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PLEASE !!!! DO NOT BUY CLEANER PRODUCTS OR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS FROM TRAVELING DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESMEN !!!
YOU WILL BE PUTTING YOUR LIFE AND YOUR FAMILY IN GREAT DANGER.
IN A MOMENT YOU WILL SEE WHY WE SAY THIS.
Traveling Sales Crews A National Tragedy

In Loving Memory Of My Beautiful Daughter Malinda
July 6, 1980 - March 25, 1999

Our hearts still ache in sadness,
and secret tears still flow,
what it meant to lose you,
no one will ever know.

Happy Birthday Malinda,
with all our love,
Dustin, Shawn, and Dad.

Dear Malinda,
Today is your 34th Birthday.
I want you to know how very much we miss you.
God bless you and all of the other children
who have died.
Sleep in peace my beautiful angel.
Sleep in Peace.
With all my love
Dad - July 6, 2014


Do not bury me with words.
Do not remember me with the past.
Do not take my few moments of dreams away from me.
For I have lived in this world long enough to cherish life.
Save me in your heart.
Tell others that you loved me.
As I have loved you.
Put my name on your tongue.
Speak it freely.
Speak it to everyone.
So you can be remembered
as one who cares.
And when the tears come
wipe them gently from your face.
For I have not left you or forgotten you.
I am here with you now even as you suffer and mourn.
This is true love.
This is all I ask. This is what I have become.
Only an angel living in your heart.
With all my love
Your Dad


Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Crews

A National Tragedy of EPIC Proportions !!!
Based on GREED, Criminal PROFIT, Criminal Intent, and Hunman Trafficking
All because of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution: Freedom of Speech,
That allows Criminals to rape and murder the innocent for profit.
WARNING !!!
This website and it's contents are not suitable for young children or the faint of heart !!!

On this website all criminals are guilty until proven innocent in a court of law.
DMPG Disclaimer
Dedicated Parents Group LLC. Copyright 2013

THE STORY

WARNING !!!
You are entering the most Dangerous, Deadly and Criminal Industry in the World !!!
Welcome to the HORROR of the 'Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Industry'
See Why We Say This


TRUE EVIL:
National Field Selling Association
Magazine Publishers of America

The most dangerous and criminal industry in the United States:
National Field Selling Association
Magazine Publishers of America



The filthy Immoral PIGS For Profit - responsible for over 450 Felony Cases
89 deaths including Rape, Murder, and Vehicular homicide:
National Field Selling Association
Magazine Publishers of America


They would not listen
they did not know how
perhaps they'll listen now.

They would not listen, they're not listening still.

Perhaps they never will.

MagCrew Video

Door-to-Door Sales: Human Trafficking

Door-to-Door Sales Agents are NOT Independent Contractors !!!
They Are Employees of the Company
Read the California Judgement

NEW !!!
Door to Door Sales YouTube Video
Door to Door Sales YouTube Video

Janesville Wisconsin Van Crash Memorial April 7 2013


Dedicated Memorial Home Page

Malinda:
Murdered by: Jeremy Holmes, Karleen Hilley Spruiell, Choan Lane, Nathan Edwards and Nina Link.
Murdered by the National Field Selling Association
Murdered by the Magazine Publishers of America
Murdered by the 'traveling door-to-door sales industry'
96 documented deaths, over 400 felony cases, 6 unsolved murders, 6 unsolved sexual assaults and rapes.


Door-to-Door Sales: Human Trafficking

WHY do you have the DESIRE and the NEED
To Rape and Murder innocent kids and homeowners ???

FUGITIVE OF JUSTICE
Kevin Eugene Davis
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Lrumar Publications
aka: Lucretius Phocylides LLC
Colorado Court Case : 11CR4093
Colorodo Springs Sheriff office police report: 11-24548
Date of Crime: 08/03/11
Felomy Charge: Possession of marijuana concentrate. 0ver 3oz.
Contact:
Colorado Springs Sheriffs Office: (719) 520-7111
El Paso County, Colorado DA office: 719-520--6000
Kevin Eugene Davis

Kevin Eugene Davis



WANTED: Magazine Salesman: Sexual Assault




Malinda's Memorial



Dallas, Texas
CRIME
That Magazine Peddler at Your Door Was Part of a $2 Million Scam by a Dallas Company
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Destiny Sales, Inc.
Owners:
Larhon Buchanan
Samuel Cole
end DMPG Info
August 28, 2013
CRIME
That Magazine Peddler at Your Door Was Part of a $2 Million Scam by a Dallas Company
By Eric Nicholson Wed., Aug. 28 2013 at 1:29 PM
Dallas Observer
Categories: Crime
It's such a familiar scenario, you suspect there's some sort of script. Some fresh-faced young man, or else an adult whose face is a bit too weathered for their years, knocks on the door. They're a troubled youth in a crime-ridden urban area, a single parent trying to make ends meet, just a guy trying to get his life back on track, and will be able to do so if you, with your middle-class home in your middle-class neighborhood, paid for by your middle-class job, will simply buy a magazine subscription.

In fact, you pretty much know there's a script. You just wonder who wrote it. The federal government now has an answer: 32-year-old Larhon Buchanan.

Buchanan appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to co-running a Dallas-based company, Destiny Sales, Inc., as well as a handful of other firms that were part of a $2 million magazine-subscription-sales scam.

The scheme worked about like you'd expect: Buchanan and her alleged partner, 44-year-old Samuel Cole, would recruit a group of young men and women in western Pennsylvania and send them through neighborhoods with false credentials from the National Field Selling Association and Better Business Bureau. The salespeople would tell customers that a sizable portion of proceeds from their subscriptions -- which, according to posts on Ripoff Report, were quite steep -- would go to well-respected nonprofits, including military charities, children's hospitals, and youth organizations.

The magazines never showed up, but by the time the customer realized this (their receipt clearly told them to "allow 90-120 days for delivery"), Buchanan and her band of salespeople were long gone, having established a new LLC and moved to a new city. First, their operation was based in Pennsylvania, where she and Cole are from. Then, they moved it to Seattle, then Dallas.

It was a good living, at least while it lasted. By the time the law caught up with Buchanan in November 2012, the operation had claimed as many as 21,000 victims and raked in around $2 million.

Just something to keep in mind the next time guilt makes you reach for your checkbook to buy something from the kid at your front door.
By Eric Nicholson Wed., Aug. 28 2013 at 1:29 PM
Dallas Observer
http://blogs.dallasobserver.com
Dallas, Texas
Read This Story


Fredericksburg, Virginia
Magazine sales exec gets prison for fraud
February 20, 2013
Magazine sales exec gets prison for fraud
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
FEB 20, 2014

The head of a Georgia-based magazine sales operation was ordered Tuesday to serve 18 months in jail because of his company’s deceptive practices.

James Edward Clair, 42, of Buford, Ga., was convicted of 32 charges in Stafford Circuit Court, including two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

As part of a plea agreement, another 116 charges were dropped.

Judge Sarah Deneke’s sentence exceeded the recommended state sentencing guidelines, which call for probation and no incarceration.

Clair entered Alford pleas to the charges, meaning that while he does not admit guilt he acknowledges that evidence is sufficient for convictions. A six-day jury trial for Clair had been scheduled to start Tuesday.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutors Kristin Bird and Michael Hardiman, a group of solicitors working for Clair’s company came to Stafford early last year.

The group, mostly young people, stayed at the Days Inn on U.S. 17 in a block of rooms that police say were paid for by Clair.

The salespersons went door to door, falsely claiming to be area residents, selling magazine subscriptions to benefit troops overseas or local sports teams.

Stafford Detective Christine Hammond began an investigation in March after getting complaints from multiple residents.

Hammond said she learned that the solicitors were often lying to residents about their own identities and about what the money was being raised for.

Many customers either didn’t get what they paid for or got nothing at all.

Hammond’s investigation led to a central clearinghouse in Georgia headed by Clair, who never came to Stafford prior to his arrest.

His company, United Family Circulation, has sent solicitors all over the country.

Bird said among the military installations subscriptions were supposedly being sent to were Walter Reed Hospital, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and VMI Military Hospital.

Bird said Walter Reed closed in 2011, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has been docked since 2009 and the VMI hospital never existed.

Bird said about 200 Stafford residents were bilked by deceptive practices. Clair was ordered to make restitution of $18,856, which he made Tuesday.

Fifteen others, including Clair’s ex-wife, have been charged in connection with the fraud.

Five have received jail time ranging from 30 days to Clair’s 18 months; two others still have to be sentenced and two have yet to be tried.

The others have not yet been arrested.

“We certainly hope we’ve sent a clear message to solicitors who would come here with less-than-honest intentions,” Bird said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
http://www.freelancestar.com
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Read This Story


Karleen Hillery Spruiell (James Edward Clair's Sister) is curently serving a 10 year prison term
in Arizona. The murdering bitch was convicted of multiple counts of DUI and Felony Assault.

Karleen Hillery Spruiell
The Mother Of PURE EVIL !!!

Karleen Hillery Spruiell is responsible for the deaths of 8 young kids.
Including 7 kids killed near Janesville, Wisconsin on March 25, 1999
Janesville, Wisconsin Van Rollover March 25, 1999
Malinda's Memorial

karleen Hillery's brother James E. Clair (Marquis Fulfillment Agency)
is currently being sued for the deaths of 4 young kids (LTP Inc.) in a van rollover on June 22, 2011
near Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Read PDF Law Suit

Robert Spruiell and Karleen Hillery Spruiell were both members of the National Field Selling Association.
Robert Spruiell was stabbed to death in May 2008 in Miami, Florida during a drug deal gone bad.
They are all part of the family: Organized Crime: The NFSA and the MPA. Robert Spruiell and Karleen Hillery both cleared magazine subscriptions through the Magazine Publishers of America.
Using magazine clearinghouses:
National Publishers Exchange
Magazine Fullfilment Services
PUBLISHERS CONSULTING CORPORATION
"He who profits by a crime commits it."




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Dedicated to presenting the violent, destructive, greedy and criminal acts that have turned the Traveling Sales Industry
into a National Tragedy


When I was a child my Mommy and Daddy told me that there were no monsters.
But on March 25, 1999 the monsters MURDERED me. I was 18 years old.
Malinda's Memorial
They ripped my guts out and split my head in half.
I bled to death on a cold cement highway along with 6 other young kids that also did not believe in monsters.
After I died my father and the families of the other 6 kids discovered the true identity of the monsters.
It was the National Field Selling Association and the Magazine Publishers of America:
MPA President: Nina Link
NFSA President: Nathan Edwards
Current NFSA President: Sandra Hall

"He who profits by a crime commits it."

Human Trafficking

Polaris Project


Featured Hotline Calls: Traveling Sales Crews

The NHTRC features hotline statistics every month to highlight a relevant trend in the anti-trafficking field or specific category of calls received through the hotline. The statistics are generated through the collection of various types of call data, including the types of potential trafficking referenced, caller and potential victim demographics, and the caller’s proximity to the situation. All calls to the NHTRC are confidential; any and all identifiable information has been omitted from NHTRC statistics.

Traveling sales crews refer to groups of individuals, typically young U.S. citizen adults, who travel from city to city, and often state to state, selling a product (or products), as employees of a specific company. Sales crews frequently sell door to door in residential neighborhoods or in commercial districts. Their products include magazines and candy, as well as other diverse goods.

Traveling sales crews were referenced in 96 calls to the hotline over the past three years in at least 19 states across the country. The highest number of calls referencing this trend came from New York (23%), California (21%), the District of Columbia (11%), and New Mexico (5%).

Sales crews are emerging as a network of concern for the anti-trafficking field, as the employment practices are often exploitative and can include various forms of force, fraud, and coercion.

Sales crews may employ financial restrictions or manipulation, including debts and daily quotas. Youth involved in sales crews often experience isolation as they are removed from familiar surroundings and frequently transported to new locations. Crew leaders and employers often recruit young people into sales crews by making false promises about travel and income opportunities. Other methods of control include sexual harassment, limited food/meals, and facilitated access to addictive substances.

Youth involved in sales crew networks have reported document confiscation, threats, physical and sexual abuse, and abandonment when calling the NHTRC. Thirty-six percent of all sales crew calls to the hotline presented high levels of labor trafficking indicators. In an additional 54% of calls regarding sales crews, some indicators of potential human trafficking were reported. In both categories of sales crew calls, indicators of other exploitative labor practices or abuse were also referenced.

The majority of the calls referencing traveling sales crews were tips or crisis calls (54%). In many other cases, the caller requested trafficking-specific referrals (28%).

Half of the total calls referencing sales crews came from either callers who had firsthand contact with potential victims (34%), or directly from the potential victims who were experiencing abuse (16%).

More information about Traveling Sales Crew networks can be found on our website by clicking here.

You can also learn more by visiting Parent Watch, Inc. , which is a clearinghouse for information on child and youth labor abuse in the traveling door-to-door sales crew industry.


They would not listen
they did not know how
perhaps they'll listen now.

They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...


It's Halloween, and this year I'm going to dress up as a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman
so I can rape and murder every mother in your neighborhood, so I can steal ALL the candy from your innocent children.
And while I'm at it I might just rape and murder your children too.
See Why We Say This





Traveling Door-to-Door Magazine Salesman With Gun???
Gee, is this a pellet gun for killing the rats in the motel or is it a 9 mm/45 cal. used for other ominous reasons?
I can't find the use of this gun in the National Field Selling Association or Magazine Publishers of America Code of Ethics
but I'm sure it's in their somewhere. Or maybe it's the gun they will use to try and kill me and my family?

Blue Diamond Gun

Blue Diamond Facebook

Blue Diamond Facebook Mobile Uploads

Blue Diamond Subscriptions Magazine Salesman Selling Magazines For The
Magazine Publishers of America and the National Field Selling Association

Blue Diamond Subscriptions is an active member of the National Field Selling Association:
http://nfsa.com
The Unholy

BBB: Blue Diamond Subscriptions
Phone: (602) 222-0120
PO Box 83173, Phoenix, AZ 85071
http://www.bluediamondsubscriptions.com
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: February 09, 2012
Business started: 01/01/2010
Business Management
Mr. Samuel Kraft, Office Manager
Mr. Jose Roque, Contest Supervisor
Mr. Brandon Stice, Executive Contest Cooridinator
Lacy Knight, Executive Contest Cooridinator
Mr. Thomas Woodward, Principal
Customer Contact: Mr. Samuel Kraft, Office Manager
Principal: Mr. Thomas Woodward, Principal
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Magazines
end BBB
DMPG Info:
Blue Diamond Subscriptions: Formerly Atlantic Circulation Inc.

Pasco, Washington
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Blue Diamond Subscriptions
BBB: Blue Diamond
end DMPG Info
April 26, 2012
Report: #874282
Complaint Review: Brandon stice
Submitted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Reported By: Reported By: Ms. Vance — pasco Washington United States of America
Brandon stice
Internet Oregon United States of America
Phone:
Web:
Web: www.magicyellow.com/category/Magazines_Subscription_Agents/Blue_Diamond_NV.html
Category: ORGANIZED CRIME
Brandon stice Horrible, low life, scammer Internet, Oregon

Brandon stice, Jacob Berlingeri, Brian Houlies are the lowest of low. The Magazine industry has a bad name because of people like them. I've been in the industry almost two years and worked with them for a short amount of time befor I quickly learnt that they have their sales agents out stealing check books, Scamming old ladies out of prescription drugs and flatscreen TVs for the wounded warrior project. Brandon Stice spent time in Prision for impersonation of a police officer. Stice is on the run with felony warrants. Thw whole BNK, Blue diamond, prestiege group of scam artist are not represents of the magazine industry, more like the Mafia or a organized crime syndicate. My home school Washington State university has news articles about how their students are being scammed by Stice
http://wsunews.wsu.edu/pages/Publications.asp?Action=Detail&PublicationID=31177&PageID=21
http://www.getpayback.com/door-to-door-direct-sales/blue-diamond-subscriptions/
These people travel without sales permits and licenced drivers who are usually high on Meth.
RipOff Report: Brandon Stice
http://www.ripoffreport.com
Read The Entire RipOff Report Here
Click Here to read other Ripoff Reports on Brandon Stice

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The DMPG is not responsible for inaccurate data in any of the above sources of information.
Various company websites change over a period of time. Information and Links also change.
The DMPG cannot control this and for this reason cannot guarantee 100% accuracty of data.
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Denver, Colorado
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
December 1, 2012
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
KCNC-TV
Virtual Channel 4
RF Channel 35
December 1, 2012 2:56 PM


(credit: CBS)



Jennifer Proffitt Payne and Cody Payne (credit: CBS)


DENVER (CBS4) – Five years after an undercover CBS4 investigation into door-to-door magazine sales a judge has taken dramatic action.

Two major players in the magazine sales world are now permanently barred from the business and were fined almost $1 million dollars.

A Denver District Court judge issued a permanent injunction against the magazine sales companies, saying they routinely misled consumers, failed to deliver magazines, and routinely misrepresented their connection with charities and other groups.

Magazine crews have been crisscrossing Colorado for years, in many cases misleading consumers like Catherine Pickering.

“He told me what they were doing was buying books for children in the hospital and I thought, ‘Well gee, that’s’ pretty good.’ You know because it was for the hospital,” Pickering said. She gave magazine salesmen $300, but the door-to-door salesmen were later arrested for fraud admitting their hospital story was just a ruse to sell subscriptions.

Now a Denver judge has ordered the husband wife team of Cody Payne and Jennifer Proffitt Payne banned from the door-to-door magazine business and ordered them to pay nearly $1 million in fines

The Paynes owned and ran a network of magazine companies that a judge says operated in bad faith, had sales crews make false statements to consumers, and failed to provide refunds.

“What actually generated the most complaints was people who tried to cancel their subscriptions, either because they didn’t get it, or it was too expensive, or whatever other reasons, and were promised refunds that were never processed and never received,” Deputy Attorney General Jan Zavislan said.

The Attorney General’s Office says it’s identified nearly 800 Colorado consumers ripped off by the Paynes and their web of companies.

“There’s no question that with crews operating in multiple states, as well as in Colorado, that they sold magazines to thousands of households,” Zavislan said.

Five years ago A CBS4 producer went undercover with a magazine sales crew. She was told to act younger to elicit more sympathy and sales.

“So I’m talking to you as Stephanie, but when I’m in contests I’m trying to act more like a kid, so my voice is going to change a little bit and I act more kiddish,” the salesperson said to the CBS4 producer.

The Paynes didn’t contest the order banning them for life from the magazine industry. It’s believed they have both now moved out of Colorado.

The Attorney General’s Office urges people not to let any unsolicited door-to-door salesmen in their house at any time.
KCNC-TV
Virtual Channel 4
RF Channel 35
http://denver.cbslocal.com
Denver, Colorado
Read This Story


This is what can happen to you when you open your door to a door-to-door salesman.
When you let them in your home your are inviting EVIL !!!
When you refuse to buy a magazine from the National Field Selling Association
and the Magazine Publishers of America you are beaten, raped, and set on fire.
See Why We Say This

Daniel Deshawn Neal
On March 30, 2009 a 78 year old woman in Texas is raped and set on fire by Daniel Deshawn Neal
a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman working for a Washington, D.C.- based company called U.D. Management.
UD Management is an active member of the National Field Selling Association:

http://nfsa.com
The Unholy



This is what can happen to you when you open your door to a door-to-door Kirby salesman.
Direct Selling Association: DSA


You Tube: Grandmother survives torture and kidnapping.


TODAY
Grandmother survives beating, kidnapping
Dec. 16: Sandy Vinge, a 75-year-old grandmother, talks to TODAY’s Matt Lauer
about being held captive by three teenagers who are now charged with torture and kidnapping.
Grandmother survives beating, kidnapping
Door to Door Sales Company: Kirby



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The Hidden Faces Of Modern-Day Slavery - 02/28/12
National Public Radio
JOHN DONVAN, HOST


DMPG Media

The Abused, Abandoned, Exploitated, Raped and Murdered:
http://www.magazinesalescrews.com/testimonials.html
http://www.magcrew.com

They would not listen
they did not know how
perhaps they'll listen now.

They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...

Malinda's Memorial
Why We Do This - In Loving Memory
Holy Ground - Express Your Feelings





See Why We Say This

NEW DMPG Web Sites Under Construction:
http://www.magazinesalescrews.com - Beta
http://www.magazinesalescrews.info
http://www.magazinesalescrews.org
http://www.no-knock.info
Happy Birthday Malinda - July 6, 2012


FOUND

Ian Daniel Ladd
18 yr old male
DOB 4/15/1993
Brown hair and brown eyes
6'5" tall
weight: approx 145 lbs.
white
Last seen on April 12, 2011 at the San Bernardino, Ca. Greyhound bus station headed for Los Angeles, CA wearing a white graphic t-shirt and jeans, carrying a small black and yellow 5.10 backpack and a small green backpack.
Traveling and working with a mag crew (Dynasty Technologies/ MTS Circulation) possibly in northern ca. maybe headed to Las Vegas. Possibly with a crew manager named Roxanne.
Ian is Bipolar and without his medication. He has not been heard from at all and just had his birthday. He has not responded to birthday wishes on facebook or any e-mails.
This is not like Ian to not respond to friends, etc.
Missing persons case: DR# 0511009698
contact Deputy Sheriff Miguel Placencia or another sheriff if he is not available at
(909) 336-0600
Twin Peaks Station
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
P.O. Box 384/26010 Hwy 189
Twin Peaks, Ca. 92391
Also contact Noelle Ladd (mom)
(909) 648-2937
noelleladd@hotmail.com

A Industry Rife With Fraud, Exploitation, and Crime
Do you love your mother?
Do you love your daughter?

Then contact the Magaizine Publishers of America and the National Field Selling Association
before your loved one is raped and murdered by a traveling door-to-door salesman.
Tell them to put an end to the greed and the crime before another innocent life is lost.

Do you love your child?
Then contact the Magaizine Publishers of America and the National Field Selling Association
before your kid is murdered or killed in a van roll over. Tell them to put an end to the explotation of teens and young adults.
Tell them that you want the GREED for PROFIT to STOP!

Magazine Publishers of America - President: Nina Link - MPA
Nina Link
President & CEO
(212) 872-3710
Office of the President
president@magazine.org
Email Nina Link
Nina Link
President & CEO
(212) 872-3710
Carolyne Tang
Executive Assistant to the President
(212) 872-3711


National Field Selling Association
President: Ms. Sandra Hall (President) NFSA
Alliance Service Company (ASCI)
(847) 253-7766
2390 Esplanade Drive, Ste 206, Gilberts, IL 60136
http://www.allianceserviceco.com
Email Sandra Hall
Email Sandra Hall
BBB:
http://www.bbb.org/chicago/business-reviews/magazines-dealers/alliance-service-in-gilberts-il-27000804

DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Trade Group:
National Field Selling Association
http://www.www.nfsa.com
end DMPG Info
December 29, 2011
Ripoff Report: #815672
Complaint Review: NFSA
Submitted: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Reported By: Once a Member — Dallas Texas United States of America
NFSA
Internet Pennsylvania United States of America
Phone:
Web: www.nfsa.com
Category: Cult Organizations
NFSA National Field Selling Accociation Scamming Publishers and Covering up criminal Companies. Internet, Pennsylvania RipOff Report:
http://www.ripoffreport.com
Read The Entire RipOff Report Here
Click Here to read other Ripoff Reports on NFSA






CONSUMER BOYCOTT !!!
It is time to STOP this fowl and immoral industry forever!
It is time to put an end to the exploitation, rape and murder!

We are asking all consumers to boycott magazines until the Magazine Publishers of America discontinue the distribution of magazines to the magazine clearinghouses and magazine companies across the country that continue to rape and murder innocent children and homeowners. This boycott includes but is not limited to the sales of magazines and magazine subscriptions by traveling door-to-door sales agents, newsstands, hospitals, medical clinics, grocery stores, book stores, the internet, and any other means of sale.

This web site and its over 2000 pages receive on an average of between 3500 – 4000 viewers per day. These basis statistic tell us that there are hundreds of thousands of people in this country alone being adversely affected by the immoral practices of the magazine publishers and the National field Selling Association.

When you purchase a magazine from any source you are contributing to the exploitation and the crime that has plagued this fowl industry for decades. In effect you become part of the problem and are supporting an industry built on greed, exploitation, labor violations, human rights violations, human trafficking, and hideous crimes.
Please join us today and boycott magazine sales across the coutry until the magazine publishers discontinue the distribution of magazines to the magazine clearinghouses and magazine companies responsible for the rapes and murders of our loved ones.
"He who profits by a crime commits it."

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BEWARE !!!
On March 26, 2009 the state of Wisconsin passed the most powerful regulatory door-to-door solicitation legislation in the country. The SB-4 legislation named after an 18 year old girl (Malinda Turvey) who was killed along with six other young kids while selling magazines door-to-door in Wisconsin on March 25, 1999, 'Malinda's Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act' will become active on April 10, 2010.

April 9, 2010
Information about Wisconsin’s New Law on Traveling Sales Crews
Section 103.34, Wisconsin Statutes

Read PDF Document
April 14, 2010
Link To Wisconsin: Traveling Sales Crew Disclosure Statement
Read PDF Disclosure Statement

Update: May 1, 2010
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Traveling Sales Crew Documentation:

http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/er/labor_standards_bureau/traveling_sales_crew.htm

Chapter DWD 273 Wisconsin Administrative Code to regulate and register traveling sales crews, to register traveling sales crew workers and to enforce action:
DMPG PDF: Chapter DWD 273
Chapter DWD 273 Wisconsin Administrative Code

Section 103.34 Wisconsin Statutes requires the department to promulgate administrative rules:
CHAPTER 103 EMPLOYMENT REGULATIONS:
http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/er/labor_standards_bureau/traveling_sales_crew.htm
DMPG PDF: Section 103.34
http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0103.pdf

Traveling Sales Crew Application For Registration Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Document Number: ERD-16789-E (erd_16789.pdf)
Description: This form is used to register for a door-to-door sales license.
DMPG PDF: Application For Registration: erd_16789.pdf
http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/dwd/forms/erd/erd_16789_e.htm

New Wisconsin Statute Protects Members Of Traveling Sales Crews

NO SOLICITING
NO TRESPASSING

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Jeremy A. Holmes
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Location: Rock County, Wisconsin
Date: 06/17/12





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Location: Austin, Texas
Date: 12/14/11






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Location: Vancouver, Washington
Date: 10/28/11






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Location: Bisbee, Arizona
Date: 9/14/11






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Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: 04/14/10






Breaking and Entering, Forgery, Theft
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Location: Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Date: 02/18/10




Choan Alan Lane
Restitution Violations
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Location: Rock County, Wisconsin
Date: 05/10/08



Unsolved Attempted Rape
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Location: Weston, Missouri
Date: 09/26/07
   


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NATIONAL CONSUMERS LEAGUE
Five Most Dangerous Jobs for Teens 2012
June 2012
NATIONAL CONSUMERS LEAGUE
Five Most Dangerous Jobs for Teens 2012
Tips to Stay Safe at Work This Summer
The National Consumers League’s annual guide to help teenagers
select safe employment and protect themselves on the job
June 2012

Traveling Youth Crews Performing Door-to-Door Sales The startling discovery of the remains of a long-missing 18-year-old girl, Jennifer Hammond, in October 2009, served as a painful reminder that traveling door-to-door sales jobs are very dangerous. A Littleton, Colorado native, Hammond had last been seen in 2009 in a mobile home park in Milton, New York. She failed to show up at a designated pick-up spot two hours later. A hunter found her remains in a forest in Saratoga County, New York six years later.

Parents should not allow their children to take a traveling sales job. The dangers are too great. Without parental supervision, teens are at too great a risk of being victimized. Traveling sales crew workers are typically asked to go to the doors of strangers and sometimes enter their homes—a very dangerous thing for a young person to do.

Under pressure and scrutiny from advocacy groups and state law enforcement entities, it appears that the traveling sales sector today rarely hires individuals under 18. However, in recent years, there have been isolated reports of minors--and more frequent reports of 18- to 21-year-olds-- being hired.

Frequent crime reports involving traveling sales crews suggests that the environment they present is not a safe one for teen workers or young adults.

In March 2011, two men in Spartanburg County South Carolina called police and asked them to take them to jail because jail seemed like it would be better alternative than the traveling sales crew they were in. Vincent Mercento, 19, and Adam Bassi, 21, told police they needed to quit going door to door asking people to buy magazines. They said they were tired of being wet and selling magazines and tired of the abuse from the company that employed them which seemed “cult-like.” Their lives were so bad they thought jail would be better.

How Dangerous are Traveling Sales Crews? In February 2011, Columbia County Georgia authorities arrested a traveling sales crew of 17 individuals for peddling without a license. Five of the arrestees had criminal records, including one individual on probation for child molestation, another with a conviction for statutory rape, and a third for not registering as a sex offender. Would you want your son or daughter to travel in such company?

All 17 individuals were crowded into one van. With vehicular accidents being one of the most common causes of death for young people, NCL urges teens not to accept any job like those on a traveling sales crew that involves driving long distances or for long periods of time.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warned consumers in May 2009 that deceptive sales practices are common in door-to-door sales—the group had received 1,100 complaints in the prior year. “Experience tells us that customers aren’t the only victims of [these scams],” said Michael Coil, President of the BBB of Northern Indiana, “the young salespeople are also potentially being taken advantage of by their employers and forced to work long hours, endure substandard living conditions and have their wages withheld from them.”

Unfortunately, young salespeople are also vulnerable to violence by crew leaders. The New York Times reported in October 2009, that “two young people working as itinerant magazine salesmen” in Lakewood, Washington were beaten with baseball bats and golf clubs after they told their bosses they wanted to quit. The victims, whose names and ages were not identified in the article, were hospitalized and their six assailants arrested.

"The industry’s out of control as far as violence," Earline Williams, the founder of Parent Watch, one of the groups that follows the industry told the Orlando Sentinel in a December 2009 article that reported the beating of Brian Emery, a sales crew member called “The Kid” by his colleagues [Emery’s age was not reported]. New to traveling sales, Emery told deputies that his team members gave him $12 to buy beer in Osceola County, Florida, but became enraged when he bought the wrong brand. Two men were charged with beating Emery, one of whom broke a beer bottle across his face.

In May 2008, police in Spokane, Washington investigated a 16-year-old’s claim that she was held as a captive worker by a door-to-door sales company. She escaped after the sales crew leaders beat up her boyfriend because he wasn’t selling enough magazines. Many youth desperate for work are lured in with promises that they will earn good money, travel the country, and meet fun people selling door-to-door. One young man was told that the experience would be like MTV’s Road Rules.

The reality is often far different. Many salesmen work six days a week and 10 to 14 hours a day. Unscrupulous traveling sales companies charge young workers for expenses like rent and food, essentially requiring them to turn over all the money they ostensibly make from selling magazines or goods. When workers try to quit or leave the crew, they are told they cannot. Disreputable companies have been known to seize young workers’ money, phone cards, and IDs and restrict their ability to call their parents. Drug use and underage drinking are not uncommon. A New York Times report in 2007 found that crew members often make little money after expenses are deducted. On some crews, lowest sellers are forced to fight each other or punished by being made to sleep on the floor.

Few of the magazine sales teams do background checks on their workers, according to Phil Ellenbecker, who runs an industry watchdog group based in Wisconsin that has tracked hundreds of felony crimes and over 80 deaths attributed to door-to-door vendors. ”It’s not uncommon to get recently released felons knocking on your door trying to sell you magazines,” said Ellenbecker.

One salesman who spent 10 years on crews and eventually became a crew manager told the Indiana Student Daily newspaper, “I regret a lot of stuff I did….I’d become this monster. Lying to kids, telling them how good the job was, and it wasn’t a good job at all.” A tough economy has made it tougher to sell magazines, and according to Earline Williams of Parent Watch, that has meant more violence on crews and more sales employees abandoned. “It’s gotten meaner,” she told NCL.

Among the possible dangers of working on traveling sales crews:

Murder


In addition to the suspected murder of Jennifer Hammond in 2003, other relatively recent murders:
• In November 2007, Tracie Anaya Jones, 19, who was a member of a traveling sales crew, was found dead of stab wounds. Originally from Oregon, Jones was last seen working in Little Rock Arkansas before her body was found 150 miles away in Memphis, Tennessee. Her killing remains unsolved and was featured on America’s Most Wanted Web site. • In Rapid City, South Dakota in April 2004, a 41-year-old man was charged with murdering a 21-year-old woman who came to his home to sell magazines.

Robbery
Working in unknown neighborhoods poses risks, especially if you are carrying money from sales or goods to sell.
• Although not part of a traveling sales crew, a 12-year-old selling candy for a school fundraiser in a Jacksonville, Florida neighborhood in March 2009 was robbed by three individuals who drove up to her in a car.
• In April 2003, a 16-year-old Texas youth selling candy was robbed and shot in the stomach by two teens.

Assaults
• In March 2011, an 18-year-old woman selling magazines in the Myrtle Grove, North Carolina area was approached by a man driving in a truck who assaulted her. Police arrested the man.
• In May 2009 in Bethesda, Maryland, a 19-year-old woman selling magazines was attacked and nearly raped by someone she encountered while selling magazines door-to-door.
• In Lawton, Oklahoma, a19-year-old Nevada woman was selling magazines door-to-door in February 2009 when her potential customer invited her in. The man gave her something to drink and she awoke several hours later and realized she had been raped.
• A 19-year-old Ohio magazine salesperson was assaulted by three men who expressed an interest in buying magazines. The victim was waiting for a pickup by co-workers when she was approached, abducted, and sexually assaulted (April 2003)

Consumers are also at-risk of the dangers associated with traveling sales. Traveling sales crew members have committee a number of assaults and other crimes against non-sales crew members:

• In May 2011, Ruben Barradas, a door-to-door salesman was sentenced by a judge in Omaha, Nebraska to five to eight years in prison for convincing a woman that she and her 7- and 10-year-old daughters should submit to sexual examinations.
• A Texas man, Jesse Estep, who worked in a magazine sales crew, was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Litchfield, Connecticut in May 2010.
• In April 2010, police in Oak Ridge, Tennessee arrested a sex offender for possession of crack cocaine and other drugs.
• In February 2011, a Texas man from a traveling crew was arrested in Florida for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Reckless driving
Traveling sales crews face greater risk of vehicle accidents and in many cases, crew leaders are driving without licenses or driving on suspended licenses. Vehicles are not always maintained properly and the use of 15-passenger vans in some cases presents safety concerns.
• In June 2011, a van carrying a traveling magazine sales crew rolled over in American Falls, Idaho. Three crew members aged 20 to 22 died. Seven others aged 18 to 24 were hospitalized.
• In November 2005, two teenagers were killed and seven were injured when their van flipped near Phoenix, Arizona. The vehicle crossed a median strip, and ended up in the opposite lanes of a freeway. All nine occupants, who worked for a magazine subscription company, were thrown from the vehicle.
• A month earlier, 20-year-old, James Crawford, was ejected and killed from a van in Georgia. Eighteen young adults were crammed into the 15-passenger van. The driver fell asleep and was allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana. The occupants were heading north from Florida to sell magazine subscriptions.
• Two young salespersons, age 18 and 19, were ejected from a vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene after a vehicle accident in which 15 salespersons were crammed into a 10-year-old SUV that rolled over on a highway in New Mexico (September 2002).
• In 1999, seven individuals traveling as a sales crew were killed in an accident in Janesville, Wisconsin. Five other passengers were injured, including one girl who was paralyzed. The driver of the van, who was trying to elude a police chase, did not have a valid driver’s license and attempted to switch places with another driver when the accident occurred. The fatality victims included Malinda Turvey, 18, who has inspired ground-breaking legislation—Malinda’s Act—which passed in Wisconsin in April 2009 to regulate traveling sales crews

The young salesman told NCL about some of the driving dangers, which included unsafe vans and unsafe drivers: “You’ve got drivers that have licenses but they’re suspended. They shouldn’t be driving [and] they let young adults drive under the influence.”

Alcohol and Drugs
This excerpt from “Shauna’s Story” (a memoir of life on the road with a traveling sales crew appears at www.Travelingsalescrews.info ,a watchdog site for the industry):
[We were] a whole group of 18 and 19 year olds, and every night we drank more alcohol, and smoked more weed than the wildest college kids. It was the way we relaxed after some of the days we went through. We were out there rain, sleet, or snow all day, just like little soldiers. From the scorching summer days in Alabama to the near freezing temperatures of New York winters. We had only one mission: bring back the money and that we did. And for all that we went through, dealing with [the crew leaders] screaming at us when we didn’t have many sales, to refusing to take us to eat if we didn’t have any sales. To people slamming doors in our faces all day. We felt like we deserved to escape for a little while. And since we weren’t allowed to have our own vehicles on the road, we were stuck at the hotel. So every night after work, we would walk to the nearest store, find the closest dope man, and escape for a couple hours.

Desertion
Young salesmen have been stranded if they try to quit or do not sell enough.

Parent Watch’s founder Williams told the Orlando Sentinel in 2009 that she handles two to six phone calls a day from frightened, stranded workers seeking bus fare home.

In the summer of 2009, the National Consumers League received a call from one stranded salesman, Ricky, who had been left on the side of the road a thousand miles from home with no money to pay for transportation.

Exposure
Crews often work in bad weather, walking miles in blazing heat or in cold weather. They often wait hours in strange neighborhoods for their crew leaders or drivers to take them back to the hotels they are staying in.

Arrest
Crews often operate without proper licenses and permits and young sales people are subject to arrest.

Sexual exploitation
Young workers, far from home, are at special risk of exploitation from older crew leaders and crew members—many of whom have criminal records.

Parent Watch estimates that as many as 30,000 to 40,000 individuals are involved in traveling sales crews, selling magazines, candy, household cleaners, and other items door-to-door each year. It’s difficult to estimate the number of minors involved in this industry. Anecdotal evidence suggests that most recruits are over 18 because of the legal risks of transporting minors. However, NCL worries that there are still occasional minors lured into the business. In April 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas a 17-year-old was one of five magazine crew members arrested for peddling without a license. In August 2010, police arrested 8 individuals for illegal sales in Holden, Massachusetts. Two of the individuals were 17.

• In Gainesville, Florida in November 2009, police responded to a disturbance involving a 17-year-old girl who had been fired from a crew for low sales. The girl said she had nowhere to go and was not allowed to collect her belongings until police helped her. Police ran background checks on the crew of 50 sales people she was traveling with and found many with extensive criminal histories. While this report focuses on protecting teenagers, traveling sales crews present significant dangers for young adults—large numbers of 18- to 24-year-olds who make up most crews--as well.
• A news report from Mankato, Minnesota concerned an 18-year-old man with developmental delays who was lured into following a sales crew. His panicked family was able to retrieve him about a week later. Another 18-year-old who suffered from schizophrenia and manic depression was lured from his home in Gaston County North Carolina in April 2011.

The Web site Parentwatch.org contains an account by an 18-year-old traveling sales crew member who said she was drugged, raped, and impregnated by a fellow crew member. She also said she regularly saw fellow crew members get beaten to the point that they needed hospitalization.

The number of crimes in which 18 to 21-year-olds in traveling sales crews are victims or perpetrators is staggering and can be tracked at here.

Shauna, the young woman who wrote about her experiences in a crew, reflected:

“It’s crazy the things people will put up with to feel like they belong, to feel loved, and to be accepted….Now that I have been off the road …it’s given me the opportunity to sit back and reflect on just how blessed I was to be involved in something so dangerous for so long, and make it out safely. Sometimes I still have nightmares of some of the things that I went through, and some of the things I witnessed.”

What can be done to help clean up this industry?
States and localities should consider model laws like the one passed in Wisconsin in 2009. It requires sales workers who travel in pairs of two or more to be employees rather than independent contractors and subjects them to labor laws. Companies that employ crews would have to register with the state and their operators would have to pass criminal background checks. The law requires companies to tell recruits in writing where they will work and how much they will be paid. It also requires them to carry insurance, and mandates employers pay a $10,000 bond with the state.

Local police can ensure that crews in their areas are properly licensed and can talk to young salespeople to ensure that they are not being physically abused or held against their will.
NATIONAL CONSUMERS LEAGUE
Five Most Dangerous Jobs for Teens 2012
http://www.nclnet.org/
Washington, DC
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Five Most Dangerous Jobs for Teens 2012
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Agencies that the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group has worked with to STOP the exploitation and crime:

Polaris Project: Human Trafficking and Traveling Sales Crews

Abolition-Movement-Against-Human-Trafficking-on-Mag-Crews

Homeland Security

Federal Trade Commission

National Association of Attorney General

U.S. Marshals Service

Federal Bureau of Investigation

National Consumers League

Better Business Bureau

State and Federal Senators and Congressmen

Local and State Law Enforcement

Civil law firms and attorneys all across the US.


This is what can happen to you when you open your door to a door-to-door magazine salesman.
When you let them in your home your are inviting EVIL !!!
When you refuse to buy a magazine from the National Field Selling Association
and the Magazine Publishers of America you are beaten, raped, and set on fire.
See Why We Say This

Daniel Deshawn Neal
On March 30, 2009 a 78 year old woman in Texas is raped and set on fire by Daniel Deshawn Neal
a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman working for a Washington, D.C.- based company called U.D. Management.
UD Management is an active member of the National Field Selling Association:

http://nfsa.com
The Unholy




DO NOT OPEN YOUR DOOR TO A DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESMAN !!!
LOCK YOUR DOOR AND CALL THE POLICE !!!
See Why We Say This

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Breaking News 2013
A Industry Rife With Fraud, Exploitation, and Crime


WHY do you have the DESIRE and the NEED
To Rape and Murder innocent kids and homeowners ???

Here we go again ...
Another Roller Coaster Ride Into HELL !!!
Brought to you by the Magazine Publishers of America,
the National Field Selling Association,
and the Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Industry.


National Field Selling Asscoiation
NFSA Membership Web Image: May 2013


It Is Time For The United States Government To BAN ALL Door-To-Door Sales !!!
YOU do not have the Constitutional Right to Abuse, Exploit, Fraud, Rape and Murder
Innocent homeowners and sales agents !!!
The NFSA, the MPA, and the DSA MUST be either Regulated or Destroyed.
They are directly responsible for over 450 Felony Cases and 96 Deaths.
You are entering the most Dangerous, Deadly and Criminal Industry in the World !!!
Welcome to the HORROR of the 'Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Industry'
See Why We Say This



NEW !!!
Door to Door Sales YouTube Video
Door to Door Sales YouTube Video
DMPG posted June 9, 2013


Door-to-Door Sales Agents are NOT Independent Contractors !!!
They Are Employees of the Company
Read the California Judgement



It Is Time For The United States Government To BAN ALL Door-To-Door Sales !!!


There is so much more that we would like to share with you.
Our database includes over 100,000 news articles on the door-to-door sales industry.
Our main website: www.travelingsalescrews.info takes over 4000 hits/day.
We have detailed information on the NFSA and MPA members and the crimes they are responsible for.
This website contains less than 10% of the total information that we have documented and collected over the last 15 years.
If you would like information on a specific door-to-door sales company,
Please contact the DMPG at 608-845-1711. We work with law enforcement at all levels.
Or you can email us at: DMPG WebMaster

Knock - Knock ... who's there .... Mister DEATH !!!



like bullets breaking glass the time we have will pass
the time we have together will be gone.
like memories that will fade into your waiting grave
the last note will be played
the echo will remain
as thunder from your silence ends this song.

like moments ticking by the reaper will comply
the moments we had shared will be no more.
like yesterdays denial the thief will steal your smile.
your dreams will pass
like bullets breaking glass.
as thunder from your silence ends this song.

WANTED
CRIMINAL PROFILER

Open your door and you may lose your wallet, or or purse, or your identity or your prescription drugs.
Open your door to magazine salesman, cleaner salesman, Kirby or ADT salesman
and you could be raped or murdered.
These are the facts: The DMPG has documented over 450 criminal felony cases and 96 deaths.
All directly connected to the traveling door-to-door sales industry.
If a door-to-door salesman knocks at your door call 911
before he rapes or murders you or your loved ones.
These are the facts.
This is the reality of the traveling door-to-door sales industry.

The Door-to-door sales industry is sponsored by:
the National Field Selling Association, the Magazine Publishers of America,
the Direct Selling Association (Kirby Vacuum) and ADT.
See Why We Say This

THE STORY

TRUE EVIL:
The most dangerous and criminal industry in the United States:
National Field Selling Association
Magazine Publishers of America

There is a definite consistency that exists in the door-to-door sales industry.
It maims and rapes and murders innocent children and homeowners.
It manifests itself as a Virus - an out-of-control evil.
And it devours everything that is good and pure and holy.
It is controlled and driven by the National Field Selling Association
And the Magazine Publishers of America.
And they are directly responsible for 89 deaths and over 450 felony cases.
DO NOT Open your door to a door-to-door salesman.
DO NOT buy magazines at the grocery store or the book store.
DO NOT let these SCUM into your home or you or your children could be Raped and Murdered.
DO NOT allow Salesman selling cleaner Products into your home or your children could be Raped and Murdered.


Drunk Traveling Door-to-Door Magazine Salesman Driving 70 + mph. with 2 year old son driving van.
Posted to this website on November 11, 2013.
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Look at how the National Field Selling Association will say goodbye to the year 2013:
Look at how the NFSA will be remembered in 2013 as they pop the corks off their champagne bottles,
to usher in a new year of death, carnage, rape, fraud, and human trafficking.
NOTHING HAS CHANGED !!!
It never will !!!

EVIL Begets EVIL !!!
The CRIME and HELL of the "Traveling Door-TO-Door Sales" Industry:


The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


This crime was brought to you by:
The National Field Selling Association
Advanage Diversified Products, Inc., aka: Austin Diversified Products, Inc.
Austin Diversified Products
And last but not least the Owner of Advanage Diversified Products and former president
of the The National Field Selling Association
Nathan Edwards
SCUM BAG PIG FOR PROFIT:


Lakeland, Florida
Leader of door-to-door sales crew arrested in Polk County
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:
T&B Sales
aka: T & B Advantage Sales
aka: Austin Diversified Products
aka: Advanage Diversified Products
BBB: Advanage Diversified Products
BBB: Austin Diversified Products
end DMPG Info
December 31, 2013
Leader of door-to-door sales crew arrested in Polk County
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 3:45 PM
Bay NEWS 9

Timothy Burgess, 48, was booked into the Polk County Jail
on charges of conducting home solicitation without a license.

LAKELAND --

The manager of a crew of door-to-door salesmen from Georgia was arrested Monday in Polk County.

Timothy Burgess, 48, was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of conducting home solicitation without a license. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, deputies began receiving complaints about Burgess and his crew of salesmen in late December. Lakeland residents told deputies the salesmen were aggressive and rude. Some residents said the solicitors, who were selling a product called "Advantage Wonder Cleaner," would walk into open garages, look inside homes while standing at the front door and walk around houses when no one answered.

Investigators said they learned that more than 110 solicitors were staying at a north Lakeland motel near I-4 and U.S. 98 and that they were expected to stay in the area for several weeks.

When investigators contacted Burgess, he told them that he was the owner of T&B Sales, Inc., that he managed the employees and that he had just extended their stay.

However, deputies said that Burgess could not provide a valid solicitation permit from Polk County, and that he told them he was just "taking orders" for the cleaner. Investigators said they also learned Burgess did not have a Polk County Tax Collector's permit and that he does not have a valid business license.

When he told deputies that he didn't have a valid Polk County Home Solicitation permit, they arrested him.

Deputies said Burgess told one of his managers to have all of the employees pack their belongings and leave the county, then to go to a rest area in Orlando and wait for him to bond out of jail.

Deputies said he told them they would then travel to Jacksonville, so they contacted law enforcement in the area and warned them that Burgess and his employees might be arriving soon.

Investigators said the door-to-door sales company has received so many complaints about its sales practices, billing and customer service that the Better Business Bureau gave the company an "F" rating.
Bay NEWS 9 http://www.baynews9.com
St. Petersburg, Florida
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


This crime was brought to you by:
The National Field Selling Association
Advanage Diversified Products, Inc., aka: Austin Diversified Products, Inc.
Austin Diversified Products
And last but not least the Owner of Advanage Diversified Products and former president
of the The National Field Selling Association
Nathan Edwards
SCUM BAG PIG FOR PROFIT:


Lakeland, Florida
Deputies Arrest Leader of Door-to-Door Sales Force
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:
T&B Sales
aka: T & B Advantage Sales
aka: Austin Diversified Products
aka: Advanage Diversified Products
BBB: Advanage Diversified Products
BBB: Austin Diversified Products
end DMPG Info
December 31, 2013
Deputies Arrest Leader of Door-to-Door Sales Force
By Rick Rousos
THE LEDGER
Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:46 p.m.

Timothy Burgess
Polk County Jail

LAKELAND | A Georgia man in charge of a roving band of about 100 door-to-door salespeople has been charged with home solicitation without a license, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Detectives on Monday arrested Timothy Lamont Burgess, 48, from Riverdale, Ga., on the misdemeanor charge. Burgess was booked into the Polk County Jail, paid $500 bail and was released.

Sheriff's detectives began receiving complaints in late December that people were observed soliciting in neighborhoods in and around Lakeland. The solicitors were going door-to-door selling a cleaning product.

People complained that the door-to-door salesmen were overly aggressive, rude, walked into open garages, looked into homes while at the front door, and walked around houses when there was no answer at the door," sheriff's spokeswoman Donna Wood said.

The door-to-door sales company has received a number of complaints.

"The Better Business Bureau has given an F rating to the Georgia-based company because of numerous complaints about sales practices, billing, customer service, products and refunds," Wood said.

"Some have complained that the product is worthless, many complain about the aggressive sales tactics, and some who said they were employees complained that the company ripped them off."

About 110 solicitors were staying at a North Lakeland motel at Interstate 4 and U.S. 98 North and were expected to remain in the area for several weeks.

On Saturday, Burgess told detectives he was the owner of T&B Sales and managed "70-plus" employees who were soliciting around Polk County, the Sheriff's Office said.

Burgess did not have a valid Polk County home solicitation permit, the Sheriff's Office said.

Before detectives led him to jail, Burgess told his sales force to pack up and leave Polk County and meet him at a rest area along the interstate in Orlando, Wood said.

She said the sales team had plans to travel to Jacksonville.

The Polk Sheriff's Office notified authorities in Jacksonville of the possible arrival of Burgess and his solicitors.

[ Rick Rousos can be reached at rick.rousos@theledger.com or 863-802-7509. ]
By Rick Rousos
THE LEDGER
http://www.theledger.com
Lakeland, Florida
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


This crime was brought to you by:
The National Field Selling Association
Advanage Diversified Products, Inc.
Austin Diversified Products
And last but not least the Owner of Advanage Diversified Products and former president
of the The National Field Selling Association
Nathan Edwards
SCUM BAG PIG FOR PROFIT:


Kingsport, Tennessee
Kingsport police seek victims in alleged salesman scam
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:
Austin Diversified Products
end DMPG Info
December 30, 2013
Kingsport police seek victims in alleged salesman scam
December 30th, 2013 12:02 pm by RAIN SMITH
The Kingsport Times-News

Photo of Timothy D. English Jr.
provided by Kingsport police.

A Kingsport man charged with aggravated assault after allegedly hitting his girlfriend on the head with an iron on Christmas Eve may also have scammed people by presenting himself as a door-to-door salesman, according to police.

Timothy D. English Jr., 33, of 336 Sewanee Ave., is listed by Kingsport police as a suspect in the incidents. Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton says English is a former employee of a company out of Florida, peddling a product dubbed "Advantage, the Wonder Cleaner."

Patton says English's employment with that company has been terminated.But he allegedly continued visiting Kingsport homes and taking orders and payments with no intention or means of providing the product.

Police are asking anyone who placed an order with English over the past few weeks to contact detectives at (423) 229-9429.

English is currently held in the Sullivan County jail in Blountville on charges of aggravated assault. According to a Kingsport police incident report filed on Christmas Eve, officers were called to his residence shortly before 7 p.m.

According to statements from his girlfriend, English punched her in the face, then hit her on the back of the head with a clothes iron. Police observed injuries consistent with her statements, including a large knot and scratches, prompting English's arrest.
by RAIN SMITH
The Kingsport Times-News
http://www.timesnews.net
Kingsport, Tennessee
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FACTS:

Austin Diversified Products: OWNER: NATHAN EDWARDS - Former President and current member of the National Field Selling Association

http://www.post-gazette.com/neigh_south/20020627sburbs9.asp

Pittsburgh, PA
post-gazette.com
Thursday, June 27, 2002

DORMONT: Salesman accused of rape

A door-to-door salesman hawking cleaning supplies in the South Hills was arrested yesterday and accused of raping a 14-year-old girl earlier this month.

Allegheny County Police superintendent Ken Fulton said that Deon Bowens, 23, of Richmond, Va., was selling cleaning supplies for Austin Diversified Products on June 18 on New Haven Avenue when he came to a home where a 14-year-old girl was babysitting.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Bowens came to the house to demonstrate a product he was selling. The girl told him to come back another time because she was babysitting and the homeowners were away. Bowens persisted, asking the girl for a glass of water. When the girl went to get Bowens a glass of water and tend to a crying baby, Bowens entered the home, picked up the girl from behind and carried her to a couch where he raped her, the affidavit said.

Detectives Thomas Ianachione and Joseph Cawley arrested Bowens yesterday. Bowens told police that the encounter was consensual.

Fulton said that Bowens will face charges of rape, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors. A preliminary hearing date has not yet been set. Bowens is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

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http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20020711salesman7.asp

Salesman held for trial in rape

Thursday, July 11, 2002

By Jim McKinnon, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

A door-to-door salesman from Virginia was ordered to stand trial yesterday on charges that he raped a 14-year-old Dormont girl last month while she was baby-sitting.

