Boone Police warn residents of possible door-to-door sales scams
by Staff Reports
Over the past several
days, magazine sellers have been going door-to-door in the Boone area.
These sellers have been
using a high-pressure sales pitch claiming to raise money for worthy
These sellers may claim
to live in the area. In reality, they may
be a part of traveling groups enticed into the job by false claims of high
If it is a scam, the money collected goes to a for-profit company.
According to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office before purchasing a magazine subscription from someone selling door-to-door, consumers should:
- Only buy magazines from someone you know and trust. Beware of sellers who claim to live in the neighborhood if you don't recognize them.
- Ask questions before you pay any money. If the seller claims that money will go to a school, hospital, or other worthy group, ask the seller to show you a letter of endorsement from that organization. Better yet, check directly with that organization.
- If you decide to buy anyway, get a receipt that includes refund and contact information, the total cost of each subscription, and the date you will receive the magazine.
- Remember your three-day right to cancel. In North Carolina, you have three days to cancel certain purchases such as door-to-door sales even after you sign a contract and pay.
In a release, Boone police said if anyone encounters a door-to-door sales person that makes them suspicious or uncomfortable to contact the Boone Police Department at (828) 268-6900 or call 911.