Magazine scammers making the rounds

Dear editor,

Last Saturday a girl came to my door to sell magazines to earn points for her "public speaking" skills. I checked the "brochure" and she handed me an ID with hand written features on it, no picture.

Dejá vu: Last year a guy came to my door selling magazines to earn points with a "brochure" and a fake picture ID. After he sold me the magazines, and unfortunately I bought two of them, I checked the company and it was in a remote area in Texas. There was no telephone number, just an address.

The internet immediately suggested this was a scam. This is the way they operate: they sell the magazines but you never get them. If you try to complain, you have an address not a telephone number so you have been scammed.

This year though, according to the creep, the company is brand new but is based out of state and they now have a telephone number.

The brochure looked the same as the one last year and the sales pitch is the same: the scammer is really "Nice" and tells you that your neighbor told him/her about you.

Last year I called the police after I investigated the scamming on the internet. Of course, by then the guy had dissappeared. It seems that a van drops them off and picks them up.

If you have already bought a magazine, call or go to your bank to cancel payment on that check. If you gave them cash, I am sorry, you have been scammed by these creeps.

I wanted to write this letter in hopes that this doesn't happen to anyone else. Last year I wasn't thinking clearly. This year, I was ready for them.

Noelia Cigarroa Cooke

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