The preliminary hearing was fraught with emotional pauses while a prosecutor, a victims' advocate and relatives tried to soothe and calm the girl as she clutched a Teddy bear. Throughout the proceeding, the teen-ager used her finger tips to press her eyelids in failed attempts to fight back the tears as she sobbed quietly.

On direct examination by Assistant District Attorney Nicola Taylor, the girl testified that Deon Bowens, 23, of Richmond, Va., carried her and a 1-year-old son of a family friend whom she was watching from the front porch to the living room.

Bowens laid her on the couch, pulled her shorts to the side and raped her, the girl said. All the while the small child remained in her arms until the attack was over. She squirmed from beneath Bowens, fell to the floor and went to the kitchen to cry while her attacker gathered his belongings and left the New Haven Avenue residence.

"I told him to leave me alone," the girl said, her head turned away from Bowens seated with a state constable half way across the Mt. Lebanon courtroom from her. Long, thick, red locks frequently hung to the side of her head, shielding her face from the accused.

"The whole time I was trying to squirm away," she testified. "I was telling him not to. I didn't scream too loud because I didn't want [her friend's 10-year-old son] to come in. He's only 10 and he didn't need to see something like this."

Only once or twice did Bowens sneak a glance in her direction, even when she pointed in his direction to identify him as her attacker. Instead, he stared, expressionless, straight ahead.

According to a police affidavit, Bowens had been selling cleaning products in Dormont on June 21 when he knocked at the New Haven Drive home. He convinced the girl to submit to a demonstration, but she requested that he do so from the front porch where she joined him.

He also got her to telephone her mother during the demonstration, but her mother rejected the offer, the girl testified.

With the demonstration complete, Bowens asked for a glass of water. The small child had been upstairs sleeping until them. She retrieved the boy, got the water and returned to the porch.

She said that she had dismissed Bowens and started toward the front door when he grabbed her from behind and carried her inside.

Bowens has claimed that the girl consented to have sex with him and that she was not wearing underwear when they met, said Assistant Public Defender Rebecca Calisti.

Calisti appeared frustrated during cross examination, prying for details and discrepancies in the girl's version of events with Taylor frequently objecting, citing the queries as irrelevant.

Many of the prosecution objections were sustained by Senior District Justice Leonard Boehm.

Under Calisti's questioning, the girl said that she waited two days before she told a girlfriend about the incident. That friend told her own mother and the three of them met the teen's mother at St. Clair Hospital, where she was examined.

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FACTS:



Marie Axtell - Raped and MURDERED by John Lee Holt - working for: (Austin Diversified Products: Nathan Edwards - Owner.)

Nathan Edwards
IMMORAL CRIMINAL SCUM BAG PIG FOR PROFIT:
And still today on December 31, 2013 an active member of the NFSA !!!

"I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;"
There is NO Good in NATHAN EDWARDS.
He is an EVIL PIG FOR PROFIT - and He Needs To Be Crucified by the Department of Justice for Crimes against Humanity !!!

He lives to suffer his Karma and his Conscience:
And yes, we have put a curse on his evil soul.
And yes, we know what he eats for breakfast.


FACTS:

7/6/1989
death row
Justices uphold death sentence in rape-murder
71. May 20, 1997 – Bakersfield, California: The California Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty given a door-to-door salesman who was convicted of murdering a 65-year-old woman who told him to leave. A Kern County Superior Court jury convicted John Lee Holt of robbery, rape and murder in the 1989 incident, and the state court upheld the decision in this automatic appeal. Holt worked for Austin Diversified Products selling cleaner products door-to-door.

Orange County Register; Santa Ana; May 20, 1997; BOB EGELKO: The Associated Press
Freedom Communications, Inc.
Rape, Murder
John Lee Holt
Bakersfield Police Department
Crime Report
Case # 89-25009
Kern County California
Felony Criminal Complaint/Judgment
Number: 39910
Previous Offender
(Bakersfield, California
07/06/89
Traveling Door-To-Door Cleaner Sales Company: Austin Diversified Products
Trade Group: National Field Selling Association
Criminal Complaint
Criminal Judgment
Arrest Report
Austin Diversified Products: Criminal Profiler


EVIL Begets EVIL !!!
The CRIME and HELL of the "Traveling Door-TO-Door Sales" Industry.


The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


This crime was brought to you by:
The National Field Selling Association
Advanage Diversified Products, Inc.
Austin Diversified Products
And last but not least the Owner of Advanage Diversified Products and former president
of the The National Field Selling Association
Nathan Edwards
SCUM BAG PIG FOR PROFIT:


Johnson City, Tennessee
Fake door-to-door salesman charged with assault
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:
Austin Diversified Products
end DMPG Info
December 30, 2013
Fake door-to-door salesman charged with assault
December 30th, 2013 12:29 pm
by BY RAIN SMITH, NET NEWS SERVICE
Johnson City Press


A Kingsport man charged with aggravated assault after allegedly hitting his girlfriend on the head with an iron on Christmas Eve may also have scammed people by presenting himself as a door-to-door salesman, according to police.

Timothy D. English Jr., 33, of 336 Sewanee Ave., is listed by Kingsport police as a suspect in the incidents. Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton says English is a former employee of a company out of Florida, peddling a product dubbed "Advantage, the Wonder Cleaner."

Patton says English's employment with that company has been terminated. But he allegedly continued visiting Kingsport homes and taking orders and payments with no intention or means of providing the product.
by BY RAIN SMITH, NET NEWS SERVICE
Johnson City Press
http://www.johnsoncitypress.com
Johnson City, Tennessee
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Springfield, Missouri
Springfield Residents Weary Over Door to Door Sales Claiming to Help Charities
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
KLMN Readers, Inc.
BBB: http://www.bbb.org/norfolk/business-reviews/door-to-door-sales-magazines/klmn-readers-in-chesapeake-va-90028448
This Business is not BBB Accredited
KLMN Readers, Inc.
(757) 818-9497
PO Box 15187, Chesapeake, VA 23328-5187
BBB Rating: F
KLMN Readers, Inc. has been the subject of a pattern of customer complaints alleging non-receipt,
delivery delays or delivery of wrong magazines, prompting requests for delivery of magazines,
cancellations or refunds. The company has responded to some complaints by either delivering the
magazines or issuing refunds, however, four remain unresolved and most are unanswered.

On May 23, 2012 a certified letter was sent to the company regarding a pattern of consumer complaints
which the BBB had previously brought to their attention. The company signed for the certified letter
on May 25, 2012. As of the date of this report those consumer complaints remain unanswered.

The Virginia Attorney General's office is requesting that consumers that have complaints call 1-800-552-9963 or contact them using the following link:
https://payments.vi.virginia.gov/oag-consumercomplaints/consumerComplaintForm.aspx.

BBB file opened: 07/13/2010
Business started:
01/06/2009
Business started locally:
08/20/2009
New Owner Date:
06/06/2009
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: June 2009, FL
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Shannon Dancy (Manager)
Mr. Michael G. Whitley (President/Owner)
Number of Employees
46
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Magazines
end DMPG Info
December 23, 2013
Springfield Residents Weary Over Door to Door Sales Claiming to Help Charities
Lindsay Clein
Chris Eidson
ozarksfirst.com
12/23/2013 09:11 PM 12/23/2013 10:13 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The holidays are a time for celebrating everything we're thankful for, but it's also a time for some people to take advantage of the givers in our community.

Many of us spend this time of year giving to others whether it's to another person or to a charity, but it's important to make sure we all know where our money is going because it may be falling into the wrong hands.

When we tried to contact a company called KLMN Readers, Inc. we received a voice mail message that said "This mailbox is full and cannot accept new messages at this time."

We were contacting them because according to some Springfield residents, that's the name of the company people are representing as they go door to door asking for help in magazine sales.

The company's website describes itself as a magazine subscription agency. Just recently, a man claiming to represent the company told a local resident that an 18 month subscription costing $58 total would benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

"We were contacted about someone selling magazines saying it was benefiting the Ronald McDonald House," says President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Bonnie Keller. "And we have not approved anything like that."

Those that identify themselves as part of the company KLMN Readers, Inc. go door to door claiming they're raising money for a charity, but we found out that's not the case. At least not for the Ronald McDonald House.

"At this point in time, we have not authorized anyone to be going door to door to raise funds or to sell anything on our behalf," Keller says. "So as of right now, there shouldn't be any of that going on with our name."

According to the Better Business Bureau's website, KLMN Readers, Inc. has 182 complaints filed against it and 143 of those are not answered.

It also says KLMN Readers, Inc. is not BBB accredited and received an "F" rating.

"For people to give to us, when people feel that strongly about our organization, we want to make sure those resources get to our families," says Keller. "And when we hear things like this, unfortunately those resources are not making it to our families. So it's just absolute frustration."

Unfortunately, this is not the first time the Ronald McDonald House has had this problem.

"Several years ago, the Attorney General was involved with companies selling magazines," says Keller. "Then, if a customer said no, they'd ask if they wanted to donate one to the Ronald McDonald House or Tooth Truck."

Despite the frustration, hundreds continue to donate to the Ronald McDonald House, which helps workers there stay positive.

"In this case, there was a good Samaritan that immediately had a weird feeling and made a phone call." says Keller. "And I think that's what makes all the difference."

Keller tells us a young man named T.J. often visits local businesses for the "Share a Heart" Campaign in January and February, but he always has a name tag, a Ronald McDonald shirt, and a letter from the Ronald McDonald House.

She says the organization sends a letter of acknowledgment to those who donate.

Keller says to always look for credentials or something that gives authorization when a charity's name is used.

If this is happening in your neighborhood, you can contact the Ronald McDonald House at 417-875-3501 to let them know.
Lindsay Clein
Chris Eidson
ozarksfirst.com
http://www.ozarksfirst.com
Springfield, Missouri
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Virginia
State sues Chesapeake door-to-door-sales company
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
KLMN Readers, Inc.
BBB: http://www.bbb.org/norfolk/business-reviews/door-to-door-sales-magazines/klmn-readers-in-chesapeake-va-90028448
This Business is not BBB Accredited
KLMN Readers, Inc.
(757) 818-9497
PO Box 15187, Chesapeake, VA 23328-5187
BBB Rating: F
KLMN Readers, Inc. has been the subject of a pattern of customer complaints alleging non-receipt,
delivery delays or delivery of wrong magazines, prompting requests for delivery of magazines,
cancellations or refunds. The company has responded to some complaints by either delivering the
magazines or issuing refunds, however, four remain unresolved and most are unanswered.

On May 23, 2012 a certified letter was sent to the company regarding a pattern of consumer complaints
which the BBB had previously brought to their attention. The company signed for the certified letter
on May 25, 2012. As of the date of this report those consumer complaints remain unanswered.

The Virginia Attorney General's office is requesting that consumers that have complaints call 1-800-552-9963 or contact them using the following link:
https://payments.vi.virginia.gov/oag-consumercomplaints/consumerComplaintForm.aspx.

BBB file opened: 07/13/2010
Business started:
01/06/2009
Business started locally:
08/20/2009
New Owner Date:
06/06/2009
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: June 2009, FL
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Shannon Dancy (Manager)
Mr. Michael G. Whitley (President/Owner)
Number of Employees
46
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Magazines
end DMPG Info
December 6, 2013
State sues Chesapeake door-to-door-sales company
By Scott Daugherty
The Virginian-Pilot
© December 6, 2013
CHESAPEAKE
Bobby Clifton realizes he messed up.

A couple of young men knocked on his door last September selling magazines. They seemed like nice guys - maybe a little "rough" looking, but polite - and they told a good story, he said.

They were trying to help inner-city children. They wanted to keep kids off the streets and in school. They needed help.

Enter KLMN Readers Services, a company with offices in Chesapeake the young men said had brought them to his doorstep in Louisville, Ky.

Would he like to buy some magazines?

"They used all the right buzzwords, like 'inner city youths,' " said Clifton, who happily ordered two subscriptions for $68. "I felt like I should help them."

The magazines - Smithsonian for him and Nutrition Health Review for his mother - never arrived, though, he said. And neither, he added, did a refund he requested the day after he placed the order.

Clifton is not alone in his complaints, according to state officials.

The Virginia Attorney General's Office sued KLMN last week, claiming the company is violating the state's Consumer Protection and Home Solicitation Sales acts. The lawsuit seeks restitution for the alleged victims, civil penalties up to $2,500 per willful violation and attorney's fees.

"We won't tolerate door-to-door sales agents who misrepresent their services," Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement explaining why his office brought the case.

According to the lawsuit, 199 people in 24 states have filed complaints against KLMN in the past four years. Clifton was one of them, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said. The suit said that may represent just the "proverbial 'tip of the iceberg.' "

Complaints include people being charged for magazines that were never delivered and customers asking for refunds and never receiving them. Five individuals claimed they purchased subscriptions to be sent to charitable organizations or soldiers serving overseas, only to realize later that the sales form they signed indicated the company does not send magazines to charities, the lawsuit said.

Officials with KLMN - which received an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau - did not return two phone messages and two emails seeking comment.

According to the KLMN website, the company is owned by Michael G. Whitely Sr., a veteran door-to-door salesman with more than 37 years' experience. It is named in honor of his four children, using the first letter of each of their names.

The Better Business Bureau indicates that Whitely has operated at least two other magazine subscription companies: Worldwide Readers Services Inc. and Universal Subscription Agency Inc. Neither appears to be currently in business.

The KLMN website says the company relies on a network of independent contractors - sales agents, sales managers and drivers work for commission and bonuses.

KLMN was incorporated in 2009 in Florida, but its website lists a Virginia phone number and Chesapeake post office box. Shannon Dancy of Chesapeake is listed as the company's treasurer in records filed with the Florida Department of State.

Despite his dealings with KLMN, Clifton is not ready to write off all door-to-door solicitors.

Next time someone comes knocking, he said he will be more careful and research the company before handing over any money. A simple web search, he said, would have alerted him to beware of KLMN.

"If I'd done just a little due diligence, I wouldn't have given them anything," he said.

Scott Daugherty, 757-222-5221, scott.daugherty@pilotonline.com
By Scott Daugherty
The Virginian-Pilot
http://hamptonroads.com
Norfolk, Virginia
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Madison County, Georgia
UPDATED: County may require salesmen to register before going door to door
December 21, 2013
UPDATED: County may require salesmen to register before going door to door
Posted by Zach Mitcham in Top Stories
Saturday, December 21. 2013
Updated: 2 hours ago
MainStreet Newspapers, Inc.
An ordinance may soon be passed requiring door-to-door salesmen to register with the county before visiting local homes.

Sheriff Kip Thomas and county commissioners discussed the possibility Dec. 6 during a budget meeting. Thomas said that Madison County dispatchers sometimes get calls regarding people knocking on their door. And the sheriff’s department can’t offer any information on whether the salesman is legitimate.

A “solicitation ordinance” could give citizens an opportunity to determine who is standing on their front porch.

“It (a solicitation ordinance) gives us something to go on,” said Madison County chief deputy Shawn Burns. “If somebody comes up to your house and you don’t know who it is. They ring your doorbell and you ask who they are. ‘Well, I’m a salesman for so and so vacuum cleaners,’ they say. And you say, ‘I don’t think you’re supposed to be here’ and you call 9-1-1. Well, when you call 9-1-1 and they tell you, ‘Yes, he’s got a permit. They’re going to be in your area today until seven o’clock.’ Would that make you feel better about who was standing on your front porch?”

A solicitation ordinance could set hours for when door-to-door sales calls are allowed in the county. A person who tries to sell items without registering could be issued a citation and a fine.

County commissioners agreed to have county attorney Mike Pruett look into the possibility of establishing such and ordinance.
Posted by Zach Mitcham in Top Stories
MainStreet Newspapers, Inc.
http://www.madisonjournaltoday.com
Jefferson, Georgia
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Denton, Texas
Blotter:
A 30-year-old Denton
woman was robbed recently by a
salesman in the 900 block of
Cleveland Street, police said.
December 20, 2013
Blotter:
A 30-year-old Denton
woman was robbed recently by a
salesman in the 900 block of
Cleveland Street, police said.
Denton Record-Chronicle
Published: 20 December 2013 05:49 AM
A 30-year-old Denton woman was robbed recently by a salesman in the 900 block of Cleveland Street, police said.
Orlando Hinojosa, spokesman for Denton police, said the woman was approached at her apartment by a magazine salesman going door to door.
“She was going to buy some magazines and changed her mind,” Hinojosa said.
When she changed her mind, the salesman grabbed the cash from her hand — less than $100 — and took off, police said.
No arrests have been made.
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://www.dentonrc.com
Denton, Texas
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SOUTH PASADENA, California
South Pasadena police nab alleged thief
December 18, 2013
South Pasadena police nab alleged thief
By Ruby Gonzales, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
POSTED: 12/18/13, 4:49 PM PST
SOUTH PASADENA - A woman selling magazine subscriptions was arrested and cited for allegedly stealing a wallet containing $80 from a 91-year-old man Tuesday night.

Officers didn’t find the wallet but recovered the money.

The incident happened shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of Garfield Avenue.

South Pasadena Police Sgt. Brian Solinsky said a resident invited the magazine seller inside his home while completing the transaction.

“Moments later and after the purchase, the homeowner realized his wallet was missing,” Solinsky said,.

He said a relative of the victim ran outside and chased the solicitor into San Marino where he lost sight of her in the area of Los Robles Avenue, north of Mission Street.

Officers searched for the suspect. Solinsky said the woman tried to elude police by ducking into a nearby business.

Arlexus Gaines, 22, of Norwalk was arrested on suspicion of petty theft, cited and released.

Solinsky said the suspect pointed out some hedges where she threw the wallet. The wallet wasn’t recovered but police got the victim’s cash back.
By Ruby Gonzales, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com
Pasadena, California
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Oakland, California
UNRULY SALESMAN
December 18, 2013
UNRULY SALESMAN
Contra Costa Times
POSTED: 12/18/2013 01:14:30 PM PST | UPDATED: ABOUT 9 HOURS AGO
MONDAY, Dec. 9
UNRULY SALESMAN -- Officers received two separate reports at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. of an aggressive sales person who came to the door and became very angry when the residents did not buy the magazines he was selling. The incidents happened on Santa Fe Avenue and Curtis Street.
Contra Costa Times
http://www.insidebayarea.com
Oakland, California
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Perry Township, Ohio
Perry trustees ban transient vendors from going door-to-door
December 17, 2013
Perry trustees ban transient vendors from going door-to-door
December 17, 2013
By MARY ANN GREIER , Salem News
PERRY TWP. - Transient vendors can forget about knocking on doors in the unincorporated areas of Perry Township - their method of soliciting sales is now prohibited.

Trustees approved the resolution Monday night in response to a complaint from township resident Daryl Fink, who approached the board in October about a problem he experienced with a man selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.

He questioned trustees about the possibility of requiring a permit like the city of Salem does or passing some type of legislation regarding solicitors.

Both the Salem and Perry Township police departments responded to several calls this summer and fall regarding groups of sales people not from the area who were just dropped off in neighborhoods to sell magazines or other items. There have been reports in the past about people selling meat door-to-door or offering to repave driveways.

The resolution does not pertain to non-profit groups, such as boy scouts, student groups, girl scouts or religious groups who are permitted to go door-to-door per Ohio Revised Code and does not include licensed auctioneers.

"We decided we needed to do something about it," Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said.

According to the resolution, a transient vendor is "any person who opens a temporary place of business for the sale of goods or who, on the streets or while traveling about the township, sells or offers for sale goods, or solicits orders for future delivery of goods where payment is required prior to the delivery of the goods, or attempts to arrange an appointment for a future estimate or sales call."

The resolution noted that it does not include any person or entity exempt from taxation or that notifies the trustees that representatives are present in the township for selling or offering goods for sale or soliciting orders or arranging for a future estimate or sales call.
By MARY ANN GREIER , Salem News
http://www.salemnews.net
Salem, Ohio
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Edinburg, Texas
Edinburg Residents Leery About Door-To-Door Sales Crews
December 16, 2013
Edinburg Residents Leery About Door-To-Door Sales Crews
CHANNEL 5 NEWS
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 7:02 PM
Updated: Dec 16, 2013 7:54 PM
EDINBURG - Residents are keeping a close eye on door-to-door salesmen in Edinburg.

Residents called CHANNEL 5 NEWS claiming they were pressured to pay cash for magazine subscriptions.

A CHANNEL 5 NEWS reporter found the salespeople and began asking questions. The people admitted, off camera, that they were selling magazine subscriptions. They, however, would not disclose the name of their company.

The salespeople became angry and began insulting the reporter when he pressed for answers.

James Atkinson said a team of salespeople tried to get him to buy magazines.

"I didn't feel comfortable, so I told them I wasn't interested," Atkinson said.

The sales team claimed they were raising money for college.

Atkinson originally offered to place an order and pay later. The salespeople, though, wanted cash.

"They even said, ‘why don't you go to the ATM and get cash out?" Atkinson said.

Dolores Salinas, with the Better Business Bureau in Weslaco, said these types of door-to-door sales are questionable.

"Any legitimate company that's out selling door-to-door will not have a problem providing you information about the company," Salinas said.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS
http://www.krgv.com
Weslaco, Texas
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Tampa Bay, Florida
Woman raped by ADT salesman sues the company
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
ADT
end DMPG Info
December 13, 2013
Woman raped by ADT salesman sues the company
Jessica Vander, Times Staff Writer
Tamp Bay Times
December 13, 2013

Rashad Hales, center, ?looks at Judge Chet Tharpe as he is sentenced to life in prison.
DANIEL WALLACE | Times

TAMPA — A woman who was raped by a door-to-door ADT security salesman in 2011 is suing ADT and the subcontractor, SecureWatch, that employed him.

A complaint filed Thursday in Hillsborough County Circuit Court states that the companies should have never hired Rashad Hales for a position in which he would be expected to talk to potential customers in their homes.

In May, jurors took less than an hour to convict Hales, who was 19 when he attacked the woman, also 19. He was later sentenced to life in prison.

He was working as a new ADT service salesman in December 2011 when he pushed his way inside the woman's Town 'N Country trailer and raped her, all the while threatening to kill her.

He held a cord to her neck and, later, a knife to her side. He later admitted the crime to a sheriff's deputy, saying he had been aggravated and took it out on the young woman. The Tampa Bay Times is withholding her name because of the nature of the crime.

During Hales' trial, several ADT employees testified about going out to the area together. The group parted into pairs, and Hales' partner knocked on nearby doors not always in sight of Hales.

The lawsuit states that ADT and SecureWatch should do a "thorough background check and pre-employment investigation" of all employees.

Reached Friday, the woman's attorney, Barry Cohen, said the companies should interview each potential employee and give them a psychological test "to see if they have any deficits before (the companies) assume the responsibility of putting these people homes, as they do."

State records show Hales was charged with battery when he was 14 and trespassing when he was 15. A basic background check would have shown that he was "not an appropriate candidate for a sales position," according to the lawsuit. The victim is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 because of the physical and psychological injuries she suffered, the complaint states. She moved to another state to avoid trauma and get away from people who knew about her attack.

Attempts to reach SecureWatch late Friday were unsuccessful. ADT did not respond to a request for comment.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Woman raped by ADT salesman sues the company 12/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 9:28pm]
Jessica Vander, Times Staff Writer
Tamp Bay Times
http://www.tampabay.com
St. Petersburg, Florida


South Australia
AGL fined on door-to-door sales
December 13, 2013
AGL fined on door-to-door sales
13 Dec, 2:19 PM
Business Spectator
AAP
Energy retailer AGL has been fined $35,000 after a salesman ignored a Do Not Knock sign.

Federal Court judge John Middleton punished AGL and its marketing company CPM for the conduct of a South Australian salesman.

"These penalties reflect the need to deter conduct of such seriousness by the relevant respondents and others in the door-to-door selling industry," he said in his judgment.

AGL South Australia was fined $35,000 while its marketing agent CPM, who contracted the salesman, was penalised $25,000 for trying to negotiate an energy supply agreement in November 2011.

He had remained on the premises despite the consumer having an image on the front door of a knocking fist with a line through it.

The maximum penalty is $50,000.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which initiated the legal proceedings, said the fines showed businesses needed to obey the law.

"These penalties are yet another clear warning that businesses must comply with the unsolicited consumer agreement provisions of the Australian consumer law, which are designed to protect consumers in their own homes," ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said in a statement.

The Federal Court in October found that AGL and CPM had breached Australian consumer law by ignoring the Do Not Knock sign.

As part of the same proceedings, Justice Middleton ordered AGL Sales and AGL SA to pay combined penalties of $1.555 million for other unlawful selling practices, including making false representations to consumers.

CPM was also ordered to pay $200,000 for its role in the conduct.
Business Spectator
AAP
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Victoria, Australia
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Alpharetta-Milton, Georiga
Alpharetta Establishes Fee for Door-to-Door Sales Permit
Scouts and other charitable organizations are exempt from the permit system,
but should check with the city to be sure they meet the requirements.
December 11, 2013
Alpharetta Establishes Fee for Door-to-Door Sales Permit
Scouts and other charitable organizations are exempt from the permit system,
but should check with the city to be sure they meet the requirements.
Posted by Bob Pepalis (Editor) , December 11, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Alpharetta-Milton, GA. Patch
Bothered by those door-to-door sales people interrupting your quiet time at home? Ask them if they've paid their $100 for a permit to operate in Alpharetta.

The City Council passed a door-to-door sales ordinance, with a permit fee to be established later. On Monday night, Alpharetta City Council approved the $100 non-refundable fee for each salesperson.

Councilman Chris Owens asked if this meant Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts needed to get permits.

City Attorney said Scouts are exempt, as are charitable organizations. It is up to city staff to determine who is eligible for the exemption.

"Most charitable organizations are exempt if they meet the proper requirements," Thomas said.

He told Councilman D.C. Aiken, "You certainly have the right to question the validity of what they are doing, and to report that."

The city of Milton already has its door-to-door salesmen ordinance established, confirmed Jason Wright, the city's Communications manager. The permit fee is $195, which includes a charge for a criminal background check Those permits must be carried by the person going door-to-door.
Posted by Bob Pepalis (Editor)
Alpharetta-Milton, GA. Patch
http://alpharetta.patch.com
Alpharetta-Milton, Georiga
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Cookeville, Tennessee
Door-to-door salesman intimidates victim
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Lincoln Publications
end DMPG Info
December 9, 2013
Door-to-door salesman intimidates victim
by Bailey Darrow
Herald-Citizen
December 9, 2013
COOKEVILLE — A male subject claiming he was selling magazines intimidated at least one person into writing him several checks last week. According to a report by Officer Jason Hees, the female victim called police and said a male, described as being about 6-feet-tall with blond hair and gauge earrings, had “pushed his way into” her apartment on North Dixie.

The male had reportedly come to the door claiming he was selling magazines. The female said she was not interested several times, but the male came inside “and said he was going to ‘get his points’ then be headed to South Carolina,” Officer Hees’ report states.

“She again said she was not interested but was told that she could either write him checks for the magazines or he would follow her to an ATM so she could get cash.”

The female wrote three checks, totalling about $160 and “said she felt threatened and intimidated by him and thought it was the only way to get him to leave,” the report states. The subject reportedly kept one hand in his pocket, prompting the female to believe he may have a weapon. Receipts given to the woman indicate that the male worked for “Lincoln Publications,” but Officer Hees was unable to find any information or a working phone number for that company. One of the receipts was written in pen and stated, “Conner was here -” with a vulgar message. Officer Hees told the victim that “this is the reason people are not allowed to solicit without a license and to contact the police if she sees this person or anyone else going door to door.” She was in the process of getting the checks canceled, the report states.
by Bailey Darrow
Herald-Citizen
http://www.herald-citizen.com
Cookeville, Tennessee
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FUGITIVE OF JUSTICE
Kevin Eugene Davis
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Lrumar Publications
aka: Lucretius Phocylides LLC
aka: Lrumar Publications LLC
aka: LP, LLC.
aka: Local Panlamin, LLC
aka: Lincoln Publications
Colorado Court Case : 11CR4093
Colorodo Springs Sheriff office police report: 11-24548
Date of Crime: 08/03/11
Felomy Charge: Possession of marijuana concentrate. 0ver 3oz.
Contact:
Colorado Springs Sheriffs Office: (719) 520-7111
El Paso County, Colorado DA office: 719-520--6000
Kevin Eugene Davis

Kevin Eugene Davis



Mt. Gilead, Ohio
Mt. Gilead PD warns of door-to-door scam
December 08. 2013
Mt. Gilead PD warns of door-to-door scam
LimaOhio.com
December 08. 2013 10:37PM
Sunday 10/08/13 - The Mt. Gilead Police Department is warning village and county residents of people going door to door claiming to sell floor cleaning products. MGPD says these subjects are trying to get into the residences. They claim to be from Columbus, and the subjects have been described as a young female with short brown/blonde hair and dressed very well. An older female with brown hair dressed decent, and a male subject with short brown hair and black glasses, also dressed well. The vehicle was described as a cream/white large van. Readers responding to the Sentinel’s Facebook page have commented these people have come around more than once, and also may be driving a green van. The police department warns if these subjects come to your door, do not open it and call the police immediately.
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Lima Ohio
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Alle-Kiski Valley, Pennsylvania
Suspected burglar awaits extradition from Ohio
December 6, 2013
Suspected burglar awaits extradition from Ohio
By Chuck Biedka
Staff Reporter
Valley News Dispatch Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 1:46 a.m.
A burglary suspect accused of taking thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from homes in the Alle-Kiski Valley is in an Ohio jail awaiting extradition.

Police allege Anthony C. Vila, 29, of Tampa, Fla., found places to rob while posing as a door-to-door meat salesman.

Vila drove a truck that had meat lockers as part of his cover in crimes in Harmar, Hampton and Indiana townships, as well as in several places in Alabama and Florida. Police said he worked for a while for a Montgomery, Ala., meat sales company.

Pittsburgh Chief Deputy Marshal Michael Baughman said Vila and some associates are being investigated by Pittsburgh Police for earlier burglaries in Beechview.

A federal task force arrested Vila and Stephen Hornsby, 23, of Anniston, Ala., on Nov. 26 inside an East Liverpool, Ohio, motel. A 23-year-old Pittsburgh woman with them initially was held but then released pending an investigation.

Vila and Hornsby were in the Columbiana County jail on Wednesday to answer warrants from Pennsylvania and other states.

Baughman said deputies found 40 packets of heroin, jewelry and electronics.

Deputies also learned Vila stayed for a period in a hotel along Banksville Road.

“Some of the jewelry and electronics could have been taken from houses along Potomac Avenue,” Baughman said. “Pittsburgh Police are investigating, and we encourage anyone who had jewelry taken to contact police to see if their items have been found.”

Harmar police Chief Jason Domaratz said Vila is accused of taking about $8,500 from a house along the 1900 block of Little Deer Creek Road.

“He was even shot at in Alabama,” Domaratz said. Police said Vila and a woman were ransacking a house in Escambia County, Fla., near Pensacola, in October when the homeowner came out of a bedroom and chased them.

The man fired two shots at a meat truck the two were riding in.

Police said bullet holes were found in the abandoned truck, which was left near a steak sales company in Montgomery.

Baughman said that led investigators to Banksville Road and then to East Liverpool.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
By Chuck Biedka
Staff Reporter
Valley News Dispatch
http://triblive.com
Tarentum, Pennsylvania
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Alle-Kiski Valley, Pennsylvania
Suspected burglar awaits extradition from Ohio
December 6, 2013
Suspected burglar awaits extradition from Ohio
By Chuck Biedka
Staff Reporter
Valley News Dispatch
Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 1:46 a.m.
A burglary suspect accused of taking thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from homes in the Alle-Kiski Valley is in an Ohio jail awaiting extradition.

Police allege Anthony C. Vila, 29, of Tampa, Fla., found places to rob while posing as a door-to-door meat salesman.

Vila drove a truck that had meat lockers as part of his cover in crimes in Harmar, Hampton and Indiana townships, as well as in several places in Alabama and Florida. Police said he worked for a while for a Montgomery, Ala., meat sales company.

Pittsburgh Chief Deputy Marshal Michael Baughman said Vila and some associates are being investigated by Pittsburgh Police for earlier burglaries in Beechview.

A federal task force arrested Vila and Stephen Hornsby, 23, of Anniston, Ala., on Nov. 26 inside an East Liverpool, Ohio, motel. A 23-year-old Pittsburgh woman with them initially was held but then released pending an investigation.

Vila and Hornsby were in the Columbiana County jail on Wednesday to answer warrants from Pennsylvania and other states.

Baughman said deputies found 40 packets of heroin, jewelry and electronics.

Deputies also learned Vila stayed for a period in a hotel along Banksville Road.

“Some of the jewelry and electronics could have been taken from houses along Potomac Avenue,” Baughman said. “Pittsburgh Police are investigating, and we encourage anyone who had jewelry taken to contact police to see if their items have been found.”

Harmar police Chief Jason Domaratz said Vila is accused of taking about $8,500 from a house along the 1900 block of Little Deer Creek Road.

“He was even shot at in Alabama,” Domaratz said.Police said Vila and a woman were ransacking a house in Escambia County, Fla., near Pensacola, in October when the homeowner came out of a bedroom and chased them.

The man fired two shots at a meat truck the two were riding in.

Police said bullet holes were found in the abandoned truck, which was left near a steak sales company in Montgomery.

Baughman said that led investigators to Banksville Road and then to East Liverpool.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
By Chuck Biedka
Staff Reporter
Valley News Dispatch
http://www.tribtotalmedia.com
Tarentum, Pennsylvania
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Virginia
State sues Chesapeake door-to-door-sales company
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
KLMN Readers, Inc.
BBB: http://www.bbb.org/norfolk/business-reviews/door-to-door-sales-magazines/klmn-readers-in-chesapeake-va-90028448
This Business is not BBB Accredited
KLMN Readers, Inc.
(757) 818-9497
PO Box 15187, Chesapeake, VA 23328-5187
BBB Rating: F
KLMN Readers, Inc. has been the subject of a pattern of customer complaints alleging non-receipt,
delivery delays or delivery of wrong magazines, prompting requests for delivery of magazines,
cancellations or refunds. The company has responded to some complaints by either delivering the
magazines or issuing refunds, however, four remain unresolved and most are unanswered.

On May 23, 2012 a certified letter was sent to the company regarding a pattern of consumer complaints
which the BBB had previously brought to their attention. The company signed for the certified letter
on May 25, 2012. As of the date of this report those consumer complaints remain unanswered.

The Virginia Attorney General's office is requesting that consumers that have complaints call 1-800-552-9963 or contact them using the following link:
https://payments.vi.virginia.gov/oag-consumercomplaints/consumerComplaintForm.aspx.

BBB file opened: 07/13/2010
Business started:
01/06/2009
Business started locally:
08/20/2009
New Owner Date:
06/06/2009
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: June 2009, FL
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Shannon Dancy (Manager)
Mr. Michael G. Whitley (President/Owner)
Number of Employees
46
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Magazines
end DMPG Info
December 6, 2013
State sues Chesapeake door-to-door-sales company
By Scott Daugherty
The Virginian-Pilot
© December 6, 2013
CHESAPEAKE
Bobby Clifton realizes he messed up.

A couple of young men knocked on his door last September selling magazines. They seemed like nice guys - maybe a little "rough" looking, but polite - and they told a good story, he said.

They were trying to help inner-city children. They wanted to keep kids off the streets and in school. They needed help.

Enter KLMN Readers Services, a company with offices in Chesapeake the young men said had brought them to his doorstep in Louisville, Ky.

Would he like to buy some magazines?

"They used all the right buzzwords, like 'inner city youths,' " said Clifton, who happily ordered two subscriptions for $68. "I felt like I should help them."

The magazines - Smithsonian for him and Nutrition Health Review for his mother - never arrived, though, he said. And neither, he added, did a refund he requested the day after he placed the order.

Clifton is not alone in his complaints, according to state officials.

The Virginia Attorney General's Office sued KLMN last week, claiming the company is violating the state's Consumer Protection and Home Solicitation Sales acts. The lawsuit seeks restitution for the alleged victims, civil penalties up to $2,500 per willful violation and attorney's fees.

"We won't tolerate door-to-door sales agents who misrepresent their services," Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement explaining why his office brought the case.

According to the lawsuit, 199 people in 24 states have filed complaints against KLMN in the past four years. Clifton was one of them, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said. The suit said that may represent just the "proverbial 'tip of the iceberg.' "

Complaints include people being charged for magazines that were never delivered and customers asking for refunds and never receiving them. Five individuals claimed they purchased subscriptions to be sent to charitable organizations or soldiers serving overseas, only to realize later that the sales form they signed indicated the company does not send magazines to charities, the lawsuit said.

Officials with KLMN - which received an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau - did not return two phone messages and two emails seeking comment.

According to the KLMN website, the company is owned by Michael G. Whitely Sr., a veteran door-to-door salesman with more than 37 years' experience. It is named in honor of his four children, using the first letter of each of their names.

The Better Business Bureau indicates that Whitely has operated at least two other magazine subscription companies: Worldwide Readers Services Inc. and Universal Subscription Agency Inc. Neither appears to be currently in business.

The KLMN website says the company relies on a network of independent contractors - sales agents, sales managers and drivers work for commission and bonuses.

KLMN was incorporated in 2009 in Florida, but its website lists a Virginia phone number and Chesapeake post office box. Shannon Dancy of Chesapeake is listed as the company's treasurer in records filed with the Florida Department of State.

Despite his dealings with KLMN, Clifton is not ready to write off all door-to-door solicitors.

Next time someone comes knocking, he said he will be more careful and research the company before handing over any money. A simple web search, he said, would have alerted him to beware of KLMN.

"If I'd done just a little due diligence, I wouldn't have given them anything," he said.

Scott Daugherty, 757-222-5221, scott.daugherty@pilotonline.com
By Scott Daugherty
The Virginian-Pilot
http://hamptonroads.com
Norfolk, Virginia
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Portland, Oregon
Bill Porter, Portland's famed door-to-door salesman, has died at age 81
December 05, 2013
Bill Porter, Portland's famed door-to-door salesman, has died at age 81
By Tom Hallman Jr. | thallman@oregonian.com
Oregonian Media Group
on December 05, 2013 at 1:53 PM, updated December 05, 2013 at 7:54 PM
Bill Porter has died.

If you've lived around Portland long enough, the name means something. If not, then let me get the details of his death out of the way before I tell you about the man.

The end came Tuesday night when Porter was rushed to a hospital with severe stomach pain. By night's end, he was gone. An infection had spread through his body. A memorial of some kind will be scheduled in the next week or so. I'll let you know when and where.

Newspaper style requires me to use the man's last name. But it doesn't seem right here.

He was always Bill.

Forget the rules.

Bill was 81 and had lived in an assisted living center in Gresham. He moved there in September, finally giving up the fiercely independent life he fought so hard to maintain.

He'd lived alone in a small one-level Gresham home. But he continued to fall.

One night, his friend told me, Bill had to spend the entire night on the floor because he couldn't reach the phone. The falls convinced him it was time to get help.

If you want to take any solace in this story, figure that Bill had to spend less than four months that way.

You see, asking for help was never his way.

And that's what made him the man he was.

He lived in anonymity until 1995 when I wrote about him. He put me off three times when I came to his house to talk about his life.

He didn't want the attention.

But I was persistent.

I finally wore him down when I dropped in unannounced one Saturday morning to make my final pitch. With a sigh, he motioned to a chair.

I sat.

He talked.

He wasn't famous then, wasn't rich and not a celebrity in the way the word is so casually tossed around these days.

He was a nobody.

He sold products door-to-door.

For more than 45 years.

Like I said, he wasn't a big shot.

When I met him he was 63. He had cerebral palsy and spoke and walked with great difficulty. When he was a young man, the state considered him unemployable and suggested he collect disability payments. He refused.

For more than 40 years he earned a living selling Watkins products on routes that took him through Portland's westside neighborhoods. At night, he would return to his small house. Hunched over an old typewriter and with a twisted hand, he slowly banged out orders for everything he'd sold that day.

For several years he was Watkins' top retail salesman in all of Oregon, Idaho, Washington and California. When I wrote about him, he was the only one of the company's nearly 50,000 salespeople who sold door-to-door.

Until I wrote about him, hardly anyone really knew Bill. If anything, Portlanders recalled him only as the odd man who shuffled along the downtown transit mall, the strange man they spotted trudging through neighborhoods.

But the story about his life and his journey touched something in readers.

When it first appeared, more than 2,000 people called or wrote the newspaper.

Remember, this was back in the day before Facebook and Twitter. To say the story went viral would have made no sense back then.

But today we can say it did.

I still get calls and letters about Bill Porter.

Portlanders wrote me to confess that, as children, they'd teased Porter on the bus.

Or that they had run away to hide when he passed through their neighborhoods.

They wanted to apologize.

The outpouring stunned Bill. He never wanted sympathy. He didn't want to be seen as disabled. But messages from readers were filled with admiration, not pity.

He told me that made him realize his life had value, that he filled a more important place in the world than he'd thought. His dead mother, he said, would have been proud of him.

The article was reprinted by Reader's Digest.

More mail flooded in.

ABC's news magazine "20/20" picked up the original story and broadcast its own segment. The network received more than 2,000 calls and letters, the most for any "20/20" story ever broadcast.

Here's an excerpt from one of the letters I received:

"In today's world we have too few heroes to look up to. Upon hearing your story, I felt humbled and look up to you as a hero and a fine man. Your tenacity, perseverance and courage set an example to your fellow men and women.''

The actor William H. Macy portrayed Porter in the television movie "Door to Door," in 2003. It won four Emmy Awards.

"He never understood what all the fuss was about," said Shelly Brady a longtime friend and assistant who wrote the book "Ten Things I Learned from Bill Porter."

"The attention humbled and touched him," she said Thursday. "I began with him as an employee and became his friend. He is part of our family."

At the end of 1995, I did an update on Bill – right about this time of year, in the weeks before Christmas.

Here are some excerpts:

Bill touches us so profoundly, apparently, because he reminds us of who we all set out to be. And where we would like to go. He is, first of all, someone from our own branch of the human family. Almost none of us has the God-given talent or spiritual purity to become one of the remote, larger-than-life heroes who loom over our world. Who are we to measure ourselves against the great athlete, the skilled surgeon or the religious saint?

But Bill is a salesman. Each day, he puts his infirmities aside, screws up his courage, goes out into the world and asks others to accept what he has to offer.

So do we all.

Bill reminds us of what we were when we set out in life. He fights the war we call life every day, without complaining. Whatever the internal truth of Bill Porter, we perceive him, in his perseverance, as pure, untouched by the ills of society. He isn't greedy. He doesn't take handouts. He -- of all of us -- could produce a hundred excuses. But he never makes excuses.

His determination challenges us. When we see past Bill's disabilities, we see the disabilities in ourselves.

That raises questions. Am I working hard enough in my life? Do I have that kind of integrity?

Good words to think about in this holiday season.

Bill Porter.

R.I.P.

--Tom Hallman Jr.
By Tom Hallman Jr. | thallman@oregonian.com
Oregonian Media Group
http://www.oregonlive.com
Portland, Oregon
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Lowell, Massachusetts
Year in jail for salesman who assaulted woman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Direct Energy of Woburn
end DMPG Info
December 4, 2013
Year in jail for salesman who assaulted woman
By Lisa Redmond, lredmond@lowellsun.com
THE SUN
lowellsun.com
UPDATED: 12/04/2013 11:08:17 AM EST
LOWELL -- A former door-to-door salesman accused of assaulting a 69-year-old Lowell woman was sentenced to a year behind bars.

In Lowell District Court on Wednesday, Darrell Bowers, 21, of Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery on someone over 60, breaking and entering and placing a person in fear, and intimidation of a witness.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutor Heidi Gosule dropped charges of assault to rape and indecent assault and battery on someone over 60.

Judge Ellen Caulo sentenced Bowers to one year in jail, with 25 days of jail credit, followed by three years probation. He is to undergo sex offender and mental health evaluations and treatment, if necessary. Bowers was also ordered to stay away and have no contact with the victim.

Gosule alleges that on July 23 Lowell police received a report from a 69-year-old city woman who said she had been assaulted by a door-to-door energy salesman. Police stated that Bowers, who worked for Direct Energy of Woburn, was in the victim' living room filling out paperwork to to have the victim switch energy providers when the victim changed he mind.

Bowers became angry, yelled at the victim, pushed her to floor and left. Bowers returned to the victim's home because he forgot his work bag. When the victim refused to let him in, Bowers forced his way in, grabbed his things and left.

Defense attorney Daniel Callahan describes the incident as a "misunderstanding that escalated."

Gosule said the victim agrees with the plea and wants Bowers to seek treatment. The victim feared Bowers would rape or kill her, Gosule said. The victim said she will never feel safe again, Gosule said.

Follow Lisa Redmond on Tout and Twitter@lredmond13_lisa.
By Lisa Redmond, lredmond@lowellsun.com
THE SUN
lowellsun.com
http://www.lowellsun.com
Lowell, Massachusetts
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Portland, Oregon
New questions emerge in murder of public defender Bergeson
November 27, 2013
New questions emerge in murder of public defender Bergeson
by Kyle Iboshi, KGW Staff
kgw.com
Posted on November 27, 2013 at 5:21 AM
Updated today at 7:44 AM
PORTLAND -- Four years after the unsolved murder of a federal public defender new details are emerging in the case.

Police now have questions about Nancy Bergeson's dog, signs of a struggle and a door-to-door salesmen. Records indicate Bergeson's home was burglarized two months before her murder.

On November 24, 2009 police were called to Bergeson's Southwest Portland home. The federal public defender was found dead in her dining room.

Initially, investigators thought she died of natural causes. The house wasn't ransacked and there was no sign of forced entry. But an autopsy later determined the 57-year old had been strangled.

"It's unbelievable that someone would want to harm her or held a grudge in any way against her," said former teammate Pam Hull from the Wasabi Paddling Club.

On September 21, 2009 there was a daytime break in at Bergeson's home. Investigators tracked down who was behind the burglary and recovered the stolen item: Bergeson's iPod.

"What we found through that investigation is that none of the people that we found were involved in that homicide," said Detective Michele Michaels of the Portland Police Bureau.

This was just one of hundreds of leads the homicide unit would follow-up on.

Over the past four years, police have interviewed more than 800 people and knocked on every door in the neighborhood.

Detectives used a three page questionnaire to quiz neighbors. It included questions "Did you notice anyone in the neighborhood with injuries to their face/head?"

Since there were signs of a struggle, and since she's a fighter perhaps she got a blow in, and if she did, then somebody might have seen someone that had a black eye or a bloody lip," explained Det. Michaels.

Investigators also asked neighbors about Nancy's dog, a Golden Retriever that often ran off-leash in the neighborhood.

"Some people in the neighborhood were not so happy about that and there were even some altercations," said Det. Michaels. Investigators theorize Bergeson was killed during the dark overnight or early morning hours.

Her property was often used as a short-cut by pedestrians and sits along a TriMet bus line. Police say a group of door-to-door magazine salesmen passed through the neighborhood in the weeks leading up to Bergeson's death. They are hoping to speak with any witnesses.

Investigators admit the Bergeson case is especially challenging because Nancy came into contact with so many different people both personally and professionally.

"We're going to continue. We're going to do our best to solve it, I think it can be solved and we're going to see it to the end," said Det. Michaels. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case at 503-823-HELP (4357).
by Kyle Iboshi, KGW Staff
kgw.com
http://www.kgw.com
Portland, Oregon
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Zachary, Louisiana
Zachary council hears Concerns about door-to-door solicitations
November 27, 2013
Zachary council hears Concerns about door-to-door solicitations
BY EMILY BECK COGBURN
Special to The Advocate
The Advocate
November 27, 2013
ZACHARY — Door-to-door salesmen are causing a public safety concern in the city, Amber Guidry, of the Zachary Police Department, told the City Council on Tuesday.

Fourteen people were arrested during the summer for “peddling,” she said.

The council passed an ordinance in July that requires peddlers and door-to-door salesmen to obtain a temporary occupational license from the city at a cost of $250.

The law was changed because the previous ordinance banning door-to-door sales was unconstitutional, City Attorney John Hopewell said.

The new law states each salesman must obtain a license. So, if the problem is that there are too many salesmen canvassing the area, the solution might involve simply enforcing the law rather than changing it, Hopewell said.

Removing the current ordinance would give the city no control over door-to-door solicitations and raising the fee would be considered an effective prohibition. The city could consider further restricting the times of day during which such sales would be allowed, he said.

Because the item was not on the agenda, no vote could be taken at the meeting.
BY EMILY BECK COGBURN
Special to The Advocate
The Advocate
http://theadvocate.com
Capital City Press LLC
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Escambia County, Ohio
2 home invasion suspects arrested in Ohio
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Steakhouse Meats
end DMPG Info
November 26, 2013
2 home invasion suspects arrested in Ohio
Published 11:51am Tuesday, November 26, 2013
By Kerry Whipple Bean
the Atmore Advance
Two former door-to-door meat salesmen wanted in connection with a string of crimes — including an attempted home invasion near Brewton — were arrested Monday night in Ohio, said Escambia County Chief Deputy Mike Lambert.

Anthony Curtis Vila, 29, of Tampa, Fla., and Stephen Daniel Hornsby, 23, of Anniston were charged with second degree theft of property and unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle.

Lambert said a third suspect was identified after the two men’s arrest. Christy Laroe Loeb, who is 125 pounds and 5’6?, is wanted on charges of second-degree theft of property and unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department officials have been in a joint investigation with other authorities, including the Montgomery, Conecuh, Escambia (Fla.) and Santa Rosa sheriff’s departments and the Atmore, Poarch, Evergreen and Pensacola police. The men were wanted in at least five states.

Officers have also recovered the vehicle that was involved in the attempted home invasion in Escambia County. The homeowner in that case shot at the vehicle as the men were leaving. Lambert said the vehicle is in Mobile for forensics testing.

Lambert said officers had information that the two men fled to Ohio last week.

The two men are now former employees of Steakhouse Meats, a door-to-door company with offices in Montgomery and Pensacola. The owner of the store had offered a reward for tips that led to their capture.
By Kerry Whipple Bean
the Atmore Advance
http://www.atmoreadvance.com
Atmore, Alabama
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Trigg County, Kentucky
6 people selling magazines in Trigg charged with minor offenses
November 26, 2013
6 people selling magazines in Trigg charged with minor offenses
Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 4:21 pm
From New Era Staff Reports
Kentucky New Era
Six people — all claiming to be selling magazine subscriptions — were arrested on various charges in Trigg County, according to a Tuesday news release from Cadiz police. The release said two women stole watches from a store on Main Street while three men were charged with various drug- and alcohol-related offenses. A Kentucky man traveling with the group also had an outstanding warrant in Clay County, the release states.
From New Era Staff Reports
Kentucky New Era
http://www.kentuckynewera.com
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
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Aubarn, Alabama
Auburn leaders to look at curtailing door to door sales
November 26, 2013
Auburn leaders to look at curtailing door to door sales
Posted: Nov 26, 2013 4:18 PM CST
Updated: Nov 27, 2013 1:52 PM CST
By Elizabeth White
WTVM-TV
AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -
Auburn city leaders are looking to amend its solicitation ordinance after a large number of homeowners complain they are being harassed by door to door sales people.

Several residents have called police and contacted their city councilors asking for protection from intrusive door to door sales people.

Auburn homeowner Allyson Baker says two salesmen who knew her name approached her as she came home from work.

"I told them countless times I was not interested, I just wanted to go inside and they were still blocking my way," Baker said. "It was threatening some because I was at home by myself and my husband wasn't yet. We have had three solicitors in our neighborhood in the past month, one has been books, one has been cleaning supplies and one last Friday was security systems, they wanted to come into our home and check the phone lines. It was very suspicious."

Auburn finance director Penny Smith says after numerous complaints, city council members asked her to look at amending the solicitation code and provide legal ramifications against solicitors who don't follow the rules.

"There may be limit to the hours may be limit to the types of solicitors products they can sell, I hesitate to say specifically because it is still being researched," said Smith.

Auburn city leaders say an immediate fix to the problem is to buy a no solicitor sign at a hardware store and tape it to your door or your mailbox. Under city ordinance laws a solicitor can not bother you at your home if they see a sign.

Auburn city council members hope to review suggestions on how to alter the current code before the end of the year. We will keep you updated.

In the meantime, if you ask a salesperson to leave, most laws require them to do so, immediately. You can also ask your homeowners association to put a no soliciting sign at the entrance of your neighborhood.
By Elizabeth White
WTVM-TV
http://www.wtvm.com
Columbus, Georgia
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Woman nearly calls cops on late-night, door-to-door salesmen
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
CenturyLink
end DMPG Info
November 25, 2013
Woman nearly calls cops on late-night, door-to-door salesmen
Created: 11/25/2013 8:10 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A woman contacted 4 On Your Side fearing for her safety after four different people, all claiming to work for CenturyLink, showed up at her door four times in the last two months.

She nearly called police fearing they were would-be burglars.

“I’ve never had anybody so aggressive come to my door,” Lori Richardson said. She lives near Kathryn Avenue and San Mateo Boulevard in southeast Albuquerque.

Richardson said the people wanted her to sign up for CenturyLink service despite her repeated requests for them to stay away. She also said she doubted who they were since they showed up as late as 9 p.m. on two occasions and were not wearing any obvious CenturyLink clothing.

“It needs to be during working hours when people aren't going to be afraid of somebody coming to their door,” Richardson said.

4 On Your Side confirmed that the salespeople did in fact work for CenturyLink. A company spokesperson said they’re contracted employees who don’t get paid unless they make a sale. The spokesperson also said it’s not unusual for them to work up until 9 p.m. as long as they’re wearing a CenturyLink polo shirt and their CenturyLink identification badge.

