door for Advantage Cleaning Products. They were selling soap."

Morrow said residents are encouraged to ask these types of solicitors for their permit, which they should be carrying anytime they are knocking at someones door. The permit includes information about what the seller can do including times they are allowed to work.

If they can not produce a permit, Morrow says residents should send them on their way and call police with a description of the person.
Reporter: 10/11 News Team
Channel 10/11 - KOLN-TV
http://www.1011now.com
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Bethel, Connecticut
Public School Advisory Notice: Poser Going Door to Door
A salesman/woman has been going door to door trying to sell educational materials in the guise of being an intern.
June 26, 2012
Public School Advisory Notice: Poser Going Door to Door
A salesman/woman has been going door to door trying to sell educational materials in the guise of being an intern.
Bethel, CT news
BethelPatch.com
June 26, 2012
Dr. Kevin Smith, superintendent of schools

Dear Parents and Caregivers: Within the last several days my office has received a number of calls and emails regarding an individual who is going door to door in Bethel purporting to represent the Bethel Public Schools as an "intern."

This morning I contacted the Bethel PD and alerted them to this. Lt. Kennedy investigated and learned that the individual in question has a permit to conduct sales and works for a company based in Omaha, Nebraska that sells books and other "educational materials."

Please be advised that this individual does not represent the Bethel Public Schools or the Bethel Board of Education. Bethel Public Schools has not evaluated any of these materials and is not endorsing them. The Bethel PD has been in contact with the salesperson and has advised her to stick closely to her script so that community members clearly understand she is not representing Bethel Public Schools. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

Warm Regards,
Kevin Smith

Kevin J. Smith, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Bethel Public Schools P.O. Box 253 Bethel, CT 06801 (203) 794-8601

Southwestern Advantage

6:15 pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The person mentioned in this note may or may not be one of our student reps who is running her own business selling supplemental educational products to families in the community; not affiliated at all with the school. Our company (Southwestern Advantage) is based out of Nashville, not Omaha, so there may in fact be no connection. If she is one of our reps, she is part of our 146-year old program in which college students offset their educational expenses by selling our products. All students in our summer program are trained to differentiate themselves as not being either a representative of a particular school or endorsed by a school district. It also says this on the receipt left with their customers. If anyone has any questions they can call us at 615-391-2801 or email sw@southwestern.com. Also, more info can be found on our blog [http://southwesternadvantage.blogspot.com/2012/06/whos-knocking-on-my-door.html] or by visiting our company website www.southwesternadvantage.com. Thank you
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http://bethel.patch.com
Bethel, Connecticut
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Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Door-to-door salesman rattles TSC patrons; company doubts reports
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Advantage
aka: Southwestern Company
Nashville, Tennessee
end DMPG Info
June 26, 2012
Door-to-door salesman rattles TSC patrons; company doubts reports
Written by
Mikel Livingston
Journal and Courier
9:55 PM, Jun 26, 2012
At least one salesman has been canvassing some parts of Tippecanoe County, offering to sell products claimed to be endorsed by the Tippecanoe School Corp., according to school officials.

Superintendent Scott Hanback said the district began receiving reports Thursday of salesmen claiming to be from a company called Southwestern Advantage.

According to the reports from concerned parents, the group had been going door to door in the area of a number of TSC schools, selling supplies — such as books and CDs — that they claimed were approved by the district.

“I received a phone call from a parent that said they had received people coming door to door and looking to sell products,” said Cole Elementary Principal Mike Pinto, “and they used my name as principal and the school’s name, saying that these were endorsed.”

Other schools purportedly mentioned were Southwestern Middle School and schools in the Battle Ground area.

“It’s both north and south in the county, going door to door selling books and materials, telling people they would be good for kids,” Hanback said. “They were actually citing principals by name ... saying they endorsed these things and basically coming across very pushy with high-pressure sales tactics. People were getting confused and concerned.”

Reports continued coming in Friday, Hanback said, after which the district began crafting a message for principals to send to parents. The message, sent early this week, explained to parents that the district had no knowledge of the products in question.

Southwestern Advantage is a Nashville, Tenn-based sales organization that each summer puts about 3,000 college students into communities to run their own sales business.

The students, considered independent contractors, stay with a host family. They sell products through cold calls, referrals and door-to-door visits. Southwestern Advantage is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

Trey Campbell, director of communications for Southwestern Advantage, confirmed that the company has one representative working this summer in Tippecanoe County.

“We have one dealer in the area,” Campbell said. “She is not our typical dealer. She participated through the program throughout college, and she is on her seventh summer this year with us.”

Campbell was attempting to contact the dealer as of Tuesday to confirm whether she had stated or implied that TSC had endorsed any of the products. Campbell said he would be surprised if that was the case due to her long working relationship with the company.

“This is someone who has been asked back year after year,” Campbell said.

“We don’t have a history of complaints. And it would surprise me someone that seasoned would do any of the things (the district) had calls on.”

