Claims Of Door To Door Scam Not Checking Out

An eastern Kentucky Police Chief says a door to door scam may have cheated dozens of people out of their money.

Coal Run Police Chief Todd Akers says people are claiming they are selling magazine subscriptions for a charity or a college, but he says their stories do not check out.

He says no local charities or colleges say they are selling magazine subscriptions.

He says buyers gave them anywhere from $40 to $130, and now he is investigating this as a scam.

“We can't confirm or deny anything at this point. It's a waiting game to see if what you bought will arrive in 120 days. If not, then we'll follow-up with charges,” says Todd Akers, Coal Run Police Chief.

Akers says if someone knocks on your door selling magazines, you should call your local police department.


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  • by Dan Location: Ft. Knox, Ky on Jul 14, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    We have had kids coming on post here and doing the samething. They got me for about $60 about 4 months ago and I still havent seen any magazines. I called the 800 number on the back of the reciept and it sounded legitimate. I just want my money back.
  • by Marty Location: Kentucky on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:31 AM
    I've ordered from these people a couple of times and have had no problem in receiving my subscriptions. I think a lot of people are misunderstanding what they are selling the magazines for. The people selling these magazines are doing so for their own profit. It is their choice what to spend the money on. Most use the money to pay for tuition at a local college or to donate to a local charity. However, some use their commissions to take a well-needed vacation. The point is, these people are doing this of their own volition for their own profit. They do not claim to represent or be sponsored by these colleges or charities, but are working on their own to improve themselves and their community. I think some people should use their listening skills a little more, or at least open their mouth to ask more about the transaction.
  • by Krystal Location: Pikeville, KY on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:23 AM
    Call me naive, but I've ordered from these people three times. Each time I've received my magazine subscriptions within the 120 days. I think this is a case of people being paranoid. If you're suspicious, don't order anything. In the meantime, my husband and I will continue to enjoy our Time, Baseball Digest, and MensHealth subscriptions.
  • by Scott Location: Lexington, KY on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    I had several people selling me magazines. One said it helped children out of the inner city, another said it was helping him get a job offer.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pikeville on Apr 1, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    A lady came to my house the other day selling for a $5000 scholarship to be a teacher and a trip to Hawaii. She couldn't tell me what college she was going to. They always park miles away and walk so that you don't see what car they are driving.
  • by Gil Location: KY on Apr 1, 2008 at 05:10 AM
    Always ask to see a persons ID and proof as to which charity they are selling for. While they are still there, call information to verify the number and then call the Institution they represent. Never call the number they give you as it may be a front for the operation. Also, legitimate sales people will known by the Chamber of Commerce because that's where they get permission to sell. I know some of these things because I once was a salesman. Knock-knock..Fuller Brush Man..lol

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