“It's wrong. I just think it’s way too aggressive and it's not the way. If you're looking to get customers, there are other ways to do it,” Richardson said.
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4
http://www.kob.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Valley Center, California
Door-to-door solicitors in Valley Center neighborhoods
November 21, 2013
Door-to-door solicitors in Valley Center neighborhoods
by Ashley Jenkins
Valley RoadRunner
November 21, 2013
The Valley Center Sheriff's Substation has been made aware of two occasions of solicitors going door-to-door in Valley Center neighborhoods over the past month.

The solicitors stated they were from out of state, one was attempting to sell magazine subscriptions and the other represented a solar company. While it has not been determined that either of these solicitors were attempting to scam people, the following information is provided in order to better inform the Valley Center community and offer tools when someone knocks on your door.

It is legal to go door-to-door soliciting a product or service, however, a permit issued by the Sheriff's Department is required to do so in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Each solicitor should have a Solicitor's License, which is issued by the Licensing Division of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. If a solicitor comes to your door you should first verify they are a legitimate solicitor by asking to see their license, this will help you to avoid a scam.

Signs of a Scammer:

A door-to-door scammer is someone who sells you a product or service and then either does not follow through or misrepresents their product or service.

•Does the solicitor allow you ample time to make an informed decision? If they are offering a deal or special price that is only available right now and you must decide immediately, this is a red flag.

•Do they have proof? Every person who comes to your door trying to sell you something should have a Solicitor's License. Additionally, you could request to see company-issued identification.

•Examine the uniform, or lack thereof. Is it appropriate for what they are soliciting?

•Ask for a business card. It should have their name on it and a phone number you can call to verify they are who they are representing to you.

•Can you do an independent verification of their business? Is there information on the internet either verifying or contradicting their pitch? •A typical practice for scammers is to use identification from another state or claim to represent a business from another state. Even if they have a license issued elsewhere, a license from the San Diego Sheriff's Department is still required.

What to do if a scammer comes to your door:

State that you are not interested in their product or service and ask them to leave the property. Many door-to-door solicitors will try hard to make a sale. If there is something suspicious about your interaction with the solicitor, call the non-emergency line at 858-565-5200. When calling, it is helpful to have a description of the solicitor, information about the vehicle used and communicate what was suspicious about your interaction. If, at any time, some tries to force themselves into your home, call 911 immediately.

Purchasing from a door-to-door solicitor:

•Do so with caution. Be sure to verify they are a legitimate solicitor.

•Pay in cash to avoid giving your personal information such as credit card numbers.

•Never allow them in your home.

•If you need to get cash, ask them to wait outside, close and lock the door. Only bring the necessary cash with you when you return to the door.

•Require a receipt, check their identification. Write down their name and driver's license number.

For more crime-prevention information contact Ashley Jenkins, crime prevention specialist at the Valley Center Sheriff's Substation, at 760-751-4408 or via email at ashley.jenkins@sdsheriff.org.
by Ashley Jenkins
Valley RoadRunner
http://www.valleycenter.com
Valley Center, California
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Butler, Ohio
Complaints spur Council to consider Peddlers fee
November 20, 2013
Complaints spur Council to consider Peddlers fee
November 20. 2013 1:05PM
By JEFF SWANK
LimaOhio.com
Some residents in the Village of Butler have called the Village office concerned over a door to door salesman.

Council Clerk Stephanie Crow stated during a recent meeting that they have received a number of complaints. She says Ohio law allows residents to put a laminated sign on the door saying they don’t want to be bothered. Plus, she says Village council has the authority to establish a fee for peddlers.

“We are allowed to set of own fee schedule. As long as it does not go against Ohio Revised Code we can make changes to it. It will be up to council to set the fee schedule for permits to solicit in the Village of Butler,” said Crow.

Council will review a piece of model legislation given to them at their regular meeting on November 11. The ordinance would also force solicitors to follow a set of regulations and explain to the village what their purpose is in town.

Councilman Wes Dingus wants to make sure this new law would not interfere with kids that want to shovel snow or do odd jobs for residents. Mayor Kevin Carr says is not their intent.

“It is not that we are trying to make it difficult. As far as non-profits, your churches, your schools, by all means we don’t want to hurt any of that, but I think it is our obligation to the community to make sure if we have got people in town going door to door that they are serious about it and have filled out the proper paper work,” said Carr.
By JEFF SWANK
LimaOhio.com
http://www.limaohio.com
Lima, Ohio
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Riverton, Wyoming
Door-to-Door Solicitor’s ordinance tabled by Riverton City Council until Constitutional questions answered
November 19, 2013
Door-to-Door Solicitor’s ordinance tabled by Riverton City Council until Constitutional questions answered
by Ernie Over on November 19, 2013
County 10
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton City Council tabled discussion of a new ordinance dealing with door-to-door solicitors due to constitutional questions Tuesday night. In the council’s pre-meeting at 6:45, Councilor Jonathan Faubion raised the issue, saying he had researched court decisions on solicitation ordinances. “The courts have ruled that commercial speech is the same as individual free speech,” he said. “Any restrictions must be applied across the board and if we charge a fee for commercial solicitors, we have to do the same for non-commercial groups like the Boy Scouts or church groups.”

The proposed ordinance, #13-011, would require anyone doing door-to-door sales in the city to have a permit issued by the city at a cost of $25. Each individual selling on behalf of the permit applicant would also be required to pay $5. The permits would be valid annually from April 1 to March 31st. Non-profit groups would not be subject to the permit process.

Faubion said the city would be better off to have a substantial fine in an ordinance if a solicitor violated a “no solicitors” sign posted by a resident that could be enforced, rather that a permit fee that everyone would have to pay.

Councilor Eric Heiser said he understood Faubion’s point, “but we must have a nominal fee attached to cover our staff time otherwise we won’t cover our costs.” In response to a question, Chief Mike Broadhead noted that the RPD currently has no recourse if a resident complains about a door-to-door solicitor. “We don’t take reports on these complaints.” He explained that without an ordinance, the police have no enforcement authority.

Councilor Richard Gard said he didn’t see a problem. “Do we really have a problem here, I don’t see it,” he said. To that, Community Development Director Sandy Luers noted that city hall had received “a lot of calls” complaining of the vacuum cleaner and cleaning product teams of solicitors that were in the city this past summer.

When the regular meeting convened at 7 p.m., and when the item came up on the agenda, Councilor Todd Smith was first out of the gate to raise objections to the ordinance. “It seems to me right now the way the ordinance is written, there is mud in the water so to speak, on whether we can restrict for non profits or not,” he said. “I would love to see language added back in for out-of-town sales people, those coming into the community we don’t know. But it seems now we have constitutional questions if we can do that.”

Broadhead again responded to a question. ”My discussion with the city attorney, and his concern, was about the commerce clause of the Constitution. We cannot treat out-of-town folks different than local salesman. People who have like purposes need to be treated consistently,” he said.

Faubion again voiced a concern that if the council were to move forward with the ordinance as written, “It could expose the city to legal issues.” With that he offered a motion to table the discussion until the city’s attorney could weigh in on the issue in two weeks at the council’s next meeting.

After a prolonged debate over procedure, the issue was moved to the next meeting.
by Ernie Over on November 19, 2013
County 10 http://county10.com
Lander, Wyoming
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Amarillo, Texas
Canyon cracks down on unwanted solicitors
November 14, 2013
Canyon cracks down on unwanted solicitors
by Larry Lemmons
KVII-TV
Posted: 11.14.2013 at 9:50 AM
AMARILLO, TEXAS -- The City of Canyon has passed an ordinance that protects homeowners from unwanted solicitations.

If a door to door salesman encounters a "no solicitation" sign on a door, but knocks anyway, he can be subject to a citation or incarceration, whether he has a permit or not.

Canyon Police Chief Dale Davis says he’s received numerous complaints of such merchants in the Hunsley Hills Neighborhood.

He says many of the merchants are young people, selling subscriptions to magazines or vacuum cleaners.

Recently there have been roofing companies employing the same tactics.

Generally someone will drive a van into a neighborhood and a few salesmen will then comb the neighborhood.

They’re not doing anything illegal, unless they don’t have a permit.

They can’t get a permit without a background check.

Davis has advice for those who would do business with them, "Do it on the porch. Don’t allow these people entry into the house."
by Larry Lemmons
KVII-TV
http://www.connectamarillo.com
Amarillo, Texas
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Palmer Township, Pennsylvania
Palmer Township puts teeth in door-to-door salesmen ordinance
No more hard sell tactics allowed when customer just says “no”
November 13, 2013
Palmer Township puts teeth in door-to-door salesmen ordinance
No more hard sell tactics allowed when customer just says “no”
Author: Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
WFMZ-TV
Published: Nov 13 2013 08:34:16 AM EST
PALMER TWP., Pa. - Responding to complaints about rude door-to-door peddlers, Palmer Township supervisors Tuesday raised permit fees and gave township police more authority to run them out of town if they annoy residents who have no interest in buying their goods.

The changes to the township ordinance came at the suggestion of police Chief Larry Palmer.

Last summer, Palmer’s department received numerous complaints from residents who were subjected to high-pressure sales tactics from representatives of a cleaning supply company after homeowners made it clear they did not want to buy.

Under the new rules, peddlers’ fees were raised to $25 per day from $20 per day, and $75 per month from $50 per month. Yearly fees were hiked to $750 from $160 per year.

Companies whose licenses are suspended or revoked will lose the license fees if they are sent packing.

The updated ordinance also bans peddling on Sundays and holidays.
Author: Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
WFMZ-TV
http://www.wfmz.com
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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How to Handle Traveling Magazine Sales Crews
November 11, 2013
How to Handle Traveling Magazine Sales Crews
By Barb Nefer, eHow Contributor
ehow.com
Posted to this website: November 11, 2013
All over the country, traveling sales crews go door to door to sell magazine subscriptions under the guise of being local youngsters. They claim your purchase will help them win a trip, earn a scholarship or benefit a charity--but the only benefit is to their company. Your magazines may never show up, and the contact information on your receipt will prove false. To prevent this scam, you must be assertive and say no.

Instructions
Recognizing the Sales Crews

1 When someone comes to your door claiming to be a neighbor or local student, make them verify their claims. If they claim to be from a local school, ask for their teacher's name and other information. If they claim to be home-schooled, ask for their address and parents' phone number. If they provide vague information, it's a red flag. If they won't give the information, say "I'm not interested" and end the conversation.

2 Don't let the salesperson into your home. Sales crew members are good at working their way in the door by using flattery or asking if they can use the bathroom or have a drink of water. Don't feel bad for saying no. You are under no obligation to let a stranger into your home, and you could endanger yourself by doing so. At best, it adds to the pressure to buy. At worst, you could be setting yourself up for criminal activity.

3 Know your local door-to-door solicitation laws. In most municipalities, it is either illegal or requires a permit, which magazine crews rarely have. If a salesperson pressures you, tell them that you are reporting them to the police.
By Barb Nefer, eHow Contributor
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Houston, Texas
Magazine salesman offers poor sales pitch, ends up in jail
November 9, 2013
Magazine salesman offers poor sales pitch, ends up in jail
District 2 - South County
The Villager
yourhoustonnews.com
Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 10:59 pm
A deputy investigated a report of a trespasser at a residence in the 2300 block of Fawnwood Drive Oct. 31. The deputy met with the complainant who said that a man came to his house to sell magazines. The complainant told the man to leave and not to come back, but the man came back and began to yell and bang on the door of the residence. The 43-year-old man was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.
The Hennessey Clipper
http://www.yourhoustonnews.com
Houston, Texas
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
Burglar won't go door to door anymore after company fires him
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby
end DMPG Info
November 08, 2013
Burglar won't go door to door anymore after company fires him
November 08, 2013 11:15 am • TIM DAMOS | Baraboo News Republic
madison.com

Baraboo area door-to-door salesman
found to be convicted burglar

A company selling vacuums door to door
was unaware one of its Baraboo salesmen
is a convicted home burglar, an employee says.

A Baraboo vacuum dealer will no longer employ a convicted home burglar as a door-to-door salesman.

The Baraboo News Republic reported Thursday that Kristopher R. Sargent, 32, of Reedsburg, had visited Baraboo homes as an employee of a local Kirby vacuum dealer. Sargent was found guilty of felony burglary in August and is awaiting sentencing.

Lance Clark, a representative of the Baraboo dealer, initially told the newspaper he was unaware of Sargent’s criminal conviction. In a follow-up interview Thursday, Clark said he had learned Sargent was convicted of the felony charge.

“Since that’s the case, he can no longer give presentations in peoples’ homes,” Clark said Thursday.

Sargent’s in-laws worked with a Sauk County Sheriff’s Department to install a security camera in their bedroom closet after they noticed money missing from a safe inside. Video footage later showed Sargent taking money from the safe, according to a criminal complaint prosecutors filed against Sargent.

He initially denied the charges, but later confessed that he used a security code to enter the home and take money from the safe three or four times, prosecutors said.

Sargent is scheduled for a Nov. 18 sentencing hearing in Sauk County Circuit Court.

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Hennessey Oklahoma
SCAM ALERTS
November 8, 2013
SCAM ALERTS
Watch out for those door-to-door sales
The Hennessey Clipper
Fri, 08 Nov, 2013
Young people going door to door saying they were selling items for a church so they could go to college were not telling the truth, said Hank Weber, police chief. They were working as a team and trying to trick people into buying from them, Weber said. “They did not have city-issued permits, which are necessary for door-to-door sales,” he said. One of the young men selling lied to him twice and more than $1,000 in tickets were written to the group, including what the chief referred to as “the handler” of the bunch. “If someone goes to your door that you don’t know and they don’t immediately show you a permit, call the police department,” the chief said. “Call 853-4444 and we will check it out,” he said. “Same goes for the phone calls where they tell older people that their grandchild needs money. “Don’t believe them,” the chief said. “We’ve had people right here in our community who have been taken by these phone call scams. Call us. We’re here to keep you safe on all counts.” He said with the holidays approaching there will be more and more people who are in need of money and will come up with all sorts of scams to get the money “of good, honest people. Don’t fall for them!” These same sales people were in Waukomis, he said.
The Hennessey Clipper
http://hennesseyclipper.com
Hennessey Oklahoma
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
Baraboo area door-to-door salesman found to be convicted burglar
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby
end DMPG Info
November 07, 2013
Baraboo area door-to-door salesman found to be convicted burglar
November 07, 2013 11:00 am • TIM DAMOS | Baraboo News Republic
madison.com

Burglar won't go door to door
anymore after company fires him

A Baraboo vacuum dealer will no longer employ
a convicted home burglar as a door-to-door salesman.

A company selling vacuums door to door was unaware one of its Baraboo salesmen is a convicted home burglar, an employee says.

The Baraboo News Republic was contacted by a source who expressed concern that 32-year-old Kristopher R. Sargent had visited homes throughout the Baraboo area on behalf of Kirby, a national vacuum dealer with sales offices throughout the country.

Prosecutors filed felony burglary charges against Sargent in June after he was allegedly caught on camera stealing more than $4,000 from a safe in his in-laws’ master bedroom. Sargent pleaded no contest and was found guilty of the charge in August, but has not yet been sentenced.

Reached by phone Wednesday, a Kirby company employee who identified himself as Lance but refused to provide his last name confirmed Sargent had been employed as a sales person for “a few months.” He declined to provide an exact time frame.

The employee said Kirby performs background checks on potential employees and has a policy regarding the employment of felons. However, he said, he had not noticed the felony conviction listed on Wisconsin’s online court records when he checked two weeks ago.

“We look everybody up,” the Kirby employee said.

It is unclear whether the company will continue to send Sargent door to door. The employee said a determination about Sargent’s future employment would be made by the franchise owner. But he declined to provide that individual’s name or contact information.

Under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, employers may refuse to hire a person convicted of a crime if the circumstances of the offense are substantially related to those of the job. But the law does not prohibit the employer from hiring the person.

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services spokeswoman Brittany Lewin said the agency does not regulate or license door-to-door sales.

Sargent’s in-laws began working with a Sauk County Sheriff’s Department detective in April after they noticed money missing from their safe. The detective installed a surveillance camera in the closet, which later captured footage of Sargent taking money from the safe, according to court documents.

Sargent initially denied the charges, but later admitted he used a security pass code to enter his in-laws’ home and took money from the safe three or four times, prosecutors said. His case is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Nov. 18.

Sargent could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

“Can you hire someone who’s a convicted felon? Sure,” Wisconsin Better Business Bureau Regional Director Kimberly Hazen said. “Should you be sending that person to peoples’ homes? Maybe not.”

Hazen said there’s a bigger problem with businesses that try to sell products door-to-door: They often pressure customers to make impulse purchases without all the facts at hand.

“They can tell you anything they want to tell you and it’s really hard to check the facts when they’re standing there in front of you,” she said. “A reputable company is going to give you time before you make a decision.”

Hazen said consumers should be aware of a federal law that gives them three days to back out of any purchase made in a location other than the seller’s normal place of business. She said language pertaining to the “three-day cooling-off period” should be in all door-to-door sales contracts, although there are exceptions for transactions such as emergency service purchases.

The law was passed in response to consumer complaints about high-pressure tactics used by door-to-door salesman, she said.

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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Cherokee County, Georgia
Solicitor arrested on outstanding warrant
November 6, 2013
Solicitor arrested on outstanding warrant
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:00 am
By Jessica Lindley
The Cherokee Ledger-News
The Cherokee County Marshal’s Office recently arrested a Florida fugitive who is accused of going door-to-door trying to sell what officials have confirmed were cleaning products. The only problem is that Derrick McGill, of Havana, Fla., is not permitted to do so, which prompted the marshal’s office to warn citizens of unlicensed solicitors.

“Be advised that any solicitor without a permit issued by Cherokee County has had no criminal history check and you should not allow these people into your homes. These solicitors are also operating without permits,” said Alexa Huston, executive assistant for the marshal’s office. McGill, 36, was arrested Oct. 30 and charged with being a fugitive from justice because he had an active warrant for violation of a court order out of Florida, Huston said. Chief Marshal Chris Collett added that there were other unpermitted individuals soliciting with McGill that had warrants, however, the other states would not extradite.

The Cherokee County Marshall’s Office was led to the unpermitted solicitors Oct. 30 after receiving several complaints that individuals were soliciting near the area of Creekmore Street in Canton.

“There was a van load of unpermitted solicitors,” Collett said. “Some guy was driving the van and dropping off the individuals in the neighborhoods.” McGill, along with the other unlicensed solicitors, reportedly had been traveling from home to home attempting to sell cleaning products. McGill reportedly also attempted to gain entry into homes in order to demonstrate the power of the cleaning products.

A flier distributed to homeowners indicated that McGill represented a Stone Mountain-based company; however, McGill was not permitted and would not have been granted a permit in Cherokee County due to the warrant.

Collett, however, said there was never any indication that McGill or the other unlicensed solicitors were planning criminal activity. “There was absolutely no indication that they were going door-to-door for that,” he said. “They were just doing it without being permitted. The reason they were doing it without a permit was because of the warrants. If they had a criminal history ran, the warrants would have shown up and they wouldn’t have been able to get a permit.”

Collett said the individuals never threatened violence against the homeowners. “They were just operating without a permit; people complained and we went out there to stop them,” he said. Anyone solicited by someone without a permit is asked to call (678) 493-6200.
By Jessica Lindley
The Cherokee Ledger-News
http://www.ledgernews.com
Woodstock, Georgia
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Bogus magazine sales at your door?
November 3, 2013
Bogus magazine sales at your door?
fraud.org
Posted to this website: November 3, 2013
Magazine sales scams typically begin with a knock at the door and a young person on the other side selling magazine subscriptions to “raise money” for a charity, school trip, or other seemingly worthy cause. Consumers who take the bait and sign up, however, often report receiving nothing in return. The Better Business Bureau files more than 1,000 complaints about magazine sales fraud annually.

The hazards for consumers who fall prey to magazine sales fraud do not end with false promises. In an interview with the New York Times, Isaac James, a former sales crew member testified that he regularly stole, “wedding rings, watches, necklaces, money, checks, shoes, clothing, glasses, [and] hats” from his customers after being let into the house. Unlicensed peddlers can be especially dangerous. The Columbia County (Ga.) law enforcement in February 2011 apprehended 17 members of a sales crew, five of whom had criminal records involving violent crimes.

With schools out for the summer, NCL expects to see more incidences of fraudulent subscription sales. Recently, the Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune reported the arrest of two young adults after they had collected more than $4,500 in receipts from fraudulent door-to-door book and magazine subscription sales.

Sales crews are just as dangerous for the young adults who work on them as they are for consumers. NCL has consistently ranked traveling sales crews as one of our five worst teen jobs.
http://www.nclnet.org/newsroom/press-releases/668-ncl-releases-the-five-most-dangerous-jobs-for-teens-2012-report

The teens and young adults who make up the bulk of the traveling sales crew workforce are often promised they will see the country, make easy money, and party with friends. The unfortunate reality is that these teens work grueling hours beginning in the early morning and lasting late into the night, all the while being paid exclusively on commission. Crewmembers rarely report making a profit after travel expenses are deducted from their pay, and they often bring back horrific tales of abuse at the hands of their managers. Due to the transient nature of the work, local law enforcement often has a hard time cracking down on the crews.

FIGHT FRAUD: What to do when a magazine salesperson approaches you
http://fraud.org/scams/general-fraud/magazine-sales-scams

So, what’s the right action to take for consumers that are approached by a magazine salesperson? Here are a few tips to avoid being defrauded:

Ask where they’re from. Fraudulent sellers are more often than not out-of-towners on the road to defraud consumers and then move on to another location. Get it in writing. Before you sign up for a magazine subscription, be sure you understand the terms and conditions. Legitimate magazine companies will give you all the details you need to know in writing, including the length of the commitment, the total price, and who to call if you decide to cancel the subscription and get a refund. If it’s a good deal today, it’ll be a good deal tomorrow. Since traveling sales crews get paid on commission, they may try to pressure you into signing up and paying right away. Remember, if it is a truly worthy cause, you should be given the time you need to think about it before you sign up. And paying with a credit card offers better protection than cash or a check. Trust, but verify. Ask the seller for a business card and information about the company she is working for. Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau, and call any phone numbers listed to make sure you can reach a live person before handing over money. Report unlicensed door-to-door sales. Many municipalities require a solicitation license before an individual can sell door-to-door. If your town has such a law, be sure to ask to see the seller’s license. If they are unable or unwilling to produce it, don’t do business with them and report the solicitation to local law enforcement. Consider subscribing directly from the publisher. Given the amount of fraudulent activity that is going on in the door-to-door magazine sales industry, at the end of the day it may make more sense to simply subscribe directly from the magazine (via its Web site or by calling directly) or via a subscription clearinghouse service. It is better to be safe than sorry. Remember, never let a salesperson you don’t know or trust into your home.
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Arizona BBB
Shut the Door on Dishonest Door-to-Door Magazine Sales
November 1, 2013
Shut the Door on Dishonest Door-to-Door Magazine Sales
Arizona BBB
central-northern-western-arizona.bbb.org
November 1, 2013
The story seems to be the same: a knock on the door, an offer to purchase books or magazines, a plea to support a good cause, a signed check, no book or magazine delivery and the inability to obtain a refund. While several warnings have been issued by Better Business Bureau of Northern, Central and Western Arizona (BBB) about door-to-door magazine sales, consumers continue to report issues that increase year after year. Over the last 12 months, seven of the top 100 most complained about businesses are companies that sell magazines door-to-door. For the past three years, BBB has seen an increase in the number of complaints filed against the door-to-door magazines sales industry, showing a 64 percent increase from 2011 to 2013.


Based on common complaints, trends in door-to-door sales approaches for magazine solicitations include: High school or college-age salespeople knocking on consumers’ doors claiming they are selling magazines or children’s books to earn money for a trip. Emotional ploys from young adults stating their parents live in the neighborhood, or that children’s books purchased will be donated to a local children’s charity or hospital. Personable salespeople who appear to be very friendly, but use high-pressure sales tactics. Consumers nationwide have filed complaints against several Arizona-based door-to-door magazine companies, totaling 414 so far this year. Most complaints involve delivery and refund issues, claiming the magazines or books are never received, even though delivery is promised within a couple of weeks and the checks are cashed five to seven days after the order is placed.


Based on complaints, issues following an order include:
Magazines and books not arriving by the promised date, or never arriving.
Difficulty contacting the salesperson and/or the company. In some cases, the company does not respond or claims it has no record of the sale.
Companies also claim no affiliation with the salesperson.
Companies not honoring cancellation policies.
Refund requests ignored.

To help consumers avoid issues when dealing with door to door magazine solicitations, BBB recommends the following tips:
If you decide to open the door, be prepared to verify all information provided by a door-to-door salesperson.
Get everything in writing! Get all terms, prices and conditions in writing. Tell the salesperson you will check it out and get back to him or her. Ask for a business card and contact information. Verify with the company that the salesperson is an employee. Check for the company’s BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org.

Before buying anything, ask to see a copy of their permit, often called a peddler’s license. Many municipalities require a special soliciting permit for companies selling door-to-door. While having the appropriate permit does not necessarily infer that the company can be trusted, it does let you know the company/individual has taken the steps for a required permit in your city or township.

Do not be taken in by emotional stories, such as pleas to help students earn or win a trip, claims that parents or grandparents are residents of the neighborhood for many years, or claims to raise funds for a local charity or children’s organization—unless you know with certainty the claims are true or you personally know the individual.

Don’t fall for high pressure sales tactics. Unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will pressure you into buying a subscription. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable position, end the conversation quickly.

Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule generally gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in the home. In addition to a receipt, salespeople should also include a cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. Visit FTC.gov for more information on the Cooling-Off Rule.
Arizona BBB
central-northern-western-arizona.bbb.org
http://www.central-northern-western-arizona.bbb.org
Arizona
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Canton, Georgia
County marshals arrest Fla. fugitive, unlicensed door-to-door salesman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:
Superior Cleaning Products
end DMPG Info
October 31, 2013
County marshals arrest Fla. fugitive, unlicensed door-to-door salesman
by Joshua Sharpe
October 31, 2013 10:39 PM
Cherokee Tribune

Derrick McGill

CANTON — After receiving complaints about door-to-door sales representatives trying to talk their way into Canton-area homes, the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office on Wednesday located a van full of unlicensed solicitors, including one man who was a fugitive from Florida. The Marshal’s Office is now warning local residents to be wary of such situations. Derrick McGill, 36, of Havana, Fla., was arrested by marshals when they found he was one of the salespeople going door to door trying to hawk cleaning supplies, one in-home demonstration at a time, said Sgt. June Killian of the Marshal’s Office. Killian said Thursday that McGill was charged with violation of a court order in Florida, but she was unaware of what the court order was. That information, along with why McGill had been in court in Florida to begin with, was not immediately available from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. According to the flier given to homeowners, the salespeople represented Stone Mountain-based Superior Cleaning Products, but were unlicensed to solicit door to door, Killian said. They were knocking on doors in the area of Creek More Street and Westchester Way. “They want to do the demonstration inside the home,” Killian said. “But they need to have a permit, which would mean that we had run a criminal history on them.” Had they applied for permits, Killian said someone like McGill would have been disqualified. Killian said there is no indication that the salespeople had anything illegal in mind by going in residents’ homes, but that permits are required as a safety measure. McGill is charged with being a fugitive from justice and is being held for the state of Florida. He is being held without bond in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Another of the salespeople was also cited for soliciting without a license, Killian added. Considering this incident, the Marshal’s Office is reminding residents to check that door-to-door sales people have permits before letting them inside their homes and to alert authorities if someone without a permits attempts to sell them something at their door.
by Joshua Sharpe
Cherokee Tribune
http://www.cherokeetribune.com
Canton, Georgia
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Woodinville, Washington
City seeks to ban panhandling and door-to-door sales
October 29, 2013
City seeks to ban panhandling and door-to-door sales
WRITTEN BY BRIANA GERDEMAN, NEWS WRITER
TUESDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2013 10:18
WOODINVILLE WEEKLY STAFF
Woodinville is looking at ways to ban panhandlers and door-to-door sellers, but the city is limited by free speech laws, City Attorney Greg Rubstello and Police Chief Sydney Jackson said.

Most Council members said they want to restrict panhandling and door-to-door solicitation, and citizens who commented had some creative ideas for how to do so.

Panhandling and door-to-door solicitation can be unsafe and annoying. Several councilmembers said door-to-door solicitation was a way to case houses to possibly rob them later.

"An unwanted, uninvited stranger shows up at your door and wants to talk to you, most likely at an inopportune moment — it’s dinnertime, you’re putting the kids to bed," Jackson described. "And there’s some vulnerability in answering the door these days, especially, as we know what our burglars do — they knock on doors, nobody answers, they kick in doors as well."

Panhandling presents other problems, Jackson said. It’s unsafe when panhandlers step out into traffic, and that also prevents drivers from getting through an intersection. And the presence of panhandlers hurts the city’s tourism and business, she said.

"Oftentimes there’s a panhandler at every street corner with a sign," Jackson said. "Most recently, the complaints are surrounding aggressive and coercive panhandling, to where the request actually turns more into a demand, based on physical proximity to you, to your vehicle."

After doing an inventory of panhandlers in the city, Jackson learned that most aren’t homeless — they’re "professionals."

"In my dealings with the panhandlers in the city of Woodinville, these are professional panhandlers. This is their day job," she said. "They’re dropped off here in the city to stand on the street corner and ask for money. They live in apartments, they have vehicles, they are not homeless, and they are putting their children through college. And they come to Woodinville because the people here give them money. It’s very lucrative."

But both panhandling and door-to-door sales are protected speech under the first amendment, Rubstello said. However, the city might be able to cut down on both those problems by enforcing existing laws.

"Know what conduct it is that we want to prevent," Rubstello advised. "Is it people going out in the street and blocking traffic? Is it cars stopping in the street and delaying traffic? Those really aren’t free speech issues, those are traffic."

It’s possible to restrict panhandling based on the location, the proximity to financial transaction areas, and whether the panhandling is aggressive and coercive, Jackson explained. Police could also enforce current laws against disorderly conduct, harassment and pedestrians in the roadway — although a witness would have to make a statement to police.

Door-to-door solicitors can legally be subject to registration, licensing or permits; background checks; and restrictions on time and place, Jackson said. City and county laws already require sellers to register and have a permit, but there are some exceptions.

Homeowners can also post "No Soliciting" or "No Trespassing" signs to keep door-to-door solicitors away, but charitable, nonprofit, religious, political and government groups are exempt.

Based on the Council’s discussion, Mayor Bernie Talmas asked the city staff to draw up licensing regulations for door-to-door solicitation, which the Council will vote on later. The license or permit will help citizens and police identify whether sellers are legitimate.

Resident Hal Larson suggested having a limited number of permits that door-to-door sellers have to return after using, to prevent people from making fake permits. He had another idea — "make the permit so outrageous they don’t want to pay it." (Rubstello pointed out that charging too much for the permit might violate free speech rights.)

Another resident, Brad Rich, supports educating the public about "No Soliciting" and "No Trespassing" signs rather than requiring a license.

"All you’re trying to do is legislate something that criminals will get around. There’s a lot of people that make a living going door-to-door for legitimate reasons. You’re making their lives more difficult. The bad people will still find a way around it. They’ll use religious reasons, ask for directions, so forth."

To get panhandlers out of the city, Rich suggested referring them to shelters, an idea that Councilmember Paulette Bauman also mentioned. But Rubstello said that often, they’re not looking for a place to sleep.

"Your heart goes out to anyone who’s struggling, but these are professionals, and they wouldn’t be coming back if they weren’t doing quite well here," Deputy Mayor Liz Aspen said.
WRITTEN BY BRIANA GERDEMAN, NEWS WRITER
WOODINVILLE WEEKLY STAFF
http://www.nwnews.com
Woodinville, Washington
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Bluefield, West Virginia
Peddlers, solicitors to need permit to visit door-to-door in Bluefield, Va
October 25, 2013
Peddlers, solicitors to need permit to visit door-to-door in Bluefield, Va
By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
October 25, 2013
BLUEFIELD, Va. — Peddlers and solicitors going door to door will soon have to obtain a permit if they want to visit neighborhoods in the town of Bluefield,Va.

The Bluefield Va., Town Council recently passed an ordinance requiring peddlers and solicitors to obtain a permit from the Bluefield Va., Police Department, said Mayor Don Harris.

The idea for an ordinance originated due to concerns that people with “extensive criminal backgrounds” could knock on residents’ doors, he stated.

“Just recently we encountered a situation that had it not been for an alert citizen it could have been dangerous,” Harris said. “Two males going door to door had extensive felony convictions and they were in possession of drugs.”

In a similar case reported in mid-September, two people claiming to be with a senior citizens service agency were going door to door in the Richlands Va., area. They were asking residents if there were any senior citizens in the community who were taking pain medication and in need of assistance, investigators with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office said.

Solicitors and peddlers will be required to have identification and a permit issued by the police, Harris said. Not every group will be required to get a permit.

“It’s not intended for our high school band, for example, that may sell candy. They can do that without going through the permitting process,” he said. “The intent of the passage of this ordinance is to protect the well being and safety of the people in Bluefield Va.”

Peddlers will be required to display identification and their permit from the police department. Residents approached by people lacking either of these requirements should contact the police department immediately, Harris said.

The new ordinance will go into effect by Nov. 20. The application process is still being drafted, but applicants will be required to provide a recent photograph and other information, said Police Chief Harry Cundiff.

They will go first to the town treasurer’s office for a business license, and then to the police department for a permit.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com
By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
http://bdtonline.com
Bluefield, West Virginia
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7 Magazine Sales Agents Killed in Van Roll Over
October 22, 2013
7 Magazine Sales Agents Killed in Van Roll Over
DMPG Posted October 22, 2013
A crew of door-to-door sales agents selling magazines
have been killed in a van accident near Janesville, Wisconsin.
5 other young children have been maimed for life.
DMPG
Wisconsin


Pahrump, Nevada
Man arrested after allegedly posing as magazine salesman
October 19, 2013
Man arrested after allegedly posing as magazine salesman
Rebecca Lewis
KTNV Channel 13 Action News
CREATED Oct. 19, 2013
Pahrump, NV (KTNV) -- A man has been arrested for allegedly posing as a magazine salesman to receive money from potential customers.

Thurman Andrews, age 80, of Las Vegas, NV was arrested on 18 October 2013 in Pahrump, Nevada and booked into the Nye County Detention Center.

A local business owner alerted the Nye County Sheriff’s Office after Thurman entered his business and identified himself as a salesman for an out of state magazine, trying to sell advertisement.

Suspicious of the man's actions, the business owner called the magazines publisher and was advised Thurman was no longer employed with the company.

Deputies from the Nye County Sheriffs Office responded and questioned Thurman regarding the business owners concerns.

During the investigation, it was revealed Thurman did in fact once work for the publisher but was no longer employed.

It was further discovered that Thurman approached at least two other local businesses in Pahrump, each time purporting to be a current salesman for the magazine publisher and fraudulently accepting orders for advertisements and payments from the businesses. Thurman admitted that his actions were a fraud, and had no intention to turn the advertisement orders and payments over to the featured magazine publisher. In fact had already used portions of the money he had accepted for his own gain.

Thurman is being held on 9 charges including petit larceny, burglary and obtaining money under false pretenses.

NCSO Detectives believe Thurman has recently approached several additional businesses in Nye County, as well as in Clark County, with the same or similar scam.

The investigation is continuing.
Rebecca Lewis
KTNV Channel 13 Action News
http://www.jrn.com
Las Vegas, Nevada
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This is exactly the kind of hidious crimes that the 'traveling door-to-door sales' agents
are capable of doing on a daily basis:

Boston, Massachusetts
Police seek suspect after pup thrown out like trash
October 18, 2013
Police seek suspect after pup thrown out like trash
Friday, October 18, 2013
By: Neal J. Riley
Boston Herald
Animal cruelty investigators are going door to door in Springfield to find out who stuffed “Buffy,” an emaciated poodle, into a plastic bag and left her to die at a Springfield construction site.

“We’re dealing with a victim who can’t tell us about anything that’s happened to them,” said Rob Halpin of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The incident comes on the heels of the infamous “Puppy Doe” case, in which a severely tortured and emaciated pit bull had to be put down. Police still are trying to zero in on a suspect.

As alarming as it is to see another severe abuse case so soon after the heavily publicized Puppy Doe case, Halpin said, “The person who did this to this dog would not be moved, I imagine, by reading the coverage of Puppy Doe. What that says about this person is beyond my ability to comprehend.” Ken Bousquet Jr., who runs an excavating business in Ludlow, said that on Tuesday morning, the owner of a Springfield property where his crew was working heard breathing coming from a white bag in the basement foundation and had workers investigate.

“One of my employees ran up to me and said, ‘Hey there’s a dog in that bag!’ I said, ‘What do you mean there’s a dog in the bag?” Bousquet Jr. said. One of his workers then drove the dog to the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, where workers named the dog “Buffy.”

“She barely had her eyes open; she looked like she was going to die,” said Bousquet Jr., who owns two terriers. “I’m pretty disgusted.”

The poodle mix with matted fur couldn’t even lift her head up for more than two seconds at first, Dakin veterinarian Dr. Katie Spaulding said.

“She was in horrible shape,” said Spaulding, who added that she’s never seen a case this disturbing. “We’ve had animals come to us in pretty poor medical condition, but I’ve never seen something where someone was throwing a dog away in a plastic bag.”

But after a visit to a local animal hospital, Spaulding said, she’s “like a completely different dog.”

Anyone with information about Buffy is urged to call the MSPCA at 800-628-5808.

Meanwhile, Quincy Police Capt. John Dougan said two detectives remain on the Puppy Doe case and are seeking Internet and telephone records to help track down who had the dog.

“Calls are still coming in from all over the world,” Dougan said. “We’re following all leads.”

Jack Encarnacao contributed to this report.
By: Neal J. Riley
Boston Herald
http://bostonherald.com
Boston, Massachusetts
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Riverton, Wyoming
Door-to-door sellers
October 16, 2013
Door-to-door sellers
Oct 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck
The Ranger
As the city considers an ordinance, questions need to be asked and answered For the second time in recent memory, the Riverton City Council is considering drafting a new ordinance to regulate the activity of door-to-door sales workers in the city limits. That the issue has arisen again so soon is seen as evidence that it may be time for the city to take formal, codified action. The council has not been an activist group, reflecting a general philosophical bent toward keeping government small and regulated intrusion limited. Knowing exactly when to put a new law on the books is one of the delicate challenges of government at any level. Elected representatives can feel more confident in proposing and passing a statute, a code or an ordinance when several factors exist. First, is the issue being addressed really a problem for society, rather than simply an observation or an irritant? Does the issue affect a significant number of people in an important way, or is it likely to in the future? Is there a legislative response, or its equivalent, that could address the matter productively? Would the new rule actually solve the problem without causing another one? For example, would regulating one type of door-to-door selling infringe upon the activity of another type that does not draw complaint? Wording can become important in such cases. Is a new ordinance the only way, or the strongly preferable way, to solve the problem? Could the issue be addressed in some other fashion, for example, through full enforcement of existing rules, changes in personal behavior by citizens, public education, or more money for current policies and programs? Is the new law enforceable? Will adequate resources be provided for enforcement? If not, will the deterrent quality alone be enough to do the job? Would a real benefit to society be shown? Will the public accept it willingly, thereby making it sustainable over time? Will the new regulation's effect be the same as its intent? Of all the problems encountered by rule-making bodies at the local and state government levels, this may be the most common one. Few, if any, rules, ordinances or statutes could meet all of these stipulations. There may be no such thing as the perfect law. But the better ordinances meet more of the requirements. The weaker laws meet fewer of them. In the case of door-knocking sales people, the council has on its side, apparently, a fair amount of public objection to the practices of the door-to-door sellers. There are private property issues involved, which always play well with the public. There are legitimate business concerns being raised by brick-and-mortar firms that exist in town, that own property, that employ workers, that pay taxes, and whose owners and their families are registered voters. Years ago, the Wyoming town of Green River became the standard bearer for a nationwide code of conduct for itinerant or temporary sales people. The resulting Green River Ordinance became a model for municipalities of all sizes across the United States. The heart of that rule is the requirement that door-to-door salespeople or sales forces must be licensed by the city government before they begin their work. Perhaps that would be a good place to start in Riverton. Whatever the council decides, attention ought to be paid to the community sales efforts of the Scouts, Little League players, band members, etc., who engage in a time-honored practice of community fundraising distinct from the classic "traveling salesman" who might affect business conditions and offend property owners in ways that a little girl with a clipboard and a cookie list would not.
By Steven R. Peck
The Ranger
http://dailyranger.com
Riverton, Wyoming
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Kingsport, Tennessee
KPD warns citizens to be cautious with door-to-door solicitation
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Companys:
Midwest Circulation, LLC and KLMN Readers, Inc.
BBB: Midwest Circulation LLC
BBB: KLMN Readers, Inc.
end DMPG Info
October 15, 2013
KPD warns citizens to be cautious with door-to-door solicitation
October 15th, 2013 3:49 pm by NICK SHEPHERD
General Assignment
nshepherd@timesnews.net
The Kingsport Times News
KPD warns citizens to be cautious with door-to-door solicitation If you have had someone come to your door trying to sell magazines over the past week, the Kingsport Police Department wants you to know that these companies have been doing so unlawfully.

Over the past week, the KPD has been made aware of two different companies who have been going door to door selling magazines in the Kingsport area. KPD said these companies are doing so unlawfully because they do not have the requisite city business permits.

Those companies are Midwest Circulation, LLC and KLMN Readers, Inc.

According to a press release from the KPD, the business history of these two companies appears to be questionable. The Better Business Bureau has give both of these businesses the worst possible grade of an F. The scale goes from A+ to F.

KPD is asking citizens to be aware that door to door salespeople may not be harmless. While KPD was investigating a complaint about these two businesses, a salesman was arrested on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

KPD also urges citizens to use caution when answering the door for strangers. A resident is under no obligation to open the door and can instruct the stranger to leave at any time.

KPD encourges citizens to exercise caution and contact them if a salesperson is unable to show proof of a City of Kingsport Business permit which allows door to door sales or if the individual refuse to leave when asked to do so.

The KPD also wants people to know that there are legitimate organizations conducting door to door sales for legitimate purposes. If an organization obtains the right permits, the are free to conduct business in Kingsport, the release said.
by NICK SHEPHERD
General Assignment
nshepherd@timesnews.net
The Kingsport Times News
http://www.timesnews.net
Kingsport, Tennessee
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DMPG Info:
Bridgett Robbins: Midwest Circulation LLC
Pig for Profit
Bridgett Robbins is beyond all doubt the next Karleen Killery Spruiell
of the Traveling Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Industry.


DMPG Info Clip Posted 041813:
Midwest Circulations,LLC, aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc., aka: Prodigy Publications, aka: MidWest Marketing, aka: MWM, aka: Prodigy Publications

Google Search: Midwest Circulation + magazine

Search Midwest Circulation This Website

Additional Information:

Prodigy Publications, Presence on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-Publications/151903328211203
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-Publications/151903328211203?sk=wall&filter=12
Prodigy Publications Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-Publications/151903328211203?id=151903328211203&sk=photos_stream
Prodigy Publications/Midwest Marketing
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-PublicationsMidwest-Marketing/172410322780327
Ripoff Reports: Midwest Circulations, LLC
https://www.ripoffreport.com/Search/midwest%20circulation.aspx

Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc., aka: MidWest Marketing, aka: Prodigy Publications
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Website
Facebook


BBB: Midwest Circulation LLC
This Business is not BBB accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Phone: (816) 632-2917
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429
3330 Smalley Ter, Kansas City, MO 64129
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
BBB file opened: September 29, 2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Business incorporated: 11/01/2008 in CO
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Management
Jami . Wendy ., Customer Service
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Wendy ., Customer Service
Business Category
MAGAZINES-SUBSCRIPTION AGENTS
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
end BBB info.

On January 15, 2012 a magazine salesman was arrested and accused of stealing the wedding rings from an 81-year-old Gainesville woman who had let him into her house to use the restroom, police said. The suspect, Jack Ryan Patti, 20, of Belton, Mo., who said he was an employee with Midwest Circulation LLC, was charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony, as the wedding rings were valued at about $700. Patti was being held at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Gainsville police case # 02-12-001056.

On May 8, 2010 Patrick M. Schneider, a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman raped a Sycamore, Illinois woman. Schneider was convicted of criminal sexual assault. According to police reports Schneider was employed by Midwest Circulations LLC. Dekalb County Illinois Case # 201001431

Kissimmee, Florida
December 31, 2009
Arrests of salesmen in bloody Osceola County beating attracts attention of national group monitoring door-to-door magazine sales. KISSIMMEE – Two national groups say the recent arrests of two magazine salesmen charged with beating a colleague at an Osceola County motel represent a nationwide surge in violence in a door-to-door business where workers can't meet quotas in the recession. Parent Watch, one of the groups, has been following the industry for 30 years that hires young adults to travel across country in teams selling magazine subscriptions to earn points for prizes, cash awards and shopping sprees. "The crews for the most point seem to be more on edge than ever before because they can't sell," said Parent Watch founder Earline Williams, who handles two to six phone calls a day from frightened, stranded workers seeking bus fare home. "The industry's ouf of control as far as violence." On Dec. 16, Osceola County deputies found a salesman known as " The Kid" bleeding from multiple wounds outside America's Best Inn at 5150 W. U.S. Highway 192, according to sheriff's reports. The victim, Brian Emery, told deputies he recently had been hired to sell magazines and slept with other team members in a motel room rented by the company. Late on Dec. 15, some of his team members gave him $12 to buy beer but became enraged when he bought the wrong brand, the report stated. Justine Angermeier, a 24-year-old salesman, is charged with breaking a 32-ounce beer bottle against Emery's right eye and cheekbone. Jeremy Kirkemeir, 20, a team member with a criminal record in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, is charged with taking part in a beating that followed, according to court records. Both were released on bail from the Osceola County Jail. On Thursday, about 30 salespeople working for Midwest Circulation LLC, a door-to-door magazine sales company, checked out America's Best Inn on Thursday afternoon, according to the motel staff. Midwest Circulation manager Bridgett Robbins, who lists Angermeier as a friend on her Myspace.com page, did not return a telephone request for comment. The group's activities prompted a public warning in Gainesville in November, when about 50 Midwest Circulation workers started selling magazines in Alachua County, according to the Gainesville Sun. "Our patrol division has been advised to be on the lookout for places where these folks may be working and that they do have criminal histories," sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey told the newspaper. Few of the magazine sales teams do background checks on their workers, according Phil Ellenbecker of http://www.travelingsalescrews.info , a national group based in Wisconsin that has tracked about 300 felony crimes and 86 deaths attributed to door-to-door vendors. "It's not uncommon to get recently released felons knocking on your door trying to sell you magazines," said Ellenbecker. "They've been linked to a number of unsolved rapes and murders."
Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at 407-420-5257 or hcurtis@orlandosentinel.com.
Source:
By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel
5:06 p.m. EST, December 31, 2009
http://www.orlandosentinel.com
Orlando, Florida
end sentinel article

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Website
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Jefferson City, Missouri
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulations, LLC
President: Bridgett Robbins
end DMPG Info
June 3, 2013
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office
KY3-TV
Phone support: (417)268-3183
Email: vip@ky3.com
3:26 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a door-to-door magazine sales company for allegedly deceiving consumers.

Koster sued Midwest Circulations, LLC and its president, Bridgett Robbins, of Osborn, Missouri, alleging that Midwest Circulations:

Misrepresented to consumers that the magazines consumers purchased would be donated on their behalf to various charities, including children in hospitals;

Misrepresented how long consumers had to cancel their magazine subscriptions:

Illegally denied refunds to consumers; and

Failed to provide magazines to some consumers.

Koster said hundreds of people have complained to the Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau about this company.

“Consumers should be cautious about door-to-door sales or offers to provide services,” Koster said. “If you have any doubt about a sales offer, decline the offer until you have an opportunity to do some homework to determine if it is legitimate.”

The lawsuit seeks to stop Midwest Circulations and Robbins from continuing any illegal sales practices in Missouri. The suit also demands restitution for consumers and civil penalties against the business.

Koster offered the following tips to help consumers avoid becoming the victim of a scam:

Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office

3:26 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2013

Be wary of sellers claiming to be local students or members of an organized group, such as a sports team. There are documented cases of door-to-door sellers being arrested by law enforcement for using this type of deception.

Avoid succumbing to high-pressure sales tactics, a common behavior for sham door-to-door sales.
Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office
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MADISON, Alabama
Madison rejects door-to-door rule change proposal
October 14, 2013
Madison rejects door-to-door rule change proposal
Posted: Oct 14, 2013 5:43 PM CDT
Updated: Oct 14, 2013 10:16 PM CDT
By Charles Molineaux
WAFF 48 NEWS
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -
The Madison City Council delivered disappointment Monday to parents and supporters hoping for more leeway to solicit donations door-to-door in support of area schools and charities.

Boosters for local sports teams have called for changes to the city's law.

In Madison, anyone seeking to go door to door selling anything or asking for donations must apply for a city permit and is restricted to certain hours. The law is meant to protect homeowners from intrusive and sometimes aggressive door to door peddlers selling everything from meat to roofing to insurance officials said.

Church and charitable groups are exempt, but not from the requirement that neighborhood restrictions on solicitation be obeyed. Many Madison subdivisions and homeowners associations prohibit soliciting.

Fundraisers for James Clemens High School asked the city council to amend the ordinance to exclude charitable groups and youth fundraisers from those restrictions but city leaders have said making such an exception would amount to discrimination for which the city could be sued.

"Most of the homeowners' associations we talked with said that the intent with these policies was to prevent an onslaught of salesman coming in to sell vacuum cleaners or whatever. They never thought they were actually preventing students who live in their neighborhoods from being able to fundraise door-to-door," said Clemens Band Boosters member Amy West.

However, city leaders said during Monday's session that now was not the time for such a change to the current ordinance.

"There is not any good way to change the ordinance at this point," said Council President Tommy Overcash, referring to the original 2007 language that prohibits solicitation.

"If we open it up for Madison City Schools, what if the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts or Little League Soccer... it just keeps on going," said Overcash.

"This ordinance does far more good than harm. It's my home, my castle. I can let somebody cross the moat if I want to, or I can close the drawbridge if I want to. Our ordinance allows the homeowner to be able to open or close his drawbridge," said council member Mike Potter.

City council members said they talked with their legal experts, and if they were going to let community groups solicit, they would have to let every other organization or entity as well.

Fundraising groups said they are annoyed that the rule does not apply to politicians going door-to-door, but it also does not apply to door-to-door preachers or anyone else who isn't actually asking for money.
By Charles Molineaux
WAFF 48 NEWS
http://www.waff.com
Huntsville, Alabama
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BELLEFONTE, CENTRE COUNTY, Pennsylvania
Local Borough Looks to Change Solicitation Ordinance
October 14, 2013
Local Borough Looks to Change Solicitation Ordinance
Mallory Lane
WTAJ-TV
10/14/2013 05:28 PM
10/14/2013 06:48 PM
BELLEFONTE, CENTRE COUNTY - A local borough may see some changes to one of its ordinances.

The Bellefonte Borough Council will propose changes to their solicitation ordinance at their next meeting.

Borough Manager, Ralph Stewart, says several residents in the area have complained about vendors soliciting products to them this summer.

He says the change will create a "Do Not Disturb" list. Any resident can sign up for it. The list will then be given out to any company that applies for a solicitation permit in the borough.

The language of the ordinance will also be amended to make it more clear. Stewart says any violators will be charged to the fullest extent and could even lose their license.

Stewart says these changes will not violate anyone's constitutional rights, but has come up because of complaints from residents.

He expects the ordinance change to be voted on at the next meeting and will likely take effect at the beginning of next year.
Mallory Lane
WTAJ-TV
http://www.wearecentralpa.com
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Snake-oil salesman charms, then scams: Anne Reeves
October 11, 2013
Snake-oil salesman charms, then scams: Anne Reeves
Anne Reeves | areeves@pennlive.com By Anne Reeves | areeves@pennlive.com
PENN LIVE
PA Media Group
on October 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM, updated October 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM
This guy was good, really, really good.

First of all, he was adorable. Charming. Young. Funny. And persuasive. Oh yes, very persuasive. He was like an older version of Oliver in the musical of the same name, but instead of asking for more food, he was looking to sell magazines to underwrite a college trip to London.

Did I say he was just the cutest thing coming down the pike?

Normally, I am very savvy when it comes to strangers knocking on my front door. If I don’t know you – or your parents – I’m not buying. And unless you’re under four feet tall, I don’t even want to hear your spiel.

So here I am listening to this sweet, hardworking college student telling me how he is so excited to intern with the BBC, but he needs to raise money to get there. I can help him reach his dream by buying magazines or donating $30 or $60 to buy books for patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Adorable!

Being the intrepid reporter I am, I grilled him like nobody’s business. He answered all my questions quickly and without hesitation.

“Where do you go to school?” Temple.

“What year are you?” Junior.

“Why aren’t you in school now?” I earned a lot of college credits at my high school in Ohio and I’m ahead.

In between answers, he tried to charm me with jokes and one-liners, some self-deprecating, some flirty. He related how he lived in the neighborhood behind ours, how he and his family had just moved here to be closer to his grandparents, and how he so appreciated any help I could give.

My spidey senses were tingling and that little voice inside of me said, “No, silly, this guy is full of poop! Close the door!”

But the clincher was when he said how my neighbors had already given and he KNEW THEM BY NAME. When I heard that my friend who is married to a former prosecutor and is one of the toughest and smartest ladies I know had given him money, I began to think, hey, maybe he is legit.

In the end, I gave him $20. I had already bought 50 magazines from my middle schooler for her magazine drive and didn't need one more. And while I love the idea of giving books to poor sick children, I wasn't going to give $30 or $60. He then asked for my address so his class could send me a thank-you note (so cute! how many shysters do that?)