Campbell said the students are expected to make clear that the products are not endorsed by any school districts. It is also stated on purchase receipts given to customers.

“Occasionally there will be miscommunication because they’re selling educational products,” Campbell said. “(Customers) might get confused or make an assumption, or the student might not be crystal clear.”

Hanback said officials are reminding parents that the district does not endorse commercial products.

“We made them aware TSC has not and does not endorse these types of things,” Hanback said. “They do not have permission to use the schools’ names or the principals’ names.”
Written by
Mikel Livingston
Journal and Courier
http://www.jconline.com
Lafayette, Indiana
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New York, New York
George R. Hearst Jr., Leader of Publishing Giant, Dies at 84
June 26, 2012
George R. Hearst Jr., Leader of Publishing Giant, Dies at 84
By DENNIS HEVESI
New York Times
Published: June 26, 2012

George R. Hearst Jr. in 1998.
Phil Klein/Associated Press

George R. Hearst Jr., chairman of the Hearst Corporation and the oldest grandson of the media titan William Randolph Hearst, died on Monday in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 84.

The cause was complications of a stroke, said Lisa Bagley, a spokeswoman for the corporation.

Mr. Hearst was a director of Hearst, a privately held corporation, for more than 50 years and its chairman since 1996, helping to steer the company as it expanded its interests in newspapers, magazines, television stations, cable television, real estate and other enterprises.

It currently owns 15 daily newspapers, including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Houston Chronicle, The San Antonio Express-News and The Albany Times Union. It also owns 36 weekly newspapers and more than 300 magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping and Popular Mechanics. Last year, it acquired nearly 100 magazines in 14 countries from the Lagardère Group, a French-based conglomerate.

George Randolph Hearst Jr. was named after his father and his great-grandfather. The first George Hearst was a successful owner of silver, gold and copper mines who became a United States senator from California and, in 1880, acquired The San Francisco Examiner as payment for a gambling debt. Seven years later, Senator Hearst turned over control of The Examiner to 24-year-old William Randolph, who had dropped out of Harvard, “and to the surprise of everyone made it a success,” said David Nasaw, author of “The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst” (2000). William Randolph Hearst “was the first media mogul, because he expanded his newspaper empire into magazines, newsreels and radio,” Mr. Nasaw said.

George R. Hearst Jr. started his newspaper career as a classified advertising salesman at The San Francisco Examiner. He went on to become publisher of The Los Angeles Examiner, business manager and publisher of The Los Angeles Evening Herald Express, publisher of what became The Los Angeles Herald Examiner and, by 1977, vice president of the Hearst Corporation. He became chairman in March 1996, succeeding his uncle, Randolph A. Hearst, who retired.

George R. Hearst was born in San Francisco on July 13, 1927, to Blanche and George Hearst Sr. He attended the University of New Mexico and the University of Southern California, and served for nearly 10 years in the military, first in the Navy during World War II and then in the Army from 1950 to 1954.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; his twin sister, Phoebe Hearst Cooke; two sons, George III and Stephen; a daughter, Erin Hearst Knudsen; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: June 28, 2012

An obituary on Wednesday about George Randolph Hearst Jr., the former chairman of the Hearst Corporation, misstated the circumstances under which he took that post in 1996. It was after the retirement — not death — of his uncle, Randolph A. Hearst. (He died in 2000.)
By DENNIS HEVESI
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com
New York, New York
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Clarksville, Tennessee
Robber who posed as salesman arrested again
June 26, 2012
Robber who posed as salesman arrested again
Written by
Andy Humbles
The Tennessean
10:42 AM, Jun 26, 2012


One of two men accused of posing as magazine salesmen before robbing a man in a wheelchair Sunday in Clarksville, was back in jail in less than 24 hours after he bonded out.

Maurice Antonio Deloatch was back in custody for possession of marijuana that police said he ate during a traffic stop and for unlawful possession of a weapon.

Deloatch was initially jailed for aggravated robbery as police said he and another man approached a 51-year-old on his porch Sunday.

Deloatch and his alleged accomplice told the victim in a wheelchair they were selling sport magazines.

When the suspects were led inside, one pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim’s head and the other suspect took cash, credit cards, oxycodone and diabetes medication.

Police found the suspects’ vehicle about two hours later and Deloatch was identified in a photo lineup by the victim.

He was charged with aggravated robbery with a $10,000 bond.

Deloatch bonded out around 2:30 a.m. Monday and around 9:30 p.m. last night he was stopped in the B Street and Beech Street area of Clarksville. The officer discovered a marijuana bag hidden in Deloatch’s crotch and determined he had eaten it during the stop.

