Magazine Selling Scam

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Buyers Beware… that's the message from an eastern Kentucky police chief who says some people in the Coal Run community of Pike County are trying to sell magazines for various causes.

So far, all of the organizations they claim to work for say they don't have anyone selling magazines door to door.

Police are now working to make sure no one else becomes a victim.

Coal Run Police Chief Todd Akers says he's received dozens of phone calls saying someone came to their door and sold them a magazine subscription, but he worries it is not real, but instead, a scam.

“Some of the sales pitches used have actually raised an eyebrow and drawn questions,” Chief Akers said.

He says the sales pitches range from raising money for tuition at Pikeville College, to trying to win a National Communications Award, to raising money for families of soldiers killed in Iraq.

“One of the most distasteful that they're selling,” Chief Akers said.

Whatever the pitch, Akers says dozens of people are biting, buying, and spending anywhere between 40 to 130 dollars.

“Be very cautious and leery of these individuals,” Chief Akers said.

Akers says right now he can't prove if this is actually a scam or a legit sale, but he says none of the sales pitches check out.

Pikeville College representatives told us they do not have any students selling magazines and are not using magazine sales for tuition costs.

“At this point, it's kind of a waiting game to see if the magazines show up. If the 120 days pass and there's no magazines, we'll follow-up with filing charges,” Chief Akers said.

He says the sellers range from men to women, to older to younger.

He says none have hurt or threatened anyone, but he warns people to still be careful.

“Because you never know what somebody is capable of doing in this day and age,” Chief Akers said.

He says call police if you don't like them knocking on your door.

Police say if you really want to buy something from a salesman at your door, ask what company they work for and ask them to come back tomorrow then research the company on the internet before buying to find out if the company is real.

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