There aren’t many door-to-door snake-oil salesmen anymore. Thieves have instead taken to the Internet and the phone lines to try to scam us out of our hard-earned money.

But they still exist. I remember an alert going through our community several summers ago about a gang of so-called gypsies who would rob homes by having one person distract the homeowner at the door, while another would go around back and sneak into the home.

Just this week, police said a man brandished a gun at a Carlisle homeowner when he refused to answer the stranger’s supposed survey.

One summer many, many years ago, my dad and several neighbors were scammed by a man going door to door selling a blacktopping service for their driveways. Turned out he was peddling a shiny black water instead of asphalt.

Back in our ‘hood, alarms went out on Facebook that our future Brian Williams was more swindler than news anchor.

Apparently, I was not the only one charmed by this little devious Don Juan.

“He had an envelope full of cash and checks written by several of our fellow neighbors who bought subscriptions to help him out. He said he knew one of my neighbors three houses down from me,” one neighbor wrote. “After he left I Googled the company that he is selling magazines from and it came up with multiple fraud alerts and scam warnings. Anyone know this kid? Is he legit or is this what Google is saying it is?”

Dang. Should have listened to my inner voice.

Another neighbor – who also fell for this lecherous lothario’s wiles – said some other young man scammed her parents with a story that he played on Penn State’s soccer team and was trying to raise money to go to Ireland. He used the same materials and same bogus receipts.

I checked in with local police and they said they had not issued a solicitation permit to this young man. Double dang.

I recently underwent a total knee replacement and am blaming my temporary insanity on the painkillers. But be forewarned, friends, if a super cute, super friendly, super charismatic kid comes to your door asking for help to travel to London or Ireland or Iceland, just say no.

Because he’s good. He’s really, really good.
Anne Reeves | areeves@pennlive.com By Anne Reeves | areeves@pennlive.com
PENN LIVE
PA Media Group
http://blog.pennlive.com
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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Australia
AGL found to have breached consumer law
October 11, 2013
AGL found to have breached consumer law
Channel 9
5:23pm October 11, 2013
Sales people who ignore Do Not Knock signs have been told by the Federal Court to knock it off or else.

Energy retailer AGL is facing a fine of $50,000 after one of its door-to-door salesmen ignored a Do Not Knock sign posted on the front door of a South Australian home.

The Federal Court in Melbourne on Friday found the energy retailer and its marketing agent CPM Australia breached Australian consumer law by ignoring the sign.

The breach occurred in 2011 when an uninvited salesman contracted by CPM knocked on the front door of a home to sell energy on behalf of AGL.

Despite a Do Not Knock sign on the front door, he remained on the premises and knocked.

Justice John Middleton found the message on the door was clear even if the consumer did not request the salesman to leave verbally.

An AGL spokeswoman said the company is pleased consumers now have clarity about the role of the Do Not Knock stickers.

AGL stopped unsolicited door-to-door energy sales to residential customers at the end of March, she said.

Justice Middleton said the idea behind the Do Not Knock signs is to avoid confronting a salesperson, and being caught in discussion.

"Consumers may be vulnerable, or too polite to tell people to leave," he said.

"Putting an appropriate sign on the door may be the best, or only way, to communicate the request to leave the premises."

The action was brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), whose commissioner Sarah Court said businesses must respect people's wishes in their homes.

The ACCC will not hesitate in taking action to protect consumers and ensure laws are complied with, she said.

Consumer Action Law Centre CEO Gerard Brody said the decision sends a clear message to the nation's door-to-door salespeople.

"Australians have a right to enjoy their personal time without the unwanted distraction of salespeople," he said.

The breach could lead to a $50,000 fine for a business and $10,000 for an individual, with a hearing on penalties to be held on a date to be fixed.
Channel 9
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Australia
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Riverton, Wyoming
City gets closer to door-to-door sales ordinance
October 11, 2013
City gets closer to door-to-door sales ordinance
Riverton Ranger
Oct 11, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
Consensus was reached Tuesday by the Riverton City Council that having some type of ordinance to regulate door-to-door sales was better than having nothing at all.

Currently the city has no rules, ordinance or guidance for transient merchants, said community development director Sandy Luers. She said her research found variety of ordinances, applications, or licenses in other municipalities in Wyoming that Riverton could consider.

Luers said the same issue was brought up about two years ago, but only most recently have complaints increased from Riverton residents.

"Our current city ordinances don't provide for easy remedies in these situations," Luers said at a Tuesday council work session.

When an entity does approach the city about permission to do door-to-door sales in Riverton, it usually always directed to her department. Luers said the existing contractor registration ordinance is used as a model.

"We actually regulate quite a few businesses in town, and yet we don't regulate any door-to-door salesmen, which are almost always from out of town," she told the city council.

Some municipalities, she said, do not allow any door-to-door sales, while others charge $100 a year or more for a temporary merchant license.

Some cities have regulations that require sales people to respect a "no trespassing" sign, with the threat of police action. Still other municipalities regulate only non-commercial sales, have a "no-knock list," or administer a fee if merchants don't abide by the ordinance.

"We have no rules that give any guidance that allow us to do anything," Luers said, other than a no-trespassing ordinance.

"But the person has to be very emphatic and say, 'I want you to leave my property now -- you are trespassing,'" Luers said.

Some municipalities have detailed applications or require several documents and personal information.

Riverton resident Becky Barker, who has worked as a door-to-door sales person, told the council of her experiences and recommended that the city create an ordinance.

She said the job came with a lot of pressure from managers, and many times salespeople ignored rules that didn't permit them to sell at a home.

"You are forced to make things work," she said. "Most of the salespeople that will come to your doors are under some type of pressure."

Several sales agents had warrants out for their arrest but as they hopped from one city to the next, they were less likely to get caught, she said.

"They would go to any extent for more sales," she said. "(Door-to-door selling is) getting bigger, and it's getting worse, and it's definitely coming to Riverton more frequently."

Barker told the council that smaller cities definitely rare targeted, especially to young people, and that companies don't always find out first if there's an ordinance in place. She said a license fee often makes companies may act more responsibly in their sales.

Riverton police chief Mike Broadhead agreed and said if several proofs of identification are taken from the sellers, then they may be less inclined to steal or be a nuisance.

Councilman Richard Gard noted that having out-of-state people do business in Riverton is not always negative. He said legitimate operators can help the local economy.

Barker urged the council to put together an ordinance because which could work as a deterrent to dishonest operators. An ordinance could prevent residents from becoming victims, she added.

Before the session adjourned, the council directed city staff to come up with regulations that worked best for the city and would be convenient for staff and the police department.
Riverton Ranger
Oct 11, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
http://dailyranger.com
Riverton, Wyoming
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Los Molinos, California
Fake magazine fundraiser scams Los Molinos area
October 10, 2013
Fake magazine fundraiser scams Los Molinos area
By RICH GREENE-DN Staff Writer
Daily News
UPDATED: 10/10/2013 09:34:27 AM PDT
Editor's Note: The Daily News received reports Thursday that scammers have portrayed representing Red Bluff Union High School as well in scams closer to the city of Red Bluff and surrounding areas.

LOS MOLINOS — There have been multiple reports of a door-to-door magazine salesman in the area that claims to be selling subscriptions to raise money for the Los Molinos Lady Bulldogs softball team.

Los Molinos Unified School District Superintendent Charles Ward said the magazine sales are not affiliated with the school.

School officials learned of the scam when a woman checked with the school after purchasing subscriptions.

The woman canceled her check after contacting the school, Tehama County Sheriff's Department logs show.

Ward said the district was able to do an all-call contacting parents of all students to advise them of the scam, but had no way to reach others in the community who didn't have students enrolled. The scammer is claiming the false fundraiser is to pay for a trip to Hawaii for the softball team. There is no such trip scheduled.

“I wish,” Ward said. “I'd chaperone.” A similar scam was reported in 2010 in Chico.

In that case the magazine salesman said he was raising money for the Chico Nuts American Legion baseball team to help them pay for a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y.

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Rich Greene can be reached at 527-2151, Ext. 109 or by email at rgreene@redbluffdailynews.com.
By RICH GREENE-DN Staff Writer
Daily News
http://www.redbluffdailynews.com
Red Bluff, California
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CAPE CORAL, Florida
Judge sentences Kenneth Roop to life in prison
October 7, 2013
Judge sentences Kenneth Roop to life in prison
WINK News NOW
Published: Oct 07, 2013 10:45 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 07, 2013 4:52 PM EDT
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The Cape Coral man found guilty of killing a door-to-door salesman in July of 2012 has been sentenced to life in prison. Roop will get credit for time served, and will have to pay restitution and fines. Roop claimed the salesman, Nicholas Rainey, was acting suspiciously when he came to his door, but the prosecution said Rainey was just trying to make a living. The judge called the murder a senseless act.
WINK News NOW
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Fort Myers, Florida
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DAVIDSON COUNTY, North Carolina
Omega Meats salesman charged with exploiting elderly victim in Davidson Co.
October 7, 2013
Omega Meats salesman charged with exploiting elderly victim in Davidson Co.
Posted on: 1:55 pm, October 7, 2013, by Andrea Cavallier, updated on: 02:12pm, October 7, 2013
FOX8 WGHP
DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — An Omega Meats Company salesman was charged after exploiting $1,050 from an elderly victim in Davidson County on two separate occasions.

Detectives responded to a residence on North Davidson Drive where the victim reported the theft. According to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, David Marshall Hinkle, 35, of 1641 John Green Road, Thomasville, was charged with two counts of exploitation of elder/disabled adults by position of trust and two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Hinkle was arrested and taken to the magistrate on Oct. 4 where he was given a $5,000 secured bond a court date of Nov. 25.

Back in February, FOX8 On Your Side investigated several complaints about Omega Meats. The Greensboro-based company provides meat for contractors to sell door-to-door.

In our story, multiple customers complained they either received poorly-packaged meat or were defrauded by Omega Meats contractors.

Tom Cassano, owner of Omega Meats, told FOX8 that customers must prove their complaint or case to the Omega Meats management team.

As of February, the Better Business Bureau had processed over 50 formal complaints dating back to 2010.
Posted on: 1:55 pm, October 7, 2013, by Andrea Cavallier, updated on: 02:12pm, October 7, 2013
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http://myfox8.com
High Point, North Carolina
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San Benito, Texas
'Green power’ is the latest face in door-to-door scams
October 7, 2013
'Green power’ is the latest face in door-to-door scams
by Action 4 News Staff
KGBT TELEVISION
Posted: 10.07.2013 at 4:59 PM
San Benito residents, be on the lookout for scammers using the AEP Texas name.

AEP Texas officials said bogus salesmen in the San Benito area are going door to door recommending the sale of “Green Power.”

Greed is the only thing green of the would-be salesmen that are taking your hard earned money.

Frank Espinoza with AEP wants to remind their customers to stay vigilant of these scammers.

According to a statement from AEP Texas, they will never ask for payments over the phone, in person or threaten a customer if a payment is not made immediately.

AEP does not endorse any retail electric provider or a retail electric provider.

AEP said if you are approached by the scammers, call San Benito police immediately at (956) 361-3880 and provide a description of the suspect.
by Action 4 News Staff
KGBT TELEVISION
http://www.valleycentral.com
Harlingen, Texas
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Flagstaff, Arizona
Beware magazine sales scam
October 6, 2013
Beware magazine sales scam
Flagstaff Publishing - Arizona Daily Sun
October 6, 2013
To the editor:

Beware of traveling sales crews selling magazines in Flagstaff. These crews often consist of young people from a troubled past who are being exploited by a “handler” who orchestrates or drives them across the country in a van, stopping in towns along the way to exploit as many people as possible. They claim they are working for “points” to win a prize, a trip, an education, etc. By the time complaints start filing in, they are long gone.

For more information on what to look for, check out the 2011 article “Door-to-door scammer sells non-existent magazines” by the Daily Sun’s Eric Betz.

Randy Marlatt
Flagstaff Publishing - Arizona Daily Sun
http://azdailysun.com
Flagstaff, Arizona
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Georgia
Traveling Sales Crew
October 6, 2013
Traveling Sales Crew
Governor's Office of Consumer Protection
Posted to this website: October 6, 2013
Be prepared and protect yourself from traveling teams of young people selling everything from magazines to household cleaning products. Traveling sales crews are very different from your neighborhood children going door-to-door selling candy for a local school function. These crews travel in teams from city to city and state to state, far from home. While companies should ensure their employees are taken care of and the products being sold are delivered, this is not always the case. Some companies make their profits by overworking and abusing their young workers, and taking consumers’ money and orders but not sending any products.

Here are some tips to help keep young people and consumers from falling victim to unscrupulous door-to-door traveling sales crews.

Working for a Traveling Sales Crew

A young person might think that being part of a traveling sales crew is an exciting way to gain valuable face-to-face sales experience and earn some money. Unfortunately, reality is that unethical companies recruit unwary youths with ads promising “nationwide travel, all expenses paid, and high commissions”, and then subject them to questionable, and even dangerous, working conditions. Often crew members are abandoned - alone, penniless and stranded in another state. The harsh working conditions crew members are subjected to daily include:

Long days on their feet, walking neighborhoods from morning until dark
No place to rest until pick-up at night
No guidance or adult supervision during the day
Early morning and late night training sessions
Poor tracking of sales and commissions
Pay deductions for hotels, travel, meals
Pay deductions for canceled orders and fines for “misconduct”
Crew members having to work to pay off debts to the company
Inconsistent (or no) delivery of the products sold by the company
Physical, psychological, or even sexual abuse

Horror stories from previous crew members detail that privileges like eating or earning a bed at night are only granted after obtaining a certain number of sales or checks. With a relentless emphasis on sales and commissions, the crew members are pressured to make promises or deals that can’t be kept in order to get a sale. And then, after failing to meet a company’s sales expectations, the crew members recount their fear and desperation after being abandoned in a city or town far from home, with no money.

Anyone considering working for a traveling sales crew should exercise extreme caution and research the company first. Any company that will not or cannot provide easily the following information in writing should be avoided:

The company’s name, address, website, and direct phone number
The name, title, phone number of the primary contact responsible for work teams
The name and phone number of the company President or Chief Executive Officer
The work hours/days and time off
The base salary or hourly wage, and how and when it is paid
Commission rates and bonus programs
The sales goals per person day, week, or month
What happens if sales goals are not met
How sales, salary, and commissions are tracked, and by whom
Employment status – is the crew member an employee or independent contractor
The quality of, and costs for, travel, meals, and housing
The arrangements for laundry and basic facilities
How is money for living expenses, like toiletries, handled
How meals, breaks, and days off are scheduled
What provisions are made for inclement weather or extreme heat
How crew members are supervised during or after work
What kind of protection or security is provided (do the crew members work in pairs, teams, with an adult, or alone?)
What happens if the crew member is robbed of the money they collected or the products they were selling?
Does the company have insurance to cover accidents and illness
Who does the driving, and do drivers have to meet any requirements
What is their travel schedule (what cities/states on which dates)
Will crew members be selling in towns requiring permits, and if so, who arranges these permits
How friends and family can contact the crew member
Who arranges and pays for transportation home
Also ask for a copy of the following documents and examine them carefully:
The company’s cancellation, return, and refund policies on items sold
The company’s sales pitch
The required notice advising the consumer of his right to cancel within a three-day cooling off period
Thoroughly read the contract terms and make sure you understand them. Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau in your state and in the state where the business is headquartered. Visit the Direct Selling Association’s (DSA) website to see if the company is a member.

If the company is pressuring you or a young person you know to make a decision to join a traveling sales crew immediately, walk away. Take time to think things through and consider the options. Good jobs are hard to find, but bad or unsafe jobs should be avoided.

Purchasing from a Door-to-Door/Traveling Sales Person

Buying things at your door can be an impulse purchase, but a little preparation can ensure you don’t “act in haste, repent in leisure." Taking basic steps can reduce the risk of falling victim to a scam:

Don’t open your door to strangers after dark, especially if you are alone
Never invite strangers into your home - they could survey the layout and your possessions
Ask for an ID card that confirms the salesperson’s relationship to the company
Request their local sales permit (your local police department can confirm if door-to-door sales people are required to carry a permit)
Ask where they live – listen for clues that indicate that the person is from out-of-town or are unfamiliar with your town; if so, they might be part of a traveling sales crew
Ask about the delivery time frame – most magazine subscriptions don’t start for weeks, if not months. The sales crew will be long gone before delivery should commence, and if it does not, you might be unable to recoup your investment.
Look beyond the sales pitch that plays on your sympathy: “I’m working toward a scholarship”; “raising money for school”; “it’s a contest for a prize”; “raising money for charity.” If the charity or non-profit is one you recognize, call them to verify this program. If it’s not a charity you know or can verify, it might be a scam.
Ask for the company name, address, phone number, and website:
Call the phone number to see if you reach a live person or answering machine. This could indicate what you would go through if you placed an order.
If the company only has a P.O. Box, be careful - they could be difficult to contact or track down if there are any issues with your order.
Check the website to see if it works and to learn more about the company.
Check the BBB to see if any complaints have been reported.
Confirm that the company is a member with the Direct Selling Association.
Compare prices for similar products to ensure the item is not overpriced
Ask about their cancellation, return, and refund policy
Read the complete contract or sales agreement before signing
Documents should be clear, understandable, and professional
Never give cash or your credit card number at the door
Were you informed about the three-day cooling off period/right to cancel
If you are interested, but need time to reflect or do research, ask the salesperson to return later or another day. Most legitimate direct sellers will schedule an appointment.
If you feel you are being pressured, say you’re not interested
If they won’t take "no" for an answer, close the door and call the police
If the sales person looks underfed or abused, call the police so they can investigate
If you make a purchase, get a copy of the order/contract/receipt, which should include:
the name, address and phone number of the business
the terms and conditions for returning a product or canceling an order
the complete list of items purchased, quantity, price, tax, and total
Making purchases at home can be convenient, but understand the risks associated with purchasing from a transient person.
Governor's Office of Consumer Protection
http://consumer.georgia.gov
Georgia
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Delta, Colorado
Door-to-door salesmen need badge, city permit
October 6, 2013
Door-to-door salesmen need badge, city permit
Pat Sunderland
DELTA COUNTY INDEPENDENT
Posted to this website: October 6, 2013
Lander Police Department

An ordinance regulating door-to-door solicitations at private residences has been adopted by the City of Delta.

Previously, the city prohibited any type of door-to-door sales, although enforcement was virtually non-existent.

The ordinance is designed to be an "effective means of regulating the activity that avoids the need for a total prohibition but still minimizes the potential for abuse, conflict, and disruption to the general public."

The bar is set pretty high — solicitors must complete an application, pay a $200 permit fee, obtain identification badges for all personnel engaged in peddling at a cost of $25 each, and submit a Colorado Bureau of Investigations criminal background check for all persons authorized to conduct commercial door-to-door solicitation under the permit.

The ordinance outlines the conditions under which a permit can be denied or revoked. It also restricts solicitation to the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or dusk, whichever comes earlier.

Residents who do not want salesmen calling at their home can place "No Solicitation" or "No Trespassing" signs at the entrance to their property.
Pat Sunderland
DELTA COUNTY INDEPENDENT
http://www.deltacountyindependent.com
Delta, Colorado
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Lander, Wyoming
Police Blotter: Arrests: Search & Rescue under way; LPD is investigating calls related to door-to-door sales people
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Advanced Cleaning Supplies
end DMPG Info
October 3, 2013
Police Blotter: Arrests: Search & Rescue under way; LPD is investigating calls related to door-to-door sales people
by Joshua Scheer on October 3, 2013
County10
Lander Police Department

McRae said LPD will start addressing complaints about door-to-door cleaner salesmen “aggressively.” He said the subjects are from an out-of-state company called Advanced Cleaning Supplies. Police are investigating a report of a salesperson who was let into a home and used the bathroom, and the homeowner later noticed prescription medications missing from the bathroom. Other reports of the people being rude and pushy are also under investigation.
by Joshua Scheer on October 3, 2013
County10
http://county10.com
Lander, Wyoming
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Riverton, Wyoming
City weighs door-to-door regs
October 3, 2013
City weighs door-to-door regs
Oct 3, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
The Riverton Ranger
Chief Mike Broadhead said his officers field a number of complaints from residents who are uncomfortable having salespeople on their property. Not every knock at the door is a welcome one.

Citizen complaints about door-to-door merchants and solicitors in Riverton have prompted city council member Mary Ellen Christensen to bring forward the idea of regulating the practice.

"I don't want to stop free enterprise, but I think there's a way to regulate it a little bit," Christensen said. "It's somewhat of a public safety issue for me on different levels -- we should know who's in our city selling."

Christensen proposed that the council talk about the information that could be required from salespeople and discuss potential fees for going door to door in Riverton.

"We require fees from our day cares, our tree trimmers, our cabs," she said. "We should have something to regulate door-to door-sales." She suggested that the regulations could apply only to people who come from out of town to make sales in Riverton.

Police response

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office responded at about 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, to a report that two men were "selling something" at a woman's door in the 3800 block of Wind Drift Lane in Riverton. Deputies were unable to locate the men, who reportedly left the area on foot.

Riverton Police Department chief Mike Broadhead said his officers also field a number of complaints from residents who are uncomfortable having salespeople on their property.

"(It's) mainly elderly people who don't have the wherewithal to deal with a very aggressive sales person," he said. Eventually, the sales person can end up inside of the resident's home, he said.

Broadhead pointed out that anyone could pretend to be selling something to gain access to someone else's property.

"I'm a little bit concerned about people from out of town (who aren't) accountable to anyone," Broadhead said. "(They) can just show up and have a legitimate reason to hang out in the neighborhood and go door to door and see who's home and who's not."

He added that police haven't investigated any thefts connected with door-to-door sales, but he said, "the threat is out there."

No ordinance

Community Development Director Sandy Luers said the city doesn't have an ordinance on the books regulating door-to-door sales, though in the past salespeople have been required to register before working in the city.

"(It's similar) to contractor registration," she said. "It's fairly simple."

She said the city requests each business' federal identification number, liability insurance information and contact information along with a list of the people who will be doing business in the city. A $50 fee also is required.

Council response

Mayor Ron Warpness called Christensen's idea "reasonable."R32;"I don't think it's inappropriate for us to know who's in the community selling," he said. "I think we should have something on our books."

Council member Jonathan Faubion also was in favor of some regulation, with a small fee -- or no fee at all. Instead, he said, the city could charge salespeople who ignore residents' requests for privacy.

"I'm in support of passing an ordinance that says if you knock on a door that says, 'No soliciting,' that there's a fine that goes along with that," he said.

Deputies reportedly responded to a similar situation at about noon Sept. 24 when a man on Zuber Road said a person selling cleaning supplies had disregarded the "no trespassing" sign on his property.

Christensen had suggested creating a list of residents who don't accept certain solicitations. She said the document could be distributed to door-to-door merchants.

"Citizens (would be) responsible for coming into the city to say, 'I want to be on that list,'" she said. Council members Todd Smith and Richard Gard were against the additional regulation. If a door-to-door ordinance is created, they said it should not include fees for salespeople.

"I'm opposed to a merchant having to report to the city before they can offer me siding or those kinds of things," Smith said. "I think there's a lot of logistics to consider."

Gard wondered about nonprofit groups or children who go door to door to raise money for club activities.

"I have some reservations because I don't want to (negatively impact) the Girl Scouts or the Boy Scouts or any service organization that's trying to work the community," Gard said.

Christensen said the city could exempt non-profit organizations, religious groups or schools from the temporary merchant permit.

The council directed staff to look into the issue and report back to them in the future.
By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
The Riverton Ranger http://dailyranger.com
Riverton, Wyoming
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Riverton, Wyoming
Riverton to investigate how to track door-to-door sales people; Citizen complaints prompted action
October 2, 2013
Riverton to investigate how to track door-to-door sales people; Citizen complaints prompted action
by Ernie Over on October 2, 2013
COUNTY 10
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Six months ago the Riverton City Council turned down a proposal to look into establishing temporary merchant licenses for individuals or firms doing door-to-door sales in the city. Then the weather warmed up and the complaints began began to pour into city hall and the police department. First it was a team of folks selling vacuum cleaners, and more recently, individuals going door-to-door with cleaning products. In both instances, the sales folks were quite aggressive and seemed not to take “no” for an answer. On Tuesday night, the city council reversed itself and instructed staff to begin looking at how these itinerant merchants can be identified and tracked.

Mary Ellen Christensen brought up the topic after she said she had received complaints voiced to her from constituents and from overhearing complaints from citizens who came to City Hall.

“I think there is an issue out there,” she said Tuesday night. “It’s a public safety issued on many different levels. I don’t want to stop free enterprise, but want to regulate it a bit. We should know who is out there. ”

The Ward 2 city council member said the city should have some basic information on who is in the city selling door-to-door at the minimum.

Fellow Ward 2 Councilor Todd Smith said when the issue was first brought up he opposed it, and although his stance on that has not changed, “I’m not opposed to discussing the issue. I’m opposed to the idea of regulation,” he said. “I’d be for a no fee approach if we proceed, but I’m not in support of more regulation of business.”

Councilor Jonathan Faubion thought a good approach might be to have residents post no soliciting signs on their homes. “There’s a fine that would go along with that if people ignore the signs. We need to put some teeth in there to recognize a sign rather than have someone come to city hall and sign up for a no knock list.

The city’s Community Development Director Sandy Luers said rules set down for contractors are also being applied to door-to-door sales people at the current time. “We have them pay a small fee ($50), we obtain their business or Federal ID number, we get a name of a contact person and the list of the people who will be out selling. We also get their liability insurance information and if they have workers comp, and we check to see if their business is in good standing, but that’s all.”

But that registration was developed for contractors, not itinerant merchants.

Ward 3 Councilor Richard Gard said he didn’t want to get the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or a civic organization to where they had to pay a fee. “I would have to agree on the far side of let the buyer beware is a far better process,” he said. “I will run with Jonathan (Faubion) and Todd (Smith) on this. If we exact a fee, we ought to perform a service, otherwise no fee.”

Mayor Ron Warpness said a $50 fee is not huge, “but if you are selling magazines or such that’s a lot.” Warpness also said , “it is appropriate to know who is in the community.”

Police Chief Mike Broadhead said his department does receive complaints, “but we don’t track those after your guidance earlier this year,” he said. “I’m concerned with older folks who don’t have the wherewithal to withstand a pressure approach.” Broadhead said that from a crime approach, “people who are from out of town are not accountable to anyone.” For example, he said if someone going door to door in a neighborhood finds multiple residences where no one is at home, “that can be an inviting target to take advantage of.” He said the RPD is not getting a rash of residential burglaries “but that threat is out there and we should do something reasonable to find out who these folks are.”

Ultimately, the council voted to direct the staff to investigate the issue further and report back with recommendations.
by Ernie Over
COUNTY 10
http://county10.com
Lander, Wyoming
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Neighbors in midtown Tulsa worried about door-to-door salesmen
September 30, 2013
Neighbors in midtown Tulsa worried about door-to-door salesmen
Reported by: Ian Silver Email: isilver@fox23.com
FOX23
Updated: 9/30 7:10 pm
Published: 9/30 3:51 pm
The Better Business Bureau said door-to-door salesmen tend to be more active this time of year, but it's getting harder to tell which ones are legitimate and which ones are trying to scam you.

FOX23's Ian Silver found a group of midtown Tulsa neighbors working to keep tabs on salesmen in their neighborhood.

"It did not used to happen. Now, it's like two or three times a week," said Ida Hamilton.

Door-to-door salesmen are selling new windows, or yard service, or this time of year, magazines, but Hamilton said too many of them are just flat-out shady.

"It's just a wild guess on whether or not somebody's actually legitimate," she said.

She's especially wary of the ones who get aggressive in their sales pitch.

"For all I know you were hired and fired in two days, and you've still got all this equipment or paperwork or whatever, and you're just scamming me out of my money till you can disappear," she said.

These days, any time a door-to-door solicitor knocks on her door, she makes sure to post it on the Tulsa Midtown Alert Neighbors Facebook page so others will be prepared. And she's not the only one.

Some post pictures of door-to-door salesmen, in this case pointing out that the salesman had no paperwork or anything to identify his company to prove he is legit.

Another said when she didn't answer her door, she saw the salesman looking in her windows and into her car before leaving.

And while some door-to-door salespeople are just trying to make a living, Hamilton said these days she just doesn't trust anyone.

"It definitely makes us more nervous. We don't leave anything out in the yard anymore," she said."

FOX23 News found that under Tulsa city ordinance, door-to-door solicitors are only allowed to sell between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. They are also never allowed to knock on a door where there's a no soliciting sign.

Violating the ordinance can mean a fine up to $1,200 and up to six months in jail.

However, several homeowners with no soliciting signs up told FOX23 News the sign doesn't seem to deter salesmen at all.

Others said the signs, which you can buy at any home improvement store, have stopped door-to-door salesmen from knocking.

If you do have one and it's ignored, you can call police and report the salesman.
Reported by: Ian Silver Email: isilver@fox23.com
FOX23
http://www.fox23.com
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Absolutely NOTHING has changed over the past 75 years
in this WICKED, CRIMINAL, And IMMORAL Industry.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Robs Woman in Her Home
Magazine Salesman Forces His Way In, Beats, Gags and Binds Victim
Monday, June 6, 1938
Robs Woman in Her Home
Magazine Salesman Forces His Way In, Beats, Gags and Binds Victim
THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
Monday, June 6, 1938
Mrs. Bernice Troupiotes, 31, of 741 N. 14th st. was bound and gagged Monday by a magazine salesman who forced who forced his way into her apartment. He escaped with $50 from her purse. She was found two hours after the robber's departure by a roomer, Miss Selma Markraf, who returned from work.

Mrs. Troupiotes told police the man rang the bell about 10:45 a.m. He had just launched into his sales talk, she said, when she told him she didn't want to subscribe for any magazines, and started to close the door. He put out his foot, preventing her from closing it, then shoved her back into the apartment and followed inside.

Stuffs Towel In Mouth

Then he seized her, threw her to the floor and stuffed a towel which he had taken from the bathroom into her mouth. He next went into the kitchen, Mrs. Troupiotes said, removed the cord from an ironer and used it to bind her hands and feet. In her efforts to free herself before Miss Markraf found her, Mrs. 'Troupiotes' wrists were lacerated. She also suffered a bruise on the head where the man struck her when he first entered the apartment. She was treated at the county emergency hospital.

Takes Cash From Purse

The robber dumped the contents of Mrs. 'Troupiotes' on the dining room table but took only the cash it contained. Mrs. Troupiotes described her assailant as about 35, slim, with black wavy hair and a mustache. He was well dressed.
THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
Original URL: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=19380606&id=faxQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GyIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3711,3156465
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin


75 Years Later:

The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


This crime was brought to you by:
The National Field Selling Association
Worldwide Sales Inc.
AKA:
Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
Austin Diversified Products
And last but not least the Owner of Advanage Diversified Products and former president
of the The National Field Selling Association
Nathan Edwards
SCUM BAG PIG FOR PROFIT:


Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Traveling salesman arrested for groping woman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Worldwide Sales Inc.
aka: Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
aka: Austin Diversified Products
end DMPG Info
Posted to this website: September 28, 2013
Traveling salesman arrested for groping woman
By MAUNETTE LOEKS New Media Editor | Updated 2 weeks ago
Star-Herald
A 46-year-old man is in jail for sexually assaulting a woman in the parking lot of an area business Friday night.

Timothy Alsup remained jailed on a charge of third-degree sexual assault, a Class I misdemeanor, Monday after he had allegedly grabbed a female outside of Whiskey Creek.

According to an affidavit by a Scottsbluff Police officer filed in Scotts Bluff County Court, police were called to the business at 11:06 p.m. Friday and made contact with a woman and two friends.

The woman told police that a male that had not been known by the three women approached their vehicle and began speaking lewdly to thw woman. He allegedly reached into the car and groped her. She told police that she told the male repeatedly to “back off and leave her alone.”

When she did get out of her car, the woman told police, the man grabbed her buttocks, kissed her on the neck several times and hugged her twice. When he hugged her, he thrust his hips at her “in a way to simulate sexual intercourse.” Witnesses gave similar descriptions of the man and the incident.

The man had been staying at the Candlelight Inn, where police made contact with Alsup, who is identified as a traveling door-to-door salesman.

Alsup denied having talked to anyone in the Whiskey Creek parking lot, however, the officer made contact with the woman, who identified Alsup as the man who had harassed her.

Police arrested Alsup, who did not have identification and gave three different locations of out-of-state residences.

He appeared in Scotts Bluff County Court Monday afternoon on the charge. Alsup plead to the charges and will be sentenced Nov. 14.
By MAUNETTE LOEKS New Media Editor | Updated 2 weeks ago
Star-Herald
http://m.starherald.com
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 09/17/13:

Scottsbluff, Nebraska Police - case# 13-10003
Crime Date: 091313
Company Name: Worldwide Sales Inc.
Worldwide Sales Phone: 909-223-8709
http://www.worldwidesales.biz
1302 24th Street W,
Billings, MT 59102
info@worldwidesales.biz
Phone: (406) 371 9918
Fax: (406) 371 9917
World Wide Sales Inc.
aka: Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
aka: Austin Diversified Products
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB: Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
(708) 331-8390 ext 5070
16615 Halsted St, Harvey, IL 60426-6112
http://www.advanage20x.com
www.advanagedp.com
http://www.advanagedp.com
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 02/17/2011Business started: 03/26/2009
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: March 2009, IL
Contact Information
Principal: Mr Arnold Bowen
Austin Edwards (President)
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Cleaning Supplies, Cleaning Supplies by Internet
Alternate Business Names
Advanage Diversified Products Inc, Advantage Diversified Prod Inc
end BBB.
Austin Diversified Products
BBB: Austin Diversified Products
Nathan Edwards
ADVANAGE 20X
ADVANAGE Wonder Cleaner

See Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Organized Crime Flow Chart:
http://www.magazinesalescrews.com/industryflowcharts.html


Starke County, Indiana
Suspicious salesmen asked to leave Starke County
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby vacuum company
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association
Kirby Criminal Profiler:
Kirby Crimes
end DMPG Info
September 26, 2013
Suspicious salesmen asked to leave Starke County
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff
WNDU - Channel 16
Posted: Thu 7:37 AM, Sep 26, 2013
STARKE COUNTY Starke County Police are warning residents to be on alert for a suspicious salesman. They say people have been going door-to-door, claiming to be working for the Kirby vacuum company. Police started investigating following complaints from residents, and they found that the salesman do not have licenses to sell. They've been asked to leave the area. If you ever have a question about a salesman, police say to ask to see their peddler's permit, check for official logos on their vehicle and always call police if you're suspicious.
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff
WNDU - Channel 16
http://www.wndu.com
South Bend, Indiana
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Orlando, Florida
Armed Citizen Project Going Door To Door To Give Away Shotguns In Orlando, Near Where Trayvon Martin Was Killed
September 25, 2013
Armed Citizen Project Going Door To Door To Give Away Shotguns In Orlando, Near Where Trayvon Martin Was Killed
By Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht, Wed, September 25, 2013
Opposing Views
Members of the Armed Citizen Project are giving away shotguns in Orlando, Fla., just 20 miles from where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012.

Program director John Ritter said the practice is “perfectly legal” because the guns were transferred by dealers with a Federal Firearms License (FFL).

Members are going door to door handing out fliers for their free shotgun giveaways.

“That doesn’t mean we should all have a firearm,” argued Robin McLaughlin to WESH. “I would not need to have a shotgun.”

McLaughlin has lived in the neighborhood of Sunshine Gardens for 25 years and said she didn’t see why the group would want to arm its residents.

“No,” she said. “I would not need to have a shotgun.”

Earlier this year, Armed Citizen Project told a National Rifle Association conference that it intended to hold free gun giveaways in 15 cities across the country, including Chicago and Houston.

The organization’s website says its 29-year-old founder and executive director, Kyle Coplen, “is on a mission to help law-abiding citizens in crime-infested neighborhoods across America by giving them a free shotgun.”

Sources: WESH, Raw Story
By Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht, Wed, September 25, 2013
Opposing Views
http://www.opposingviews.com
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Every homeowner in the United States needs a shotgun to protect their families
from the crimes committed by the NFSA and the MPA and the 'traveling door-to-door sales industry' !!!


Starke County, Indiana
‘door-to-door salesmen’
Be Alert When Door-to-Door Salesmen Visit Your Home
September 25, 2013
‘door-to-door salesmen’
Be Alert When Door-to-Door Salesmen Visit Your Home
By: Anita Goodan
K99.3 WKVI FM
Kankakee Valley Broadcasting
Published: September 25th, 2013
Dispatchers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a few phone calls Monday from residents who had unsolicited salesmen visit their homes. These salesmen reportedly acted suspicious in nature. After an investigation, deputies found that the salesmen did not possess a peddler’s permit and were asked to leave. They were reportedly working for the Kirby vacuum company.

If you encounter unsolicited salespeople visiting your home, make sure their business logo is on a vehicle parked nearby or ask for credentials. Officers suggest you ask to see a peddler’s permit that allows them to sell the product they are pitching. If they do not have a permit, ask them to leave and call the Starke County Sheriff’s Department at (574) 772-3771. Be prepared to give a thorough description of the people in question.
By: Anita Goodan
K99.3 WKVI FM
Kankakee Valley Broadcasting
http://www.wkvi.com
Knox, Indiana
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Normandy Park, Washington
Normandy Park Police arrest door-to-door salesman Wednesday
September 25, 2013
Normandy Park Police arrest door-to-door salesman Wednesday
NORMANDY PARK BLOG
On Wednesday (Sept. 25), Normandy Park Police Officers Jeremy Hedrick, Brian Norris and John Lievero arrested an Oregon Department of Corrections Felony warrant suspect in White Center. Here are the details from the Normandy Park Police Chief Facebook Page:

Officer Hedrick set up this operation because of the suspect’s recent activities in the Highline area. The suspect has been arrested numerous times in Normandy Park and during the investigation it was believed they had come back into the Normandy Park area recently.

The suspect had also taken up employment as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. We became concerned they were using this in order to “case” houses for burglaries. Normandy Park Officers were able to arrest the suspect without incident. The subject was booked into King County Jail. Great job to everyone involved.
NORMANDY PARK BLOG
http://normandyparkblog.com
Burien, Washington
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University of Michigan
U-M police warn of magazine-and-book-selling scam
September 25, 2013
U-M police warn of magazine-and-book-selling scam
By John Counts | johncounts@mlive.com
mlive.com
on September 25, 2013 at 5:28 PM
An alert was issued by the University of Michigan Police Department Wednesday warning students against a scam involving people selling magazines or books to fund overseas trips. "One student reported after she 'purchased' some books, she tried to call the phone number she was given to obtain a refund and discovered the phone number was disconnected," the alert said.

Many of the incidents have taken place in university housing, including the Northwood Apartments, according to the alert. People trying to sell books or magazines is a violation of a Board of Regents ordinance banning unauthorized door-to-door soliciting on campus.

At 4:27 p.m. on Tuesday, a larceny was reported at the East Quadrangle residence hall, located at 701 East University in Ann Arbor, involving two suspicious women soliciting sales for magazines or books. A student provided the women with $40 but soon realized she had been scammed.

The suspects in that incident were described as white, one with red dyed hair and the other with blond hair wearing a black hooded sweater shirt, according to a U-M police incident log.

There were three similar incidents reported on Friday, Sept. 20, though with varying suspect descriptions.

The first was reported at 4:13 p.m. at the Northwood Apartments in the 2400 block of Bishop Street, on the university's North Campus where housing security officer caught a man soliciting magazine sales. The man was warned for violating the ordinance and moved along, according to the U-M police log.

At 6:22 p.m. in Northwood III in the 2100 block of Cram Place nearby, there was a second report of a man soliciting magazine sales. The man was located and issued a trespassing warning.

At 6:47 p.m. that same day, there was a report of people soliciting sales of books in East Quad. Officers never located the subjects in that incident.

If you are approached for a solicitation on campus, contact U-M police at (734) 763-1131 or text 377911 with subject descriptions and location.
By John Counts | johncounts@mlive.com
mlive.com
http://www.mlive.com
Michigan
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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
Arrests Made in Bloomfield Township Carjacking
Four men from out-of-state in the area selling magazines
are tied to multiple violent crimes in Bloomfield and Detroit, police said.
September 19, 2013
Arrests Made in Bloomfield Township Carjacking
Four men from out-of-state in the area selling magazines
are tied to multiple violent crimes in Bloomfield and Detroit, police said.
Posted by Art Aisner (Editor) , September 19, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Bloomfield-BloomfieldHillsPatch
Four men that sold magazines door-to-door in Bloomfield Hills are suspected in a violent carjacking outside a Bloomfield Township Kroger and a stabbing in Detroit this week, police said.

The men are in custody and awaiting charges in both Oakland and Wayne counties for the alleged crimes that started Sunday night. Officers with the Bloomfield Township Police Department responded to the Kroger parking lot at 4099 Telegraph Rd. at about 11 p.m. for a report of a carjacking, and encountered the victim who was injured, reports said.

The man told police he was in his parked vehicle when four men approached him and asked for a ride. The man refused, and said he was assaulted and pulled from the vehicle by all four men. They then got into the vehicle and fled, reports said.

The man initially refused medical treatment at the scene from firefighters but later went to a hospital for his unspecified injuries, according to reports. His condition was not available Thursday.

Officers with the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety responded to radio traffic about the incident and told investigators that they released four men with similar physical descriptions from the department at about 10:30 p.m. after they were detained for soliciting in the city without a license.

Investigators used that information to identify two of the suspects, and arrested them the next day at a home on Lafayette Street in Detroit, reports said. Detectives then learned the identities of the other two suspects, and arrested them in a motel located off of Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.

Police said the two men were in the process of fleeing to Kansas City, Mo. at the time of the arrest.

Detroit Police officers located the victim's vehicle that same day on the city's west side. Bloomfield Township detectives searched it and found evidence that helped them determine that the suspects used the vehicle to commit an armed robbery in Detroit where a victim was stabbed following the local carjacking, reports said.

The suspects, a 26-year-old man from Shreveport, La.; a 24-year-old man from Memphis, TN; a 23-year-old man from Chicago; and a 23-year-old man from Birmingham, AL, were turned over to the Detroit Police Department for further investigation of the armed robbery and remain in custody. Their identities were not released pending charges.

Detectives said the men were in the Detroit area selling magazine subscriptions for the last couple of months.
Posted by Art Aisner (Editor)
Bloomfield-BloomfieldHillsPatch
http://bloomfield-mi.patch.com
Bloomfield, Michigan
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 09/23/13:

Bloomfield Township, Michigan Police Department
Case Number #13-14243.
Magazine Sales Company: Young Entrepreneurs Solutions


Bloomfield Township, Michigan
Police: 4 magazine salesmen arrested, accused in carjacking, stabbing
September 19, 2013
Police: 4 magazine salesmen arrested, accused in carjacking, stabbing
1:48 PM, September 19, 2013
By Tammy Stables Battaglia
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
Police have arrested four out-of-town magazine salesmen they say went on a crime spree Sunday, including stabbing and robbing a person and carjacking another person.

Police say they carjacked a man at the Bloomfield Township Kroger after being ticketed for soliciting without a license, then stabbed another person in an armed robbery.

The carjacking victim called police at 11 p.m. Sunday from the Kroger at the corner of West Long Lake Road, according to a release issued today by Bloomfield Township Police. He told police four men attacked him after he refused to give them a ride, pulled him out of his vehicle and drove off, Sgt. Timothy Abbo said in the release.

Bloomfield Hills Police officers heard the police radio chatter about the carjacking. They informed investigators four men had just been charged with soliciting without a license and released at 10:30 p.m. from their police station at East Long Lake and Woodward Avenue, just under two miles away.

Investigators were able to use that information to identify the four men. On Monday, they arrested two men at a home on Lafayette in Detroit. The pair cooperated with investigators, leading to the arrest of two other men who were packing up at a motel off Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, preparing to flee to Kansas City, Mo.

Also on Monday, Detroit Police found the stolen vehicle abandoned on the city’s west side. Bloomfield Township Police detectives found evidence inside indicating the men were involved in an armed robbery in Detroit where one of the victims was stabbed.

The men, all in their 20s and from Chicago; Memphis, Tenn.; Shreveport, La.; and Birmingham, Ala., said they’d been in metro Detroit selling magazines for the past two months, according to police.

They are being held by Detroit Police pending charges in Detroit and Bloomfield Township.
By Tammy Stables Battaglia
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
http://www.freep.com
Detroit, Michigan
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Tacoma, Washington
North Tacoma residents concerned about magazine salesman's 'aggressive' tactics
September 19, 2013
North Tacoma residents concerned about magazine salesman's 'aggressive' tactics
By ALEXIS KRELL — Staff writer
The News Tribune
Published: September 19, 2013
Some Tacoma residents say a magazine salesman has been aggressively soliciting in their neighborhood.

According to an email from a Tacoma police community liaison officer to residents, the man was contacted by police at North 29th and North Alder streets, and told to stop or be arrested; He did not have a city business licence, the note said.

Residents said in a neighborhood email chain that the salesman is "rude," and "aggressive" to people who turn him down. They cite one example when they say he was angry and “finger pointing” during his pitch.

Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the community officer for the neighborhood got four complaints about the solicitor, but that it’s been at least a month since the most recent.

That officer tried to contact the subscription sales company directly, with no luck, Cool said.

Police last knew the man to be living at a Fife hotel or motel, she said.

The community officer advised residents to call police when the man is around, if they feel threatened or intimidated, with a description of him and his direction of travel.

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com
By ALEXIS KRELL — Staff writer
The News Tribune
http://www.thenewstribune.com
Tacoma, Washington
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Burien, Washington
CRIME ALERT: Be aware of door-to-door salespeople canvassing Burien
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Sierra Solutions
sierrasolutions.com
end DMPG Info
September 17, 2013
CRIME ALERT: Be aware of door-to-door salespeople canvassing Burien
B-Town Blog
Posted by Scott Schaefer on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm
Burien, Washington

This security camera photo of a door-to-door salesman
was sent out by Burien Police to Block Watch Captains
on Tuesday, Sept. 17.


Several Readers have alerted us to some suspicious door-to-door salespeople in Burien recently, trying to sell a cleaning formula by “Sierra Solutions,” but who may have ulterior motives.

“We had someone in our neighborhood last night approach our house with at door-to-door sales pitch for a cleaner that appeared to work miracles,” said one Reader. “Actually it was just grain alcohol mixed with some water and a coloring agent…”

This Reader – who happened to record surveillance video of the suspect (see below) – adds that “the most suspicious part of this was that we noticed this man at the public park on the corner about 4:00 ish or roughly 2 and a half hours earlier. Then, if you watch the video he is walking down SW 172nd Street. The time that he is walking is about 6:30 p.m. Notice that even though a lot of our neighbors are home and there are cars in the garages he doesn’t even attempt to canvas their homes. He is walking and almost does an about face in front of our our house and beelines it right to our front door. Very odd…”

Door-to-door sales of this type are illegal in Burien, according to Ordinance No. 564.

And police sent out this warning to local Block Watch Captains:

“This heavy set Hispanic male with a tattoo on his neck was seen in the Seahurst Park neighborhood this weekend as well as possibly being associated with a burglary from earlier in the month,” Detective John Hawkins King County Sheriff’s Office said in an email. “He was selling cleaning supplies door to door over the weekend.”

Another Reader wrote:

Wanted to alert my fellow neighbors that a couple (male and female) are in the area selling door to door cleaning product.

They are aggressive in trying you to buy their cleaning product.

They shared that they are associated with Sierra Solutions, when asked for information they wrote down the following website: sierrasolutions.com “Clean and Simple Super Cleaner”.

Well I did not let them in my home and told them “no thank you”. It did take a while for me to convince them.

Then I saw them drive off in their black SUV to my neighbors house.

I quickly checked on the internet and found that yes the company does exit; but has received poor reviews.

Hoping this is just not a way to canvas the neighborhood and learn more about each residence.

If you see this man, you are advised to call 9-1-1 or (206) 296-3311.
B-Town Blog
Posted by Scott Schaefer on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm
http://b-townblog.com
Burien, Washington
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Beavercreek, Ohio
Beavercreek: Soliciting Door-to-Door Proposal
September 17, 2013
Beavercreek: Soliciting Door-to-Door Proposal
ABC22 / FOX45
Tuesday, September 17 2013, 07:10 AM EDT
GREENE COUNTY -- Beavercreek may be the next city in line to implement stricter regulations on those soliciting door to door.

At Monday night's work session the city council discussed the proposed ordinance for the first time, as a result of people complaining to their council members about constant unwanted visitors.

The preliminary draft states that any person or group selling items door to door must get a license from the city and with that a list of houses they are forbidden to go to.

"If you're going to go out and sell items door to door you look on the website and it will say here's our regulations and you need to get a copy of the list. Similar to the do not call list," Beavercreek Law Director Steve McHugh said Monday.

Not everyone will have to get a copy of that list. Anyone going door to door for religious, charitable or political reasons and not selling anything are free to knock.

Fundraising doesn't fit that criteria, however.

"I know for me I'd like to know how other cities handle kids. You're all getting cookies for Christmas because I bought them from the band and soccer," Beavercreek Mayor Vicki Giambrone said.

When we hit the streets we got mixed reactions.

"I have people coming to the door and want to paint my number on my sidewalk. I don't have a problem with that. A guy's trying to make 10 bucks. Times are hard. I don't have an issue," Paul King of Beavercreek explained.

"You don't want it to look like you're not friendly but if they're trying to sell something it can get a little annoying," Beavercreek's Ashley Brenneman added.

To be on the 'do not solicit' list you would have to pay a fee. The amount is still up for discussion.

The council will write down their own requirements and they will brainstorm at the next work session.
ABC22 / FOX45
http://www.abc22now.com
Miamisburg, Ohio
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


This crime was brought to you by:
The National Field Selling Association
Worldwide Sales Inc.
AKA:
Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
Austin Diversified Products
And last but not least the Owner of Advanage Diversified Products and former president
of the The National Field Selling Association
Nathan Edwards
SCUM BAG PIG FOR PROFIT:


Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Traveling salesman arrested for groping woman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Worldwide Sales Inc.
aka: Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
aka: Austin Diversified Products
end DMPG Info
September 16, 2013
Traveling salesman arrested for groping woman
Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 2:28 pm | Updated: 6:04 pm, Mon Sep 16, 2013.
By MAUNETTE LOEKS New Media Editor
Star-Herald
A 46-year-old man is in jail for sexually assaulting a woman in the parking lot of an area business Friday night.

Timothy Alsup remained jailed on a charge of third-degree sexual assault, a Class I misdemeanor, Monday after he had allegedly grabbed a female outside of Whiskey Creek.

According to an affidavit by a Scottsbluff Police officer filed in Scotts Bluff County Court, police were called to the business at 11:06 p.m. Friday and made contact with a woman and two friends.

The woman told police that a male that had not been known by the three women approached their vehicle and began speaking lewdly to thw woman. He allegedly reached into the car and groped her. She told police that she told the male repeatedly to “back off and leave her alone.”

When she did get out of her car, the woman told police, the man grabbed her buttocks, kissed her on the neck several times and hugged her twice. When he hugged her, he thrust his hips at her “in a way to simulate sexual intercourse.” Witnesses gave similar descriptions of the man and the incident.

The man had been staying at the Candlelight Inn, where police made contact with Alsup, who is identified as a traveling door-to-door salesman.

Alsup denied having talked to anyone in the Whiskey Creek parking lot, however, the officer made contact with the woman, who identified Alsup as the man who had harassed her.

Police arrested Alsup, who did not have identification and gave three different locations of out-of-state residences.

He appeared in Scotts Bluff County Court Monday afternoon on the charge. Alsup plead to the charges and will be sentenced Nov. 14.
By MAUNETTE LOEKS New Media Editor
Star-Herald
http://www.starherald.com
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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DMPG Info Clip Posted 09/17/13:

Scottsbluff, Nebraska Police - case# 13-10003
Crime Date: 091313
Company Name: Worldwide Sales Inc.
Worldwide Sales Phone: 909-223-8709
http://www.worldwidesales.biz
1302 24th Street W,
Billings, MT 59102
info@worldwidesales.biz
Phone: (406) 371 9918
Fax: (406) 371 9917
World Wide Sales Inc.
aka: Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
aka: Austin Diversified Products
This Business is not BBB Accredited
BBB: Advanage Diversified Products, Inc
(708) 331-8390 ext 5070
16615 Halsted St, Harvey, IL 60426-6112
http://www.advanage20x.com
www.advanagedp.com
http://www.advanagedp.com
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 02/17/2011Business started: 03/26/2009
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: March 2009, IL
Contact Information
Principal: Mr Arnold Bowen
Austin Edwards (President)
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Cleaning Supplies, Cleaning Supplies by Internet
Alternate Business Names
Advanage Diversified Products Inc, Advantage Diversified Prod Inc
end BBB.
Austin Diversified Products
BBB: Austin Diversified Products
Nathan Edwards
ADVANAGE 20X
ADVANAGE Wonder Cleaner

See Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Organized Crime Flow Chart:
http://www.magazinesalescrews.com/industryflowcharts.html


Libertyville, Illinois
Libertyville cracks down on door-to-door solicitors
September 15, 2013
Libertyville cracks down on door-to-door solicitors
September 15, 2013 | By Kate Jacobson, Chicago Tribune reporter
Libertyville officials said the city will begin to enforce solicitation rules against people going door-to-door selling products or asking for money – solicitors that would include those selling Girl Scouts cookies.

Mayor Terry Weppler said he has gotten calls from people complaining about solicitors coming to their doors with little or no identification to prove they were with a legitimate organization.

Weppler said he told residents there are rules in Libertyville that require anyone going door-to-door to register with the village, though he admitted officials have not been enforcing the regulation.