The driver, Justin Tyra, was cited for simple possession and driving on a suspended license.
Written by
Andy Humbles
The Tennessean
http://www.tennessean.com
Nashville, Tennessee
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Clarksville, Tennessee
'Magazine salesmen' rob wheelchair-bound man
June 25, 2012
'Magazine salesmen' rob wheelchair-bound man
News 2, WKRN-TV
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 3:39 PM CDT

Maurice Deloatch, 24, is charged with aggravated robbery.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

Clarksville police arrested a suspect and are searching for another after detectives said they pretended to be magazine salesmen and robbed a resident confined to a wheelchair.

Police said Maurice Deloatch and an unknown accomplice approached the 51-year-old victim Sunday afternoon on the porch of his Rainbow Street residence and told him they were selling sports magazines.

The victim let the two men into his house where one of them pulled out a handgun while the other ransacked the residence, stealing a wallet, credit cards, cash and prescription medication.

Two hours later, officers found a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle at an apartment complex on Old Russellville Pike.

After locating the vehicle and following some additional leads, detectives developed Deloatch as one of the suspects.

Through a photo lineup, the victim later identified Deloatch as one of the men who robbed him.

The 24-year-old was charged with aggravated robbery and booked into the Montgomery County jail on a $10,000 bond.

Deloatch has a lengthy criminal history and is currently on probation for burglaries and thefts, police.

The other suspect, described as a black male, 18 or 19 years old, cleanly shaven with short hair, remains at large.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Clarksville Police Department's tips line at 931-645-8477.
News 2, WKRN-TV
http://www.wkrn.com
Nashville, Tennessee
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Clarksville, Tennessee
'Magazine salesmen' rob Clarksville man
June 25, 2012
'Magazine salesmen' rob Clarksville man
10:38 PM, Jun 25, 2012
Written by
Leaf-Chronicle
www.theleafchronicle.com

Deloatch

CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Two men who said they were peddling magazines stole money and medicine after getting inside a local man’s house.

One of the suspects is in custody, according to a news release from Clarksville Police spokesman Officer Jim Knoll. Another remains at large.

The two men approached a 51-year-old man sitting in a wheelchair on the porch of his Rainbow Street home Sunday at 2 p.m. and told him they were selling sports magazines, Knoll said.

Shortly after he let the men into his house, one of them pulled out a handgun and pointed it at his head, Knoll said. In the meantime, the other man ransacked the residence, took the victim’s wallet, credit cards, cash, oxycodone and diabetes medicine.

The two suspects ran out of the side door of the residence and left in an older-model vehicle. After locating the vehicle and following some additional leads, detectives developed Maurice Deloatch as one of the suspects in the robbery, Knoll said.

The victim identified Deloatch as one of the robbers.

By 9 p.m., Deloatch, who gave a 2793 Cascade Drive address, was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.

Deloatch is on two years of probation for burglaries and thefts, Knoll said.

The second suspect is described as a black male, 18 or 19 years old, clean shaven, with short hair.

Anyone with information can call 931-645-TIPS.
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Leaf-Chronicle
www.theleafchronicle.com
http://www.theleafchronicle.com
Clarksville, Tennessee
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Cascade County, Montana
Chicago salesman allegedly pistol-whipped man in head
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
American Freedom Clearinghouse, LLC
Great Falls, Montana Police Department
Case #: 20464
BBB: American Freedom Clearinghouse, LLC
American Freedom Clearinghouse, LLC
(702) 778-3610
8635 W Sahara Ave # 480, Las Vegas, NV 89117-5858
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Terri Reagan (Manager)
end DMPG Info
June 25, 2012
Chicago salesman allegedly pistol-whipped man in head
Written by
KIMBALL BENNION
greatfallstribune.com
10:00 PM, Jun 25, 2012
Court documents revealed more about a bizarre assault last week that originally was reported as a shooting incident at the Quality Inn on Central Avenue.

Police arrested Tamar Ted Lewis, a 25-year-old Chicago man, for assault with a weapon on Friday after witnesses placed him at the scene of an assault in which a 34-year-old magazine sales manager from Spokane was allegedly pistol-whipped in the back of the head.

Lewis made an initial appearance in Cascade County District Court Monday afternoon on the felony charge and was ordered held on a $10,000 bond.

According to an affidavit filed Monday by the Great Falls Police Department, Lewis met Adam Mclemore at the Club Cigar a few hours before the alleged assault. Mclemore asked Lewis to join him and some co-workers in his hotel room at the Quality Inn to discuss the possibility of working for him as a magazine salesman.

The group of men talked and drank alcohol in the hotel room until the early hours of Friday morning. Mclemore later told police that he wanted to go to bed, so he asked Lewis to leave. This turned into an argument between the two, which soon escalated into a physical fight.

Other witnesses in the room told police that they saw Lewis reach into a bag during the fight. Afraid he was going to take out a weapon, one of the men punched Lewis and knocked him to the ground. Mclemore told police that he then escorted Lewis out of his room and into the hallway. Mclemore reported that he then heard Lewis yell at him and brandish a handgun. When he turned to run he felt what he thought was a gun barrel on the back of his head but didn't remember anything after that, Mclemore reported to police.

