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Door to Door Magazine Subscription Fraud: How It Works

(with video below) You're sitting at home watching the tube when a young girl knocks on your door. She tells you she's working to raise funds for a church trip (or even for the soldiers abroad) by selling magazine subscriptions and any little bit will help. You've always considered yourself the charitable type, so you decide to help her and yourself by subscribing to one of your favorite magazines. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Door to Door Subscription scam exposed:

Door to Door Subscription Scam Exposed Video

She leaves you with a receipt, instructions to cancel and a warm fuzzy feeling. She may even offer you a sticker for your window so other members from her church group know not to bother you, since you registered already. The scam is, your first issue isn't coming, and neither are the following issues.


Door to Door Magazine Subscription: How to Avoid

As much as you want to help someone, never donate or pay for services that you can't verify beforehand. The "con" in con-artists stands for "confidence" and they'll use anything in their power to gain yours. That can include fake receipts, phone numbers and even their own son or daughter.

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

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2 thoughts on “Door to Door Subscription”

  1. Valarie Hammond

    There is a "scam" sort of like this going on in Oklahoma except for taking your identity they are taking your KIDS to use for sex trafficking and I hope you don’t mind but i copy and paste your link on my facebook page sometimes I do have friends that may fall prey about all this on your site if not warned ahead of time I found your site looking to see if i was about to get scammed and sure enough it was on your site and i appreciate you so much to saving me

  2. There is a LOT of information online about these magazine scams. Sadly, even when they claim to be local and raising money for a local school or church, many of these "salesmen" are young people who have been transported thousands of miles away from home, and told that they will not be taken BACK home until they have sold enough subscriptions to pay for their transportation AND lodging while on the road. This is a horrible scam that victimizes not only the subscription buyer, but the salespeople as well.

    This scam is also sometimes used as a front for burglary rings. The salesman, again usually a young person, will ask to come inside, using a variety of reasons, from the heat/cold of the day to "I need to call my route manager and check in." If you let them inside, they take the opportunity to case your house so that they or their accomplices can come back later and rob you blind.

    In order to protect yourself, you should NEVER let one of these scammers inside your home. You should also be aware that most communities require door-to-door solicitors to have a sales permit. In order to avoid the cost, and also to be less traceable, many of these scam magazine sales companies do not bother to get the proper permits. Ask to see their sales permit, and if they do not have one, or claim that one is not necessary, close the door and call the police. Not only will you be protecting yourself and your neighborhood from possible break-ins, you may actually be helping exploited kids who are working in slave labor conditions because they think they have no other choice.

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