Currently, anyone going door-to-door who does not belong to a political or religious party is required to get a permit from the police department, he said.

The permit allows groups or individuals to solicit at homes in Libertyville, officials said. The permit comes with a badge distinguishing those who have registered. Police run criminal background checks on anyone registering as a solicitor, officials said.

Solicitors are not allowed to go onto property where a "no solicitors" sign is posted, Police Chief Cliff Herdegen said, and if they do so anyway, they're subject to legal action.

People in religious and political groups are the only ones allowed to ignore those signs, Herdegen said.

"Since before I got here, [police are] not doing it in practice," he said. "I think somewhere along the way, [residents] were provided with some information about soliciting."

Some trustees questioned whether the ordinance could be loosened for school groups and children, such as Boy Scout and Girl Scouts troops. Trustee James Moran said making children register seemed like an unnecessary burden, especially for troops that include many children—in which each child would be required to register.

Herdegen said if they were to give preference for one group over another, it could get the village in trouble.

"The concern I have is this whole issue of discretion," he said. "Who gets to decide when a background check is done or not?"

Herdegen clarified juveniles would not be subject to the background checks, but adult chaperons with the groups would be.

Trustee Donna Johnson said she would like to see the rules reinstated by police, and have information to residents about soliciting rules clearly posted on the village's website.

She added the village should do something to let people know these rules are going to be enforced, and provide signs to residents who do not want solicitors.

Signs will be made available to Libertyville residents at the police station, Herdegen said, and badges will be provided to those who want to solicit and register with the village.

kjacobson@tribune.com
By Kate Jacobson, Chicago Tribune reporter
http://articles.chicagotribune.com
Chicago, Illinois
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


Norwark, Connecticut
Magazine salesman gets 6 months in prison for Westport burglary
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Ultimate Unity, aka: American community Services
Owner: LeVan Ellis, Vice President of the National Field Selling Association.
end DMPG Info
September 14, 2013
Magazine salesman gets 6 months in prison for Westport burglary
By STEVE KOBAK
Hour Staff Writer
The Hour Publishing Co.
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 4:45 pm
NORWALK -- A 48-year-old travelling magazine salesman was sentenced to six months in prison Friday at Norwalk Superior Court for breaking into a Westport business and stealing checks.

Antron Fogler was charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and second-degree forgery. He will not have to serve a probation sentence.

"The state was extremely reasonable," said Fogler's attorney Kevin Black.

Fogler allegedly broke into Saugatuck Technology, 8 Wright St., and stole two checks sometime overnight on May 2, 2012, according to an affidavit.

Saugatuck Technology staff noticed that someone had tampered with the locks on one of the business' doors on May 3, police said.

On May 8, 2012, a company named "Ultimate Unity, Inc." tried to deposit a $211 check from an LLC related to Saugatuck Technologies, police said. The LLC hadn't been in existence since 2003, police said. Ultimate Unity tried to deposit another check from the defunct LLC on May 19, 2012, according to police.

Detectives discovered that Ultimate Unity was a magazine clearinghouse that had sent employees to the Westport area to sell magazine subscriptions in May 2012, police said.

Investigators learned that both forged checks contained a five-digit "return number" that matched the return number assigned to Ultimate Utility employee named Anton Fogler, police said. Ultimate Utility officials confirmed that Fogler was in the Westport area at the time of the break-in, court documents show.

Police were able to make contact with Fogler, who denied forging the checks, police said.

Detectives learned that Fogler was being investigated by police in Dallas, Texas for a similar break-in, and he had been arrested 60 times for a variety of offenses, including burglary and robbery, in Georgia and Florida, court documents show.

A warrant for Fogler's arrest was signed on May 28, 2012. Glastonbury Police arrested Fogler on the warrant on Saturday, May 4.
By STEVE KOBAK
Hour Staff Writer
The Hour
The Hour Publishing Company
http://www.thehour.com
Norwark, Connecticut
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DMPG Info:


Antron Bernard Fogler
Mugshots.com
Mugshots.com ID: 6351205
Name: FOGLER, ANTRON B
Race: BLACK
Gender: MALE
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BLACK
Height: 6' 1? (1.85 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Birth date: 7/02/1965
DC Number: 401149
Release Date: 5/26/2009
Release Facility: NWFRC ANNEX.
Custody: MEDIUM
Stated Residence:
1310 NW 64TH ST
MIAMI, FL 33147 33147
Names / Aliases:
ANTRON BERNARD FLBLER
ANTRON FOGLER
ANTRON B FOGLER
ANTRON BERNARD FOGLER
AUTRON FOGLER
AUTRO BERNARD FOKLER
ANTRON BERNARD FOLGEO
ANTRON FOLGER
ANTRON BERNARD FOLGER
ANTON FOLGLER
ANTRON FOLGLER
ANTRON BERNARD FOLGLER
BENJAMIN MOORE
BERNARD MOORE
BERNARD ANTRON MOORE
MICHAEL SIMMS
BERNARD SINGLETERRY
MAURICE WILLIAMS
TERRI WILLIS


*** BEWARE *** There is an EVIL Monster on the lose and his name is LeVan Ellis.
He will send his armies of magazine sales agents to rape and murder you and your family.
*** WARNING *** Protect yourself and your loved ones from this EVIL Monster.
He may be knocking at your door this very minute !!!


DMPG Info:
Want to know more about LeVan Ellis and American Community Services and the NFSA?
We are going to EXPOSE this Immoral and Evil Maggot Cock Roach to the entire world.
If Karleen Hillery Spruiell is the Mother of PURE EVIL.
LeVan Ellis is the Father of Living HELL !!!
He and his organized crime criminal companies and his family are responsible for over 30 felony cases and multiple deaths.
He has committed crimes against humanity.
He is an evil monster.
He WILL be brought to Justice VERY SOON !!!
He will pay dearly for the pain and suffering that he has inflicted on innocet children and homeowners for profit
Notes:
When the FBI locks this PIG up make sure to strip search him.
This BLACK DEVIL from hell will have a wad of hundred dollar bills stuck up his asshole to pay off the jail guards.

Lets take a close look at some of the rapes and murders and van deaths that LeVan Ellis is responsible for.
You will be able to research many more crimes by this evil monster by searching our website.
Search American Community Services This Website


When Crime Knocks
January 4, 2004
By: Jim Balloch - KnoxNews
Read this story of how Rodger Eric Broadway a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman
employed by American Community Services rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde, a 66-year-old grandmother.
Rodger Broadway rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde


June 9, 2004
Azriel Rashad Bridge a traveling magazine salesman working for American Community Services
murders 77-year-old Shirley Reuter in her Dover Township home.

Door-to-door violence
Dover Twp. slaying not first tied to sales company
Sunday, June 13, 2004
BY BETH KRESSEL
Star-Ledger Staff

The 18-year-old man charged with slaying an elderly Ocean County woman Wednesday is a salesman for an Indiana-based company that has had three other employees accused or convicted of violent crimes since 2001. Azriel Rashad Bridge, of Chicago, works for a subsidiary of American Community Services, which dispatches salespeople across the country to sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door. Bridge, who was charged Friday in the stabbing death of 77-year-old Shirley Reuter in her Dover Township home, is being held at the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, authorities said. He was charged with murder, felony murder and robbery after being arrested Friday at the Wyndham Hotel, an upscale 10-story hotel across from Newark Liberty International Airport on Routes 1&9 south in Elizabeth. Bridge becomes the latest employee of American Community Services or one of its affiliated companies to be charged with a violent crime. On Aug. 20, 2001, another salesman for the company raped, beat and smothered 66-year-old Eskalene DeBorde in her home in Tennessee. Rodger Eric Broadway, 23, of New York City, pleaded guilty to the crime. Two other salespeople also were accused of assaulting and raping women in separate incidents in Tennessee within the past year, according to the Knoxville News- Sentinel. In addition to the recent incidents, Bernice Clark, 76, was stabbed to death in her home in Woburn, Mass., in 1990. Darrin Whitman, an employee of American Community Services, was found guilty of her murder in 1991. Whitman had sold a magazine subscription to Clark earlier in the day and had a criminal history that included prison time for rape, according to the Boston Globe. A call to the president of American Community Services was not returned yesterday and the name of the affiliated company could not be verified. In Dover Township, police said Bridge asked the victim if he could use the bathroom in her Chestnut Street home Wednesday afternoon. Sometime after she let him in, Ocean County Prosecutor Thomas Kelaher said, he ransacked her house, stabbed and beat her in the head and neck. The Ocean County Medical Examiner's office on Friday ruled the death a homicide. Dover Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said Bridge assaulted Reuter using items found in the house, but he would not describe them. Authorities, without mentioning specifics, also said Bridge stole items from the house. Although he was not arrested until Friday, Bridge was stopped by police Wednesday evening, Dover Township Lt. Steve Henry said. He was one of 11 magazine subscription salesmen walking through the neighborhood and knocking on doors, authorities said. Because all solicitors must get a permit from town hall in order to go door-to-door, the group immediately aroused suspicion and neighbors called police to complain. Officer Ryan Rush stopped Bridge walking through the neighborhood Wednesday evening and took his identification information, Henry said. The group was based in Michigan City, Ind., Kelaher said, and traveled in a van that was spotted in at least two other neighboring townships, Kelaher said. Police filed no charges against the other workers. Mastronardy described them as mostly "young males." Yesterday, Dover Township neighbors recalled Reuter as a caring neighbor. Janet Hansell, 58, put her arms around her two granddaughters yesterday as she looked across the street at Reuter's home, now a police scene with yellow tape and several Ocean County sheriff's vans parked outside. "She baked cookies for my grandchildren. She used to bake apple pies," Hansell said, describing a woman who said hello to all neighbors, donated food to the needy, and always was eager for a friendly conversation with any of Hansell's nine grandchildren. Reuter also was an active member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dover Township. She would have been singing at the choir's annual concert scheduled for 4 p.m. today. "We all learned a good lesson from this," Hansell said. "Never open doors to strangers," said her 10-year-old granddaughter, Taylor Kaniuk.
Staff writer Katie Wang contributed to this story.

Azriel Rashad Bridge Grand Jury Indictment

May 4, 1992 - Levan Ellis Responsible for 5 Deaths selling magazine subscriptions
for American Community Services, The National Field Selling Association and the Magazine Publishers of America !!!

Van Overturns on I-80 in Iowa; Five People Killed, Six Injured
Location: Interstate 80 West of Des Moines, Iowa
Earlham, Iowa
A van carrying 11 people swerved out of control and overturned Sunday along Interstate 80. Five of the people died, and the other six were injured. All but two of the occupants were thrown from the van when it rolled, the Iowa State Patrol said. The van strewed debris for 50 yards along the highway before coming to rest in the median. State troopers said the eastbound van went out of control as it was passing another vehicle just west of Earlham in Dallas County. Dr. Francis Garrity, deputy Iowa medical examiner, said the van was one of three that were traveling together from Denver to Chicago. The occupants worked for a company called Total Dedication Inc., Dr. Garrity said. Killed were Edward Gooden, 20, of Chicago; Mark Campbell, 26, of Chesapeake, Va.; Debbie Gibbs, 33, of Philadelphia; Daniel Holloway, 20, of Los Angeles; and Christopher McKee, 24, of Virginia Beach, Va. Gooden died at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines, Dr. Garrity said. The others died at the scene, he said. Five of the injured were hospitalized in Des Moines. They were identified as Chakita Ross, 26, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Tina Allen, 28, of New York City; David Ross, 27, of Gary, Ind.; Michael Atkins, 30, of Chicago; and the driver, Starretha Ball, 29, of Philadelphia. Esther Nappi, whose age and address were not available, was treated and released.
Omaha World - Herald; Omaha, Neb.; May 4, 1992;
Credit: AP
DMPG Info:
Total Dedication Inc. aka: American Community Services.
Owner: LeVan Ellis
end DMPG Info.



This is only the beginning of our documentation/coverage of this BLACK IMMORAL PIG FOR PROFIT.
This NFSA Vice President who should be publically crucified.
This Devil From HELL that needs to be brought to Justice and locked up in prison for the rest of his miserable/criminal life.
The DMPG is going to make absolutely sure that this EVIL MONSTER never again rapes or murders another innocent kid or homeowner for PROFIT !!!
The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG IMMORAL PIGS FOR PROFIT Strike Again !!!

NFSA President: Sandra Hall: Alliance Service Company.
NFSA Vice President: LeVan Ellis: Ultimate Unity, aka: American Community Services.
The DIRTY MAGGOT MONSTERS Selling Magazines door-to-door for the Magazine Publishers of America
Former President of the MPA: Nina Link: A plea for help: Letters to the MPA: gone ignored and unanswered

Google Search: American Community Services + magazine
Search American Community Services This Website
See:
The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues
By Craig Malisow Mon., Apr. 6 2009 at 6:59 AM
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/04/magazine_sales_crimes.php
See:
Mrs. Kayon Ellis
American Community Services
See: SCUMBAG/Hairball/PIG for Profit: Levan Ellis
This Monster is responsible for the deaths of young kids in van rollovers,
and the rapes and murderes of multiple homeowners.




Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo police: Beware of unlicensed magazine solicitors
FARGO - Fargo police are warning residents about unlicensed door-to-door magazine solicitors.
September 13, 2013
Fargo police: Beware of unlicensed magazine solicitors
FARGO - Fargo police are warning residents about unlicensed door-to-door magazine solicitors.
WDAY
Published September 13, 2013, 12:14 PM
FARGO - Fargo police are warning residents about unlicensed door-to-door magazine solicitors.

The company does not have a transient merchant license filed with the North Dakota State Attorney General’s Office, the police said.

The company, Interstate Subscription Service, based out of San Antonio, Texas, has been reported to be actively selling magazine subscriptions without the proper licensure, police said.

Fargo residents have reported to police the company is utilizing various tactics to be let into the home, such as asking residents to sign petitions, help various charities and aid in the magazine seller’s chances of gaining a vacation trip oversees.

Selling products in this manner is a B misdemeanor criminal offense in North Dakota.

Police ask residents to contact the nonemergency police dispatch at (701) 235-4493 to report this activity.
WDAY
http://www.wday.com
Fargo, North Dakota
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Medina, Ohio
Magazine sellers steal elderly Medina resident’s wallet
September 12, 2013
Magazine sellers steal elderly Medina resident’s wallet
Beacon Journal staff report
The Akron Beacon Journal
Published: September 12, 2013 - 03:07 PM
Medina police are warning residents to be cautious when dealing with solicitors who peddle their wares door to door.

Police said around the end of August a group of solicitors selling magazine subscriptions were in the city.

“Some of these solicitor’s had sticky fingers and distracted an elderly resident while another stole the resident’s wallet,” police said in a news release. “These suspects have committed similar offenses in other jurisdictions as well.”

Authorities say they have suspects in the case and charges are pending.

If you suspect that you may also be victim, call 330 725-7777 to file a report.
Beacon Journal staff report
The Akron Beacon Journal
Ohio.com
http://www.ohio.com
Akron, Ohio
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Omaha, Nebraska
Police Crack Down On Unlicensed Peddlers
September 12, 2013
Police Crack Down On Unlicensed Peddlers
By: Erin Murray
WOWT Channel 6
Posted: Thu 10:47 PM, Sep 12, 2013
It's been happening across the Heartland for years. Pushy peddlers going door to door trying to sell a variety of items. Steve Kalhorn said recently it's been magazines.

"This house has been approached four times in the last three weeks," said Kalhorn, Dundee homeowner.

Many times the peddlers wouldn't take no for an answer.

"The problem is when they declined, the seller would become rude, accusatory, even cursing at the home owner," said Kalhorn.

Because of the aggression police started making arrests. Kalhorn remembers an encounter with the seller Jamal Barnes.

"He just kept pushing, and finally I just said I don't want your magazines so why are you talking, what do you want from me? He said 360 dollars, so I said why don't you just keep walking," said Kalhorn.

Barnes continued door to door -- racking up several more complaints. When police came out they asked if he had a peddlers license. Barnes admited he didn't have one, so police arrested him.

This arrest wasn't Barnes' only complaint, he was arrested a week earlier for aggressive behavior too. A police report said he would even go as far as banging on people's windows.

Police tell homeowners, if an unwanted peddler is knocking, don't open the door, let them know that you are home, and then call 911 if they persist.

Omaha police agree, saying they are ready to take action against anyone breaking the law.

Police conacted the company these door to door sellers work for and after the conversation, police aren't sure much will change.

The company told police they knew their sellers didn't have the permits. Police said the company didn't seem phased by the arrests.
By: Erin Murray
WOWT Channel 6
http://www.wowt.com
Omaha, Nebraska
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Boise, Idaho
Police say lookout for longhaired salesman with no id
September 12, 2013
Police say lookout for longhaired salesman with no id
By Eric Gonzales Published: Sep 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM MDT
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM MDT KBOI-TV (CBS) & KYUU-TV (CW)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boise Police have a message to homeowners to be on the lookout for salesman coming to your door. Some may be out to steal from you when you’re not around. Boise police are investigating a certain pattern in at least three burglaries that have hit northwest Boise neighborhoods.

They report the thefts have occurred during the day and are high dollar crimes. Police are alerting neighborhoods to keep an eye out for unlicensed salesman working the area. “I wouldn’t think about that. I wouldn’t ever ask to look for a permit or anything like that because I’ve been in Girl Scouts and we’ve always gone door to door,” Savannah Huskey said.

In Boise solicitors have to have a permit to be able to go door to door. Police reports say that the burglars may be posing as carpet cleaners and may be scoping out the house as they make their pitch. Police recommend not to let salesmen into your home, ask to see a city license to sell and be cautious about giving out personal information. Billie Jo Hafterson said, “It just blows me away I am always worried about people coming into the neighborhood and like taking stuff so it just scares me. “

Police are on the lookout for two longhaired men that have ponytails seen wearing button down shirts and khaki pants. They say that the men quickly leave when questioned further. “I don’t answer the door really a lot to any soliciting because I don’t have any money,” Hafterson said.
By Eric Gonzales
KBOI-TV (CBS) & KYUU-TV (CW)
http://www.kboi2.com
Boise, Idaho
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Maple, North Carolina
Currituck County Sheriff's Office
September 12, 2013
Currituck County Sheriff's Office
nixle
nixle.com
Thursday September 12th, 2013 :: 03:00 p.m. EDT
Currituck County Sheriff's Office

Be advised there are individuals going door to door selling cleaning products. Be very cautious before giving any personal information.

Be advised there are individuals going door to door selling cleaning products. Please be cautious before giving credit card information or information about yourself. It would probably be wiser to use cash if you purchase anything at all. Call the Sheriff's Office if you need any assistance or have any questions. There are not any laws prohibiting them from going door to door. If you ask them to leave they must do so.
nixle
nixle.com
https://local.nixle.com
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Spring Brook Twp., Pennsylvania
Spring Brook Twp. supervisors consider regulating door-to-door sales
September 11, 2013
Spring Brook Twp. supervisors consider regulating door-to-door sales
by kyle wind (staff writer)
The Times-Tribune
Published: September 11, 2013
Door-to-door selling law proposed

SPRING BROOK TWP. - Door-to-door peddling in the township will likely soon be regulated by a local ordinance for the first time.

Township Supervisor John Bonacci said at Tuesday's meeting the discussion was sparked by a recent incident during which a group of about a dozen people descended on various neighborhoods in Spring Brook Twp.

"They claimed to be selling cleaning products," Mr. Bonacci said. "We don't really have anything on the books regarding any controls as far as that's concerned - permits, possibly certificates of insurance."

The group turned out to be with a real company, but Mr. Bonacci said the incident underscores the fact that "we need to know who is coming in."

Supervisors said the incident unnerved some township residents. A 90-year-old woman complained a salesman knocked on her door at 9 p.m., said John Flyte, chairman of the board of supervisors.

Mr. Bonacci said a Spring Brook Twp. solicitation ordinance would likely include a permitting process and restrictions on hours and days of operation. He also mentioned possible insurance and background check requirements.

Mr. Bonacci and Mr. Flyte said nonprofit organizations would likely be excluded from the rules.
by kyle wind (staff writer)
The Times-Tribune
http://thetimes-tribune.com
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Forks Township, Pennsylvania
Peddler Permits Stressed in Forks
September 8, 2013
Peddler Permits Stressed in Forks
Forks Township has received solicitation complaints in the past month.
Posted by Dino Ciliberti (Editor) , September 08, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Palmer-Forks Patch
After receiving numerous complaints from residents about unwarranted solicitations, Forks Township is setting the record straight.

In its newsletter that arrived in township mailboxes Friday, residents were informed that peddlers must have permits before soliciting door-to-door.

To obtain a permit, people need to provide a photo ID, type of vehicle, type of goods or services, and each person must have his or her own license.

Forks Township Police said they recently received numerous complaints from residents regarding door-to-door solicitors selling everything from household cleaner to self-help books.

The newsletter advises that any resident who is solicited should ask to see a license. That license should bear the township seal and indicate the date when the solicitation may occur.

Anyone with doubts about a peddler or a permit should contact the police department immediately.

Palmer Township has also cracked down on solicitors recently.
Posted by Dino Ciliberti (Editor)
Palmer-Forks Patch
http://palmer.patch.com
Forks Township, Pennsylvania
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FUGITIVE OF JUSTICE
Kevin Eugene Davis
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Lrumar Publications
aka: Lucretius Phocylides LLC
aka: Lrumar Publications LLC
aka: LP, LLC.
aka: Local Panlamin, LLC
aka: Lincoln Publications
Colorado Court Case : 11CR4093
Colorodo Springs Sheriff office police report: 11-24548
Date of Crime: 08/03/11
Felomy Charge: Possession of marijuana concentrate. 0ver 3oz.
Contact:
Colorado Springs Sheriffs Office: (719) 520-7111
El Paso County, Colorado DA office: 719-520--6000
Kevin Eugene Davis

Kevin Eugene Davis



Fox Valley, Wisconsin
Police Warn About Door To Door Magazine Sales
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Local Panlamin, LLC
aka: Lrumar Publications
aka: Lucretius Phocylides LLC
aka: Lrumar Publications LLC
aka: LP, LLC.
aka: Lincoln Publications
BBB: Local Panlamin LLC
This Business is not BBB accredited
Local Panlamin, LLC
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (440) 796-4914
70 S Val Vista Drive Suite A3-425, Gilbert, AZ 85296
localpanlamin@live.com
BBB file opened: June 21, 2012
Type of Entity
Corporation
Business Management
Ms. Kimberly Lake, President
Maci Fischer, Complaint Handler
Contact Information
Customer Contact: Maci Fischer, Complaint Handler
Principal: Ms. Kimberly Lake, President
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Magazines
end DMPG Info
September 6, 2013
Police Warn About Door To Door Magazine Sales
Updated: Sep 06, 2013 6:42 PM CST
By Tony Ullrich
ABC2 WBAY
Fox Valley -

Police in several Fox Valley communities are warning people about door-to-door magazine salesmen from a company that has dozens of complaints with the Better Business Bureau.

Police departments in the Fox Valley report getting several calls this week of people going door to door selling magazines claiming to be with "Local Panlamin, LLC."

Town of Menasha police say they're based out of Arizona.

"We were able to do some checking into this company and found that they are not accredited through the Better Business Bureau. They actually have an 'F' rating through them and have close to 70 complaints," Jason Weber, Town of Menasha police liaison officer, said.

Angela Slomski in the Town of Menasha told us a couple men came to her house on Wednesday trying to sell her everything from fitness and trucking magazines to children's books.

"They were very, very friendly. And, then I was kind of like, 'Well, what's the catch, here?' And I asked multiple times what the company they worked for, and they really didn't just get to the point, they just kind of kept joking and being friendly," Slomski said.

But that didn't sway Slomski to give them any money.

If someone comes to your door and is trying to sell you something, police recommend you talk with them through the door or outside -- don't let them in. You can also check if they obtained a license with your municipality.

"You know, just because they're licensed doesn't mean you really shouldn't be on guard. The other thing is obviously we don't want people letting strangers or persons unknown inside of their home," Weber said.

Several communities in the Fox Valley, including the Town of Menasha, do require most people to have a license if they're selling door-to-door.

We contacted Local Panlamin LLC on the phone. The person who answered told us they do not have sales people in the Fox Valley and declined our requests for comment.
By Tony Ullrich
ABC2 WBAY
http://www.wbay.com
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Hanford, California
Door-to-door child trafficking claims raise concerns
Social media rumor makes local rounds
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company, aka: Southwestern Advantage
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
September 5, 2013
Door-to-door child trafficking claims raise concerns
Social media rumor makes local rounds
By Mike Eiman
Hanford Sentinel
September 5, 2013
HANFORD — A rumor about door-to-door book sales has some local parents concerned for the safety of their children. Western Christian School Principal Kelly Virden said she’s heard from several concerned parents over the fast few days. The parents reportedly encountered a woman with a European accent selling educational books door to door.

“I have had parents that have come in here that have had this woman come to their door and asking a lot of questions about their kids,” Virden said.

Their concerns may be based on a rumor making rounds on social media sites like Facebook that points to the book sales as a front for human trafficking.

Hanford police Capt. Parker Sever said he was not aware of any such scam, but warned citizens to be cautious when dealing with any door-to-door salesperson.

Besides many of them not having a business license to operate in the city, Sever said burglars commonly pose as door-to-door salespeople to check if a home is occupied before breaking in. The disguise also provides the crooks with an excuse for going from house to house if a police officer passes by.

“You don’t know these people,” Sever said. “Don’t let them in your house.”

A report on the rumor-busting website Snopes.com debunks similar claims from Arizona, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Viral posts on Facebook reported people with “heavy accents” going door to door pretending to sell children’s books and secretly targeting young girls for sex trafficking.

Sever said Facebook is notorious for spreading tall tales and false rumors, including a recent one that claims Mars will appear in the sky as big as the moon.

“These kinds of things come out all the time,” Sever said. “I remember one about a perfume that if you smell it, it’ll knock you out and the people drag you away.”

Virden said she’s learned the saleswoman in question works for a Nashville-based company called Southwestern. A subsidiary company called Southwestern Advantage hires college students to sell educational books and products for children door to door. The company’s website, www.southwesternadvantage.com, allows customers to verify whether a dealer is legitimate using the person’s name and account number.

Virden said she is currently working to bring a police officer to Western Christian School to give a presentation on “stranger danger” to the children.

The private school teaches students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

“I’m sure I see things on Facebook that I know are not true,” Virden said. “But as far as the children here, safety is our number one concern.”

The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or by email at meiman@HanfordSentinel.com.
By Mike Eiman
Hanford Sentinel
http://www.hanfordsentinel.com
Hanford, California
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Door-to-door sales in Minneapolis
September 04, 2013
Door-to-door sales in Minneapolis
By Staff, Corcoran News
Twin Cities Daily Planet
September 04, 2013
Information provided by the City of Minneapolis Licensing Division

Minneapolis has some brand new rules around door-to-door sales that make it easier to know who you’re dealing with when you open your door. The new rules also make it harder for out-of-state companies to exploit youth workers. If a salesperson knocks on your door:

They are required to wear a City-issued photo ID card so you know they’re properly licensed or registered.

If a salesperson doesn’t have a City-issued photo ID card, do not buy from them.

If you believe a company is exploiting youth workers, call 911 so the City can take action. (See more details below).

Door-to-door salespeople cannot knock on doors before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. (or sunset, whichever is later), And they must leave your property if you ask them to leave.

You can also post a sign indicating “no solicitors.”

WHAT ABOUT CANVASSERS?

While all salespeople are required to register and get an ID card in Minneapolis, because of federal law, people who are canvassing are NOT required to get identification cards. That includes people who advocate for religious, social, or political causes.

WHAT IF MY CHILD’S SCHOOL OR YOUTH GROUP PLANS TO DO DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES?

The City wants to make it easy for schools and youth groups to do their regular door-to-door fundraising sales, so the City will approve group identification cards to those groups at no cost. Just call 673-2080 to learn more, or visit www.minneapolismn.gov and search for “solicitor” in the search box.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT TRAVELING MAGAZINE SALES CREWS?

Some companies create dangerous situations for young people by taking youth across state lines to sell magazines door to door. This can often be unsafe. In fact, traveling magazine crews are one of the top five most dangerous jobs for teens. If a youth comes to your door to sell magazines and does not have a City ID card, offer them the 24-hour phone number for Parent Watch at 917-579-4641 or the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-786-2929.
By Staff, Corcoran News
Twin Cities Daily Planet
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Davis, California
Davis Police Identify Door-to-Door Solicitor Suspected of Altering Checks
Door-to-Door Scammer in Davis
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Urban Development Solutions
end DMPG Info
August 29, 2013
Davis Police Identify Door-to-Door Solicitor Suspected of Altering Checks
Door-to-Door Scammer in Davis
by Cecilio Padilla
Web Producer
KTXL FOX40
August 29, 2013

Photo of McCune
provided by Davis Police.

DAVIS—

Police in Davis have identified a suspect in the door-to-door scam operation they warned residents of earlier in August.

Anthony Maurice McCune, a 28-year-old West Sacramento resident, is suspected of knocking on Davis resident’s doors claiming to be soliciting money for a company called Urban Development Solutions.

In two cases, residents gave McCune a check only to find that he had altered the amount to be high – as well as adding his name so that he could cash it.

McCune is said to dress in nice attire when going door-to-door, sometimes wearing an I.D. badge that makes him look official.

Police believe that McCune is still trying to scam people.

Anyone who believes they have been victimized by McCune is asked to call police.
by Cecilio Padilla
Web Producer
KTXL FOX40
http://fox40.com
Sacramento, California
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The Horror That Is Traveling Magazine Sales

Daniel Deshawn Neal
On March 30, 2009 a 78 year old woman in Texas is raped and set on fire by Daniel Deshawn Neal
a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman working for a Washington, D.C.- based company called U.D. Management.
UD Management is an active member of the National Field Selling Association:

http://nfsa.com



Aiken County, South Carolina
Door-to-door salesmen concern county residents
August 29, 2013
Door-to-door salesmen concern county residents
By TEDDY KULMALA
Aiken Standard
Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:01 a.m.
People who are reportedly knocking on the doors of Aiken County residents in an effort to sell them children's books have people concerned, but the Aiken County Sheriff's Office is urging people not to be alarmed.

Calls began coming in to the Sheriff's Office on Wednesday morning, according to Capt. Eric Abdullah, a spokesman.

“From time to time, our communities are invaded by the door-to-door salesperson that knocks on our door in order to sell their wares,” the Sheriff's Office said in a statement, adding that a community is often taken off guard when someone they are unfamiliar with comes into their neighborhood to sell items. The statement was posted on Facebook and the Sheriff's Office website.

The Sheriff's Office has received “many different levels of concerns” about men and women going door to door and selling children's books in Aiken County. Abdullah said the salespeople came to the Sheriff's Office a couple of weeks ago and told authorities they would be selling children's books in the community.

They also showed police the products they planned to sell to customers.

Kristy Garvin, whose family lives between Wagener and Couchton, said they were visited by one of the salespeople about 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The man was “very clean cut,” had an ID card and a backpack, spoke broken English and said he was a student, Garvin said.

“He didn't ring the door bell; he just knocked on the door lightly,” she said. “My husband barely heard. He kind of snuck up on us.”

Garvin said her husband spoke with the man and told him it was a bad time because they were trying to get their children to bed. She called county dispatch, which put her in touch with a Sheriff's deputy. Garvin said she also called Sheriff Michael Hunt on Wednesday morning, after which he referred her to the Facebook post.

The concern has also stirred speculation and even rumors about a possible child abduction taking place in Aiken County.

“It's making parents around here very uncomfortable,” she said. “They can say they are legit, but that is not bringing comfort to any of us that are full-time, stay-at-home mothers by ourselves.”

Garvin said she wants to know if a background check is done on groups selling door to door. According to Abdullah, a license is not necessary to sell door to door unless you are in the incorporated areas of the county. The cities of Aiken and North Augusta require a business license for such selling, he said.

More than 40 people commented on the Sheriff's Office post on Facebook, many saying the salespeople are foreign students recruited to sell products such as books door to door in the United States. Some noted that the books they were selling are high priced.

“They probably have a quota of houses they have to contact daily, which is why they sometimes show up at odd hours and seem pushy by American standards,” one poster wrote. “They ask about kids in the neighborhood so they know which houses could potentially buy from them and which ones to skip.”

Another poster urged people to be cautious – about answering the door for a stranger but also about circulating rumors and stories they hear. She called the claims of child abduction “outlandish” and “false.”

Abdullah said officers from the Sheriff's Office and other agencies have made contact with these individuals “while they have been out in the community, verifying their identity and their business in the neighborhood.”

“Currently, we have not identified any immediate hazards or threats from these salesmen conducting their business by going door to door,” the statement said, adding that residents are urged to call law enforcement if they see any suspicious activity.

“Just be mindful of what's going on in your neighborhood,” Abdullah said. “If you see a crime in progress or see suspicious activity, please call law enforcement. Try not to take matters into your own hands. If you're not sure of somebody who's knocking at your door, don't answer.”

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.
By TEDDY KULMALA
Aiken Standard
http://www.aikenstandard.com
Aiken, South Carolina
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Vineland, New Jersey
Vineland warns of door-to-door scams
August 29, 2013
Vineland warns of door-to-door scams
THE DailyJournal.com
thedailyjournal.com
Aug. 29, 2013 12:00 PM
VINELAND — The city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections is advising residents to check for identification if anyone comes to their door to sell or take orders for goods or services.

The department has gotten calls recently from residents about possibly questionable door-to-door solicitations, L&I Director Robert Aussenberg said.

The city requires anyone doing home sales to be licensed. They must pass a background check and be fingerprinted in order to receive a photo identification from the city.

There is an exemption for nonprofit organizations, if they have filed a sworn application, and individuals engaged in the normal delivery of merchandise.

“Unfortunately, there are individuals who are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting residents, and all too often the elderly are targeted,” Aussenberg said.

“Whether it’s someone going door-to-door selling magazines, home repairs, alarm systems or books, you should always ask for proper identification,” Mayor Ruben Bermudez said. “Also, be wary of high-pressure tactics, like salesmen who insist the deal be closed at that moment or who make special offers to entice you.”

The city suggest some rules for this situation:

• Request ID from anyone who claims to be a city or utility representative.

• Never allow or invite a solicitor into your home.

• Don’t fall for the “sympathy” approach. Ask for company information and research it. Don’t be afraid to ask the salesperson to come back later.

• Avoid door-to-door solicitors who offer to perform various “reduced cost” home repairs.

• Avoid giving personal or financial information to anyone you do not know — at the door, in the mail or online.

• Door-to-door solicitation is authorized in Vineland only between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
THE DailyJournal.com
thedailyjournal.com
http://www.thedailyjournal.com
Vineland, New Jersey
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Dallas, Texas
CRIME
That Magazine Peddler at Your Door Was Part of a $2 Million Scam by a Dallas Company
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Destiny Sales, Inc.
Owners:
Larhon Buchanan
Samuel Cole
end DMPG Info
August 28, 2013
CRIME
That Magazine Peddler at Your Door Was Part of a $2 Million Scam by a Dallas Company
By Eric Nicholson Wed., Aug. 28 2013 at 1:29 PM
Dallas Observer
Categories: Crime
It's such a familiar scenario, you suspect there's some sort of script. Some fresh-faced young man, or else an adult whose face is a bit too weathered for their years, knocks on the door. They're a troubled youth in a crime-ridden urban area, a single parent trying to make ends meet, just a guy trying to get his life back on track, and will be able to do so if you, with your middle-class home in your middle-class neighborhood, paid for by your middle-class job, will simply buy a magazine subscription.

In fact, you pretty much know there's a script. You just wonder who wrote it. The federal government now has an answer: 32-year-old Larhon Buchanan.

Buchanan appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to co-running a Dallas-based company, Destiny Sales, Inc., as well as a handful of other firms that were part of a $2 million magazine-subscription-sales scam.

The scheme worked about like you'd expect: Buchanan and her alleged partner, 44-year-old Samuel Cole, would recruit a group of young men and women in western Pennsylvania and send them through neighborhoods with false credentials from the National Field Selling Association and Better Business Bureau. The salespeople would tell customers that a sizable portion of proceeds from their subscriptions -- which, according to posts on Ripoff Report, were quite steep -- would go to well-respected nonprofits, including military charities, children's hospitals, and youth organizations.

The magazines never showed up, but by the time the customer realized this (their receipt clearly told them to "allow 90-120 days for delivery"), Buchanan and her band of salespeople were long gone, having established a new LLC and moved to a new city. First, their operation was based in Pennsylvania, where she and Cole are from. Then, they moved it to Seattle, then Dallas.

It was a good living, at least while it lasted. By the time the law caught up with Buchanan in November 2012, the operation had claimed as many as 21,000 victims and raked in around $2 million.

Just something to keep in mind the next time guilt makes you reach for your checkbook to buy something from the kid at your front door.
By Eric Nicholson Wed., Aug. 28 2013 at 1:29 PM
Dallas Observer
http://blogs.dallasobserver.com
Dallas, Texas
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Henderson, Nevada
Should you really be opening the door for anyone anymore?
August 28, 2013
Should you really be opening the door for anyone anymore?
Ken Miller
Las Vegas Weekly
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 (5 p.m.)


As if the “how much worse can it get?” discussion weren’t already depressing enough, now comes news that two thugs dressed as Mormon missionaries have been going door-to-door in Las Vegas robbing the folks who open up. It’s a reprehensible ruse. Who would imagine that Mormon missionaries in short sleeves and ties are more interested in your flat-screen TV than spreading the good word? Thankfully, police now have one suspect in custody (another is still at large), and Mormon church spokeswoman Kristen Howey assured us in a two-sentence statement that the church feels the victims’ pain: “We are saddened by this senseless crime. Thankfully, impersonating missionaries is very rare.” But maybe the really shocking element here is that people opened their doors at all.

It doesn’t surprise Jose Hernandez, public information officer with Las Vegas Metro. Hernandez says it’s just human nature. Our first impulse is to be polite and open the door for the UPS driver, the mailman, utility guy, door-to-door salesman ... or missionary. Still, what needs to change, Hernandez says, is our level of alertness. “That’s your private property. If someone says, ‘I’m from so and so,’ you ask them to wait a minute while you make some phone calls. Do not feel obligated to open that door until you have all your answers. If you’re not satisfied, politely tell them to leave.”

Of course, door-to-door activity isn’t as prevalent as it once was. Even the Mormon church is taking feet off the street, announcing recently that many of its missionaries will begin connecting with potential converts over social media. Still, don’t expect the shoe-leather parade to stop anytime soon. Amy Robinson, a spokeswoman for the Direct Selling Association, told NBC News that door-to-door sales accounted for $28.7 billion in sales in 2011. Clearly, there are still profits to be made through the knock and talk approach—if you can get people to open up.

I’m not far removed from a generation that left its doors unlocked, a concept that belongs in the same insane time capsule as DDT and asbestos. A few weeks ago, I was awakened from a nap by an insistent knocking on my door. I cautiously approached the peephole and looked out, unable to make out the person because the sun was at his or her back. Finally, after 10 seconds that felt like 10 minutes, I heard a voice: “Ken, it’s your neighbor. I got your mail by mistake!” A bit embarrassing? Sure. Will I do the exact same thing next time? Absolutely.
Ken Miller
Las Vegas Weekly
http://www.lasvegasweekly.com
Henderson, Nevada
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Gainesville, Florida
Scam alert: fake magazine salesmen making rounds in Gainesville — again
August 28, 2013
Scam alert: fake magazine salesmen making rounds in Gainesville — again
Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:14 am
Kathryn Varn, Alligator Staff Writer
the independent florida alligator
The “magazine salesman” scammers are back in town, and Gainesville Police is urging residents to be vigilant to avoid potential theft.

GPD has recently seen a spike in the number of citizen reports of these scammers, according to a department press release.

Many groups ask for money for fake magazine subscriptions or try to get into a home to burglarize it, said GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias.

“We’ve seen that people will ask to go to the bathroom, and they basically go on a shopping spree inside your house,” Tobias said.

Commissioner Susan Bottcher recently sent an email to commissioners after she noticed the scammers in her neighborhood.

Over the weekend, Bottcher said, she and her husband were driving back to their home in Libby Heights off of 34th Street and saw one of their neighbors outside. The neighbor told her he’d seen the scammers walking around and called GPD’s non-emergency number.

Later, officers responded and made contact with the group. After a criminal history check, all three scammers had burglary and theft histories, and one had served prison time for the crimes, Tobias said.

“These are the people that are knocking on your door trying to get into your house,” he said.

GPD suggests that residents should avoid answering the door if they’re not expecting guests. It also recommends putting a “No Soliciting” sign outside of the house, which gives officers the power to hand out a city ordinance violation citation rather than just a warning.

“It’s very tough for us to catch these people actively committing a crime,” he said.

City officials teamed up to raise awareness of the issue. Police Chief Tony Jones wrote he requested notice be placed in the Neighborhood Crime Watch, and Bottcher emailed and posted press releases on Facebook. City spokesman Bob Woods wrote that officials were coordinating to remind the public to be “vigilant against fraudulent ‘salesmen’ to prevent becoming a victim.”

If anyone sees any suspicious people walking around a neighborhood, the department encourages them to call its non-emergency number at 352-955-1818 — like Bottcher’s neighbor did.

“What I hope is the police presence, as well as the vigilance of the citizens, can tell these people that this is a neighborhood that they’re not going to have any luck in,” Bottcher said.

A version of this story ran on page 1 on 8/28/2013 under the headline "Don’t answer the door for fake magazine salesmen"

Kathryn Varn, Alligator Staff Writer
the independent florida alligator
http://www.alligator.org
Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida Police Department Facebook Press Release

(PRESS RELEASE) SCAM ALERT: Traveling Magazine Sales Crews Return to Gainesville
August 26, 2013 at 8:55am
Monday, August 26, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GAINESVILLE, FLA – It’s that time of the year again, and they’re back in town. They’re everywhere, and they may be knocking on your door very soon. No, we’re not talking about the return of UF students, but traveling magazine salespeople that will try anything to separate you from a few bucks…or worse.

GPD has received reports that these salespeople have descended upon Gainesville yet again. In the past, these traveling groups have proven to be very aggressive and crime certainly follows in their wake. Some of them do legitimately sell magazines, but previous encounters have proven that a majority of these people have large criminal histories and are out to take advantage of people in our community. Just last week, GPD took multiple reports of these salespeople approaching the houses of Gainesville residents. Luckily, the residents remembered our warnings earlier this year and knew to call GPD. When we responded, we confirmed that these sales “crews” were composed of people with long criminal histories.

It’s important that you know the tactics of these people and how to keep yourself safe. Below are some safety tips:

The best prevention tip is to not even answer your door. If you aren’t expecting someone, tell that to the person through the closed door.

Consider putting a “No Soliciting” sign near your front door or at the entrance to your subdivision. There are city ordinances that will give GPD more enforcement options if a sign exists.

If you do choose to answer the door, do NOT open it wide or let them in. They may try tactics such as asking to use the restroom or phone. You don’t know this person, and these groups have a history of committing crimes such as burglaries and robberies. Don’t give them a head start.

Always have a phone with you if you choose to answer your door. You may need a way to call GPD.

If they do manage to stick their foot in the open door, or refuse to leave, call 9-1-1 immediately. Also scream or yell. Make a big enough scene to attract attention to yourself and force them to leave.

If you see these people in your neighborhood, please call our non-emergency number at 955-1818. Be sure to get a good clothing description and note any tattoos or other unique identifying marks.

Never let anyone you don’t know that just shows up unannounced into your home. It’s unfortunate that things “aren’t like they used to be” and there are people out in our world that want to steal from you or hurt you. Always call 9-1-1 immediately if you are in danger.

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Contact: Officer Ben Tobias, PIO
352.393.7525
tobiasbr@cityofgainesville.org


Kosciusko County, Indiana
Book Peddler Raising Concern In County
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company, aka: Southwestern Advantage
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
August 28, 2013
Book Peddler Raising Concern In County
Stacey Page Online
The Papers Incorporated
August 28, 2013 3:34 PM
Book salesmen going door to door in Kosciusko County asking about children are raising some concerns, but police say no criminal activity of any kind has been reported in association with them.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Chad Hill said county residents have contacted police over the last two weeks to inquire especially about one specific individual in a dark red or maroon colored Ford Mustang. “There have been reports of this person, with an unidentifiable accent, looking predominately to sell children’s books or educational materials,” he said.

The suspect’s vehicle, always reportedly the same maroon Mustang, also has an out-of-state license plate.

Hill said no incident reports have been filed, but officers did locate the vehicle and the driver after receiving calls from residents. “He does have all the necessary permits for the city, but in the county he doesn’t need (permits),” Hill explained. “The information we have is that it is more prevalent in the afternoon or evenings.”

Conversations on Facebook have had local citizens questioning the validity of the salesman’s purpose while others say the materials he is trying to sell are quite expensive. One online blog even posted information about similar salespersons in other states, but that also failed to identify any criminal acts associated with them.

Tim Ellis of Warsaw said he recently came upon the “old maroon colored Mustang with Wisconsin plates” at 400 South and County Farm Road, Warsaw. “I stopped and asked him if he was lost. He said ‘no,’ and I noticed he was hand drawing a little map of the area. I asked him what he was doing. He said, ‘Oh, I’m selling books.’ He had a slight accent, too. I said, ‘Well listen nobody wants guys like you around here so you best be on your way’.”

In the same Facebook conversation, Karla Shepherd of Leesburg added, “We had a young guy in an old dark red Mustang stop at our house twice. He knocked on the door and windows for a quite a while! I didn’t answer, then he went down to our neighbor’s house and said he was in college selling books for kids.”

While it stands to reason that the salesmen would look for homes where children live and ask the residents the ages of the children for the purpose of selling the material, Sgt. Hill said, “In this day and age, always be alert … but if you’re not interested, close the door.”

AC 17 hours ago:

Southwestern Advantage books are obscenely over priced! I stupidly bought some years ago. There is tiny fine print that says you have 3 days to get a refund. When I noticed it after a week, they wouldn't give me my money back. I now have "educational books" that my kids no longer use and I stupidly paid hundreds of dollars for them. They aren't even that good. And if you are going to have shady salesman who look more like stalkers than salesman, your begging for them to be run out of town. DON'T OPEN THE DOOR! DON'T BUY THE BOOKS!!!! And DON'T EVER give out information about your children or the children in your neighborhood! I didn't, but I've heard these new salesman do. Don't do it!!!! These salesman are TOO shady!!!
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The Papers Incorporated
http://www.staceypageonline.com
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ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Cape Coral, Florida
Cape Coral salesman murder trial underway
August 27, 2013
Cape Coral salesman murder trial underway
Posted: Aug 27, 2013 10:38 AM CST
Updated: Aug 27, 2013 11:41 AM CST
By Matt Wright, Reporter
WZVN-TV
CAPE CORAL -

The murder trial for a man accused of shooting and killing a door-to-door salesman in Cape Coral last July began Tuesday morning with jury selection.

Kenneth Roop is charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Nicholas Rainey. The door-to- door meat salesman was found on Roop's driveway at 1815 SW 30th Terrace face down and bleeding.

Investigators said Rainey was carrying a brochure for meat and seafood when he went to Roop's home. When no one answered the door, Rainey began to walk down the driveway. That's when a vehicle driven by Roop pulled in.

After a confrontation, investigators said Roop shot Rainey in the chest then again in the back of the head as he was lying on the ground. An affidavit conducted shortly after the shooting reveals Roop claimed he fired the second shot "for effect."

Witnesses said after the shooting Roop reloaded his gun and threatened to shoot anyone on his property.

Neighbors said an off-duty Collier County Sheriff's deputy got Roop to drop his gun before Cape Coral police officers arrived and arrested him.

On Tuesday morning, the usually bearded Roop was clean shaven and dressed in a suit. He was also seen smiling at family members in the court room.

Attorneys questioned 50 potential jurors as they worked to seat a jury of six. The trial is expected to last through the end of the week.
By Matt Wright, Reporter
WZVN-TV
http://www.abc-7.com
Fort Myers, Florida
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SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


Fostoria, Ohio
Door-to-door salesmen making rounds
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation
National Field Sales Associates
end DMPG Info
August 27, 2013
Door-to-door salesmen making rounds
Fostoria Review Times
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Fostoria police are warning residents of a possible solicitation scam after numerous incidents of door-to-door salesman combing city streets were reported Tuesday afternoon.

According to a statement released via the Fostoria Police Department's Facebook page, officers received numerous complaints about representatives of a company called Midwest Circulation or National Field Sales Associates going door-to-door, selling magazine subscriptions for charitable funds.

In an official report issued by Fostoria Police Department, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office stated area residents reported "20 or more people" soliciting subscriptions for funds for literacy, wounded Afghan veterans or little league for underprivileged youth without offering sales receipts.

In the Facebook post, the Fostoria Police Department said the company does not possess a solicitors license in the city and all citizens are encouraged to visit the Better Business Bureau website "to inquire about any company/organization, such as this, before giving them money."
Fostoria Review Times
http://www.reviewtimes.com
Fostoria, Ohio
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DMPG Info:
Bridgett Robbins: Midwest Circulation LLC
Pig for Profit
Bridgett Robbins is beyond all doubt the next Karleen Killery Spruiell
of the Traveling Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Industry.


DMPG Info Clip Posted 041813:
Midwest Circulations,LLC, aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc., aka: Prodigy Publications, aka: MidWest Marketing, aka: MWM, aka: Prodigy Publications

Google Search: Midwest Circulation + magazine

Search Midwest Circulation This Website

Additional Information:

Prodigy Publications, Presence on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-Publications/151903328211203
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-Publications/151903328211203?sk=wall&filter=12
Prodigy Publications Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-Publications/151903328211203?id=151903328211203&sk=photos_stream
Prodigy Publications/Midwest Marketing
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-PublicationsMidwest-Marketing/172410322780327
Ripoff Reports: Midwest Circulations, LLC
https://www.ripoffreport.com/Search/midwest%20circulation.aspx

Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc., aka: MidWest Marketing, aka: Prodigy Publications
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Website
Facebook


BBB: Midwest Circulation LLC
This Business is not BBB accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Phone: (816) 632-2917
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429
3330 Smalley Ter, Kansas City, MO 64129
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
BBB file opened: September 29, 2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Business incorporated: 11/01/2008 in CO
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Management
Jami . Wendy ., Customer Service
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Wendy ., Customer Service
Business Category
MAGAZINES-SUBSCRIPTION AGENTS
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
end BBB info.

On January 15, 2012 a magazine salesman was arrested and accused of stealing the wedding rings from an 81-year-old Gainesville woman who had let him into her house to use the restroom, police said. The suspect, Jack Ryan Patti, 20, of Belton, Mo., who said he was an employee with Midwest Circulation LLC, was charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony, as the wedding rings were valued at about $700. Patti was being held at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Gainsville police case # 02-12-001056.

On May 8, 2010 Patrick M. Schneider, a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman raped a Sycamore, Illinois woman. Schneider was convicted of criminal sexual assault. According to police reports Schneider was employed by Midwest Circulations LLC. Dekalb County Illinois Case # 201001431

Kissimmee, Florida
December 31, 2009
Arrests of salesmen in bloody Osceola County beating attracts attention of national group monitoring door-to-door magazine sales. KISSIMMEE – Two national groups say the recent arrests of two magazine salesmen charged with beating a colleague at an Osceola County motel represent a nationwide surge in violence in a door-to-door business where workers can't meet quotas in the recession. Parent Watch, one of the groups, has been following the industry for 30 years that hires young adults to travel across country in teams selling magazine subscriptions to earn points for prizes, cash awards and shopping sprees. "The crews for the most point seem to be more on edge than ever before because they can't sell," said Parent Watch founder Earline Williams, who handles two to six phone calls a day from frightened, stranded workers seeking bus fare home. "The industry's ouf of control as far as violence." On Dec. 16, Osceola County deputies found a salesman known as " The Kid" bleeding from multiple wounds outside America's Best Inn at 5150 W. U.S. Highway 192, according to sheriff's reports. The victim, Brian Emery, told deputies he recently had been hired to sell magazines and slept with other team members in a motel room rented by the company. Late on Dec. 15, some of his team members gave him $12 to buy beer but became enraged when he bought the wrong brand, the report stated. Justine Angermeier, a 24-year-old salesman, is charged with breaking a 32-ounce beer bottle against Emery's right eye and cheekbone. Jeremy Kirkemeir, 20, a team member with a criminal record in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, is charged with taking part in a beating that followed, according to court records. Both were released on bail from the Osceola County Jail. On Thursday, about 30 salespeople working for Midwest Circulation LLC, a door-to-door magazine sales company, checked out America's Best Inn on Thursday afternoon, according to the motel staff. Midwest Circulation manager Bridgett Robbins, who lists Angermeier as a friend on her Myspace.com page, did not return a telephone request for comment. The group's activities prompted a public warning in Gainesville in November, when about 50 Midwest Circulation workers started selling magazines in Alachua County, according to the Gainesville Sun. "Our patrol division has been advised to be on the lookout for places where these folks may be working and that they do have criminal histories," sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey told the newspaper. Few of the magazine sales teams do background checks on their workers, according Phil Ellenbecker of http://www.travelingsalescrews.info , a national group based in Wisconsin that has tracked about 300 felony crimes and 86 deaths attributed to door-to-door vendors. "It's not uncommon to get recently released felons knocking on your door trying to sell you magazines," said Ellenbecker. "They've been linked to a number of unsolved rapes and murders."
Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at 407-420-5257 or hcurtis@orlandosentinel.com.
Source:
By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel
5:06 p.m. EST, December 31, 2009
http://www.orlandosentinel.com
Orlando, Florida
end sentinel article

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Website
Facebook


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Jefferson City, Missouri
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulations, LLC
President: Bridgett Robbins
end DMPG Info
June 3, 2013
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office
KY3-TV
Phone support: (417)268-3183
Email: vip@ky3.com
3:26 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a door-to-door magazine sales company for allegedly deceiving consumers.