The other men in the room with Mclemore also reported seeing Lewis brandish the gun, so they ran back into the room and slammed the door. One of the men told police that he heard three loud noises that he thought were shots. He then looked outside and saw Mclemore on the floor.

A woman staying in another room on the same floor told police that she also heard a loud noise of what she thought was a door slamming. When she looked outside, she saw a man sitting slumped over in the hallway, while Lewis walked toward her. He then turned around, took something out of his bag, and hit the man in the back of the head with it, she told police. Lewis allegedly told the woman that he had been jumped by the group of men in the room before he ran out of the hallway.

Police located Lewis later that day, who told a slightly different story. Lewis reported that Mclemore had become hostile in the hotel room, saying he had "three seconds" to decide if he wanted the magazine selling job. Mclemore then shoved him toward the door and attacked him, Lewis told police. The three others in the room joined in too, punching and kicking him while he was on the ground, he reported.

As he was leaving the room, Mclemore started chasing him down the hallway, so Lewis brandished his gun and hit him twice in the back of the head as Mclemore started running away, Lewis allegedly told police. Lewis told police that he discarded the pistol as he ran out of the hotel.

Police determined that Mclemore was not shot as the men in his hotel room had originally reported. Mclemore was taken to the hospital and treated with five staples to the back of his head. Police also reported that Mclemore seemed to have injuries on his hand consistent with being in a fistfight.

Reach Tribune Staff Writer Kimball Bennion at 791-1462 or kbennion@greatfallstribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFTrib_KBennion.
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KIMBALL BENNION
greatfallstribune.com
http://www.greatfallstribune.com
Great Falls, Montana
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Park Township, Michigan
Warning issued after Park Township home invasion
June 22, 2012
Warning issued after Park Township home invasion
By Staff reports
The Holland Sentinel
Posted Jun 22, 2012 @ 09:10 AM
Last update Jun 22, 2012 @ 09:22 AM
Park Township —

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning and reminder to residents after a Park Township family was startled by an intruder Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened at about 2 p.m., when the occupants of a home in the 2100 block of Arapahoe Road witnessed a stranger enter their home.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 6-foot-2 tall, bald and in his early 20s, said Ottawa County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Buter.

The family recognized him as the same person selling magazines door-to-door a few weeks earlier, Buter said.

When he realized people were in the home, Buter said, the man apologized and quickly left without incident.

Park Township has an ordinance requiring a license for door-to-door sales, Buter said, adding that peddlers must wear the license so that it is visible, or produce it upon request.

Other Park Township residents have complained about aggressive door-to-door sales, Buter said, and some of the peddlers have asked to come inside to use the bathroom or telephone.

Such sales always should be kept outside, Buter said, because in previous incidents, thefts have occurred.

As always, anyone who witnesses suspicious activities should alert police. Anyone with information about the Park Township incident can share tips via Silent Observer by calling at (877) 887-4536 or visit mosotips.com.

Silent Observer offers cash rewards for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of criminals.
By Staff reports
The Holland Sentinel
http://www.hollandsentinel.com
Holland, Michigan
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PARK TOWNSHIP, Michigan
People Find Stranger In Their House
June 22, 2012
People Find Stranger In Their House
Subject had tried to sell them magazines earlier.
Robb Westaby FOX 17 Web Producer
WXMI-TV
9:31 a.m. EDT, June 22, 2012
PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (FOX 17)—
Residents of a Holland area home were shocked to find a strange man in their home smoking a cigarette.

When they saw him, he apologized and left.

The residents realized they had met him before: at their front door trying to sell them magazines.

The surprise came in a home in the 2000 block of Arapahoe Road in Park Township.

Police are seeking the man, described as about 6'2", black, bald, in his early 20's and weighing 210-220 pounds.

Ottawa County authorities said the case points to ways people need to be careful about door-to-door salespersons:

Do not let them in your house, even if they ask to use the bathroom.
They are required by law to be licensed..
Robb Westaby FOX 17 Web Producer
WXMI-TV
http://www.fox17online.com
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Harrison, New York
Approved No-Knock Registry Closes Doors on Solicitors
June 22, 2012
Approved No-Knock Registry Closes Doors on Solicitors
Starting next week, Harrison residents will have the
opportunity to sign up for a list barring solicitors
and sales representatives from visiting their homes.
By Zach Oliva
HarrisonPatch
June 22, 2012
Harrison residents can shut their doors on most doorstep sales pitches by signing up for the now approved "no-knock" registry that would ban door-to-door salespeople and other solicitors from visiting their homes.

The Harrison Town Board voted to approve the registry Thursday as part of an update to a local law regulating street peddlers and solicitors. The "no-knock" list is similar to a "do not call list" available to block telephone solicitors.

Interested homeowners can sign up to join the list at the town clerk's office starting next week.