Koster sued Midwest Circulations, LLC and its president, Bridgett Robbins, of Osborn, Missouri, alleging that Midwest Circulations:

Misrepresented to consumers that the magazines consumers purchased would be donated on their behalf to various charities, including children in hospitals;

Misrepresented how long consumers had to cancel their magazine subscriptions:

Illegally denied refunds to consumers; and

Failed to provide magazines to some consumers.

Koster said hundreds of people have complained to the Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau about this company.

“Consumers should be cautious about door-to-door sales or offers to provide services,” Koster said. “If you have any doubt about a sales offer, decline the offer until you have an opportunity to do some homework to determine if it is legitimate.”

The lawsuit seeks to stop Midwest Circulations and Robbins from continuing any illegal sales practices in Missouri. The suit also demands restitution for consumers and civil penalties against the business.

Koster offered the following tips to help consumers avoid becoming the victim of a scam:

Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office

3:26 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2013

Be wary of sellers claiming to be local students or members of an organized group, such as a sports team. There are documented cases of door-to-door sellers being arrested by law enforcement for using this type of deception.

Avoid succumbing to high-pressure sales tactics, a common behavior for sham door-to-door sales.
Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office
KY3-TV
Phone support: (417)268-3183
Email: vip@ky3.com
http://www.ky3.com
Springfield, Missouri
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Vineland, New Jersey
Vineland City Hall warns about unlicensed door-to-door salesmen
August 24, 2013
Vineland City Hall warns about unlicensed door-to-door salesmen
By Don E. Woods/South Jersey Times
nj.com
on August 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM
VINELAND — The city Department of Licenses and Inspections warns residents about unlicensed door-to-door salesmen after hearing reports from residents.

Salesmen are required to carry proper identification badges and licensed by the city, according to the ordinance.

“Unfortunately, there are individuals who are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting residents, and all too often the elderly are targeted,” said Robert Aussenberg, director of licenses and inspections.

Those licensed for door-to-door solicitation are issued photo identification by the department after being fingerprinted and undergoing a background check.

Non-profit organizations and normal delivery men are exempt from the ordinance.

“Con artists are always coming up with new ways to try and scam the public,” said Mayor Ruben Bermudez.

“Whether it’s someone going door-to-door selling magazines, home repairs, alarm systems, or books, you should always ask for proper identification.”

The city urges residents to request identification from anyone who claims to be a city or utility representative, to never allow a solicitor into their home or give personal information, and be weary of any sympathy or high-pressure approaches.

Salesmen are also only allowed to conduct business between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If any resident encounters an unlicensed salesmen, they are urged to contact the Vineland Police Department at 856-691-4111 or the Vineland Department of Licenses and Inspections at 856-794-4000 ex: 4645.

Contact staff writer Don E. Woods at 856-451-1000, ext. 518 or dwoods@southjerseymedia.com
By Don E. Woods/South Jersey Times
nj.com
http://www.nj.com
New Jersey
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Madison, Wisconsin
Satton Marketing to pay $15,000 for violating workers' law
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Satton Marketing
end DMPG Info
August 23, 2013
Satton Marketing to pay $15,000 for violating workers' law
August 23, 2013 7:00 am • DAVID WAHLBERG | Wisconsin State Journal
| dwahlberg@madison.com | 608-252-6125

Utah company cited for violations of sales crew law faces $55,000 fine
A Utah company faces $55,000 in penalties for alleged violations of the traveling sales crew law. Read more


The state of Wisconsin has reached a $15,000 settlement resolving claims made against a company that allegedly transported and fired employees illegally, the Department of Justice said.

The Department of Workforce Development said Satton Marketing violated a state law that governs the recruitment and employment of itinerant magazine sales crews.

Satton hired a crew of 12 college-aged students, transporting them in a vehicle without proof of insurance, violating local sales-permit requirements and without registering under the state statutes, according to the DWD.

When workers became aware of the legal issues, they protested and Satton fired them in violation of the law, the state said.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction. An earlier headline misstated what Satton Marketing sells.]

DAVID WAHLBERG | Wisconsin State Journal
| dwahlberg@madison.com | 608-252-6125
http://host.madison.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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National Coverage:
Madison, Wisconsin
Utah Traveling Sales Crew Stands To Pay $55K For Violating WI Law
DMPG Info:
Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Satton Marketing of Orem, Utah
end DMPG Info
April 23, 2013
Utah Traveling Sales Crew Stands To Pay $55K For Violating WI Law
By Patty Murray
Wisconsin Public Radio
Tue April 23, 2013 6:14 pm
The state is taking action against a Utah company for violating its stringent Traveling Sales Crew law.

Listen
1:28


This is the first time a company is facing fines since “Malinda's Law” took effect in 2010. Malinda's Law is named after one of the victims of a high speed crash in 1999, in which seven members of a traveling magazine sales crew died. It requires traveling salespeople to be licensed and certified.

Satton Marketing of Orem, Utah is facing $55,000 in fines for violating the provisions last summer. The company employed a dozen out-of-state workers to go door to door selling television services.

“It’s the first time we've made any citations,” said Jim Chiolino, the director of labor standards for the Department of Workforce Development's Equal Rights Division.

Chilino says Satton claims it didn't know of Wisconsin's law.

“No other states have similar regulations, so I guess I can understand maybe not knowing all the intricacies. But we have published this information. It's on our website. We've been informing law enforcement over the last few years.”

A police officer in the Village of Highland reported seeing a suspicious sales crew last summer, and so did a resident in Poynette. Chilino says his department is relying on such sightings to follow up on potential cases.

He says two to three companies are in the process of applying for licenses: “So we haven't certified anybody yet, but they seem to be good applications. They're trying to comply.”

The case against Satton Marketing goes to the Department of Justice, which can choose to file suit to recover the $55,000 fine.
By Patty Murray
Wisconsin Public Radio
http://news.wpr.org
Madison, Wisconsin
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El Paso, Texas
Door-to-door book salesmen accused of posing danger to children
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company, aka: Southwestern Advantage
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
August 22, 2013
Door-to-door book salesmen accused of posing danger to children
By: Jesse Martinez
KFOX14 El Paso Station
Updated: Thursday, August 22 2013, 05:00 PM MDT
EL PASO, Texas -- Allegations against a door-to-door children's book salesman have many residents concerned, but officials said the allegations have yet to be confirmed. A letter allegedly from Silver Consolidated School District, dated Aug. 21, says the salesman is suspected of getting information about children for abduction and possible human trafficking. The district said it was notified by local law enforcement that the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department reported the salesman. A man, described in the letter as possibly of Russian descent, was in El Paso, Las Cruces and Deming selling books, according to the school district. It said the man told people he represented a company called Southwest Advantage. Law enforcement officials in Silver City said they could not confirm where the information in the letter came from. Officials from CYFD are looking into the allegations and are trying to determine their origin. The Deming police chief said their department received call from residents in the area saying people were going door-to-door selling educational books. Those residents reported that the salesmen were asking for information about their kids, including their ages and the schools they attended. Deming police investigation the allegations and found one of the salesmen after a resident took a photo of him. Police said the company was legitimate; however, the company did not have a business license required by Deming to sell door-to-door. Police said they issued a warning to them. A spokesperson for the El Paso Police Department said they have received some calls from concerned citizens, but the salesmen did nothing criminalized. According to officials, none of the information stated in the letter has been verified.
By: Jesse Martinez
KFOX14 El Paso Station
http://www.kfoxtv.com
El Paso, Texas
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Bossier Parish, Louisiana
Door-to-door salesmen working in Bossier Parish now need permits
August 22, 2013
Door-to-door salesmen working in Bossier Parish now need permits
Kimberly Rusley
KTAL TV-6
Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
08/22 01:14 AM
08/22 01:51 AM
In Bossier Parish, a new ordinance has been created to protect citizens from phony door-to-door sales people trying to rip them off.

"Having the ordinance will really make all the neighborhoods in the parish safer."

Gary Alderman is the president of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association. About a month ago, a door-to-door salesman going through the neighborhood got him fired up.

He said a man was trying to sell alarm systems to neighbors and lied, saying there had been several burglaries in the area.

Alderman's next door neighbor told him about her experience with the man.

"He had knocked on her door, he tried to force his way in to see the layout of her house, and was asking questions," says Alderman. "Are you married? Is your husband gone very long? How long are you gone? How many days are you here, not here?"

"Being someone in law enforcement since 1975 that sounds like the same questions that a burglar would want to know, you know," says Alderman.

When the former officer saw him walking around with a clipboard in his hand, he confronted him.

"I said well, 'why are you selling alarm systems out here?'" says Alderman. "And he said, 'because you've had several burglaries.' I said, 'where are they at?' He gave me some names that were bogus names I didn't recognize and I said, 'well, you're lying because there hasn't been any burglaries in this neighborhood, because I'm the president of the neighborhood association, and I know we haven't had any burglaries."

Alderman asked him for identification, got his license and was getting ready to call the sheriff's office.

"He followed me to my front door as if he was going to follow me inside my house, and so I ordered him back out," says Alderman. "I said, 'get back on the sidewalk. You're not allowed on my property.'"

After that encounter, Alderman asked the Bossier Parish Police Jury to pass an ordinance that regulated door-to-door solicitation.

"This will give law enforcement an opportunity to keep those folks out of the neighborhoods, especially those using scare tactics with seniors to get them to sign up for services," says Patrick Jackson, Bossier Parish Attorney.

The parish attorney says the ordinance won't affect groups like the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts or students and churches that do fundraising.

Others will need a permit to sell.

Neighbor L.G. Morgan says it's a good thing.

"I'm very much in favor of it, and I just don't believe people should be bothered at home with salesmen," says Morgan.
Kimberly Rusley
KTAL TV-6
Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
http://www.arklatexhomepage.com
Shreveport, Louisiana
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Silver City, New Mexico
Silver City area law enforcement warn residents of possible predator
Silver City law enforcement warn residents of possible predator
August 21, 2013
Silver City area law enforcement warn residents of possible predator
Silver City law enforcement warn residents of possible predator
By Christine Steele
csteele@scsun-news.comon Twitter @SCSunNews
Silver City Sun-News
Posted: 08/21/2013 04:37:45 PM MDT
SILVER CITY >> Both the Grant County Sheriff's Deputies and the Silver City Police Department are warning area residents of a possible predator going door-to-door selling children's books.

While the information is unverified, Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds and Lt. Michael Aguirre with the Grant County Sheriff's Department wanted to alert people to a text message going around indicating that there is a person going door-to-door selling children's books and asking specific information about the children in the home such as their ages and what school they attend. The person also asks to come into the home because it is hot outside.

The text, which was forwarded to the Sun-News from the Sheriff's Department, said the person is allegedly a Russian man who has been to El Paso, Las Cruces, and now Deming, was the perpetrator.

Law enforcement officials said while they have not been able to verify the information, they wanted to warn residents to be alert and cautious. If a person comes to your door whom you do not know, do not let this person in your residence. Do not give personal information about you or your children to anyone you do not know.

The Silver City Police is in the process of determining the validity of the text and will provide additional information as it becomes available. Additionally, anyone selling door-to-door in the town limits is required to obtain a permit to do so.

If anyone has any contact with someone doing door-to-door selling, they are urged to call Central Dispatch at 575-388-8840 to report the person. A police officer will respond to check if the person has the appropriate permit.

If you have further questions, call the Silver City Police Department at 575-538-3723 or the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 575-574-0100.

Christine Steele can be reached at 575-538-5893 ext. 5802.
By Christine Steele
csteele@scsun-news.comon Twitter @SCSunNews
Silver City Sun-News
http://www.scsun-news.com
Silver City, New Mexico
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Westerville, Ohio
Genoa Township Police Alert Residents About Unauthorized Solicitors
August 21, 2013
Genoa Township Police Alert Residents About Unauthorized Solicitors
WBNS-10TV
Wednesday August 21, 2013 6:30 PM
UPDATED: Wednesday August 21, 2013 6:31 PM
WESTERVILLE, Ohio - Genoa Township police are warning residents to watch out for people selling door-to-door.

Police recently received several calls about vendors trying to sell magazines.

Officers stopped several young adults carrying homemade permits.

Police say all door-to-door vendors must register with Genoa Township.

If a salesperson knocks on your door, officers advise you ask to see their permit.

Officers say if anything looks suspicious close the door and call police.

Stay with 10TV and keep refreshing 10TV.com for the latest information.
WBNS-10TV
http://www.10tv.com
Columbus, Ohio
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Niagara, Ontario
NRP warning about possible door to door scam involving home security systems
August 18, 2013
NRP warning about possible door to door scam involving home security systems
610 CKTB News
8/18/2013
Niagara Regional Police are warning about another door to door scam in the region, this time involving home security systems.

Thanks in part to an alert homeowner, over the past week police have received two complaints regarding men posing as ADT sales representatives.

The unknown males have attended Niagara area homes pretending to sell security systems.

Police suspect these unidentified men are actually casing out homes to see if there is an existing alarm system installed and monitored, to obtain a layout of the interior and exterior of the homes, and to see if there is an animal in the home.

According to police, once they get the information these imposters usually have enough details to plan out what could be their next break and enter target.

Police are reminding you to never let a door to door salesperson into your home, based on their word that they work for an alarm company or any other service that may be offered door to door.

Investigators say that at this time nobody at ADT could confirm whether or not they have salespeople going door to door.

However, if approached, you are urged to contact ADT at 1-888-263-1748 in order to confirm the validity of what the person at the door is stating.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
610 CKTB News
http://www.610cktb.com
St. Catharines, Ontario
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Bellingham, Massachusetts
Bellingham proposal would regulate door-to-door sales
August 17, 2013
Bellingham proposal would regulate door-to-door sales
By Matt Tota/Daily News staff
Milford Daily News
Posted Aug 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
BELLINGHAM —

Before going door to door in search of sales, vendors would first have to undergo a background check to receive a permit, according to a bylaw on the Town Meeting warrant that voters will take up in October.

The proposal, written by a Barrett Lane resident working closely with the town clerk and police chief, stipulates that "solicitors" — any person selling a good or service — must register with the police to receive a permit. Exempt are youth groups, politicians and religious organizations.

A "no trespassing" measure will also be on the warrant, with both appearing under the same article that is expected to be among the first voters see, covering groups not considered solicitors, such as charitable organizations.

To apply for the permit, vendors have to provide specific personal information to the Police Department, including a Social Security number, home address, local address and cell phone number. In addition, they must give the make, model, color and registration number of any vehicle they use while doing business.

Police will conduct a background check before issuing a permit. However, it is not stated the types of crimes that would lead the department to deny a permit request.

Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office has approved similar bylaws in Dighton, Saugus, Kingston and Upton, among other communities. Following a Town Meeting or election, the attorney general reviews any adopted or amended bylaws, in large part for their constitutionality.

In 2009, Coakley’s office received a bylaw passed at Southborough’s fall Town Meeting. Similar to Bellingham’s proposed laws, it specified that commercial solicitors apply for a registration card and go through a background check.

But because the town did not specify a time limit for which the Police Department must deny or issue a permit, the bylaw was found unconstitutional, according to the attorney general’s ruling.

"The Supreme Court has held that permitting systems for solicitation … must set a definite time limit within which the decision maker must either issue the permit or go to court to join the activity," the ruling said.

Bellingham’s laws, at present, do not mention a time limit.

Coakley’s office suggested changing questionable sections of the Southborough bylaw, as well.

The town sought to exempt charitable organizations, religious groups and politicians, but the attorney general’s office noted that doing so could be perceived as violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
By Matt Tota/Daily News staff
Milford Daily News
http://www.milforddailynews.com
Milford, Massachusetts
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Gordon County, Georgia
Fake salesman assaults Gordon County woman
August 16, 2013
Fake salesman assaults Gordon County woman
by Staff Report
Chattanooga Times Free Press
published Friday, August 16th, 2013
Gordon County, Ga., police are searching for a man who gained entry to a woman’s home and assaulted her by pretending to be a door-to-door salesman Friday morning.

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office news release, at 10:15 a.m. Friday morning, deputies were sent to a Buck Boulevard home in response to an assault call. A white man with brown hair, wearing a navy shirt, allegedly used a salesman disguise to get into a female resident’s home and then assaulted her.

The suspect reportedly fled on foot, and Gordon County air and K-9 units searched the area Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect’s whereabouts should call the Gordon County Sheriff’s Detective Division at 706-629-1244.
by Staff Report
Chattanooga Times Free Press
http://timesfreepress.com
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Georgetown, Massachusetts
Police seek information on house break-in
August 16, 2013
Police seek information on house break-in
By Tim McCarthy/tmccarthy@wickedlocal.com
Georgetown Record
Posted Aug 16, 2013 @ 10:56 AM
Georgetown —

The Georgetown Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating those responsible for a home break-in.

Sgt. Kevin DeFeo said a home on Pingree Farm Road was broken into on Thursday, Aug. 15, allegedly by individuals posing as door to door salesmen.

Police are currently seeking one or two black males driving a gray or silver SUV, possibly a Cadillac model. The suspects are well dressed in sport jackets and are posing as company called Home Improvement Contracts, according to police.

Anyone with information related to the crime or these individuals should contact Sgt. DeFeo at 978-352-5700.
By Tim McCarthy/tmccarthy@wickedlocal.com
Georgetown Record
http://www.wickedlocal.com
Danvers, Massachusetts
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Madison, Wisconsin
People touched by tragedy warn about sales crews
Police report filed after sighting in Madison
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Subscriptions Plus
Owner: Karleen Hillary Spruiell, aka: Karleen Hillary
Magazine Sales Crew: YES - Youth Employment Services
Manager: Choan Alan Lane
Magazine Clearinghouses:
National Publishers Exchange: NPE
PUBLISHERS CONSULTING CORPORATION
Owner: Robert Lake - http://www.mag-full.com
Trade Groups:
The National Field Selling Association President: Nathan Edwards: Member of the MPA
Magazine Publishers of America President: Nina Link.

Janesville Wisconsin Van Crash March 25, 1999
Janesville Wisconsin Van Crash Memorial April 7 2013
Dedicated Memorial Parents Group
Letters To The Magazine Publishers
Malinda's Memorial
Industry Van Rollovers
end DMPG Info
August 15, 2013
People touched by tragedy warn about sales crews
Police report filed after sighting in Madison
Author: Theo Keith, tkeith@wisctv.com
Published On: Aug 15 2013 10:37:13 PM CDT
CHANNEL3000
WISC News 3
MADISON, Wis. -

Four years after a measure aiming to stifle criminals within the door-to-door sales industry went into effect, some say the bad guys are coming back to Wisconsin to test the law.

Nicole McDougal, who suffered a traumatic brain injury from a 1999 van crash on the way to a sales assignment in Janesville, said she told a salesman to leave her front porch Tuesday after she got a bad feeling.

"Number one, don't order nothing from them. Number two, ask for a permit, and if they don't have a permit, make a police report," McDougal advised during an interview at her home on Madison's north side.

McDougal filed a police report with the help of Phil Ellenbecker of Verona. Ellenbecker is the father of Malinda Turvey, who died in the crash and for whom a 2009 state law aiming to clean up the door-to-door industry is named.

A police officer investigated Tuesday's incident but wasn't able to find the crew in McDougal's neighborhood, said Joel DeSpain, a Madison police spokesman.

McDougal and Turvey were part of a 14-member crew driving to Janesville to sell magazines in 1999. The two had answered an ad because "it was a job," McDougal said, and it was their first assignment.

The van rolled over and seven people, including Turvey, died.

Malinda's law, which went into effect 10 years after the crash, requires traveling sales crews obtain a permit before doing business in a Wisconsin city.

To get the permit, businesses must consent to background checks. Crime in the door-to-door industry has dropped since the law went into effect, but Ellenbecker said criminals will start testing the law.

"Whatever you do, do not open your door and do not let these people into your home," Ellenbecker said. "Immediately pick up your phone and call police."

In April, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced it had cited a Utah door-to-door company for failing to register. The company faced up to $55,000 in fines, state officials said.
Author: Theo Keith, tkeith@wisctv.com
CHANNEL3000
WISC News 3
http://www.channel3000.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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Minnesota
Your Legal Rights: Avoiding door-to-door scammers
August 15, 2013
Your Legal Rights: Avoiding door-to-door scammers
By Lori Swanson, Minnesota attorney general—
By Contributer on August 15, 2013 at 11:11 am
ECM Post Review
While “Marcy” was gardening in her front yard, a man approached. He told her he could repave her driveway at a “bargain price” if she paid cash today. She paid the money, and the man promised to return with a crew the next day to do the work. He never came back.

Maybe your neighborhood has seen the scam: an unknown salesman travels from house to house offering to fix up homes or driveways at rock-bottom prices. He may give a reason why his prices are so low, such as claiming to have supplies left over from another project in your neighborhood. What scammers never tell you is the “catch”: If you pay up front, they may run off with your money, leave the work undone, do shoddy work, or overcharge you in the end.

Door-to-door scams increase in warm weather, and some scammers go from town to town ripping people off. These are some precautions to guard against these scams.

Driveway pavement scams

Fraudsters sometimes stop at homes that have older, unpaved or cracked driveways. They use the condition of the driveway as a pressure point, suggesting that the driveway should look more like the driveways of their neighbors or indicating that a better driveway would raise the consumer’s home value. Scammers may try to pressure a homeowner to make a snap decision before they have time to shop around, often by claiming that the “bargain” offer is only available if they act now. Fraudulent operators may be quick to disappear if a homeowner pays up front.

Home improvement scams

With this scam, a crooked person may offer to fix a window, repair a roof, or paint a house. These scam artists can be very aggressive. If a homeowner pays for the work up front, the scammer may skip town, refuse to honor the deal, perform shoddy work, or stick the homeowner with an inflated bill. If the homeowner makes a partial payment up front, the scammer may do some limited work to get the homeowner to pay additional funds, before the fraudster skips town.

Security alarm scams

Each summer, traveling crews come to Minnesota to sign people up for security alarms. Scammers may get their foot in the door by telling you the alarm is “free” or discounted or that they are with your current alarm company. They may scare you by talking about crime in your neighborhood. They may ask you to sign a contract whose print is so small you can’t even read it. In some cases, people have signed contracts requiring them to pay as much as $50 per month for five years for a security alarm that doesn’t work or that they don’t need. If you want a security alarm, the best advice is to ask friends and family for references and then research those businesses.

Tips to avoid door-to-door home improvement scams

Don’t Fall for Pressure Tactics.

Door-to-door home improvement scams try to trick you into acting immediately, before you have time to shop around. Legitimate companies that want your business will generally allow you time to think about the offer, research your options, and shop around. Red flags should go up if a door-to-door salesman pressures you to make an immediate decision or pay cash in advance.

Ask for identification and research the business.

You should carefully research any business before allowing it to work in your home. Ask for state or local license or permit information and information on whether the person is bonded. Under Minnesota law, door-to-door salespeople must clearly disclose their name, the name of the business they represent and the goods or services they wish to sell, as well as an identification card with the sales person’s name and the name of the business to any potential buyer

Contact the Department of Labor and Industry and your local government.

Most residential building contractors must be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Many municipalities also require contractors or door-to-door salespeople to hold a permit or license. Contact your local city, municipality or county for more information on local regulations.

Beware of missing information.

Scam artists tend to use generic business names and only include a phone number on any written materials. They may drive unmarked cars or trucks. If a salesman declines to provide you with identification or other basic information, it is probably best to end the conversation.

Take your time and shop around.

If you would like to pursue a home improvement project, ask for references from friends and neighbors who have undertaken similar projects. The best recommendations often come from people you trust who have direct experience with a contractor. Consider asking several companies to provide you with bids.

Document and read offers and estimates.

Carefully read any contract before you sign it. Beware of fine print that requires you to pay more than a quoted price or that obligates you to pay for unwanted services that you did not discuss with the contractor. Ask the representative to leave the contract with you for review before you sign it.

Put your personal safety first.

Don’t let unknown salesmen inside your home. Scammers can be very aggressive. If you let them inside your home, they may sit down on your couch — or even your bed — and refuse to leave until you sign a contract.

Turn Away if you have an uneasy feeling.

Listen to your instincts. If you have an uneasy feeling about a door-to-door operator, just say “no” and shut the door. Con artists can be persuasive: the longer you allow them to talk to you, the greater the opportunity they see to sweet talk you into making a decision you might regret. Don’t continue to engage with a salesman who you have already turned down.

If you suspect a door-to-door scam is occurring in your neighborhood, promptly notify local law enforcement.
By Contributer on August 15, 2013 at 11:11 am
By Lori Swanson, Minnesota attorney general—
ECM Post Review
http://ecmpostreview.com
Cambridge, Minnesota
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United Kingdom
Stick it to push door-to-door sellers
August 15, 2013
Stick it to push door-to-door sellers
By Editor On Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 9:55am
The Orcadian


Following a summer of police reports of door-to-door salesmen, the OIC’s trading standards department can now supply stickers advising potential doorstep sellers that their custom is not welcome.

Gary Foubister, the council’s trading standards manager, said: “All too often rogue traders turn up at homes causing stress, worry and havoc for some of our most vulnerable householders and then disappear without leaving so much as an address. Contrast this with local businesses which do not call uninvited and are readily contactable.

“The law generally requires door-to-door sales people to give consumers a notice detailing cancellation rights, a seven-day cooling-off period within which you can cancel any agreement and receive a full refund, and information on how you can cancel the contract. This cooling off period does not however always apply to farms or other businesses so bear this in mind if you are persuaded to buy goods or services for your business.”

The stickers are free and can be collected from the council offices or posted to anyone wanting one.
By Editor On Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 9:55am
The Orcadian
E-mail: newsroom@orcadian.co.uk
http://www.orcadian.co.uk
The Orcadian, 50 Albert Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1HQ
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Subscriptions ‘sales people’ reported in Itasca County
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Sunshine Subscription Agency, Inc.
aka: Palmetto Marketing, Inc.
BBB: Sunshine Subscription Agency, Inc.
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Sunshine Subscription Agency, Inc.
BBB Rating F
Phone: (954) 341-8135
Fax: (954) 341-6918
7522 Wiles Rd Ste 112, Coral Springs, FL 33067-2056
http://www.sunshinesubscription.com
BBB file opened: 01/06/1994
Business started: 06/01/1992
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Vincent Pitts (President)
Ms. Barbara Baksh (Office Clerk)
Mrs. Jeannette Pitts (Sec/Treas) Business Category
Magazines Retail By Mail, Magazines Retail By Direct Selling
Alternate Business Names
J C Sales, PMI, end BBB info.
aka: Freedom Sales, Gemini Subscriptions, Inc., Palmetto Marketing Inc.
Selling Magazines for the Fowl, and Immoral Magazine Publishers of America (MPA)
http://www.magazine.org
Visit the DMPG Criminal Profilers for Crimes Committed by Palmetto Marketing
end DMPG Info

Vincent Pitts
SCUM BAG PIG
FOR PROFIT
Owner Sunshine Subscription Agency,
Former President NFSA
The National Field Selling Association

August 14, 2013
Subscriptions ‘sales people’ reported in Itasca County
By Lisa Rosemore Herald-Review
Grand Rapids Herald-Review
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 8:41 am
The subscription sales people who recently “hawked magazines” in the Virginia area have been reported in Grand Rapids and Itasca County.

A spokesperson from the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office said late Tuesday that the group was reported not only in the Grand Rapids city limits but also in Pengilly. Citing the Mesabi Daily News story about Sunshine Subscription Agency, he warned that area residents should be on guard.

Those who believe they may have been scammed should contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at (218) 326-3464 or the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office at (218) 326-3477.

Beware of magazine scammers in the area By Bill Hanna Mesabi Daily News

VIRGINIA — Scammers tend to play on victims’ hopes of making some fast money; or else their desire to help a good cause.

Some well-groomed and polite young adults are taking the latter route as they have been hawking magazines in Virginia the past couple days.

But Virginia Police have received several complaints about the company — Sunshine Subscription Agency — that the young adults, men and women, are working for by selling subscriptions they say will benefit children’s hospitals and also those in the military.

“Buyer beware,” said Virginia Police Lt. Brian Bisping, who told some of the people selling subscriptions on Monday that they didn’t have a peddler’s license and to leave town.

Bisping was able to recover four checks for $45 that will be returned to Virginia residents. But he said there are other personal checks for the same amount that people say they want back but have yet been located.

Those who bought the subscriptions in good faith but now realize the company has received many complaints can stop payment on their checks, but at a big cost: $31.

Bisping said SSA is headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., but those selling the magazines are throughout the country. “I believe they are now working out of Grand Rapids and coming to Virginia and Hibbing. They were last in Michigan,” he said.

The SSA website is aesthetically well done. It has testimonials, many of them praising the company for the money they have earned selling subscriptions, and an icon for complaints.

But there are other websites that call the company and magazine sales a scam. And numerous complaints have been made to the Better Business Bureau about the company.

Anyone who believes they have been scammed by SSA should contact Virginia Police at 748-7510.
By Lisa Rosemore Herald-Review
Grand Rapids Herald-Review
http://www.grandrapidsmn.com
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Magazine scheme spreading across Indy
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Opportunity Sales, Inc.
BBB: Opportunity Sales, Inc.
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Opportunity Sales, Inc. (Headquarters)
(219) 809-9165
5080 Le Chateau Cv, Memphis, TN 38125-3912
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 11/28/2011
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Melisa Brown (Office Manager)
Mr. Leroy Copening (General Manager)
Mr. Robert Louis Jackson (Owner)
Ms. Susan Jordan (Office Manager)
Ms. Jennifer Smith (Customer Service)
Business Category
Magazines Sold Door-to-Door
end DMPG Info
August 14, 2013
Magazine scheme spreading across Indy
By Julian Grace
WISH-TV Channel 8
Email:newsdesk@wishtv.com
Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is warning residents about a magazine scheme that's spreading across the city.

The group knocks on residents' doors and tries to sign them up for a subscription. However, the group gets the money, but a magazine never arrives.

In police reports, IMPD has identified the group as Opportunity Sales Inc. Investigators say the group is tied to a man in Memphis, Tennessee that’s being investigated for running the business as a scheme.

The company allegedly employs people in their young 20s. The sales workers tell residents they are selling the items to pay for college.

On Tuesday, residents that live in the Greenbriar subdivision at 79th and Ditch were approached by group of people selling magazines. According to neighbors, the sales workers were dropped off in a white van and the instantly started going door to door trying to sign people up.

“He was very aggressive,” said Robert Helms, who was approached by a magazine salesman on Tuesday.

24-Hour News 8 toured the neighborhood and could not find one resident that took the bait.

According to the BBB of the Mid-South in Tennessee, Opportunity Sales Inc. has a F rating. Consumers claim the company uses high pressure sales and deliver misleading tactics to get you to sign up for subscriptions.

Helms added that the salesman would not take no for an answer. Eventually Helms told the man to leave his property.

IMPD detectives have tracked the company down to a motel in Indianapolis.

According to IMPD it's best to be prepared when faced with high pressure sale pitches. Develop rehearsal lines to tell the sales person no. For instance, “I never make those decisions without talking to my husband or wife.”

Before you sign up for any product make sure you research the company and the product. Online research tools such as the Better Business Bureau offers free information on companies before you seal the deal.

“I think it’s a good idea that they warn people, the public has a right to know,” said Helms.

So far, police have not made any arrest. If you are approached by a door to door magazine salesman police and you are suspicious call 911.

“Don’t feel bad saying no,” said Officer Chris Wilburn with IMPD.
By Julian Grace
WISH-TV Channel 8
Email:newsdesk@wishtv.com
http://www.wishtv.com
Indianapolis, Indiana
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United Kingdom
Salesman accused of sex abuse
August 14, 2013
Salesman accused of sex abuse
Telegraph & Argus
9:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Bradford
A door-to-door salesman is on trial at Bradford Crown Court accused of sexually abusing four children.

Stephen Brent, 57, is alleged to have touched three girls and repeatedly pinched a boy on the bottom.

He pleads not guilty to 17 allegations of sexual assault, said to have taken place when he was living in Farsley, Leeds.

Brent, now of Tempest Road, Beeston, Leeds, says the youngsters lied about him to the police and nothing inappropriate ever happened.

Prosecutor Gerald Hendron told the court yesterday that the first alleged victim to make a complaint said Brent sexually assaulted her when she was visiting his home at the age of nine or ten.

The jury was told the three other children then came forward.

A schoolgirl told the police Brent called her “gorgeous” when she went to the house and touched her indecently.

She said she felt frightened and confused. She was too scared to say anything and struggled with her schoolwork.

Mr Hendron said the boy cried when he told a youth justice worker Brent thought it funny to nip his bottom.

Brent was arrested last year and interviewed at Pudsey police station, where he denied all the allegations.

The trial continues.
Telegraph & Argus, Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 1JR, United Kingdom
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk
United Kingdom
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Hoboken, New Jersey
Don’t open your door!
August 14, 2013
Don’t open your door!
Hudson Reporter Assoc. L.P.
hudsonreporter.com
Aug 14, 2013
To the Editor:
On Saturday, August 10, my husband, Jim, and I answered the front door to find a salesman from an energy company who attempted to have us agree to choose that company as our provider. He was armed with a binder displaying a PSE&G bill on the cover and brandished a company badge. We declined, but he STUCK HIS FOOT IN THE DOOR. He was politely told to leave but refused to do so. He insisted that he could enter the vestibule of our house, shouting that we “did not own the building,” that it was “public space!” Of course, Jim became quite upset and raised his voice demanding that the salesman leave the property. As I ran back into the house to call the police, my husband reported that he had been threatened that if he were “not such an old man he would be flat on his back.” The salesman continued to refuse to leave even as the police showed up. Reports were taken and my husband pressed harassment charges. The police officer presented the blank page of his summons book and assured him that he could sign the document without his having filled it out; that he (the police officer) would do the paperwork back at the station. We offered to meet him there, and then sign a full report, but the officer was insistent that he would report the very words my husband used. This made us uneasy, but Jim signed it. And, by the way, the officer assured us that our vestibule, which is inside a locked door, is public property, and that the sales person had a right to enter and to roam the hallway knocking on doors. The doorbell is on the outside of the locked front door. Two weeks ago, as I was working at home, I answered the door for a salesman for the same company. He also refused to leave, I screamed for help; he STUCK HIS FOOT IN THE DOOR, and started to push the door in. I managed to resist (don’t know how) and got the door closed, and called the police. Same story, but I was not even-headed enough to file a complaint. Let this be a wakeup call for all residents. These people will not stop their harassment. Beware of opening the door, or buzzing in anyone. These people have tactics to make you think they are from one of your service providers.

JOAN ABEL
Hudson Reporter Assoc. L.P.
http://hudsonreporter.com
Hoboken, New Jersey
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Dothan, Alabama
Door-to-Door Salesman Raising Concerns
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company, aka: Southwestern Advantage
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
August 14, 2013
Door-to-Door Salesman Raising Concerns
By: Rachel Yonkunas
WTVY.com
WTVY-TV
Updated: Wed 10:11 PM, Aug 14, 2013
Last Friday, Patrick Bickers saw a beat-up car park in his drive-way. An unfamiliar man stepped out, with an unusual request.

"He came up to my doorstep and that's when he asked my wife if there were any children here in the house,” said Bickers, a Slocomb resident.

Many residents in Slocomb experienced the same solicitation. The man was selling educational children's books. Slocomb Police Chief Don White said residents did not like his approach because he asked inappropriate questions.

"How many houses in the neighborhood had minor children, which houses had adults in it. They weren't really interested in teenage kids so the minor kids brought a lot of people to concern,” explained Chief White of the Slocomb Police Department.

However, his business is legitimate. It's called Southwest and Advantage, and it is based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Some people even bought the books.

Neighboring counties had the same issue. Walton County police arrested a man employed by Southwest and Advantage. It was because he did not have a city business license, and neither did the man soliciting in Slocomb. Chief White said without one, it is illegal to do business in that area.

“People can gain entry into your house by false means by saying they're a salesman and they're really not. They just want to come in your house and see what you got,” he said.

It was for those reasons Bickers felt uncomfortable.

“In this day of age, the landscape has changed. It’s best to say that anyone like that, who fit the description, could have had alternative motives,” said Bickers.

Chief White said if a salesman comes to your door, ask to see a city business license and do business outside.

JOAN ABEL
By: Rachel Yonkunas
WTVY.com
WTVY-TV
http://www.wtvy.com
Dothan, Alabama
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Mercer Island, Washington
Knock, Knock: Mercer Island Re-Examines Licensing for Door-to-Door Salesman, Solicitors
August 13, 2013
Knock, Knock: Mercer Island Re-Examines Licensing for Door-to-Door Salesman, Solicitors
Posted by Kendall Watson (Editor) , August 13, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Mercer Island Patch Editor
Kendall Watson
kendall.watson@patch.com
City Council decided last night to repeal the current, unworkable ordinance and replace it with some sort of licensing requirement. Credit: Kendall Watson

Residents worried about aggressive solicitors and home burglaries on Mercer Island gave elected officials an earful Monday night at City Hall, calling for stronger laws to monitor who's knocking on their doors.

City Council pledged to repeal and replace a local law that requires door-to-door salespeople, solicitors and peddlers to register with City Hall before they are allowed to contact residents at their homes in-person at the Aug. 12 meeting, supporting a motion, 4-1, to ask City Attorney Katie Knight to draw up new regulations.

Residents began a letter-writing campaign to the city to strengthen the law earlier this year, not long after officials acknowledged an increase in residential burglaries in Mercer Island neighborhoods — 87 were investigated in 2012.

Homeowner Carl Dodrill said residents began to grow fearful after repeatedly experiencing "scary" encounters with strangers at their door, often in the evening when it was dark out. "Listening for an hour here, I have come to the conclusion that I might have to put up a no trespassing sign," he said.

Mercer Island Police Chief Ed Holmes said many residents told him they believe that the increase is related to a number of aggressive solicitors who began visiting Mercer Island in recent months, many from out-of-state locations selling magazine subscriptions.

During a study session on restricting door-to-door sales and soliciting, Holmes said police received 59 calls complaining about aggressive door salespersons over a four-month period, February to May 2013. He said he welcomed an update to the law, which he described as inadequate. But the police chief also said the link between solicitors and burglaries was tenuous — though possible.

"We've documented one known case of a burglar posing as a solicitor over the last decade," he said. "Is it possible that burglars are posing as solicitors? Yes it is possible. But we're not really seeing that here."

Knight expressed hesitation on how broadly regulations could be applied after a Federal Circuit Court in Seattle struck down a similar law in 2000 in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a non-profit organization. U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour, who continues to sit on the bench in Seattle, ruled that registration or background checks to political, religious and charitable organizations "constitute an improper prior restraint on speech protected by the First Amendment, and are impermissibly overbroad and vague, chilling constitutionally protected speech."

Mercer Island's law, Knight said, is similar to Medina's and has remained on the books, unenforced, for 13 years. She recommended the current law be repealed, and that a new regulation concerning only commercial soliciting, which exempts religious, political, and local youth groups could be drafted.

Knight also offered to look into licensing non-profit solicitors in a way that would withstand a First Amendment legal challenge.

Homeowners didn't agree with Knight's caution, imploring officials to seek additional legal opinions and push for broader measures.

"It's a simple thing to see that there's more than one, two or three ordinances around the state (still being enforced)," said Larry McWilliams, including options studied by the city, such as SeaTac and Poulsbo.

Many residents also resented the implication by city officials that existing trespassing law and posted "No Solicitor" or "No Trespassing" signs gave them additional legal protections.

"I had solicitor come to the door, and it was frightening. He was demanding me to "Open this door, right now"," said South End resident Jude Mitchell. "We had some friends visit us for dinner the other night and saw our 'No Solicitor' sign. They saw it and said, "Oh, that's typical Mercer Island, isn't it?"

"(The solicitor ordinance) hasn't been enforced for 13 years … You're asking people to put up a sign for no reason," said Kevin Scheid, a resident and candidate for Mercer Island City Council. "With all these 'No Trespassing' signs, we're not exactly going to get a 'Friendliest City' award."
Posted by Kendall Watson (Editor)
Mercer Island Patch Editor
Kendall Watson
kendall.watson@patch.com http://mercerisland.patch.com
Mercer Island, Washington
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LYNN HAVEN, Florida
BCSO arrests door-to-door salesman
August 13, 2013
BCSO arrests door-to-door salesman
By News Herald staff report
newsherald.com
Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM.
LYNN HAVEN - An Estonian selling children's books was sent to jail for failing to have the proper license, Bay County Sheriff’s officials wrote in a news release.

Investigators said they received numerous calls about door-to-door peddlers but most of them have the proper licenses and are operating legally. However, on Monday investigators arrested Lauri Luden, 20. Luden was charged with violation of peddlers ordinance, officials wrote in a news release.

“Luden approached a woman in the Derby Woods area to sell books and she was concerned when he began asking many questions about her children,” a news release states. Luden's approach may have set off an "alert" on social media.

"An "alert" going around within the social media community informing people that there is a scam in the US involving Russian people going door-to-door purporting to sell children's books, when in reality they are trying to get information on the children in the home," wrote BCSO Spokeswoman Ruth Corley in an email to The News Herald. "We have not been able to corroborate the information in this "alert" with anything we have investigated here in Bay County ."

Bay County Ordinance requires peddlers solicit only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and one-half hour before sunset, officials added.

"Deputies and investigators are reminding peddlers of this ordinance and will take enforcement action if it becomes necessary,” the news release states. “Residents are encouraged to contact local law enforcement should they have any concerns or complaints about door-to-door peddlers.”
By News Herald staff report
http://www.newsherald.com
Panama City, Florida
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Cape Coral, Florida
No charges for man accused of pulling gun on salesman
August 12, 2013
No charges for man accused of pulling gun on salesman
By Lauren DiSpirito, Reporter
ABC 7
Posted: Aug 12, 2013 11:30 AM CST Updated: Aug 12, 2013 3:03 PM CST
CAPE CORAL -

A Cape Coral man arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on a door-to-door True Green salesman will not be prosecuted. The state attorney's office decided not to file charges in the case.

Now more than a month after being arrested, homeowner Jeffrey Massey told us why he thinks his actions were justified.

Massey said the salesman Russell Barrs ignored the "No Trespassing" and "No Soliciting" signs posted around his home.

"I went like this, 'This is a gun, it is loaded, leave my property,'" explained Massey.

Massey admitted to having a gun during his arrest.

"He was not leaving, he was not responding to my orders to leave," he said.

He said he had the gun handy in case the salesman attacked him.

This case had us asking: When are you allowed to walk on someone else's property?

The Cape Coral Police Department said while it's legal to set foot on property where "No Trespassing" signs are posted, it's not recommended.

If the property owners asks you to leave, you are considered trespassing and police recommend that you leave immediately.

If officers are called and find the person still on the property - that's when an arrest comes into play.

"Every day of the week you're having sales people walk up to all these doors around here. Who knows who is licensed in the City of Cape Coral, who isn't? Who knows what their background is, what it isn't?" questioned Massey.

The city said True Green employees - including Barrs - did not have the proper license to solicit door to door at the time of the incident.

A spokeswoman for the city said the company was warned that it could be hit with fines up to $500 per employee if caught soliciting again.

True Green told the city the company no longer plans to solicit door to door in the area. Massey said he plans to sue the City of Cape Coral, police and True Green.
By Lauren DiSpirito, Reporter
ABC 7
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Soda Springs, Idaho
Police Warning About Sketchy Salesman
August 12, 2013
Police Warning About Sketchy Salesman
Posted on August 12, 2013
by East Idaho News
eastidahonews.com
(SODA SPRINGS, ID) – Soda Springs Police are warning residents about a suspicious door-to-door salesman in the area. Authorities say the man is claiming to sell children’s books and is asking for personal information, such as the names and ages of children inside homes. Witnesses allege that the man is aggressive when potential buyers turn him away. He’s described as a white male with dark hair and an Eastern European accent. The man was wearing dress clothes and was carrying a shoulder bag and clip board. Residents are asked to avoid him, and to call 911 if they feel threatened.
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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Birmingham, Alabama
Jefferson County police warn residents of door-to-door salesman
August 9, 2013
Jefferson County police warn residents of door-to-door salesman
By Josh Zavadil
WIAT-TV CBS42
Updated: Friday, August 9, 2013, 10:00 pm
Published: Friday, August 9, 2013, 3:54 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Police in Jefferson County are warning residents to be on the lookout for a door-to-door salesman.

Authorities in Hueytown and Pleasant Grove say they’ve received reports of people going around neighborhoods trying to sell children’s books.

The door-to-door salespeople do not have a license to do so.

Police encourage residents to call police and give them a description of the people if they knock on your door.
By Josh Zavadil
WIAT-TV CBS42
http://www.cbs42.com
Birmingham, Alabama
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AUGUSTA, Maine
Vacuum cleaner salesman pleads guilty to failure to pay taxes
August 9, 2013
Vacuum cleaner salesman pleads guilty to failure to pay taxes
By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer
Morning Sentinel
Friday, August 9, 2013
AUGUSTA — Nathaniel J. Dupuis, of Gray, was a good salesman, but a bad taxpayer.

On Thursday, Dupuis pleaded guilty to seven charges of failing to pay sales and withholding taxes while he worked as a vacuum cleaner salesman between February 2006 and June 2008, totaling $87,481.

Dupuis, 40, was charged with two counts of theft by misapplication involving sales tax and withholding tax; three counts of intentional evasion of sales tax; and two counts of failure to collect, account for or pay sales tax while he was alleged to be “an officer, director, member or agent of CNF Enterprises Inc., and/or DNL Distributing, Inc.,” according to an indictment.

Part of the plea agreement in Kennebec County Superior Court includes a ban on Dupuis selling Kirby vacuums and performing any kind of work involving door-to-door sales as well as cold-calling via telephone, Internet or social media during that time.

Under conditions of Dupuis’ deferred disposition, if he pays $15,000 restitution over the next 18 months, plus $1,440 by Sept. 15 to compensate two customers, he can withdraw his guilty pleas to the two felony theft charges.

All charges would then be misdemeanors, and the sentence would be 364 days in jail, with all but five months suspended and two years’ probation, followed by a second 364-day suspended sentence and another year of probation.

Dupuis is also required to continue paying restitution during that time and file all taxes truthfully and on time. He is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 10, 2015.

At a court hearing in January, Dupuis told a judge he was selling vacuum cleaners in New Hampshire since he was told he cannot collect taxes in Maine.

Betty Adams — 621-5631 badams@centralmaine.com
By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer
Morning Sentinel
http://www.onlinesentinel.com
Skowhegan, Maine
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Dallas-Fort Worth
Don't Fall For the Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Scam
August 8, 2013
Don't Fall For the Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Scam
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Every year, people go out selling magazines door to door. Watch out for them, because they're often scammers. You don't get what you are promised; either you don't get the magazines you signed up for, or you don't get anything at all. And once you've signed up, it's really difficult to cancel. Here's what to watch for and how to turn them away.



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Kansas City, Missouri
Recent suspicious activity has police issuing door-to-door sales caution
August 7, 2013
Recent suspicious activity has police issuing door-to-door sales caution
Posted: Aug 07, 2013 1:40 PM CST Updated: Aug 07, 2013 6:42 PM CST
By Laura McCallister, Multimedia Producer
By Sandra Olivas, Reporter
KCTV


KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

An area police department was notified of a possible suspicious woman selling books door to door. Her company has checked out, but it's still a good reminder to be careful with strangers coming to your door.

Early in the day Wednesday, the Lee's Summit Police Department originally posted the warning on their Facebook page saying a pair, or a woman has approached homes in areas of Jackson County, east Independence and Grain Valley, and acted suspiciously. Their actions caused concern for many residents, leading them to contact police.

Turns out, the woman going door to door asking about the children in the home, was selling a product for kids.

"When you are at someone's front door, and you have an out-of-state license plate and you are asking about their kids, it tends to makes people very uneasy and very nervous. So calls came in to us," said Sgt. Chris Depue.

He showed KCTV5 all the attention the Lee's Summit Police Department Facebook page has been getting, over unwelcome guests going door to door in their city.

"Let's see where we are at now. Fifty-one thousand people here at the bottom," Depue said, meaning their post about the suspicious solicitors has been seen by over 51,200.

The police department's Facebook page has gotten comments miles long from concerned residents, who were worried about strangers showing up at their doorstep, some as late as 10 p.m.

"I got a creepy feeling by this girl, like she was casing my neighborhood," one person wrote.

Lee's Summit police did some checks and found some of the people going door to door. They are a legitimate group with the Southwestern Advantage Company selling books for children.

Turns out, this wasn't the only city the group hit.

"When we shared the information internally via the law enforcement network, we found there were incidents in Platte City, Blue Springs, the Missouri and the Kansas side, so they kind of blanketed the area with their sales tactics," Depue said.

Two people were issued a ticket, for not having a city permit to solicit. According to a Lee's Summit ordinance, they can't ring your doorbell past 8 p.m.

Even though the group wasn't out to harm any residents, police said there are things people can do to make sure they aren't being targeted by crooks or other scammers.

"For us, it's a large permit that is prominently displayed on their shirt. There's never anything wrong with asking to see that permit. If you are not satisfied, call the police department and have them check on the solicitor," Depue said.

Police said, a person can also ask their city for a sticker to put on their door, that says they don't want solicitors on their doorstep.
By Laura McCallister, Multimedia Producer
By Sandra Olivas, Reporter
KCTV
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Bloomington, Indiana
Magazine salesman not from Salvation Army
August 7, 2013
Magazine salesman not from Salvation Army
HeraldTimesOnline
The Herald-Times
Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 1:01 am
The Salvation Army and the Bloomington Police Department are warning residents that a person going door to door selling magazines for the Salvation Army is a scam. This is not an authorized activity of the Salvation Army and should be reported to the Bloomington Police Department.
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Fostoria, Ohio
Police warn about aggressive door-to-door solicitors
August 7, 2013
Solicitor's permit required in city
Fostoria Review Times
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Safety Service Director Allyson Murray is reminding residents that all door-to-door salespeople operating in Fostoria must, by law, have a valid solicitor's permit, which is issued through the city's auditor's office.

To assure accountability, residents are encouraged to ask any door-to-door salespersons for proof of their solicitation permit, according to a press release.

To ensure the safety of citizens, the Fostoria Police Department conducts background checks on all solicitor permit applicants for approval to work within the city.

The press release states, the city of Fostoria and Mayor Eric Keckler's office are not in partnership with any retail electric energy provider, or any door-to-door sales service.

If a solicitor fails to provide a copy of their solicitor's permit or if they conduct in suspicious activity, call the Fostoria Police Department immediately at 419-435-8573.
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http://www.reviewtimes.com
Fostoria, Ohio
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Anniston, Alabama
Local official wants tougher state rules for door-to-door sales
August 7, 2013
Local official wants tougher state rules for door-to-door sales
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
The Anniston Star
Aug 07, 2013
Recent legislation has put restrictions on door-to-door sales in Calhoun County, but some officials are now looking toward enacting tighter statewide laws on the practice.

Thanks to the passage of a bill sponsored by state Rep. Randy Wood, R-Saks, that took effect on Aug. 1, door-to-door salespeople in Calhoun County have to apply for individual licenses and go through criminal background checks at the Sheriff’s Office before selling in county neighborhoods. The law also requires salespeople to wear their licenses while they work and attach signs to their vehicles with the name and contact information of the company they work for. The bill also prohibits selling after dark.

“Something needed to be done,” said Wood, explaining he has received numerous complaints from residents about door-to-door salespeople using pushy tactics and acting suspiciously.

“Hopefully this will stop people from taking advantage of the elderly,” he said.

But now Calhoun County License Commissioner Barry Robertson said he thinks the state should get on board with an all-inclusive law with similar restrictions throughout Alabama.

“The thing I’ve found in my research is this isn’t just happening in Calhoun County,” said Robertson, who has been studying laws on door-to-door sales in other counties and states. “This isn’t just happening in Alabama. It’s happening throughout the country.”

Robertson said the push for a statewide identification badge is inspired, in part, by a law that’s been in effect for more than a year in Huntsville that requires a city-issued identification card for door-to-door salespeople. Kevin Flory, a license inspector for Huntsville, said the tactic actually puts pressure on companies hiring salesmen. If the individual receives enough complaints, the entire company can be barred from selling in the city, he said.

“We need to have the company vouch for the seller,” Flory said. “It makes them assure us the people selling in the city aren’t criminals and are going to obey the laws.”

Flory said Huntsville has issued 120 permits since adopting the law last summer. And the city also revoked one, he said, for an alarm company that received too many complaints.

How many door-to-door businesses actually bought licenses in Calhoun County before the new legislation passed is difficult to tell, Robertson said. Before the new law, only companies hiring door-to-door salespeople needed to buy a license. And those licenses weren’t any different from licenses the county made street vendors purchase.

And so far, no one has purchased an individual door-to-door sales license.

“That’s just the problem,” Robertson said. “No one is procuring these licenses, so we don’t know who’s out there doing this.”

Robertson said the idea behind the law isn’t to generate revenue, but rather to keep residents safe. He mentioned an incident in Talladega County last month involving an alleged assault on a resident by a man who claimed to be a door-to-door salesman in a neighborhood near Munford as an example of why these licenses and background checks are needed.

Attempts to reach the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office this week about the incident were unsuccessful, but a post on the Lincoln Police Department’s Facebook page cautioned residents about an assault involving someone pretending to be a door-to-door salesman.

“Do not open your door for anyone selling anything,” the post said. “We have had a terrible thing happen in our county where a woman was assaulted.”

Nothing that drastic has happened so far in Calhoun County, but Sheriff Larry Amerson said the number of residents complaining about being ripped off by door-to-door scammers has skyrocketed in recent years.

“It’s been ridiculous the number of people who’ve called with complaints the last four or five years,” Amerson said. “These sellers come in, run through the neighborhood, sell items that are typically far overpriced, and then when the customer wants to complain, the seller is long gone, and the customer has no recourse.”

Marcus Quinn, owner of Hoover-based MRM Marketing, which has a contract to sell Kirby vacuum cleaners, said his company already performs background checks on sellers, and encourages them to sell at reasonable times and to wear identification badges. Quinn said door-to-door sales is a tried-and-true method, and the salespeople he hires are just trying to achieve the American dream. Legislation restricting the practice, he said, is only hurting business opportunities in the community.

“This country and all 50 states, including Alabama, are coming out of one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression,” Quinn said. “The state of Alabama should not enact any legislation that would negatively impact income-earning opportunities.”

But Robertson said the idea isn’t to take away business from legitimate sellers.

“The only thing we’re asking is they get a license with us,” Robertson said. “That way, people know who they are, and that they’ve had a background check.”

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
The Anniston Star
http://annistonstar.com
Anniston, Alabama
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Petoskey, Michigan
Scam artists reportedly also going door-to-door
August 6, 2013
Scam artists reportedly also going door-to-door
Zac Britton (231)439-9398 - zbritton@petoskeynews.com
Petoskey News-Review
5:48 p.m. EDT, August 6, 2013
The scam artists may no longer just be reaching you by phone, they may be coming to your door. A Petoskey woman has reported a scam involving a door-to-door salesperson who was attempting to sell magazine subscriptions.

John Calabrese, the director of the Petoskey Department of Public Safety, reports that more salespeople may be found personally going to residences in the city during the summer months.

“We require anyone going door-to-door in the city to register with us, so we’re aware of it and can check things out,” he stated. “Occasionally, we do have those who don’t. Should we get complaints, we have them discontinue until properly registered with the city.”

Calabrese recommends city residents not invite people they don’t know into their home, instead speaking to anyone they are not familiar with through a locked door. He also reminds residents — as with telephone solicitors that have blanketed the area — not to share any personal information, such as social security numbers and bank account information.

“If you have any concerns, call 9-1-1,” Calabrese adds.

Any solicitor who does not register with the city could face fines as a violation of city ordinance.
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Petoskey News-Review
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Petoskey, Michigan
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Macon, Georgia
Word to the Wise: Door-to-door solicitations and how to handle them
August 6, 2013
Word to the Wise: Door-to-door solicitations and how to handle them
The Telegraph
Published: August 5, 2013 Updated 18 hours ago
The Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints each year from consumers who unknowingly fall for deceptive door-to-door solicitors. While many door-to-door salespersons are honest, the BBB receives troubling complaints from consumers who purchased items like magazines that never came, cosmetics and photography of poor quality and even meat that was no good. The BBB warns that some door-to-door sellers are looking to make a quick buck, and they’re on the rise.

Better Business Bureaus across the country are receiving hundreds of complaints and thousands of inquiries about companies selling door-to-door. Sellers often use high pressure sales tactics. Unscrupulous marketers sometimes trick consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for items they don’t want or can’t afford. Sometimes consumers aren’t aware they have made a purchase.

The BBB offers these tips on dealing with high pressure, door-to-door sellers:

Magazine subscriptions: BBBs have already received more than 700 complaints in 2013 against companies selling magazines door-to-door. The most common complaint received involves consumers paying for magazines they never receive. Several consumers allege the sales representative misled them by claiming to work for a local school or charity fundraiser.

Food products: Sales representatives knock on doors selling produce or meat products, claiming their prices are much lower than grocery stores. Consumer complaints allege that their orders never arrive or are not of the high quality originally promised.

If visited by a door-to-door sales representative, consumers should do the following:

• Be safe. Ask for identification before you open the door. Never invite the solicitor into your home. Remember you don’t have to answer the door, and if you ask the person to leave and they do not they are then trespassing and you should call the police.

• Be wary of high pressure sales tactics. A trustworthy company should let you take time to think about the purchase and compare prices before buying or making a deposit.

• Research the company with BBB. Visit bbb.org to view the company’s BBB Business Review to find out more about their marketplace performance.

• Get transaction details in writing. Be sure you receive a contract or receipt explaining the details of your purchase and all the terms and conditions that apply.

• Remember the “Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule.” The Federal Trade Commission’s cooling-off rule gives consumers three days to cancel purchases of more than $25 made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, the salesperson should always provide a cancellation form that can be used to cancel the purchase within three days. By law, the company must give consumers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice. We recommend mailing the notice in a way that allows you to have proof of delivery.

Kelvin Collins is president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia and the CSRA Inc., serving 41 counties in Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River area. This tips column is provided through the local BBB and the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Questions or complaints about a specific company or charity should be referred directly to the BBB at 478-742-7999, www.bbb.org or by e-mailing info@centralgeorgia.bbb.org.
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Seattle, Washington
Police warn about aggressive door-to-door solicitors
August 5, 2013
Police warn about aggressive door-to-door solicitors
August 5, 2013
by James Lynch
Q13 FOX News reporter
Q13 FOX, KCPQ-TV
SEATTLE — It has happened before and now police say it is happening again. Aggressive, sometimes hostile door-to-door solicitors hitting neighborhoods all over western Washington.

The latest incident happened on Magnolia near Discovery Park.

The victim says after she refused to engage the salesperson he got angry and started yelling profane, racial comments at the woman before walking away.

Police encourage people to be on the lookout for aggressive salespeople.

if you don’t recognize them at your door police say acknowledge their knock so they’ll know someone is home, but don’t open the door if you don’t know the person on the other side.
by James Lynch
Q13 FOX News reporter
Q13 FOX, KCPQ-TV
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Seattle, Washington
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Hamilton, Ontario
Candy salesman sexually assaulted by boss, police say
August 2, 2013
Candy salesman sexually assaulted by boss, police say
CBC News
Posted: Aug 2, 2013 3:43 PM ET
Last Updated: Aug 2, 2013 3:41 PM ET
A teen working as a door-to-door chocolate salesman was sexually assaulted by his boss, police say.

The investigation was launched because of allegations of sexual assault from a 14-year-old teen that he says happened between May 2012 through to February 2013. He was working in Hamilton selling chocolate door to door and in parking lots, police say.

A 33-year-old Niagara Falls man was arrested and charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and uttering threats on June 11.

The Hamilton police child abuse branch believes that there may be more victims. If anyone has further information, contact Detective Sabrina Feser, from the Hamilton Police Service Child Abuse Unit at 905-546-3854.
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Hamilton, Ontario
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Clare County, Michigan
Farwell man accused of pointing gun at door-to-door salesman
August 2, 2013
Farwell man accused of pointing gun at door-to-door salesman
The Morning Sun
Posted: Friday, 08/02/13 01:11 pm
A 46-year-old Farwell man was charged Thursday with felonious assault after allegedly threatening someone with a pistol at a door-to-door salesman a day before.

Kurt Clark was arraigned Thursday in 80th District Court in Harrison, according to the Clare County Sheriff’s Department.

Magistrate Karen Willing ordered Clark to remain in the Clare County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bond.

Clark is accused of pointing a gun at a salesman who came to his house and his neighbor’s home, police said.

Clare County Central Dispatch received a call at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday indicating that Clark threatened the salesman at a home in the Riley/Hatchery roads area in Surrey Township.
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Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
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Tillsonburg, Ontario
Door-to-door salesman charged in Tillsonburg
August 1, 2013
Door-to-door salesman charged in Tillsonburg
Tillsonburg News
Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:38:47 EDT AM
Twenty-one-year-old Ben Parkhurst of Kitchener has been charged with Fail to leave premises when directed, Contrary to the Trespass to Property Act following an incident Tuesday, July 30 in Tillsonburg.

The charge was laid by Oxford OPP after responding to a call on North Street. Police allege investigation revealed a male suspect attending a residence attempting to sell a product refused to leave the property when asked several times by the owner. The suspect was allegedly ‘rude and pushy’ while trying to engage the homeowner in conversation about the environment.

A suspect was subsequently located and charged.

“We receive complaints of salespeople attending homes in Tillsonburg demanding to inspect equipment within the house or to do a demonstration,” said Oxford OPP Inspector Tim Clark. “The tactics employed to make a sale may be extremely high pressured and pushy, aimed at making a sale immediately.

“Although it may be legal, understanding your rights and remaining in control of what is going on in your home is the key to protecting your interests.”

A press release issued by Oxford OPP included the following tips about dealing with salespeople or other uninvited guests:

IT’S YOUR HOME!

You do not have to let a salesperson inside your home and you have every right to ask anyone to leave your property at any time. If they don’t leave, call the police. An unwanted person in your home can be removed, arrested if necessary and charged under the Trespass to Property Act.

WHO ARE YOU DEALING WITH?

If you do not know them, you need to ask questions. Who are these salespeople, companies and brands involved? Have you done any reference checks which could include calling the Better Business Bureau or checking on-line?

Within Tillsonburg and other municipalities, door-to-door salespeople are required to have a municipal sales permit and if requested, to show a potential customer a copy of it. If you have doubts simply do not deal with them and tell them to leave.

DEMONSTRATIONS or INSPECTIONS SHOULD BE ON YOUR TERMS

Find out how long it will take and set a timeframe that works for you. Ask a relative, neighbour or friend to be there. Being alone with a stranger or multiple strangers can make you very vulnerable and you may be buying something or switching to a new company that you really do not want.

KEEP CONTROL

End the session when you want. Take time to think about it and if the salesperson insists otherwise, it may be a sign things are not right. If it’s a good sale today, it will be a good sale tomorrow, so what is the harm in a grace period to think it over. ‘You must act now’ should be a signal this deal may not be what you want.

DON’T BE TOO FREE WITH INFORMATION

There is a chance that in some cases the stranger you are dealing with is “fishing” for information that could be used for illegitimate purposes. Remember, you are there to get information about a product, not to give up information about you and your belongings.

It is important to educate family members and friends, especially if they are seniors who can sometimes be vulnerable to high-pressure sales tactics.

It is your home, you do not have to let strangers inside. If you do not feel comfortable with someone in it, tell them to leave and if they do not leave immediately call the police.
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Tillsonburg, Ontario
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Granger, Indiana
Be on lookout for suspicious salesmen
August 1, 2013
Be on lookout for suspicious salesmen
By Darla Hernandez (dhernandez@wsbt.com) WSBT-TV
5:25 p.m. EDT, August 1, 2013
GRANGER – Police say suspicious people coming door-to-door peddling products and services are on the rise in Granger.

According to police, there has been a lot of reports from Granger residents of suspicious people going door-to-door selling things like vacuums, magazines, and alarm systems.

In some cases, they were scamming for credit card information. They could even be casing the house for a future break in.

In St. Joseph County, anyone selling products must have a valid permit. So ask to see the permit first before buying anything.

Police say you never have to open your door for anyone, and if you have any doubts, call police.

Lt. Matt Blank with St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department says "There's a lot of different type of rouses out there to try and find out if people are home, because maybe they are trying to case that home for a future crime."

"If you have any doubt call the police, they will come out and check on the situation."

Lisa Beber says her family loves living in Granger, but hearing about the recent rash of suspicious solicitors in her neighborhood has her worried.

"It makes me scared because this has been such a quiet neighborhood," said Beber.

She says these reports have prompted her to keep a much closer eye on her home and her neighborhood. She says, "It's sad, but it's coming to that point. It's scary for my kids and for future generations."
By Darla Hernandez (dhernandez@wsbt.com) WSBT-TV
http://www.wsbt.com
Mishawaka, Indiana
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Be on lookout for suspicious salesmen
August 1, 2013
Think twice about buying at your door
Howard Ain, Community Press consumer columnist
The Enquirer/Cincinnati.Com
Aug. 1, 2013
We’ve all experience it; someone comes to your front door trying to sell you something. But is it a good idea to buy from a door-to-door salesman? One area woman says after the experience she’s had she’ll never do it again.

Jessica Jones, of Butler, Ky., says a salesman came to her door last February. “We were home and I got a knock on the door from a gentleman. He says he was selling reflective signs for your mailbox.”

The company was selling the signs for $20 apiece and Jones bought one. Her receipt says it was supposed to have been delivered in March. But now, more than four months later, she still didn’t have it. “Needless to say its still not installed. I’ve called three different times and received promises of them being out to install it – but still no sign,” Jones says.

Jones does have numbers on her mailbox, but they’re not reflective numbers so they may not be visible at night if someone calls for police, fire or an ambulance.

That’s why she says she really wanted those reflective numbers for her mailbox.

“I’m just aggravated. He took $20 from me that day with a promise of a sign that I never received. How many other people are out there with that same promise that maybe even forgot about it?” Jones asks.

A check with the Better Business Bureau shows the company has received more than a dozen complaints, mainly from people who say they too never received their reflective signs. The BBB gives that company an “F” rating.

When I told Jones about the Better Business Bureau report she said, “Wow, wow. It just goes to show don’t ever buy anything from a door-to-door salesman.”

Such complaints are not at all uncommon. I’ve received many letters from homeowners who paid for magazine subscriptions yet never received anything. In one case a homeowner did receive the magazines but realized too late she had greatly overpaid for the subscriptions.

In Jones’ case I contacted the reflective sign company owner who said he was busy taking care of customers to whom he had failed to deliver the signs. He says he got behind and blamed the weather for the delay. After I called he finally did get the sign put on Jones’ mailbox.

So, what should you do if a salesman comes knocking on your door? You could refuse to buy, as Jones has vowed. Or, if you’re interested in the product, I suggest you go ahead and place your order. But, just as with Girl Scout cookies, don’t pay until they return with the product.

Howard Ain answers consumer complaints on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.
Howard Ain, Community Press consumer columnist
The Enquirer/Cincinnati.Com
http://news.cincinnati.com
Cincinnati, Ohio
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UXBRIDGE, Massachusetts
Uxbridge police warn residents of a scam
July 31, 2013
Uxbridge police warn residents of a scam
Milford Daily News
Posted Jul 31, 2013 @ 08:09 PM
UXBRIDGE —

Uxbridge Police Department are currently investigating a door to door fundraising scam that occurred in the last couple months. Similar scams have occurred in multiple neighboring towns.

The towns of Dudley and Oxford have recently arrested and charged two females for involvement in a similar scam. The scam involved these women, who are sisters, going door to door to solicit funds for the Troops and/or an organization called MoveForwardAmerica.org. They claimed to be students at Quinsigamond Community College.

The females also insisted the donations be “cash only.” The college has recently released a statement denying any involvement in this door to door fundraising scam and stated that these two females are not currently enrolled at Quinsigamond Community College.

Any Uxbridge residents that may have encountered two female, or believe they have been a victim of this particular scam are encouraged to contact the Uxbridge Police Department.
Milford Daily News
http://www.milforddailynews.com
Milford, Massachusetts
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Lowell, Massachusetts
Pull plug on these sales tactics
July 30, 2013
Pull plug on these sales tactics
Sentinel & Enterprise
Posted: 07/30/2013 06:31:55 AM EDT
Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise
Editorial

We realize deregulation is now the way of life in the Massachusetts energy market. But we didn't know that included the absence of professional conduct and the potential criminal behavior displayed by employees of a Woburn-based energy provider in Lowell on Tuesday.

As detailed in Thursday's Sentinel & Enterprise, two Direct Energy salesmen and a supervisor were arrested on various offenses. One salesman is facing a multitude of charges, including sexually assaulting a resident.

According to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, at some point during his pitch to have the woman sign on with Direct Energy, he became enraged and sexually assaulted her, and then subsequently broke down her door to retrieve his cellphone.

What degree of sales training did this person receive, and what sort of background check did Direct Energy undertake?

On both counts, it appears slim and none.

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan described this as "an atrocious crime," in which a vulnerable senior citizen was allegedly assaulted -- not in the course of a home invasion, but in the midst of a sales pitch for a state-regulated energy company.

The other incident involving Direct Energy again involved senior citizens.

In this instance, after a 78-year-old wife told the salesman she wasn't interested in changing energy providers, he became abusive, swearing at her and her 81-year-old husband.

As a result, that salesman and his manager were arrested for peddling without a license and soliciting without a permit -- a violation of a city ordinance.

Both of these individuals could proudly report back to headquarters that they at least were arraigned and released. We find this apparently concerted effort to browbeat the elderly into changing electricity providers outrageous.

Given these two incidents, we urge the Middlesex District Attorney's Office to take steps to halt any further door-to-door solicitation by this company until its sales practices and employee-vetting procedures are thoroughly reviewed.

And we suggest that everyone follow the DA's guidelines on door-to-door sales: Ask for identification, don't provide any personal information, call the company in question to verify salespeople are in the area; report any problem solicitors to police.

You can see that in these two incidents, even these common-sense measures may not have been sufficient.

We advise anyone interested in reviewing a service or product to make a sales appointment at either that company's place of business or your home.

And don't ever feel pressured to make an on-the-spot decision.
Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Seattle, Washington
Door-to-door solicitor alarms resident
July 29, 2013
Door-to-door salesmen claim to be with Boys and Girls Clubs
by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News
Follow: @NSwabyKing5
Posted on July 29, 2013 at 9:08 PM
Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 11:11 PM
SEATTLE -- Beware of door-to-door magazine sellers who claim to be working for the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County.

"It angers you to think that somebody is abusing your brand," said the Clubs' President and CEO, Calvin Lyons.

Late last week the non-profit organization found out solicitors were using the name as they tried to sell magazines at homes in North Seattle, Greenwood, and Queen Anne.

Teena Griggs is a Queen Anne resident. The 'No Solicitors' sign may have kept salesmen from knocking at her house, but through a neighborhood email chain she learned about the door-to-door details.

"It was a gentleman that would come door-to-door and sell magazines," said Griggs. "He got upset when you said you didn't want to subscribe."

The emails also reached Kelly Kemp, who lives in the Queen Anne area and is on the Board of Directors for the Clubs. Kemp informed Lyons, and he sent out a warning right away.

"Our main concern is club safety, staff, kids and community. I saw this as a direct violation of that," said Lyons.

He added that the Clubs do not solicit donations by having kids or teens go door-to-door. He said people should notify police if they are contacted in that manner.

According to the city of Seattle, no one is currently licensed to sell magazines door-to-door.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of King County serve 16,000 kids, and donations help them offer services. The best way to give to the non-profit is through its website. http://positiveplace.org/index.asp
by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News
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KING 5 Television
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Seattle, Washington
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TIVERTON, Massachusetts
Tiverton cops: Beware scammers in town
July 28, 2013
Tiverton cops: Beware scammers in town
By Kevin P. O'Connor
Herald News Staff Reporter
The Herald News
Posted Jul 28, 2013 @ 12:04 AM
TIVERTON —

Like mosquitoes, warm weather brings out a certain type of person: Scammers are one of the curses of summer, police say.

But controlling them is only a phone call away, Police Capt. Patrick Jones said.

Police have gotten several calls in the past few weeks about strangers going door to door in neighborhoods, offering to sell magazines, clean gutters, inspect for alarms or seal driveways.

Once, earlier in July, an 80-year-old woman lost cash and jewelry when she went to the front door to speak to a man offering to sell magazines. While she was at the front door, someone went through the back door, taking cash and jewelry from her kitchen, Jones said.

In another case, repeated complaints about the refusal to obey town rules put an Iowa man in jail, Jones said.

“We have an ordinance in town that says that anyone who solicits in town, door to door, has to get permission from the police chief,” Jones said. “Last week we had to arrest a young man who had been warned repeatedly about the ordinance. We got calls from residents who were disturbed about his approach, which they considered aggressive.”

Keith Evanson, 20, of Waterville, Iowa, was given a summons to appear in Municipal Court to answer the charge of failing to properly register before soliciting door-to-door.

The ordinance spells out how a door-to-door solicitor is defined and the obligation of the people and companies involved to register.

“We vet them,” Jones said. “We make sure they are who they say they are and that they are doing what they say they are doing.

“We also keep their information on file in the dispatch room. If anyone has any questions, we can check immediately to see if the salesmen are legitimate.”

Dispatchers followed that procedure when the aunt of the 80-year-old woman called to say door-to-door solicitors were making the Hooper Street woman nervous.

Officer Brittany Foster met with the woman and then began the investigation after she determined a break-in had taken place. Police sent out a call to surrounding departments, asking them to watch for a white man in his 50s with glasses seen leaving the area in a station wagon, Jones said.

“It is unknown if this woman was targeted or if they were just in the area,” Jones aid.

But the incident concerned Chief Thomas Blakey enough to put town residents on alert.
By Kevin P. O'Connor
Herald News Staff Reporter
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Fall River, Massachusetts
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Helena, Montana
Door-to-door solicitor alarms resident
July 26, 2013
Door-to-door solicitor alarms resident
July 26, 2013 12:00 am • By SANJAY TALWANI
Independent Record

Summer in Montana means door-to-door sales effort for magazines, siding and cleaning products, and Helena police have received some complaints in the last few days.

Wednesday, a woman told police she let a man selling magazine subscription into her home, and his behavior became inappropriate.

“When he got up to leave, he reached out like he wanted to kiss her,” Helena Police Chief Troy McGee said,

About that time, a pager belonging to the woman’s brother — a firefighter — went off. She told the salesman her brother would come downstairs and deal with him if he didn’t leave.

The woman didn’t want to pursue assault charges, but police found the man, a Poplar resident, and cited him for peddling without a permit, his second such charge.

Within Helena city limits, permits are required for commercial door-to-door solicitations.

McGee said people should feel free to ask to see one, and to call police if the peddlers are soliciting without one. Nonprofit groups, such as the Girl Scouts or church groups, do not need a permit.

Permits are not required outside Helena in Lewis and Clark County, but Sheriff Leo Dutton said people should contact law enforcement if sales people are overly aggressive, refuse to leave when asked or try to barge in.

“My advice is, if you don’t know the person, don’t open the door,” Dutton said. “We are a friendly, accepting Western culture, but times have changed.
By SANJAY TALWANI
Helena Independent Record
http://helenair.com
Helena, Montana
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Yelm, Washington
Are there solicitors in your neighborhood?
July 26, 2013
Are there solicitors in your neighborhood?
By Todd Stancil
Nisqually Valley News
Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 10:30 am
Every year during this time period the police department receives calls from citizens complaining of door-to-door solicitors in their neighborhood.

These solicitors come from various companies, many of which are out of state, to your door to solicit a type of service or sell you a product. Many of these employees can be younger and oftentimes aggressive in their sales approach. You may be contacted very late in the evening or during hours in which no adults are present.

While more often than not these are true employees trying to earn a summer wage, the tactics and timing cause alarm for many residents in the thought that perhaps these solicitors have other intentions of harming you or your property at some other time.

Every solicitor that operates in the city limits of Yelm is required to obtain a business license. A solicitor is defined under Yelm Municipal Code 5.03 as a principal or agent that goes from door to door, or place to place and enters upon any private property within the city and engages in the following activities:

• Sells, takes orders for, or offers to sell or take orders for any goods.

• Sells, takes orders for, or offers to sell or take orders for services.

• Sells, takes orders for, or offers to sell or take orders for the making, manufacturing or repairing of any article or thing whatsoever.

• Seeks contributions or donations.

It is unlawful for any person to act as a solicitor, within the meaning of the Yelm Municipal Code as stated above, without first obtaining an occupation permit issued by the city of Yelm. The city of Yelm recently passed an ordinance that requires locksmiths, for-hire vehicles/taxis and solicitors to go through an extended background process prior to the issuance of the permit. The intent of this ordinance is to protect our residents.

These three types of practices have the ability to greatly affect our personal safety, whether it is a door to door salesman, locksmith coming into our home, or a taxi cab driver driving you or your child from one location to another. The extended background check allows the police department to look deeper into one’s past and assure our residents that these individuals have been thoroughly checked and are safe to be conducting business in our community.

Every individual that applies for and successfully obtains an occupation permit to conduct business in Yelm will possess a permit that has been issued by the city.

If you experience a solicitor coming to your door and you have concern over the validity of the business, feel free to ask them to show you their business license. If you have a greater concern, please don’t hesitate to contact the Yelm Police Department.

Our purpose is to provide service to the community that allows for all residents to enjoy the privacy of their homes/property without undue harassment. If you have questions regarding this topic or any other matter please feel free to contact the Yelm Police Department at 360-458-5701.

On a side note, the 13th annual Survivor Summer Camp is just around the corner from Aug. 5-9. Registration forms can be picked up at the Yelm Police Department. The camp is free for the first 75 registered and is open to all area youth entering grades 7-12.

Todd Stancil is chief of police for City of Yelm. His column appears monthly in the Nisqually Valley News.
By Todd Stancil
Nisqually Valley News
http://www.yelmonline.com
Yelm, Washington
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ELK GROVE, California
Door-To-Door Deterrent: Elk Grove Rule Hits Unwanted Solicitors With Jail Time, Fine
July 25, 2013
Door-To-Door Deterrent: Elk Grove Rule Hits Unwanted Solicitors With Jail Time, Fine
CBS13/CW31
July 25, 2013 11:17 PM
ELK GROVE (CBS13) — In Elk Grove, a door-to-door deterrent means one knock could cost you some jail time.

A new law makes it illegal for solicitors to bother homeowners who make it clear they don’t want to be bothered.

Anyone breaking the new law could spend six months behind bars, and pay a fine of up to $1,000 by knocking on the wrong door.

The message may be clear, but that doesn’t seem to stop the knocks at Tony Ritchie’s door.

“At least once a week, there’s someone coming to the door.”

And some of the solicitors not only ignore the signs, but sometimes don’t leave right away when asked.

Tony says a solicitor forced him to slam the door in his face just last week.

“And after I told him no, they said all we need is your debit card. You pay now and we get credits to go to college.”

Now there’s a new law to keep solicitors away from homes in Elk Grove.

“It certainly can be an effective tool,” said Chris Trim with the Elk Grove Police Department.

After community complaints about aggressive solicitors, the city council voted unanimously Wednesday night to give police the power to arrest solicitors who knock on homes with visible “No soliciting” signs.

“And if there is a violation of that, then it’s a misdemeanor arrest.”

The city council also toughened its current law on soliciting by limiting the hours salespeople can go door-to-door to 7 p.m. for the majority of the year instead of 9 p.m.

“There’s a few people in the neighborhood that have been robbed, so answering a door to a stranger—my husband doesn’t like it if I open the door and he’s not here,” said resident Susan Hazard.

Police say some criminals pose as solicitors to case out a home or before a burglary. And many who go door-to-door don’t even have a legal permit to solicit.

Like this man: Police arrested Eric Lopez Wednesday—a man with a warrant out for his arrest. Police say he worked as a door-to-door salesman, but didn’t have a permit to do so.

“If I want your service, I’ll contact you to get your service, and I don’t want you knocking on my door.”

And homeowners hope this stops those knocks on the door during dinnertime, when solicitors tend to work.

The law states the signs need to be visible with lettering at least an inch high. It goes into effect on Aug. 24.
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http://sacramento.cbslocal.com
West Sacramento, California
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Lawton, Oklahoma
LPD: Book Solicitors Licenses Suspended
July 25, 2013
LPD: Book Solicitors Licenses Suspended
Posted: Jul 26, 2013 3:05 PM CST
Updated: Jul 26, 2013 3:10 PM CST
KSWO-TV 7 news
LAWTON Okla_ The City of Lawton has suspended the business licenses of two women who had been allegedly going door-to-door selling children's books.

The Lawton Police Department released the following statement on their facebook page.

"The City of Lawton held a revocation hearing this morning concerning the permits of two women going door-to-door selling children's books. Neither of the women showed up for the hearing, nor did anyone from their Company. Therefore, their permits have been suspended for 180 days. If you happen to see these women or someone comes to your door attempting to sell these books, contact the police immediately at 580-581-3272."

You may remember, LPD has said the women have been conducting legitimate business, despite resident concerns they may be involved in something illegal. You can read 7News coverage of the story here.
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Lawton, Oklahoma
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LOWELL, Massachusetts
Door-to-door energy salesman charged with sex assault in Lowell
July 24, 2013
Door-to-door energy salesman charged with sex assault in Lowell
The Lowell Sun
Updated: 07/24/2013 07:17:40 PM EDT
By Lisa Redmond
lredmond@lowellsun.com
LOWELL -- A Texas man working as a door-to-door salesman for a Woburn-based energy company is being held without bail after being charged with sexually assaulting a 69-year-old Lowell woman in her own home.

Hiding in the courtroom stairwell Wednesday, Darrell Bowers, 20, of Houston, Texas pleaded not guilty in Lowell District Court to assault and battery on a person over 60, breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony, assault with intent to rape, witness intimidation and malicious destruction of property.

He is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Tuesday.

Bowers is an employee of Direct Energy of Woburn and went to the victim's home on July 23 to solicit electricity services, according to a press release from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Bowers allegedly went to the victim's home offering the customer the opportunity to switch energy providers to lower the cost of their energy bills. He was wearing a Direct Energy shirt and identified himself as a supplier with National Grid.

At some point during the transaction, as the female victim was providing information in order to change her electricity supplier, Bowers allegedly became angry, yelled at the victim and then sexually assaulted her. Bowers allegedly put his hand over the victim's mouth and pushed her to the ground. Bowers then left the apartment.

As the victim tried to close the door, Bowers allegedly came back and allegedly knocked her down, grabbed his bag, and then left again. The victim locked the door.

Bowers yelled to the victim that he had left his cell phone behind and when the victim refused to let him back in, he allegedly kicked the door in and assaulted her as she attempted to call police. She continued to scream for help as Bowers left the apartment, Ryan alleges.

"This is an atrocious crime where the defendant allegedly assaulted a customer in her own home while soliciting business for an energy supply company," Ryan said.

In addition, two other employees of Direct Energy were charged with illegal solicitation for selling services door-to-door without a city permit, as required by the city of Lowell.

Lowell police say they received numerous complaints from the Rockingham Street neighbors about the aggressive behavior by Direct Energy employees Anthony Davis, 30, of Roxbury, and Kenneth Cluff, 22, of Woburn.

Both men pleaded not guilty in Lowell District Court Wednesday to charges of peddling without a license and violation of a city ordinance (soliciting without a permit). A pretrial conference is scheduled for Sept. 13.

Cluff and Davis were released without bail. Cluff asked if he could resolve the case so he could return to Texas, but prosecutors declined.

In that case, Lowell police allege that at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a Rockingham Street residence for a report of an unwanted solicitor. The husband, 81, and his 78-year-old wife, told police that Davis, representing Direct Energy of Woburn, wanted them to sign up for a rate lock plan, but the wife declined. At that point Davis, allegedly became aggressive, swearing at the couple, police said. The husband confronted Davis, who was identified by his ID, and told him to leave.

According to Direct Energy's website, it is a company that will "source, generate, trade, service and supply energy to meet your current and future energy needs."

The surrounding neighbors told police that they were aggressively solicited by two males driving a blue minivan. As police were taking down the information, the blue minivan turned onto the street and neighbors identified Cluff as the driver and Davis in the passenger seat.

Cluff told police that he was the supervisor for Direct Energy and they had been working all day. Cluff told police they didn't have a city permit to solicit, but had one from the state. They could not provide any permit or license.

Due to ongoing issues with aggressive solicitation by employees of Direct Energy, previous incidents of being told they needed a city permit, and the incident on Rockingham Street, the officers asked that their supervisors respond to the scene. Due to ongoing issues, both men were arrested.

"By operating without proper permits from the city of Lowell, this company put residents in harms way through their inappropriate solicitation tactics," Ryan said.

Police in Lowell and Woburn, where Direct Energy is based, urge residents to be cautious of unsolicited door-to-door sales and to report any suspicious or unwanted solicitation.

The Middlesex District Attorney's Office and the Lowell Police Department will continue to investigate the sales practices of Direct Energy.

Follow Lisa Redmond at www.twitter.com/lredmond13_lisa.
The Lowell Sun
By Lisa Redmond
lredmond@lowellsun.com
http://www.lowellsun.com
LOWELL, Massachusetts
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Washington DC
Peddling Rings, Sales Crews, and Begging Rings
Posted to this web site: July 23, 2013
Peddling Rings, Sales Crews, and Begging Rings
Polaris Project

Members of traveling sales crews are often forced
to sell items, such as this magazine, without pay.

“These schemes are nothing short of theft of the labor and the wages
of hundreds, if not thousands, of young people.”

– Robert Abrams, former Attorney General of New York.


Victims of human trafficking have been found in sales crews or peddling and begging rings, where they work long hours each day soliciting money or selling products such as magazine subscriptions, trinkets, or cleaning products.

The controller or manager confiscates all or most of the victim’s earnings and the victims may be dependent on the controller for transportation and housing. Begging and peddling rings may include U.S. citizens, immigrants, adults, or children.

Sales crews typically recruit U.S. citizen youth ages 18 to 25, sometimes younger, with promises of travel, a care-free life, and the ability to make a lot of money. A "crew" consists of an average of 3 to 40 youth, under the direction of a manager, who moves the crew from city to city every few weeks. Crew members receive a small daily stipend of $8 to $15 or less , to cover the cost of meals and personal items. Violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, pressure tactics, and abandonment in unfamiliar cities are common.

After graduating high school, a young man was approached by a recruiter who told him he could travel around the US and make $350 a week selling skincare products. The young man joined a crew traveling in a van around the Midwest. The crew leaders charged exorbitant fees for transportation, lodging, food, and set fines if they were late or failed to meet sales quotas. If a crew member failed to make the quota for several days, he or she was denied food, and sometimes abandoned without any money. After being assaulted by a crew leader, the young man decided that he needed to leave. He called a friend from a pay phone, who helped him contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. (NHTRC).

*Based on calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Identifying details have been changed to protect confidentiality. When does it become trafficking?

Peddling and begging rings and sales crews become trafficking when the employer uses force, fraud and/or coercion to maintain control over the worker and to cause the worker to believe that he or she has no other choice but to stay and continue to work. Common means of control include:

Force – Isolation and removal from familiar surroundings; physical and sexual abuse; abandonment for non-compliance.

Fraud – False promises of an opportunity to travel the country and earn money quickly; misrepresentation the work, working conditions, wages, or immigration benefits; visa fraud.

Coercion – Elaborate systems of rewards and punishments; sales or begging quotas; verbal and psychological abuse; exploitation of a foreign national’s unfamiliarity with the language, laws and customs of the US; sexual harassment; threats of harm to the victim or victim’s family.

*The above list is not comprehensive or cumulative. One element of force, fraud or coercion may be present, or many.. Vulnerabilities

Removal from Familiar Settings – Youth and young adults who sign-up for a salescrew job are quickly removed from familiar surroundings and are kept isolated from their social support network of friends and family. If a crewmember is non-compliant with crew rules or fails to make daily sales quotas, he or she risks being left behind by the crew in an unfamiliar city with no money to get home.

Targeted Recruitment from Economically Marginalized Populations – Begging and peddling rings often target immigrants who are vulnerable to exploitation due to language barriers and a lack of alternative job options. In one case, traffickers recruited deaf and mute Mexicans to sell $1 trinkets in New York City. Salescrews target youth and young adults, many with low levels of income and formal education. Often victims have a history of or are vulnerable to homelessness.

Lack of Labor Protections – Salescrews are structured so that crew members are classified as independent contractors, thus shielding the companies from regulation, taxes and liability. Furthermore, as outdoor sellers crew members are exempt from most federal and state minimum wage and overtime requirements. State level investigations and prosecutions are often hampered by the fact that crew members are rarely allowed to work in their home state, and the crews move frequently from state to state. Statistics Snapshot

Salescrew operators are estimated to cumultatively earn $50 million annually. Crew members may take in as much as $100 per day, but are allotted barely enough to cover meals, usually $8 to $15 per day. They typically don’t have enough money to buy a bus ticket home.

For resources on human trafficking in salescrews, click here.
Polaris Project
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Washington DC
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MAUMELLE, Arkansas
Maumelle 'No Solicitation List' Kicks in Aug. 1
July 23, 2013
Maumelle 'No Solicitation List' Kicks in Aug. 1
By: KARK 4 News
Updated: July 23, 2013
KARK 4, KARZ 42, & ArkansasMatters.com


MAUMELLE, AR -- Starting next week, solicitors in Maumelle will have to be more selective when going door-to-door.

On July 1, the Maumelle City Council passed an ordinance to prevent uninvited solicitors from knocking on doors to homes which addresses appear on a "No Solicitation List."

City officials say effective Aug. 1, no solicitors or peddlers, unless invited, shall solicit at an address appearing on the No Solicitation List or at any residence in the City of Maumelle upon which there is posted at the entrance a notice which reads "No Solicitation" or similar wording.

For more information and to register for the No Solicitation List, click here.
By: KARK 4 News
http://arkansasmatters.com
Little Rock, Arkansas
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AUGUSTA, Maine
Maine AG warns homeowners of door-to-door scams
July 23, 2013
Maine AG warns homeowners of door-to-door scams
July 23, 2013 12:47 PM
By Bryan Cohen
Legal Newsline Legal Journal
AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) – Maine Attorney General Janet Mills warned Maine homeowners Monday to be aware of door-to-door sellers using high-pressure tactics to sell paving jobs, home repair services and other goods.

Maine has three statutes that are meant to regulate door-to-door sales and protect consumers from deceptive and high-pressure sales tactics. In most instances, door-to-door sales require a three-day waiting period and a state license.

“An educated consumer is a protected consumer,” Mills said. “At the very least, a consumer should know that door-to-door sellers are required to have a permanent address or to be licensed with the state. If you do agree to do business with this person, they must give you a detailed contract and they cannot commence work for three days, during which the consumer may cancel. Demand for payment up front should be a red flag that something is not right.”

The Consumer Solicitation Sales Act requires that door-to-door merchandise sellers, including sellers of paving services, home repair services and installation services for burglar alarms, must use a specific written contract and wait three days prior to starting the job. The three-day waiting period gives homeowners the opportunity to review the contract and cancel it in writing. If a deposit was provided to the seller, the law gives the seller 15 days to return it.

The Transient Sales Act regulates sellers who travel into and throughout the state selling goods and services like magazine subscriptions and driveway paving and seem to disappear when issues develop. The law requires transient sellers to be licensed if they do not have a permanent place of business in Maine.

The Door-To-Door Seller of Home Repair Services Act requires that door-to-door sellers of home repair be licensed and carry a Maine-issued license when soliciting in a municipality in which the seller does not have a permanent place of business.

Maine residents can determine if a seller is licensed under the Door-To-Door Seller of Home Repair Services Act or the Transient Sales Act by contacting the Licensing Division at the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. This entry was posted in Maine, News, State AGs, States and tagged Consumer Solicitation Sales Act, Door-To-Door Seller of Home Repair Services Act, Janet Mills, Licensing Division at the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Transient Sales Act. Bookmark the permalink.
By Bryan Cohen
Legal Newsline Legal Journal
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Chicago, Illinois
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PEPPERELL, Massachusetts
Pepperell police warn of scam
July 23, 2013
Pepperell police warn of scam
By Grant Welker, gwelker@lowellsun.com
Updated: 07/23/2013 12:51:08 PM EDT
THE SUN
lowellsun.com
PEPPERELL -- A solicitor selling school books door-to-door is no longer allowed to sell materials in town after he allegedly claimed he was working with the North Middlesex Regional School District, with which he has no affiliation, police said.

The man, who police did not name, also went far beyond the acceptable 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours, police Lt. Todd Blain said Tuesday. Residents complained the solicitor was going door-to-door as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 9 p.m. and was using "verbally forceful tactics," he said.

"He should no longer be an issue in our town," Blain said.

The North Middlesex Regional School District sent a reverse 911 call to parents to alert them that the solicitor is not associated with the school as he allegedly claimed. The town initially granted a permit for soliciting but then revoked it, Blain said.
By Grant Welker, gwelker@lowellsun.com
THE SUN
lowellsun.com
http://www.lowellsun.com
LOWELL, Massachusetts
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Danvers, Massachusetts
Saugus Police log July 18
July 21, 2013
Saugus Police log July 18
By Staff reports
Saugus Advertiser
WICKED LOCAL
Posted Jul 21, 2013 @ 08:00 AM
At 2:41 p.m. a caller reported a male and female going door-to-door on Biscayne Avenue selling magazines and being very aggressive. An officer reported the parties were sent on their way and would stop going door-to-door until they file the proper paperwork.
By Staff reports
Saugus Advertiser
WICKED LOCAL
http://www.wickedlocal.com
Danvers, Massachusetts
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Pacific Grove, California
Door-to-door salesmen take Pacific Grove man for $212
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Monument Subscription Agency
aka: AMC Marketing
Evil Pig For Profit: Sharon D. Crabtree
BBB: Monument Subscription Agency
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Monument Subscription Agency
2010 Highway 190 W PMB187, Livingston, TX 77351
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 11/27/2012
Business Category
Magazine Sales
Alternate Business Names
AMC Marketing

BBB ALERT !!!

The address the company is using is a mail drop
and not a physical location of a business.
BBB is unable to locate a telephone number for this business
or a physical location. This company does not respond to the BBB.
BBB urges caution when doing business with this company.
This business comes to your home via a high school and/or college student
seeking the consumer to purchase magazines to be delivered to Wounded Warriors,
military, and/or our deployed troops. The student alleges that this benefits
them in some way. Example: fundraiser for the school, a trip, High School
Softball Team, etc. BBB urges caution when donating to anyone who comes to your door.
The consumer should verify with the local high school or college that they are
participating in any such event before donating. BBB has contacted this business
in an effort to resolve the issues mentioned above. The business does not respond
to the BBB and we are unable to locate a telephone number for this business.
BBB has received information from consumers that sometimes the alleged student
that is selling these magazines, is not a real student either for college or
high school. We have received further information from consumers that the people
involved in going door to door are Independent Contractors and are self employed.

On the Independent Contractor concept we disagree with the BBB:

DMPG Info Clip Posted 05/10/13:



May 9, 2013
California Law Firm Wins A Historic Victory Over The Traveling Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Clearinghouses.
12 man jury returns a unanimous decision:
Magazine Sales Agents Are NOT Independent Contractors They Are Employees of the Magazine Clearinghouse !!!

Hi Phil: I am thrilled to report that in the case of Gary Roberts and Nat Tonihka versus Atlantic Circulation our jury returned a unanimous verdict in our favor today finding that, under California law, the clearinghouse, ACI, was the employer of our clients at the time they were grievously injured in a van rollover in 2009 while selling magazines. This is the first verdict ever in the history of the industry finding a clearinghouse to be an employer of the solicitors. You were a significant help in achieving this result. Thanks and congratulations. A jury will find the truth when the truth is before them. We showed them. Atlantic Circulation got all the benefits of exploiting the boys. Now Atlantic Circulation will face the burdens of that relationship. Thanks.

Thom Peters
Partner
Kiesel + Larson LLP
8648 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, Ca. 90211-2910
310-854-4444
http://www.kbla.com

Door-to-Door Sales Agents are NOT Independent Contractors !!!
They Are Employees of the Company
Read the California Judgement

See Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Flow Chart:
http://www.magazinesalescrews.com/industryflowcharts.html


end DMPG Info
July 19, 2013
Door-to-door salesmen take Pacific Grove man for $212
Allison Gatlin
The Salinas Californian
Jul. 19, 2013
Two door-to-door salesmen took a Pacific Grove resident for $212 in a con to sell magazine subscriptions raising money for soldiers in Afghanistan and for a softball team, police said.

On July 8, two men between the ages of 18 and 20 solicited $34 for a magazine subscription from an apartment complex resident on Pacific Grove Lane, according to a release from the Pacific Grove Police Department. The victim told officers the proceeds were to be split between the “Wounded Warrior Project” and the “Washington Park Softball Team.”

Both men appeared legitimate and provided all necessary documentation including official-looking permits and magazine catalogs, the victim stated.

After writing a personal check, the victim said he later checked his bank account and found the check had been washed of the $34 and changed to $212. The back of the check was stamped with the name “Sharon D. Crabtree dba Monument Subscription Agency.”

An online search showed the Livingston, Texas, organization fictitious and the subject of multiple complaints from the Better Business Bureau and www.scambook.com, police said.

All attempts to contact the company were unsuccessful, police said.

Pacific Grove police warn residents it’s a municipal code violation to conduct door-to-door sales without a City of Pacific Grove Solicitor and Peddler license.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the police department at 831-648-3143.

Allison Gatlin, agatlin@thecalifornian.com. On Twitter @allison_salnews #salinas.
Allison Gatlin
The Salinas Californian
http://www.thecalifornian.com
Salinas, California
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FRAUD.ORG
DMPG Posted to this web site: July 18, 2013
Fraud.org
“Fraud.org is an important partner in the FTC’s fight to protect consumers from being victimized by fraud.”
- FTC Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen

Bogus magazine sales at your door?
Magazine sales scams typically begin with a knock at the door and a young person on the other side selling magazine subscriptions to “raise money” for a charity, school trip, or other seemingly worthy cause. Consumers who take the bait and sign up, however, often report receiving nothing in return. The Better Business Bureau files more than 1,000 complaints about magazine sales fraud annually.

The hazards for consumers who fall prey to magazine sales fraud do not end with false promises. In an interview with the New York Times, Isaac James, a former sales crew member testified that he regularly stole, “wedding rings, watches, necklaces, money, checks, shoes, clothing, glasses, [and] hats” from his customers after being let into the house. Unlicensed peddlers can be especially dangerous. The Columbia County (Ga.) law enforcement in February 2011 apprehended 17 members of a sales crew, five of whom had criminal records involving violent crimes.

With schools out for the summer, NCL expects to see more incidences of fraudulent subscription sales. Recently, the Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune reported the arrest of two young adults after they had collected more than $4,500 in receipts from fraudulent door-to-door book and magazine subscription sales.

Sales crews are just as dangerous for the young adults who work on them as they are for consumers. NCL has consistently ranked traveling sales crews as one of our five worst teen jobs. The teens and young adults who make up the bulk of the traveling sales crew workforce are often promised they will see the country, make easy money, and party with friends. The unfortunate reality is that these teens work grueling hours beginning in the early morning and lasting late into the night, all the while being paid exclusively on commission. Crewmembers rarely report making a profit after travel expenses are deducted from their pay, and they often bring back horrific tales of abuse at the hands of their managers. Due to the transient nature of the work, local law enforcement often has a hard time cracking down on the crews.

FIGHT FRAUD: What to do when a magazine salesperson approaches you

So, what’s the right action to take for consumers that are approached by a magazine salesperson? Here are a few tips to avoid being defrauded:

Ask where they’re from. Fraudulent sellers are more often than not out-of-towners on the road to defraud consumers and then move on to another location.

Get it in writing. Before you sign up for a magazine subscription, be sure you understand the terms and conditions. Legitimate magazine companies will give you all the details you need to know in writing, including the length of the commitment, the total price, and who to call if you decide to cancel the subscription and get a refund.

If it’s a good deal today, it’ll be a good deal tomorrow. Since traveling sales crews get paid on commission, they may try to pressure you into signing up and paying right away. Remember, if it is a truly worthy cause, you should be given the time you need to think about it before you sign up. And paying with a credit card offers better protection than cash or a check.

Trust, but verify. Ask the seller for a business card and information about the company she is working for. Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau, and call any phone numbers listed to make sure you can reach a live person before handing over money.

Report unlicensed door-to-door sales. Many municipalities require a solicitation license before an individual can sell door-to-door. If your town has such a law, be sure to ask to see the seller’s license. If they are unable or unwilling to produce it, don’t do business with them and report the solicitation to local law enforcement.

Consider subscribing directly from the publisher. Given the amount of fraudulent activity that is going on in the door-to-door magazine sales industry, at the end of the day it may make more sense to simply subscribe directly from the magazine (via its Web site or by calling directly) or via a subscription clearinghouse service. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Remember, never let a salesperson you don’t know or trust into your home.
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York, Pennsylvania
Police cite man for selling magazines door-to-door without permit
July 18, 2013
Police cite man for selling magazines door-to-door without permit
Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 07/18/2013 03:09:12 PM EDT
York, PA -
West York Borough Police cited a Washington, Pa., man Wednesday after they say he was selling magazines door-to-door without a permit, according to a news release. Police said that at 12:15 p.m., they responded to the 1600 block of West Philadelphia Street for a report of someone selling magazines. When police arrived, they found Joel Pintola, 21, who admitted to the allegations. They cited him for soliciting without a permit.
Daily Record/Sunday News
http://www.ydr.com
York, Pennsylvania
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Cape Coral, Florida
Peddlers ordinance in Cape Coral
July 18, 2013
Peddlers ordinance in Cape Coral
Investigation
By Warren Wright
WFTX-TV/FOX 4
CREATED Jul. 18, 2013
CAPE CORAL Fla.- Recent attacks on door-to-door salesmen in Cape Coral are raising questions about who has permission to knock on your door in the first place. In the past year... one man selling Omaha Steaks was shot and killed after knocking on the door of a Cape Coral home.

And just this past month, another Cape homeowner with a "no soliciting" sign in his yard pulled a gun on a Tru-Lawn salesman.

So what exactly is required of salesman in order to legally show up on your doorstep?

If you want to go door to door to sell anything in Cape Coral ... you need a permit.

You get it here at Cape Coral city hall.

Frank Cassidy for the city's code enforcement manager, he explains that the peddlers license is "an attempt to provide a filter - a level of safety- for the community to understand that you don't have people running through neighborhoods Knocking on doors for the wrong reasons."

To get registered, sales people have to get finger printed, present a valid ID and offered proof of employment.

Its all designed to protect residents and those pushing products. And, Cassidy encourages citizens that "if you have someone knock on their door to sell you something - if your not comfortable - call us.!"

But this doesn't apply to everyone knocking on your door, particularly those with a religious message.

Thats a first amendment rights issue and doesn't involve a product or exchanging money.

But what about something as simple as Girl Scout cookies and kids who sell things for their school.

Do they need to get finger printed?

Cassidy explained - they just try to use common sense in dealing with children.

He said "we have been notified that a lot of them don't do door to door anymore... its more of neighbor to neighbor kind of thing."

But as far as adults and companies that go door to door ... the city wants to get the word out - they need to register.

An annual license costs one-hundred dollars per year.

The city has never actually fined anyone yet.

Warren Wright
By Warren Wright
WFTX-TV/FOX 4
http://www.fox4now.com
Cape Coral, Florida
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Easttown, Pennsylvania
Easttown Police Reports: 7 cited for soliciting without permit
July 17, 2013
Easttown Police Reports: 7 cited for soliciting without permit
Main Line Media News
Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
On July 2, officers cited seven subjects for soliciting without a permit in Easttown Township. The solicitors were going door-to-door selling magazines. One subject was cited and released and then found soliciting again on the other side of the township. He was issued a second citation. One solicitor was from Pennsylvania, and the others were from Illinois, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida and Washington. Easttown Township residents are asked to call the police whenever they see someone soliciting without a permit.
Main Line Media News
http://mainlinemedianews.com
Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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York, Pennsylvania
Tuscaloosa police to crack down on door-to-door vendors
July 16, 2013
State police warn "pushy" door-to-door magazine sales company
Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 07/16/2013 08:39:19 PM EDT
York, PA -

Pennsylvania State Police have warned a company that solicits magazine sales by door-to-door visits that if their salespeople continue to be "pushy," they will face criminal charges, according to a news release.

Police said that over the past few weeks, they have received several complaints from residents in the various boroughs and townships they serve about the company's "aggressive and pushy," tactics, the release states.

Lt. Fred Hess, who commands the Loganville barracks, said he called the company and warned them that the tactics -- which cross into criminal activity like harassment, disorderly conduct and trespassing -- will not be tolerated.

Anyone who experiences such activity is asked to call police at 717-428-1011.
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York, Pennsylvania
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Lake Hallie, Wisconsin
Traveling salesmen arise suspicions
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulations LLC
President/Owner: Bridgett Robbins: Midwest Circulation LLC
Pig for Profit
end DMPG Info
July 12, 2013
Traveling salesmen arise suspicions
Posted: Jul 12, 2013 5:54 PM CST
By Michael Crusan
wqow.com
Lake Hallie (WQOW) - Local police say they're getting complaint calls about a business that sells magazines, one that's been given an "F" by the Better Business Bureau.

They claim the business is selling magazines to benefit kids and troops.

In Lake Hallie, police say they've taken four calls about the business, in the past two days alone.

"When I wrote the check out it was Midwest Circulations LLC," says Susan Lostetter as she recalls Thursday afternoon.

That's the name of a business based out of Missouri whose traveling salesmen have been hawking magazines at the Lake Hallie Walmart.

"They had no type of business cards, no contact numbers, anything like that. They preferred cash but would take checks," says her daughter Davee Lostetter.

The Lostetter's returned home and did a little research.

They found the Better Business Bureau had given a failing grade to this business, so they canceled the check and contacted police.

"Makes me angry at myself for falling for the scam, as well as, angry at the company who's employing these young men," says Susan.

There is no legal action they can take in the village of Lake Hallie because there are no laws banning traveling salesmen, nor does the village require permits to sell, but that may soon change.

"September or October, because first of all we have to develop the ordinance and of course it takes two readings and then it goes into effect so many days after publication," explains village board president John Neihart.

In the meantime all the Lostetter's can do is spread words of warning.

"I'm a very trusting person and "troops," I think that's the word, that was the operative word right there, because I love our soldiers," says Susan.

"Sometimes people are too trusting. In the world we live in you have to be a little bit cautious. You don't want to be a victim," says Eau Claire Police officer Kyle Roder.

Outside of Lake Hallie in neighboring Eau Claire or Chippewa Falls police can limit who sells and enforce suspicious sellers by requiring them to obtain a permit to sell.

"That way the police department does a background check on all the individuals that are involved in the selling and we're able to make sure that the consumers, the citizens of Eau Claire are safe," says Roder.

Otherwise the best advice police have is to be on your guard and trust your instincts if something doesn't seem right.

"The one young man said, 'Hey let's go get him, he's got the BMW.' That was really the end there that you know it wasn't legitimate," says Davee.