"We're very happy about this law, we're very excited about it," said Police Chief Anthony Marraccini. "We think it's long overdue, we've had just too many problems and incidents with solicitors engaging in really problematic tactics."

A list of residences on the registry will be handed to licensed solicitors when they receive their permits once a month. Potential solicitors will also now have to pass a background check in order to receive a permit. The background check will be paid for with a $150 application fee.

Some small changes were also made to the times that solicitors can visit homes not on the registry. At-home sales pitches can only be made from 10 a.m. to either 7 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier. Harrison Councilwoman Marlane Amelio said the board considered stopping solicitations at 5 p.m., before dinner time, but wasn't able to for legal reasons.

"We had hopes we could curtail that window of opportunity for them and make it even smaller, but we were told there could be some legal concerns," she said. "The answer to that is you simply register at the no-knock registry."

There will be limitations to the law, non-profit charities, volunteer organizations, school-sponsored activities and visits from politicians and religious groups are some of the exceptions to the ban and those groups are still be allowed to visit homes on the registry. But for-profit sales groups are banned altogether.

An unauthorized sales pitch to a home on the no-knock registry is punishable by a $500 fine and a maximum of 15 days in jail.

Harrison Town Clerk Jackie Greer, who has spent months finalizing the law, said she is expecting a busy week in her office as residents look to join the list.

"I think as soon as it is approved I am going to be bombarded with calls, which I want," she said.

The idea of a no-knock registry in Harrison dates back a few years. Late Town Clerk Joseph Acocella Jr. had worked on a registry while he was in office and Greer has been working to finalize the law since taking office in January. The board first discussed a draft of the law in February.

Harrison Village Attorney Jonathan Kraut said he expects the town to be able to begin placing names on the registry once the law becomes official next week.
By Zach Oliva
HarrisonPatch
http://harrison.patch.com
Harrison, New York
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Lake Forest, Illinois
Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Police Blotter for June 22
June 22, 2012
Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Police Blotter for June 22
LakeForest
A Chicago Sun-Times Publication
June 22, 2012 11:10AM
Lake Forest
SOLICITATION

Ronald Coleman, 33, 281 Wilson, Gary, Ind. and Shawn Wilson, 22, 102 Emberwood Drive, Richmond, Vir. were charged with solicitation without a permit when they were selling magazines in the 1400 block of Green Bay Road at 6:30 p.m. on June 16. In addition, Coleman was charged with obstructing justice for providing false information to police. They each posted $120 and are scheduled to appear in Lake County Branch Court in Park City on July 3.
LakeForest
A Chicago Sun-Times Publication
http://lakeforest.suntimes.com
Lake Forest, Illinois
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
Beware of Door to Door Salesmen
June 22, 2012
Beware of Door to Door Salesmen
eastidahonews.com
Added on June 22, 2012.
Saved under Audio, Featured News, Local News, Media
(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – As the weather warms up, you can expect those knocks on your door. Someone trying to sell you something. There are scam-artists out there, and they will prey upon YOUR emotions to get you to buy from them. As per usual, Idaho’s President of the Better Business Bureau, Dale Dixon, joined Tim Lewis on Friday’s IMN to talk about the latest scams.

Hear that interview here:

More info: link: http://snakeriverbbb.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/watch-out-for-high-pressure-door-to-door-magazine-sales/ Watch out for high-pressure door-to-door magazine sales Better Business Bureau serving the Snake River Region receives complaints each year from area residents who unknowingly buy multi-year magazine subscriptions from door-to-door marketers.BBB warns that deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the pavement and looking to earn a quick buck this summer.

Unscrupulous marketers often trick residents into paying hundreds of dollars for multi-year subscriptions to magazines they do not want or cannot afford.

Here’s how to handle door-to-door magazine offers:

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. Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, high-pressure sales pitches. Be aware of sympathy pitches from the sales person.

Verify the person 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 the information and get back to him or her. Ask for contact information and look the company up yourself to verify this person is an employee. Also, take the time to check out the company’s Business Review at 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 place 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.

If you feel uncomfortable about the sales person, call your local law enforcement. Most cities have soliciting laws, and are enforced by the police departments.

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link: http://snakeriverbbb.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/check-out-facebook-profile-too-bad-its-a-scam/ Check out Facebook profile? Too bad, it’s a scam

Heads up, Facebook users! Facebook never intends to create a way for a user to see who has viewed their profile. If an application claims to do so, do not trust it.Once you allow access, the app will begin posting on your page telling others to download the app. The app also has the potential to get personal information from your profile.

How the Scam Works

Apps such as “Facebook Profile Viewer” and “Profile Visitor” are sending users messages stating that Facebook has a new update enabling them to see who has viewed their profile. If you click on the given link, you are asked to allow the app to have access to your profile.

Tips to Avoid Falling for this Scam: • Review all of your installed Facebook applications periodically • Always be cautious when allowing applications access to your profile • Remember that Facebook will never enable users to see who has viewed their profile; any application claiming to do so is a scam

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link: http://snake-river.bbb.org/article/President-Obama-is-Not-Offering-to-Pay-Your-Utility-Bills-34930 A new scam is sweeping the nation by claiming that President Obama will pay your utility bills through a new federal program. Customers of utility business FirstEnergy Corp. have reported the scam, and several other energy companies issued warnings to their customers about it.

How the Scam Works:
Consumers have been contacted in person and through fliers, social media and text messages with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. To receive the money, scammers claim they need the consumers’ social security and bank routing numbers. In return, customers are given a phony bank routing number that will supposedly pay their utility bills. In reality, there is no money, and customers believe they have paid their bills when in fact they have not. Tips to Avoid Falling for this Scam:

Never provide your social security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone requesting it over the phone or at your home unless you initiated the contact and feel confident with whom you are speaking. If you receive a call claiming to be your utility company and feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility bill. Never allow anyone into your home to check electrical wiring, natural gas pipes or appliances unless you have scheduled an appointment or have reported a utility problem. Also, ask utility employees for proper identification. Always think safety first. Do not give in to high pressure tactics over the phone for information or in person to get into your home.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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Summit County, Ohio
Summit County warns of unlicensed door-to-door solicitor
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Advantage, aka:
Southwestern Company
Nashville. Tennessee
http://www.swadvantage.com
http://www.southwesternadvantage.com
http://www.southwestern.com
end DMPG Info
June 21, 2012
Summit County warns of unlicensed door-to-door solicitor
Beacon Journal staff report
The Akron Beacon Journal
Published: June 21, 2012 - 11:47 AM | Updated: June 21, 2012 - 05:54 PM
The Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs is warning residents in Bath and Richfield townships about a woman going door to door selling educational study guides and software for kids for Southwestern Advantage. The woman is not licensed with the county. Complaints have indicated that she is presenting a county license application form as her license, the county said Thursday. The Office of Consumer Affairs said residents should ask to see and verify credentials of solicitors. Residents who don’t want to be approached by solicitors, canvassers or peddlers should post “No Soliciting” notices by their entrance doors and contact local law enforcement if an unlicensed solicitor visits. The county’s “Solicitors, Peddlers, Canvassers License” is bright yellow and contains a license number, expiration date, name of solicitor, company soliciting for, and that the license has to be shown. The Office of Consumer Affairs licenses solicitors for Bath, Northfield Center and Richfield townships only. For a list of Summit County communities requiring a door-to-door solicitor license, go to www.co.summit.oh.us/conaffairsSolPedLic.htm.
Beacon Journal staff report
The Akron Beacon Journal
http://www.ohio.com
Akron, Ohio
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CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pennsylvania
Cambria Co. police warn residents to be on lookout for man going door-to-door asking about kids
June 20, 2012
Cambria Co. police warn residents to be on lookout for man going door-to-door asking about kids
By WJAC Web Staff
WJACTV.com
Posted: 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Police in the Lilly area of Cambria County are warning residents to be on the lookout for a man who's been going door-to-door asking about local children. The man reportedly identifies himself as a school board member but is said to be driving a vehicle with out-of-state license plates, possibly New Jersey or Florida. Police advise residents if the man comes to their home, do not let him in and call police. Stay with 6 News, WJACTV.com and WJACTV.com Mobile for continuing coverage.
By WJAC Web Staff
WJACTV.com
http://www.wjactv.com
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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White Lake, Michigan
Township Approves Solicitation Ordinance
June 20, 2012
Township Approves Solicitation Ordinance
By Brooke Tajer
WhiteLakePatch
June 20, 2012
With a few amendments, the White Lake solicitation ordinance was unanimously approved by the township board Tuesday night at the regular township meeting.

The ordinance, which will limit approved solicitation in the township between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., will require any business going door to door in the township to get a permit. This ordinance does not apply to religious organizations, non-profits or groups like the Girl Scouts.

In addition to a background check through the police department and an application to be filed with the township, any potential solicitors must also submit evidence of sales tax permits.

The ordinance also states that solicitors would not be allowed to solicit in subdivisions or at homes and businesses where "no solicitor" signs are posted. According to the ordinance, any solicitors found in violation of the ordinance would be subject to civil fines up to $500.

The interest in adopting a solicitation ordinance was sparked by complaints to the township in January from residents about pushy door-to-door natural gas salespeople.

The township has not yet set fees for the licenses. A fee schedule will be decided soon and the cost will be enough, according to board members, to cover the cost of conducting the background check
By Brooke Tajer
WhiteLakePatch
http://whitelake.patch.com
White Lake, Michigan
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 06/20/12
MTS Circulation: aka: Mark Shumate
Get your fradulant magazine sales crews out of Wisconsin NOW !!!
You have been reported to the Attorney General
You are in direct violation of Wisconsin State Statute: 103.34
This is your ONLY Warning.
This applies to ALL Magazine and Cleaner traveling door-to-door sales compaines
that do not register with the State of Wisconsin.
Stay OUT of Wisconsin or Suffer the consequences.
And Don't EVER come BACK !!!
Mr. Great Lakes Circulation : aka: Face to Face Technologies Inc. : aka: MTS Circulation
Google Search: "MTS Circulation"
Google Search: "Mark Shumate" + magazine

Madison, Wisconsin Police Incident Case#: 2012-166031
Incident report for Case# 2012-166031

Colorado AG Lawsuit: Great Lakes Circulation/Jennifer Proffitt-Payne

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Madison, Wisconsin
Madison Police Arrest Magazine Salesman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
MTS Circulation
BBB: MTS Circulation
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
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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
end DMPG Info
June 19, 2012
Madison Police Arrest Magazine Salesman
Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 --- 3:41 p.m.
Incident Type: Arrested Person
Incident Date: 06/16/2012 - 5:28 PM
Address: 1100 S. Thompson Drive
NBC15
Arrested: Steven Douglas Morrison, 19-year-old male of Bowling Green, Kentucky

CHARGES: No Solicitor's Permit (City Ordinance 9.14) Victim: Neighborhood Residents

Details: On 6/16/2012, Madison Police took reports from individuals in the 1100 block of S. Thompson area reference suspicious people selling books. A 32-year-old female advised that a male subject, later identified as Steven Douglas Morrison, had come to her residence attempting to sell her magazines, and when she stated she was not interested in the products, Morrison offered to wash her dog! The 32-year-old female passed on that offer as well, and Morrison started to canvass the neighborhood in a strange way – contacting homes where residents were obviously not present, and skipping those that seemed occupied. This was extremely strange behavior, and she contacted police reference this matter.

When officers located Morrison a short distance away, he stated he worked for a company named MTS Circulation (Phoenix Arizona), and verified that he was attempting to sell magazines. When questions were posed by police reference the odd service offer of “Dog washing”, Morrison stated that he routinely offers to do household chores (taking out the garbage or washing dogs) in addition to the business of MTS Circulation. While the appropriateness of the side activity was definitely called into question, the fact that Morrison did not have a solicitor's permit placed him in violation for this type of vendor activity. Morrison was from the State of Kentucky, and working with a group that was said to be made up of at least 10 people.

If individuals are canvassing your neighborhood selling any items, they should have a solicitor's permit with them that is issued through the City Clerk’s Office. The lack of this specific credential is what landed Morrison in The Dane County Jail, and neighborhood residents should pay close attention to anyone attempting to sell items door to door. Never allow individuals that you do not know into your home, and if you feel uncomfortable in any way, cease contact immediately.
NBC15
http://www.nbc15.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Panel struggles to limit door-to-door sales in Minneapolis
June 19, 2012
Panel struggles to limit door-to-door sales in Minneapolis
By Karen Boros | 06/19/12
MinnPost
In a move to discourage traveling magazine-sales groups, which sometimes prey on runaway teens, Minneapolis City Council members Gary Schiff and Sandy Colvin Roy were careful to make sure their proposed ordinance did not limit local teens from selling products to benefit local schools and youth organizations.

But they might have inadvertently limited the hours for people seeking public office to go door to door campaigning. The proposal might also require candidates to register with the city and display a city-issued identification card.

To make sure that is not part of the new ordinance, the City Council Regulatory, Energy and Environment Committee voted Monday to delay action on the proposal for two weeks.

It was a confusing day at City Hall.

Political candidates are defined in the proposed ordinance as non-commercial door-to-door advocates. That group includes those disseminating religious, political, social or ideological beliefs. Persons in this group are not required to register with the city or pay a license fee. At least that’s what the ordinance says in Section 332.20.

But in Section 332.80, those non-commercial door-to-door advocates are lumped in with everyone on the hours they can do business and the need for registration and to display a city issued ID card. They are also not allowed to use bells or whistles to call attention to themselves.

Council Member Cam Gordon asked Lead License Inspector Rich Tuffs “what if I have no peddlers or solicitors registration and I knock on a door?”

“You would be in violation,” said Tuffs.

“I have often found that people didn’t mind having a candidate talk to them,” responded Gordon, who also asked if a 15-year-old could go door-to-door seeking work shoveling snow.

The answer is the 15-year-old could do that but her 18-year-old sibling would need to register with the city and display a city ID card before going door-to-door for the same shoveling work.

It was all too much for Schiff. “It’s not about politicians, it’s about the exploitation of youth,” Schiff said in defense of the proposed ordinance.

A few years ago Schiff read a New York Times story about the traveling magazine-sales industry that, Schiff says, is one of the “most dangerous and exploitative industries in the country.”

“They exploit youth by moving them across state lines in order to avoid child labor laws,” said Schiff. Two years ago, one of those young people knocked on Schiff’s door. Schiff asked him if he wanted a phone to call his parents and saw tears well up in the kid’s eyes.

“He explained to me he had spent yesterday in Missouri, he had spent all night in a van driving and then they were dumped into the Corcoran neighborhood,” said Schiff. The crew leader was standing on the corner watching the kids go door-to-door.

Schiff says the requirement that door-to-door solicitors be required to register with the city and display a city issued ID card should keep this type of exploitation out of Minneapolis.

“These operators will not come to City Hall and register all of their youth,” said Schiff, “They’ll just skip the area.”

The tricky part of the ordinance is placing restrictions one group of youths without having every kid in Minneapolis who wants to sell a holiday wreath or chocolate bar for a club or school also trooping to City Hall.

The ordinance allows persons under the age of 17 participating in a fundraising program for a school or children’s organization to be registered as a group by the school or organization. The Minneapolis Public Schools, for example, could register a group of students and issue ID card to them without sending the kids downtown.

Confused? So were the committee members. That’s why they decided to delay action until early in July.
Panel struggles to limit door-to-door sales in Minneapolis
By Karen Boros
MinnPost
http://www.minnpost.com
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Tucson, Arizona
The Psychology of the Scam
June 18, 2012
The Psychology of the Scam
by bbbconsumeralert on Jun. 18, 2012, under alert, Life, scam, Tips
TucsonCitizen.com
There’s a science to just about everything. You can define a successful baseball pitch according to Physics or analyze the Chemistry of grilling a steak. Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona has taken a page from the FBI’s handbook in looking at con men and their victims, and there’s a lot more Psychology at work on both sides of a scam than you might expect.

When we look at the common psychology of con men and scam artists. What do we learn?

  • First and foremost, most career con men are sociopaths. They are self-absorbed and believe that anything they say and do justifies a positive outcome for themselves. They can’t imagine or don’t care about the consequences their actions have for the people they may hurt. They rationalize away any concern that they are harming other people with any number of self-delusional discussions, if they consider the ethical side of their scams at all. What’s good for them is, by definition, what’s good…period.


  • A sociopath, according to Dr. Robert Hare in his book Without Conscience, is characterized by many factors, including a lack of empathy and guilt, an abundance of charm, an inflated sense of his self-worth, an inability to accept responsibility, difficulty forming deep relationships despite an accentuated ability to fake commitment, heightened skills for manipulation, and a parasitic lifestyle. Psychologically, you couldn’t formulate a better mix of traits to create a con artist, and someone who has developed to this mental point couldn’t find a more comfortable career fit.


  • Based on their personal experience and personality traits, they probably have cultivated the skills to be an outstanding con man before they hit puberty, and would gravitate toward a con man’s lifestyle whether or not it was a conscious choice.


  • Most career con men have above-average intelligence, and that may help them stay a step ahead of the law, concoct complex money-making schemes, or adopt new technologies to use as tools better than other folks. Studying the complexity of some scams would reveal that the con man has a vast array of skills, from a knowledge of computers to well-developed planning and organizational talents.


  • A con man’s “people skills” are off the charts. To be a good con man, you need to be manipulative, charming, and a flawless pathological liar. Being a successful con man often depends on your ability to persuade people to ignore common sense and their own best interests, and you have to be convincing to do that. Sociopaths have developed those skills to the point of instinct.


  • Being good at dealing with people also means being good at reading people. A con man isn’t going to be successful at his craft if he markets his bogus services to the wrong targets. He learns very quickly who he can take advantage of and who he should pass by. A con man looking for investors at $5,000 a pop is going to hang out at country clubs. The rat who sells fake magazine subscriptions is going to stick to upper-middle class neighborhoods where he knows someone is going to be home during the day to hear his pitch or identifies clusters of retirees.


  • Con men can have incredible patience. For the right deal, a telemarketing scammer will invest several hours a day working on his friendship with a shut-in. He’ll learn the names of their grandchildren and make friends with the mark, sometimes bleeding them dry over months or even years.


  • Some con men describe a “rush” from closing the deal. They know they are doing something wrong, often illegal, and the success of that activity combined with the physical stresses and rewards in the brain become addictive. The chemicals released in the brain from the pursuit and capture of the cash becomes its own reward; the game becomes more than just a way to get money. Other con men have been known to use their work as a way to massage a fragile ego: Every time they get away with stealing money, they’ve proven to themselves that they are smarter than the authorities and their victims. That reassurance, especially for someone with a poor self-image, becomes addictive and a method to cope with other failings in their lives. Con men who “enjoy” their work often prey on fresh victims even when they have money in the bank and no need to steal more at that moment; they will compulsively set up the next scam even when they know it would be smarter to lie low for a while.


  • Con men tend to have a good mind for synthesis. This means that they can look at several apparently unrelated or loosely-related thoughts or situations and create a unifying train of thought to unify those i