In the city of Eau Claire you can ask any seller who approaches you at home or in any other location for their permit to sell.

Police say they must provide the permit and it will list effective dates.

If anything doesn't add up, call police.
By Michael Crusan
wqow.com
http://www.wqow.com
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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DMPG Info:
Bridgett Robbins: Midwest Circulation LLC
Pig for Profit
Bridgett Robbins is beyond all doubt the next Karleen Killery Spruiell of the Traveling
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Industry.


DMPG Info Clip Posted 041813:
Midwest Circulations,LLC, aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc., aka: Prodigy Publications, aka: MidWest Marketing, aka: MWM, aka: Prodigy Publications

Google Search: Midwest Circulation + magazine

Search Midwest Circulation This Website

Additional Information:

Prodigy Publications, Presence on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-Publications/151903328211203
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-Publications/151903328211203?sk=wall&filter=12
Prodigy Publications Photos:
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Prodigy Publications/Midwest Marketing
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigy-PublicationsMidwest-Marketing/172410322780327
Ripoff Reports: Midwest Circulations, LLC
https://www.ripoffreport.com/Search/midwest%20circulation.aspx

Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc., aka: MidWest Marketing, aka: Prodigy Publications
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Website
Facebook


BBB: Midwest Circulation LLC
This Business is not BBB accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Phone: (816) 632-2917
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429
3330 Smalley Ter, Kansas City, MO 64129
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
BBB file opened: September 29, 2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Business incorporated: 11/01/2008 in CO
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Management
Jami . Wendy ., Customer Service
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Wendy ., Customer Service
Business Category
MAGAZINES-SUBSCRIPTION AGENTS
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
end BBB info.

On January 15, 2012 a magazine salesman was arrested and accused of stealing the wedding rings from an 81-year-old Gainesville woman who had let him into her house to use the restroom, police said. The suspect, Jack Ryan Patti, 20, of Belton, Mo., who said he was an employee with Midwest Circulation LLC, was charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony, as the wedding rings were valued at about $700. Patti was being held at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Gainsville police case # 02-12-001056.

On May 8, 2010 Patrick M. Schneider, a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman raped a Sycamore, Illinois woman. Schneider was convicted of criminal sexual assault. According to police reports Schneider was employed by Midwest Circulations LLC. Dekalb County Illinois Case # 201001431

Kissimmee, Florida
December 31, 2009
Arrests of salesmen in bloody Osceola County beating attracts attention of national group monitoring door-to-door magazine sales. KISSIMMEE – Two national groups say the recent arrests of two magazine salesmen charged with beating a colleague at an Osceola County motel represent a nationwide surge in violence in a door-to-door business where workers can't meet quotas in the recession. Parent Watch, one of the groups, has been following the industry for 30 years that hires young adults to travel across country in teams selling magazine subscriptions to earn points for prizes, cash awards and shopping sprees. "The crews for the most point seem to be more on edge than ever before because they can't sell," said Parent Watch founder Earline Williams, who handles two to six phone calls a day from frightened, stranded workers seeking bus fare home. "The industry's ouf of control as far as violence." On Dec. 16, Osceola County deputies found a salesman known as " The Kid" bleeding from multiple wounds outside America's Best Inn at 5150 W. U.S. Highway 192, according to sheriff's reports. The victim, Brian Emery, told deputies he recently had been hired to sell magazines and slept with other team members in a motel room rented by the company. Late on Dec. 15, some of his team members gave him $12 to buy beer but became enraged when he bought the wrong brand, the report stated. Justine Angermeier, a 24-year-old salesman, is charged with breaking a 32-ounce beer bottle against Emery's right eye and cheekbone. Jeremy Kirkemeir, 20, a team member with a criminal record in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, is charged with taking part in a beating that followed, according to court records. Both were released on bail from the Osceola County Jail. On Thursday, about 30 salespeople working for Midwest Circulation LLC, a door-to-door magazine sales company, checked out America's Best Inn on Thursday afternoon, according to the motel staff. Midwest Circulation manager Bridgett Robbins, who lists Angermeier as a friend on her Myspace.com page, did not return a telephone request for comment. The group's activities prompted a public warning in Gainesville in November, when about 50 Midwest Circulation workers started selling magazines in Alachua County, according to the Gainesville Sun. "Our patrol division has been advised to be on the lookout for places where these folks may be working and that they do have criminal histories," sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey told the newspaper. Few of the magazine sales teams do background checks on their workers, according Phil Ellenbecker of http://www.travelingsalescrews.info , a national group based in Wisconsin that has tracked about 300 felony crimes and 86 deaths attributed to door-to-door vendors. "It's not uncommon to get recently released felons knocking on your door trying to sell you magazines," said Ellenbecker. "They've been linked to a number of unsolved rapes and murders."
Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at 407-420-5257 or hcurtis@orlandosentinel.com.
Source:
By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel
5:06 p.m. EST, December 31, 2009
http://www.orlandosentinel.com
Orlando, Florida
end sentinel article

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Website
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Jefferson City, Missouri
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulations, LLC
President: Bridgett Robbins
end DMPG Info
June 3, 2013
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office
KY3-TV
Phone support: (417)268-3183
Email: vip@ky3.com
3:26 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a door-to-door magazine sales company for allegedly deceiving consumers.

Koster sued Midwest Circulations, LLC and its president, Bridgett Robbins, of Osborn, Missouri, alleging that Midwest Circulations:

Misrepresented to consumers that the magazines consumers purchased would be donated on their behalf to various charities, including children in hospitals;

Misrepresented how long consumers had to cancel their magazine subscriptions:

Illegally denied refunds to consumers; and

Failed to provide magazines to some consumers.

Koster said hundreds of people have complained to the Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau about this company.

“Consumers should be cautious about door-to-door sales or offers to provide services,” Koster said. “If you have any doubt about a sales offer, decline the offer until you have an opportunity to do some homework to determine if it is legitimate.”

The lawsuit seeks to stop Midwest Circulations and Robbins from continuing any illegal sales practices in Missouri. The suit also demands restitution for consumers and civil penalties against the business.

Koster offered the following tips to help consumers avoid becoming the victim of a scam:

Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office

3:26 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2013

Be wary of sellers claiming to be local students or members of an organized group, such as a sports team. There are documented cases of door-to-door sellers being arrested by law enforcement for using this type of deception.

Avoid succumbing to high-pressure sales tactics, a common behavior for sham door-to-door sales.
Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office
KY3-TV
Phone support: (417)268-3183
Email: vip@ky3.com
http://www.ky3.com
Springfield, Missouri
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SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia
Police Issue Warning About Magazine Sellers
July 12, 2013
Police Issue Warning About Magazine Sellers
By: Lauren Schmoll
WSAZ NewsChannel 3
Updated: Fri 8:05 PM, Jul 12, 2013
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Suspicious activity in South Charleston has neighbors and police on the lookout.

Several reports have been filed about young people going door to door selling magazines without a license.

One woman says those same people stole her prescription medication.

South Charleston Police say this activity has been happening in multiple areas of the city -- most recently, in the 100 block of 6th Avenue. That's where we met Darlene Hawkins on Friday. She says she's afraid to even leave her apartment.

Thursday morning, a young man came to her door, offering to sell her magazines.

“They just got in the building,” Hawkins said. “We don't know how they got into the building. It's a locked, secure building. And just come to my door and robbed me.”

She let him in, ordered some magazines and wrote him a check.

“He asked if he could use my bathroom, I said yes, he went,” Hawkins said. “He come back, gathered up his paperwork and said, ‘Oh could I wash my hands again?’”

That's when she began to get suspicious.

“He left,” Hawkins said. “I got to thinking, that was strange. So I opened my door, he'd left a note on my door that said ‘Sean is king.’”

He took her check, but that's not all. The young man also stole her prescription medication. “This is why he made the second trip,” Hawkins said. “He had to come out here because the medicine cabinet is out here.”

Hawkins says the man got into a blue vehicle with out-of-state tags. The police department believes it's an SUV from Arizona and are urging people to be on the lookout. For Hawkins, the whole ordeal has left her scared, even in her own home.

“I trust everybody,” Hawkins said. “And he was a nice-looking young man. So polite. And it just ... now I'm afraid. Now I just wanna stay in my apartment.”

Hawkins says she hopes her story will teach others an important lesson:

”Don't open your door unless you know who it is,” Hawkins said.

South Charleston Police say they believe both men and women are involved in this operation.

They also have reports of a dark green SUV as being the suspect vehicle.

If you see a similar vehicle driving through your neighborhood, you are asked to call Kanawha Metro Communications at 304-348-8111.
By: Lauren Schmoll
WSAZ NewsChannel 3
http://www.wsaz.com
West virginia
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Tuscaloosa police to crack down on door-to-door vendors
July 12, 2013
Tuscaloosa police to crack down on door-to-door vendors
Staff report
TuscaloosaNews.com
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 12:03 a.m.
TUSCALOOSA | The City Council voted Tuesday to give police officers more enforcement power over door-to-door sales operations.

The change will give police officers the ability to revoke the licenses of door-to-door vendors if the officer can determine a crime or act of public nuisance has occurred.

Vincent Brown, associate director of the city’s Revenue Department, said complaints have spiked from residents reporting overly aggressive door-to-door sales people.

“We’ve never had an issue like we’ve had this year,” Brown told the council during its pre-meeting Tuesday.

One company, in particular, has been what Brown described as “a pain,” but he did not elaborate or identify the business.

Door-to-door vendors are required to have a license from City Hall to legally operate within the city limits, and City Attorney Tim Nunnally said the rule change will allow officers called to handle such complaints to take immediate action.

Prior to this amendment, a hearing was required before the license could be revoked.

Should an officer seize the license from the vendor, a written notice will be provided to the company citing the reason for the seizure and an option for a hearing before the City Council will be provided.
Staff report
TuscaloosaNews.com
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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Lexington, Kentucky
Hours of Door-to-Door Salemen and Women Limited by Lexington Proposal
July 10, 2013
Hours of Door-to-Door Salemen and Women Limited by Lexington Proposal
By Stu Johnson and WEKU News
1:24pm Wed July 10, 2013
For the first time in recent memory, time restrictions may be placed on door-to-door sales in Lexington. Council Member Peggy Henson says the original proposal banned door-to-door sales between 9:00 pm and 9:00 am.

“Council Member Lawless brought up the fact that she felt like nine pm was too late for someone to come knocking on your door trying to sell something. So, we just did a friendly amendment and changed it to eight pm,” said Henson.

However, Council Member Ed Lane objects to set hours…he says a free market would resolve any issue.

“It depends upon the time of the year. You know, it may be dark at six in the winter, but high noon almost at 9:30 during the summer months. So, I think this is something that government doesn’t need to regulate as to what hours you do business,” said Lane.

Peggy Henson says the proposed ordinance comes after two years of study by a city task force. Henson has seen food vendors, art peddlers and yard sales set up near residential areas.

“The two major thinks that I wanted to see happen were close proximity to a residential property, that they would not be allowed within a hundred feet and hours of operation,” added Henson.

As proposed, such vendors must shut down by eleven p-m. The Council is expected to take up the issue later this summer.
By Stu Johnson and WEKU News
WEKU Eastern Kentucky University
http://www.weku.fm
Richmond, Kentucky
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Montgomery, Alabama
AL state board looking to crack down on pushy door-to-door salesmen
July 12, 2013
AL state board looking to crack down on pushy door-to-door salesmen
Posted: Jul 12, 2013 9:25 PM CST Updated: Jul 12, 2013 10:18 PM CST
By Bethany Wales
WSFA
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Alabama state board that regulates security companies is sending out a warning to residents regarding door-to-door salesmen. Several citizens have voiced their concerns about pushy sales tactics and now state officials are stepping in.

The Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure oversees security companies and locksmiths in the state. It says it has a code of ethics and will take disciplinary action against any company that violates that code.

The Board wants to hear from concerned residents who've encountered aggressive behavior at the front door. To start that process, call 866-302-3725.

WSFA 12 News spoke with one Auburn resident who was so concerned about the encounter she had with a pushy salesman that she dialed police. Leigh Peak said she felt violated by the man and was shaken by how the encounter unfolded.

Peak recalled that the man, "knocked very loudly and hardly on the door..." When she answered, it was a salesman hoping she would buy his security system.

"He said, "Do you have a glass back door like your other neighbors?"" And then, he went too far, according to the homeowner. "He said, "I want to see your back door, and he stepped forward and pushed on me..."", Peak said. "I slammed the door in his face, double locked the door and called the police."

Peak said the man was wearing an orange shirt with a laminated badge on a lanyard around his neck. "He had no business touching me or wanting to come into my home uninvited," she said.

Peak didn't buy what the salesman was selling and says her neighbors turned him away, too. "If this is the way they're trained to sell their services, this is not the way to go about it..."

The security board says it's receiving complaints about a number of security companies, and has even fined some of them already. The Board says it's putting them on notice that they could lose their license to operate in Alabama.
By Bethany Wales
WSFA
http://www.wsfa.com
Montgomery, Alabama
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Lincoln County, Missouri
Lincoln Co. woman falls victim to group soliciting for fake fundraiser
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Fit for Life Network, Inc
BBB: Fit for Life
(866) 443-9610PO Box 1058, Kittredge, CO 80457-1058
http://www.fitfl.com
fitforlifenetwork.com
BBB Rating: C
BBB file opened: 01/22/2008
Business started: 11/13/2006
Business started locally: 11/13/2004
Licensing
Many local municipalities, townships, and counties have registration,
bonding and/or licensing requirements. The BBB encourages you to check with the
appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Permit and license requirements for regulated industries in the state of Colorado
can be viewed at the following website:
http://www.colorado.gov/oed/industry-license/
Type of Entity
Corporation
Incorporated: November 2006, CO
Contact Information
Principal: Marsha Covey (Customer Service)
Mr. Joseph N. Covey (Owner)
Mr. Jess Covey (Field Manager)
Business Category
Magazines - Subscription Agents
Alternate Business Names
Fit for Life Network,, Triple Seven, Inc.
end DMPG Info
July 11, 2013
Lincoln Co. woman falls victim to group soliciting for fake fundraiser
by Mike Colombo / News 4
KMOV.com
Posted on July 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM
Updated yesterday at 7:00 PM


(KMOV) -- A Lincoln County woman was a victim of a scam that posed as a group raising funds for hospitalized children.

Kim May called News 4’s Mike Colombo after she gave money to a group claiming to be “Fit For Life” who were going door-to-door raising money for a fundraiser for St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

May gave the teenage girl and boy $20 but later learned the same group was using her name in their pitch to other neighbors down the road. The teens were telling others May gave them $65.

After neighbors contacted authorities they learned this was a known scam.

Suzanne Fontaine who oversees fundraising for St. Louis Children’s Hospital says it’s not unusual for scammers to use their name.

“It seems about once a year, we get a call from someone asking if this is a legitimate fundraising activity,” Fontaine said.

May also fell victim to a similar scam a few years ago when the same group said they were collecting funds for Cardinal Glennon Hospital.

It can be hard to know if solicitors are legitimate but Fontaine said “If your guy is telling you it isn’t right, you’re probably right.”

A few steps to protect others from falling victim to these scam artists include asking for documentation from the charity approving the fundraising effort, and become suspicious if they play up what neighbors may have given.

Also, ask to see a permit if the city or area requires one to solicit.
by Mike Colombo / News 4
KMOV.com
http://www.kmov.com
St. Louis, Missouri
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Van Rollover Kills One
DMPG Posted 05/21/13
Magazine Sales Compamy: Fit For Life
Principal: Marsha Covey (Customer Service)
Mr. Jess Covey (Field Manager)
Mr. Joseph N. Covey (Owner)
Victim: Elizabeth L. York
In Loving Memory
Elizabeth York
07/07/83 - 10/24/2012
Van Driver: Dustin J. McCaulley
License Status: invalid-suspended.
New Mexico State Police Case Number: 12-225122
Date of Accident/Death: 10/24/12
Location: Interstate 25 Milepost 372
County: Mora, New Mexico
Vehicle: 1999 Ford Van
Colorado License Plate: 390188h

* SEE PDF Accident Report: img-218145905-0001.pdf *



Southwestern Company and Door-to-Door Salespeople
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Book Sales Company:
Southwestern Company, aka: Southwestern Advantage
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
July 9, 2013
Southwestern Company and Door-to-Door Salespeople
Submitted by HeatherKaye on July 09th, 2013
Bubblews L.L.C.
Last night and this morning, the talk of the community has been about Eli, a man who has been going around door-to-door, selling educational materials to folks with children. The company he works for is Southwestern Company. He is a legitimate salesperson with the proper business permit from the county.

However, due to internet hysteria, the good folks in the county believe Eli is a pedophile, a kidnapper, or worse. A link posted on Facebook quickly topped 500 responses as people tagged other people known to have children, to make them aware of what was going on. Others shared their stories that he was pushy, that he was rude and cussing people out, that he was casing their homes, that they knew their names and children's names, asking questions about when their husbands were due to return home, and that at one house he was selling educational materials and at another he was selling children's books.

Eli with Southwestern Company was at our house last night and spoke with the Boss. The Boss found him to be a very polite young man. He showed the Boss his brochures, explained the packages, and the Boss leveled with him - we weren't buying. Eli asked if his wife made these decisions, and the Boss told him no and sent him on his way. Eli stood in our front room while they were talking, and he didn't case our house. He didn't appear to have any interest in our children. He didn't know our names or our children's names. He didn't ask the Boss if our neighbors had children. He wasn't pushy. He was just a kid trying to make some money.

Now, due to the recent hysteria, I've done some research about Southwestern Company. College-age kids are roped in with awesome advertisements, promising adventure and travel and the chance to make mad money. According to different testimonials at southwesterncompanytruth.com they have to attend sales school in Nashville for a week, and then they are sent out to their territories to sell, sell, sell. They are told to beg for housing. The money they make from book sales is paid to the company, and it's not until the end of the summer that they get their portions. Many of these kids are starving, sleeping in cars and abandoned houses, trying to survive thousands of miles away from home with no escape. If they try to leave, they are bullied back into the program, probably with the very real possibility that if they leave now, they'll end up owing the company money. This is the scenario described over and over again on the website.

Another article at www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/career/door-to-door-for-the-summer tells a balanced account from Southwestern Company and from a former student salesperson.

I feel really bad for poor Eli. He's been assigned to a territory to sell books for the summer, and everyone in this territory believes he's dangerous. I don't know how he's going to survive the summer.
Submitted by HeatherKaye
Bubblews L.L.C. http://www.bubblews.com
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Joplin, Missouri
Joplin PD warns of magazine solicitors
July 5, 2013
Joplin PD warns of magazine solicitors
KOAM
Updated: Jul 05, 2013 2:47 PM CST
STATEMENT FROM THE JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Public Service Announcement

During the summer months we often see an increase in subjects who are contacting residents selling magazines or other products. There are often many different reasons that the persons will give for the reason they are selling the items.

Anyone that is selling magazines in the City of Joplin is required to have a solicitor's license which is obtained from City Hall. Once they receive a license, they are required to carry the license with them. If you are contacted by someone that is selling magazines or any other product and you are suspicious of their behavior, you should request to see their solicitor's license. If they do not have a license, then call the Police Department and an officer will respond to investigate the situation further.

A good practice to have is if you did not call and request that someone come to your residence, then do not allow them to enter your residence without first asking for proper identification. If they become insistent that they enter your residence, then call your local police department and they will assist you.
KOAM
http://www.koamtv.com
Joplin, Missouri
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Davenport, Iowa
Door To Door Magazine Sales Warning
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Nation's Top Sales, LLC
BBB: Nation's Top Sales, LLC
This Business is not BBB Accredited
Nation's Top Sales, LLC
(256) 715-7081
1620 Chandler Road, Huntsville, AL 35801
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 09/19/2008
Business started: 05/15/2008
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Corporation
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Juanita Brock (Member)
Mr. Sean Nation (Member)
Mr. Andrew Thompson (General Manager)
Ms. Tracy Turner (Office Manager)
Number of Employees
2
Business Category
Magazine Sales, Door-to-Door Sales - Magazines
Alternate Business Names
Top Sales
end BBB info.
DMPG info:
Nation's Top Sales, LLC
General Manager: John Pirozzi
Nation's Top Sales, LLC., aka: Southern Circulation, Inc., aka: C & S
BBB: Southern Circulation, Inc.
Southern Circulation, Inc:
Principal: Mr. Howard Brock (President)
Mr. Wesley Eubanks (Partner)
Mr. David Fussell (Owner)
Ms. Tracy Turner (Vice President)
end DMPG Info
July 5, 2013
Door To Door Magazine Sales Warning
Updated: Jul 05, 2013 10:16 PM CST
By Mark Stevens
KWQC-TV6/KWQC.COM
A consumer alert for door to door magazine sales.

There is a group of people pursuing those sales in Davenport without a permit as of Friday.

The salespeople are selling magazines for Nation's Top Sales, based out of Alabama.

The company has an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau because it's had 139 complaints filed with it over the last three years.

They're in town, and customers say the sales pitch seems kind of fishy.

"I could do it for him, I could buy them for children, I could buy them for the troops," says Troy Neal of Davenport.

A salesperson knocked on his front door around 12 Friday afternoon. He was selling magazines, and Neal says something just wasn't quite right.

"He tried too hard to be nice, he was over polite, saying sir, and this and that, and it was ok, calm down, don't be too polite, I know what you're trying to do."

Neal listened to the pitch and then told the salesperson no thanks.

"It did seem fishy because he said that all they take is checks or cash, and I said I don't have any checks and I don't have 25 dollars and he goes well what we could do is go get something from the ATM, you can cross out the numbers and just sign it and give it to me," says Neal.

If someone comes knocking at your front door trying to sell you something, you have the right to see their permit, it'll be a green piece of paper from the city, no photocopies allowed. If they can't produce it, the city will tell them to pay $300 to get one, or they'll tell them, to get out.

"We weren't aware that we needed the permits and we're actually not selling," says General Manager John Pirozzi.

We reached him by phone Friday afternoon. He says his group began selling, but stopped after they were approached by a police officer.

"Somebody just didn't know what we were doing, and called the police to check and it was me actually, talked to the police officer and he informed me that we needed permits," says Pirozzi.

He says they're going to get the required permits on Monday when city hall opens. Then they'll resume selling.

Davenport city officials say they can confiscate a salesperson's products if they don't carry a valid license.

The police department says don't let a door to door salesperson into your home.

If you feel uncomfortable about a salesperson, they encourage you to call 911 to protect yourself and your neighbors.
By Mark Stevens
KWQC-TV6/KWQC.COM
http://www.kwqc.com
Davenport, Iowa
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Australia
Annoying sales tactics are nothing new, but the power to stop them is
July 4, 2013
Annoying sales tactics are nothing new, but the power to stop them is
Published 04 July 2013 10:36, Updated 04 July 2013 11:02
Peter Finklestein
BRW.

Door-to-door salesmen have been annoying householders for more than a century.
Photo: Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images

Have you ever been really irritated by the harassment of call-centre operators, telephoning at inconvenient times or trying to pressure you into making a decision to purchase something at so-called specially reduced prices? And have you had door-to-door salespeople call on you only to make promises of fantastic products and services that you discover were false? If you have, you’re not alone. Nor are you the target of a new phenomenon.

In 1908, housewives were complaining that they were being pestered at inconvenient times of the day by a new phenomenon that had developed at the time – the door-to-door salesman. Many of this breed of salesman were new migrants to the United States who took up one of the toughest jobs in sales, simply because barriers to entry were low and, despite their difficulty in speaking English, they needed to make a living.

Letters to the Chicago Tribune in 1908 complained about the troublesome door-to-door salespeople who were pestering households, with some housewives recording up to six salesmen calling each day of the week, trying to sell everything from brushes (for Fuller Brush Company) to tea (from the Superior Tea & Coffee Company). One such letter related the story of a brush salesman who promised a free brush but needed to enter the house to “get the free brush from the bottom of the case” only to then launch into a hard-sell for the range of brushes he was promoting.

We like to believe that as a society we have made strides and meaningful progress. We talk about the internet, computers, modern lifestyles and technology having changed the way we do business such that salespeople are becoming obsolete because of the remote methods people are using to buy. But in reality, all that has changed is that, in the main, door-to-door salesmen are being replaced by call-centre operations.

These call-centre salespeople still pester households at inconvenient times and still try to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers and still use unsavoury tactics to get a signature for some promised (but seldom legitimate) offer. And as companies move their call centres off-shore, the challenge of English becomes more and more evident.

A hundred years ago there were no regulations controlling the behaviour of salespeople, or the companies that employed them. They used high-pressure sales techniques to get a commitment to a purchase – sometimes even getting the acceptance or signature of a child on an agreement.

Does this sound like something that couldn’t happen today?

Last month, The Age reported that a study prepared by the Footscray Community Legal Centre found that salespeople – usually from energy companies – targeted vulnerable consumers, including public housing residents, non-English speakers and the elderly. In one reported incident an underage girl took the call and was persuaded to accept an agreement for a more expensive energy retailer.

The vast majority of salespeople and the organisations they work for are far more ethical than those of yesteryear. But that’s not enough.

In 1908 there were no laws controlling sales behaviour. Today, particularly in Victoria, there are a host of regulations that govern both the behaviour and activities of sales operators. However, it is up to consumers to make themselves familiar with the laws and then to hold any door-to-door salesperson or tele-sales canvasser to account.

The more consumers challenge unethical sales tactics, the sooner these unethical and unprofessional people, disguising themselves as legitimate sales professionals, will be removed and the sooner selling will earn the respect it deserves as a career of choice.

There are some effective ways to handle pestering from unsolicited tele-sales canvassers and door-to-door salespeople. These can be viewed or complaints can be lodged on the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission’s website.
Peter Finklestein
BRW.
http://www.brw.com.au
BRW Financial Review Group
GPO BOX 55
Melbourne VIC 3001
Australia
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Fort Payne, Alabama
DeKalb County Regulations outlined for door-to-door salesmen
July 4, 2013
DeKalb County Regulations outlined for door-to-door salesmen
Lindsay Slater
times-journal.com
Times-Journal
Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 2:00 pm
The Fort Payne City Council recently amended its business license ordinance to further define a “transient merchant” and to clarify the revocation section of the law. Transient merchant is defined as a person or persons who conduct business within the city limits on a temporary basis, whether in a fixed location or traveling from place to place.
Lindsay Slater
times-journal.com
Times-Journal
http://times-journal.com
Fort Payne, Alabama
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Pasco, Washington
Best Ways to Get Rid of a Door-to-Door Salesman!
July 4, 2013
Best Ways to Get Rid of a Door-to-Door Salesman!
By Cody Genoway July 4, 2013 7:00 AM
102.7 KORD
Don’t you just hate solicitors? According to the responses to our poll, most of you don’t even buy stuff from them.

Most of you say you rarely, if ever, buy from a door-to-door sales person. No one said they always buy.

And yet they still keep comin’ a knockin’.

That leaves us to find new and unique ways to tell them “NO.”

We poll you guys one more time to find out how you get them off your porch and some of the responses were downright hilarious if not clever and somewhat original. Here’s what you said:

A whopping 32 percent said you should just ignore them — shut or slam the door (basically don’t give them the privilege of trying to sell you anything at all.)
Surprisingly, the next largest response was the “polite no” with 12 percent.
10 percent said to slam the door while yelling, “Keep on walking/walk away!”
Say no and call the cops, or just straight call the cops, came in with 8 percent.
Answer the door naked — 6 percent
Try to sell them something — 6 percent “It’s against my religion” — 4 percent
“No hablo Ingles” — 4 percent
“Remain silent” — 4 percent
Apologize or just say sorry — 4 percent
Say you don’t have any money — 4 percent

And then there was one genius who said we should just put up a “No Solicitors” sign….well why didn’t we think of that first?
By Cody Genoway
102.7 KORD
http://1027kord.com
Pasco, Washington
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fayetteville puts new rules on door-to-door salesmen
July 3, 2013
Fayetteville puts new rules on door-to-door salesmen
Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 5:00 pm
Todd Gill, FayettevilleFlyer.com
Beginning Aug. 2, door-to-door salespeople must adhere to new regulations in Fayetteville.

City Council members on Tuesday passed an ordinance requiring for-profit businesses to pay $40 each year for a permit and $5 for each door-to-door solicitor working inside the city limits.

City law already outlaws door-to-door sales if a property owner displays a “no soliciting” sign on their home or business. That rule will stay the same, but the new ordinance requires city planning staff to provide free “no soliciting” stickers to any resident who requests one.

Ward 3 Alderman Justin Tennant brought forth the idea, which he said should help curb a growing number of complaints from Fayetteville residents who are tired of being approached by door-to-door scam artists.

The University of Arkansas Police Department last month released a statement warning residents that a group of young people were in town claiming to be selling items to raise money for university trips and internships. Police warned residents not to fall for the scam.

“I feel like many of our citizens are being taken advantage of,” said Tennant. “What I wanted to do here was put up a door, so to speak, to discourage these people from actually coming into the city and doing these things to our citizens.”

As part of the new law, salespeople are now subject to a criminal background check from the Arkansas State Police and are required to carry a visible photo ID and a copy of their company’s door-to-door permit. Violations would carry a fine of up to $500.
Todd Gill, FayettevilleFlyer.com
http://www.magnoliareporter.com
Magnolia Reporter - Magnolia, Arkansas News
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Cape Coral, Florida
Police: Cape Coral man pulled gun on door-to-door salesman
July 3, 2013
Police: Cape Coral man pulled gun on door-to-door salesman
Jul. 3, 2013
Written by
Dennis Culver
news-press.com
A Cape Coral man is facing an assault charge after police say he pulled a gun on a door-to-door salesman Tuesday.

Jeffrey Chandler Massey, 54, is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

Cape Coral police responded to 4905 SW 8th Place in Cape Coral around 6 p.m. in reference to a disturbance involving a handgun, according to a Cape Coral Police Department report.

When police arrived at the residence, the victim, who was working as a door-to-door salesman for TrueGreen, said he knocked on the door and was confronted by Massey who was angry the salesman was there.

The victim said Massey started yelling at him for knocking on the door, said to “get the (expletive deleted) off his property” and threatened to shoot the man if he did not leave.

The victim said he started walking away from the residence when Massey came outside with a black revolver, yelled at the salesman for being on his property, pointed the revolver at him and continued to threaten to shoot him, according to the report.

The victim walked to a neighboring residence and called 911.

Massey told investigators he was upset a solicitor came to his house and ignored posted “No Trespassing” signs, so he told the salesman to leave and he was going to get his gun.

Massey said he went inside and got the .32-caliber revolver, returned to his front door and noticed the salesman was still on his driveway.

Massey said he pointed the loaded gun above the victim’s general direction, but Massey denied threatening to shoot the man, according to the report.
Written by
Dennis Culver
news-press.com
http://www.news-press.com
Cape Coral, Florida
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Green River, Wyoming
Door-to-door deal makers rile Green River
July 3, 2013
Door-to-door deal makers rile Green River
Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 6:48 pm
By David Martin Editor
Green River Star
Concerns about the door to door salesmen and changes to the historic Green River Ordinance have made their way to the city Council.

Councilman Gary Killpack said he received a number of complaints about the ordinance’s new language which permits door-to- door sales in Green River. Killpack said he’s received complaints of salespeople who do not leave a residence after being sent away.

Residents have also voiced their concerns on the Green River Star’s website, responding to a letter from Lisa Marsing about her experience with a salesperson and a press release from the police de- partment regarding the changes.

Other complaints cited at the Green River City Council meeting come from residents who pur- chased items from a salesperson, then called afterward.

“People do not need to feel pressured to buy something they don’t want,” Killpack said.

Killpack asked if a letter, along with stickers displaying the two signs available to residents could be mailed to households through- out the city.

City Administrator Marty Black told the Council a letter was sent to residents in their utility bills af- ter the ordinance change was fi- nalized. Black said residents can call the police department if a salesperson becomes too pushy or remains after being told to leave.

“We’re a minute or less away in most cases,” Black said.

Councilman Adam Coppolo belives complaining to the police allows the city to keep track of how many complaints are filed against a company.

“I want to be able to revoke the licenses based on complaints,” Coppolo said.

Chris Steffen, chief of the Green River Police Department said one of the sales companies he’s spoken (GET NAME) to is very receptive of complaints and concerns. He said the sales manager is aware the ordinance revision is a major change for people.

“We’re trying to work out the bumps,” Steffen said.

The 82-year-old Green River Ordinance was changed in March in response to a possible legal challenge from companies inter- ested in selling to residences. The original ordinance banned sales- people from selling door-to-door throughout the city and was cop- ied by cities and towns throughout the country. The ordinance, origi- nally titled “Ordinance No. 175,” took the name of the city it origi- nated in.

During a Green River Chamber of Commerce meeting in December, Black said the ordinance was nullified in a number of places after judges cite the law as restricting corporate communication, which is protected by the First Amendment. The city, rather than facing a lawsuit it couldn’t win, decided to amend the long-standing ordinance to allow door- to-door sales.

However, residents have the ability to limit or completely ban solicitation by posting one of two signs on their property. A “No Solicitation” sign bars anyone from from approaching a residence intending to sell a product while the “No Commercial Solicitation” sign allows non-profit groups, such as the Girl Scouts and church groups to approach.
By David Martin Editor
Green River Star
http://www.greenriverstar.com
Green River, Wyoming
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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland
Wallet lands Ohio man in jail
July 1, 2013
Wallet lands Ohio man in jail
Posted: 07/01/2013
By: WMAR Staff
ABC2, WMAR-TV

Sedric Ward

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Turns out, he was more than a magazine salesman...

Officials with the Anne Arundel County Police Department say a man was taken into custody on June 25 following reports of a door-to-door magazine salesman that entered a home through an unlocked door and snatched some loot.

The neighbor of a woman on McKendree Avenue saw the man enter the home through a side door. She notified the home's owner, who was in the backyard.

The police were called, and 25-year-old Sedric Ward of Dayton, Ohio was found and taken into custody. Police say Ward stole a wallet from the residence.

Ward's charged with first, third and fourth degree burglary.
By: WMAR Staff
ABC2, WMAR-TV http://www.abc2news.com
Baltimore , Maryland
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Hubbard, Ohio
Fla. magazine salesman charged for sexual assault in Hubbard
June 29, 2013
Fla. magazine salesman charged for sexual assault in Hubbard
Published: Sat, June 29, 2013 @ 12:06 a.m.
By Lee Murray
TheNewsOutlet.org
HUBBARD

A Hubbard woman says she was sexually assaulted in her home Thursday by a Florida man who was going door to door selling magazine subscriptions.

Jessie Lee Frazer was arrested on Jacobs Road, a few doors down from where the alleged assault took place. Police charged him with gross sexual imposition. Police also arrested Travis Singleton, a New Jersey man who they say was present and complicit during the purported assault. He is charged with complicity to gross sexual imposition. Singleton is a registered sex offender with two offenses, in 2003 and 2005. Both offenses involved minors.

The victim, 53, answered the door to Lee and Singleton shortly after noon. She allowed them into her home because it had started raining, she told police.

She had checked their credentials as magazine salesmen, and both men were carrying identification for the company they were working for.

Police said that both men sat at her kitchen table and showed her a catalog showing which magazines were for sale. She offered to purchase one book, but explained that she could not afford to buy any more because of her fixed income.

She told police that Frazer then got up and pinned her arms to the wall and started kissing her and fondled her. She said that Frazer then told her that they could “work something out,” suggesting that they move to her bedroom.

She said that Frazer spoke to Singleton and said that he could take a turn after him.

The victim told them that her friend would be home soon, and they left. She called police immediately. Police were in the neighborhood and arrested both men soon after receiving the call.

Neighbors told police that the men were overly persistent when they called at their door. A nearby family said that the men gave them a “bad vibe.”

“Listen to the little voice in your head,” said city of Hubbard Police Chief James Taafe. “If something feels wrong, close the door and call the police.”

Taafe said that knowing what to check for on credentials is important.

“Companies require a permit to solicit door-to-door in Hubbard,” said Taafe. “This company did not have a permit.”

Both men are being held at Trumbull County Jail. Singleton is being held for complicity to gross sexual imposition with bail set at $100,000. Frazer is being held for gross sexual imposition with bail set at $150,000. A court date is set for July 3 at 9 a.m. at Girard Court.

Police said that, when arrested and sitting in the cruiser, Singleton was up-front with them about his criminal history. He told police that he tried to get Frazer to leave.

Taafe said that after the assault, the two men continued with their workday.

“They just carried on knocking on doors up the street,” Taafe said.

TheNewsOutlet.org is a collaborative effort among the Youngstown State University journalism program, Kent State University, University of Akron and professional media outlets WYSU-FM Radio, The Vindicator, The Beacon Journal and Rubber City Radio, both of Akron.
By Lee Murray
TheNewsOutlet.org
http://www.vindy.com
Youngstown, Ohio
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Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Police seek man suspected of sexual assault
June 28, 2013
Police seek man suspected of sexual assault
The Standard Speaker
Published: June 28, 2013
Hazleton police are investigating a reported sexual assault that happened Wednesday and are looking to the public to identify the suspect.

Police said the assault was reported in the area of Walnut and Locust streets at about 2 p.m. and the victim was only identified as an adult female.

The suspect, police said, was reportedly going door-to-door in the neighborhood selling items and entered the victim's home before the assault took place.

He has been described as a Hispanic man, standing 5'6" tall with a medium build, short hair and a goatee. At the time of the assault, he was wearing a blue T-shirt with yellow lettering on the front and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 911. All calls will be handled confidentially.

Hazleton police Chief Frank DeAndrea said people should use extra caution as officers investigate the assault claim and should be cautious when anyone they do not know approaches their property at any time.

Though he would not say if the victim in this case allowed her attacker in the home, he did say that residents should not allow anyone unfamiliar into their homes, including if they say they are with a utility company. DeAndrea said if someone claims to be with a company, the resident should call that company first to make sure the visit is for a legitimate purpose.
The Standard Speaker
http://standardspeaker.com
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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Big Island, Hawaii
Public Warned About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Scam
June 28, 2013
Public Warned About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Scam
by Big Island Now Staff
Posted on June 26th, 2013
Police are warning the public to be on the lookout for a scam involving the selling of magazines door-to-door.

The salespersons say they are selling the magazines to benefit a local high school, cancer research or to get points for college.

These individuals obtain personal information from the buyers which can be used fraudulently, and magazines purchased never arrive.

The companies making the pitch often originate in Colorado and go by various names including Frontline Communications, HP Consulting and MD Network. Colorado’s attorney general has secured a default court judgment against the perpetrators in that state for more than $1 million.

Those who have encountered these individuals and need to make a police report can call the department at 935-3311.
by Big Island Now Staff
http://bigislandnow.com
Big Island, Hawaii
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Denver, Colorado
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
December 1, 2012
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
KCNC-TV
Virtual Channel 4
RF Channel 35
December 1, 2012 2:56 PM


(credit: CBS)



Jennifer Proffitt Payne and Cody Payne (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – Five years after an undercover CBS4 investigation into door-to-door magazine sales a judge has taken dramatic action.

Two major players in the magazine sales world are now permanently barred from the business and were fined almost $1 million dollars.

A Denver District Court judge issued a permanent injunction against the magazine sales companies, saying they routinely misled consumers, failed to deliver magazines, and routinely misrepresented their connection with charities and other groups.

Magazine crews have been crisscrossing Colorado for years, in many cases misleading consumers like Catherine Pickering.

“He told me what they were doing was buying books for children in the hospital and I thought, ‘Well gee, that’s’ pretty good.’ You know because it was for the hospital,” Pickering said. She gave magazine salesmen $300, but the door-to-door salesmen were later arrested for fraud admitting their hospital story was just a ruse to sell subscriptions.

Now a Denver judge has ordered the husband wife team of Cody Payne and Jennifer Proffitt Payne banned from the door-to-door magazine business and ordered them to pay nearly $1 million in fines

The Paynes owned and ran a network of magazine companies that a judge says operated in bad faith, had sales crews make false statements to consumers, and failed to provide refunds.

“What actually generated the most complaints was people who tried to cancel their subscriptions, either because they didn’t get it, or it was too expensive, or whatever other reasons, and were promised refunds that were never processed and never received,” Deputy Attorney General Jan Zavislan said.

The Attorney General’s Office says it’s identified nearly 800 Colorado consumers ripped off by the Paynes and their web of companies.

“There’s no question that with crews operating in multiple states, as well as in Colorado, that they sold magazines to thousands of households,” Zavislan said.

Five years ago A CBS4 producer went undercover with a magazine sales crew. She was told to act younger to elicit more sympathy and sales.

“So I’m talking to you as Stephanie, but when I’m in contests I’m trying to act more like a kid, so my voice is going to change a little bit and I act more kiddish,” the salesperson said to the CBS4 producer.

The Paynes didn’t contest the order banning them for life from the magazine industry. It’s believed they have both now moved out of Colorado.

The Attorney General’s Office urges people not to let any unsolicited door-to-door salesmen in their house at any time.
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Salesman denies sex assaults in Carlisle
June 26, 2013
Salesman denies sex assaults in Carlisle
By Nick Griffiths
News & Star
First published at 11:40, Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
Last updated at 11:48, Wednesday, 26 June 2013

A man has gone on trial accused of sexually assaulting two women whose homes he called at as a door-to-door salesman.

Ryan Horner, 26, is alleged to have pulled a woman towards him and kissed her as he left her house in Carlisle.

Horner is also charged with sexually assaulting another woman elsewhere in the country in an earlier incident.

Horner, of Hargate Way, Hampton Hargate, Peterborough, is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

He denies two charges of sexual assault. Bob Sastry, prosecuting, told the court that the woman in Carlisle lived with a flatmate.

Horner, he said, knocked on the door at about 8pm saying he was calling on behalf of a company.

He was said to have walked into the living room and sat down. The flatmate was in the room.

Mr Sastry said there was a “very brief conversation before he started asking a series of inappropriate questions”.

These were alleged to have included: “Are you single?” and “are you a screamer?”

At one point, the court was told, he asked which room was the woman’s bedroom, adding: “Is this where it all happens?”

Mr Sastry said at the front door Horner put his hand out for her to shake, grabbed her hand and pulled her towards him.

“She moved her head to one side, he kissed her on the cheek, after which he left,” said Mr Sastry.

Horner told police he had built up a bit of rapport with the two girls.

He also claimed they had been “laughing and joking”, had shaken the woman’s hand and “as a normal gesture, leaned forward to give her a kiss on the cheek”.

Horner denied making any suggestive comments.

The incident was alleged to have happened on November 6 last year.

Horner is also accused of groping a woman and exposing himself after calling at her house in Peterborough on June 11 last year.

The court heard he called with another man this time, saying they were there for the “loft insulation”.

Horner denied groping her and exposing himself.

The trial continues.

First published at 11:40, Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
By Nick Griffiths
News & Star
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
CA2 5UA, Carlisle, Cumbria, United Kingdom
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Big Island, Hawaii
Big Island police warning public of door-to-door magazine scheme
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Frontline Communications, LLC, HP Consulting, and MD Network
end DMPG Info
June 26, 2013
Big Island police warning public of door-to-door magazine scheme
KHON2
By Web Staff Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 2:28 pm
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:40 pm
Big Island police are warning the public about a company recently selling magazines door-to-door.

According to police, the salesperson says they are selling the magazines to benefit a local high school, to earn points for college, or for cancer research. The salesperson then obtains personal information from the buyers and uses the information fraudulently.

Police say the magazines that the buyers order never arrive.

Some of the names the company is using include Frontline Communications, LLC, HP Consulting, and MD Network.

Authorities say they originated in Colorado, where they have been fined $1 million.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency hotline at (808) 935-3311.
By Web Staff
KHON2
http://www.khon2.com
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
Some security system sales are alarming
June 26, 2013
Some security system sales are alarming
Slick salesmen may try to dupe you.
Paul Muschick The Watchdog
The Morning Call
9:38 p.m. EDT, June 26, 2013
Burglar alarms are supposed to give you peace of mind that someone is watching over you to keep the bad guys out.

A few local homeowners are sounding the alarm against some alarm salesmen, saying they've acted just as deviously as the devils that security systems are designed to ward off.

Spring and summer is when these con men call on unsuspecting homeowners, either by phone or at your door, authorities warn.

Rose Dwinal of Allentown said a phone call she got about a month ago "scared me out of my wits." It supposedly was from the FBI, warning her that many homes around the nation have been robbed.

"Then he goes on to try to sell you an alarm system," Dwinal said.

She identified the scam pretty quickly. The FBI isn't hawking alarms and isn't warning people about crime in their neighborhood.

"Similar to many other schemes, these scam artists are trying to gain credibility by using the FBI name," said Thomas Marakovits, supervisory senior resident agent of the FBI's Allentown office. "The FBI doesn't endorse products or commercial ventures, and we don't call people to solicit money or personal information."

Dwinal hung up on the call, but hasn't been able to stop the calls from coming.

"I must have had 50 calls from those people," Dwinal told me. "Sometimes it was nine in the morning. Sometimes it was nine at night."

The latest call Tuesday varied slightly. It didn't mention the FBI but used the same scare tactic about homes around the nation being robbed.

"I'm sick and tired of it," Dwinal told me.

Anna Williams of Bethlehem shares the feeling. She called me earlier this year after she'd had three calls in 10 days from an alarm salesman saying the FBI had reported a recent break-in in her neighborhood.

Williams also knew the call was bogus and the agency's name was being used to make the sales pitch sound credible. Williams found that incredible, and called the Watchdog hoping I could warn others.

"I think there are people who could be taken advantage of by this call," Williams told me.

Some people unfortunately have been.

State Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, called me late last year to report one of his constituents, a 78-year-old man from Allentown, had been hoodwinked. I'm not naming him because of his age and because his family feared it would expose him to being conned again.

Samuelson said a salesman knocked on the man's door last summer and told him his alarm company, which was identified on a sign in the man's lawn, had gone out of business. He then proceeded to sell him a new system.

Only later, when the man's previous alarm company continued taking automatic payments from his bank account, did he realize it still was in business and he'd been given the business by an underhanded salesman.

Not only had he been conned into signing a five-year contract he didn't need that would cost him a total of $2,400, but he and his family had fed dinner to the cheats as they tore out his old alarm panel and put in a new one.

"We treat them like kings and they do this to us," the homeowner told me.

When he stopped paying the new company he'd been duped into signing up with, it sent him a notice saying it had reported him to the credit bureaus.

What happened to him is a common type of sales scam, according to the Federal Trade Commission. It says sales agents for alarm companies target homeowners who have signs on their property identifying them as having a security system. The agents try to persuade homeowners to switch by telling them their current company has closed, that they've taken over its accounts or that they are there to upgrade or replace equipment.

"If this happens, call your current monitoring company to confirm," the FTC advises. "Normally, you would be notified of a change like this by mail or telephone, not by an unannounced visit by a representative from another company."

Situations like this are why you can't take the word of any door-to-door alarm salesman (or any door-to-door salesman, for that matter).

If you think you need an alarm, don't just sign up with the first person who rings your phone or doorbell. Comparison shop to get the best deal. And make sure to read the fine print, as many alarm contracts have automatic renewal clauses that can lock you into a long-term deal if you don't cancel within a short window.

The Allentown man's story did have a happy ending, with help from the Watchdog.

I discovered the company that had tricked him into signing up for new service had sold the account to another company to handle the alarm monitoring. When I called the monitoring company, its CEO told me he would cancel the account if the homeowner believed it was sold under false pretenses.

The Watchdog is published Thursdays and Sundays. Contact me by email at watchdog@mcall.com, by phone at 610-841-2364 (ADOG), by fax at 610-820-6693, or by mail at The Morning Call, 101 N. Sixth St., Allentown, PA, 18101. Follow me on Twitter at mcwatchdog and on Facebook at Morning Call Watchdog.

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Paul Muschick The Watchdog
The Morning Call
http://www.mcall.com
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Merrill, Wisconsin
Intoxicated salesman consuming own wares
June 25, 2013
Intoxicated salesman consuming own wares
Foto News
June 25, 2013
On Friday evening at 7:17 p.m. Merrill police were advised of a man from Missouri selling a liquid cleaning solution door to door in Merrill without a permit. The salesman was located in the 1800 block of E. 10th St. by Merrill police officers. Upon the officers’ arrival, the salesman was found to have given his vehicle keys to his potential customer. The salesman was found to be intoxicated and also was consuming the product he was selling. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated and released to a responsible party.
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Merrill, Wisconsin
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Jackson County, Oregon
Fraudulent magazine, book subscriptions lead to arrests
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
http://subscriptionagency.com
Florida Secretary of State:
Mrs. Melanie J. Truesdell (Officer/Director)
Mr. Scott M Truesdell (Officer/Director)
Jackson County Sheriff Case # 13-11488
end DMPG Info
June 25, 2013
Fraudulent magazine, book subscriptions lead to arrests
Mail Tribune & Daily Tidings
June 25, 2013
Two Medford residents were arrested Saturday afternoon on charges they allegedly sold fraudulent magazine and book subscriptions along Highway 62 in Shady Cove.

Patrick Dow, 26, and Ashley Chiasson, 27, were arrested at Wells Fargo bank on Crater Lake Highway in Medford after they attempted to cash a check that had a stop-payment notation.

Several witnesses told Jackson County sheriff's deputies that a suspicious woman had been traveling door to door selling magazine and book subscriptions, allegedly claiming the proceeds would go to the children's hospital of the buyer's choice. Several who bought subscriptions said they were given a receipt by the woman.

One victim put a stop-payment notation on her check after the woman left because she worried the encounter could be a scam, said sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson.

Deputies found $4,687 in receipts on the pair. Chiasson said they had been living off the money and had less than $200 left, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Those who bought subscriptions are encouraged to notify the Sheriff's Department at 541-774-6800 and to put a stop-payment notation on any checks, Carlson said.
Mail Tribune & Daily Tidings
http://www.thevermontstandard.com
Medford, Oregon
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Jackson County, Oregon
Medford duo accused in magazine subscription scam, using funds to pay rent, other expenses
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
http://subscriptionagency.com
Florida Secretary of State:
Mrs. Melanie J. Truesdell (Officer/Director)
Mr. Scott M Truesdell (Officer/Director)
Jackson County Sheriff Case # 13-11488
end DMPG Info
June 24, 2013
Medford duo accused in magazine subscription scam, using funds to pay rent, other expenses
By Everton Bailey Jr., The Oregonian
on June 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM, updated June 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Ashley Chiasson and Patrick Dow
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

A Medford man and woman are accused of stealing more than $4,600 from Jackson County residents by selling fake magazine and book subscriptions.

Witnesses told Jackson County Sheriff's deputies they spotted 27-year-old Ashley Nicole Chiasson going door-to-door in the 20000 block of Oregon 62 in Shady Cove Saturday morning claiming to be selling subscriptions with proceeds going to a children's hospital of the buyer's choice, the sheriff's office said.

Several people bought subscriptions and were given receipts, the sheriff's office said. The victims gave a detailed description of Chiasson to deputies and at least one of them placed a stop-payment order on a check given to the woman after later having second thoughts.

Deputies were called to a Wells Fargo inside a Safeway on Crater Lake Highway in Medford hours later after employees reported two people trying to cash a check with the cancelled payment, the sheriff's office said. Deputies discovered the two people were Chiasson and 26-year-old Patrick Nelson Dow.

The duo initially admitted no wrongdoing and their receipts showed they collected $4,687, the sheriff's office said.

Chiasson soon told deputies the money wasn't being donated to children's hospitals and instead went towards their rent, food, gas and other expenses, the sheriff's office said. She said they had less than $200 left when they were trying to cash the check.

Deputies have not released how long Chiasson and Dow were selling the subscriptions or how many people bought them.

Chiasson and Dow were arrested and booked into the Jackson County Jail on theft and conspiracy to commit theft charges.

-- Everton Bailey Jr.
By Everton Bailey Jr., The Oregonian
http://www.oregonlive.com
Portland, Oregon


Woodstock, Vermont
Door-to-Door Salesman Complaints
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Book Sales Company:
Southwestern Company, aka: Southwestern Advantage
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
end DMPG Info
June 24, 2013
Door-to-Door Salesman Complaints
Posted June 24, 2013 by Julia Carlisle in Vermont.
Woodstock Early Bird
WOODSTOCK PRESS RELEASE
CASE#:
OFFICER: Chief R.Blish???
CONTACT#: 802-457-1420
DATE/TIME: 062413?
LOCATION: Town/ Village
INCIDENT/VIOLATION: Solicitor (Door to Door Book Sales)

Person of Interest: Daniel Hanson
AGE: 19
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Nebraska

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: During the past few weeks the Woodstock Police Department has received several complaints regarding a solicitor going door to door throughout Woodstock.

This subject obtained a peddler’s permit and is a legitimate sales person working for a company called Southwestern Advantage, which sells education materials.

The guidelines of the permit only authorized him to sell between the hours of 10 am and 7:30 pm.

At least two complaints have involved Mr. Hanson knocking on a resident’s door past 7:30pm.

Mr. Hanson has been warned regarding his violation of the parameters of his permit and that further violations of the permit conditions will result in the revocation of his permit and possible fines.
by Julia Carlisle in Vermont.
Woodstock Early Bird
http://woodstockearlybird.com
Woodstock, Vermont
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Woodstock, Vermont
Woodstock Police Issues Warning To Book Salesman
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Book Sales Company:
Southwestern Company, aka: Southwestern Advantage
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
end DMPG Info
June 24, 2013
Woodstock Police Issues Warning To Book Salesman
June 24, 2013
in News,Woodstock
The Vermont Standard
Following complaints from residents, the Woodstock Police Department has warned a solicitor to obey the rules of the permit issued by the village.

At least two residents complained that Daniel Hanson, 19, a door-to-door salesman knocked on their door outside of the permitted hours of 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Hanson is working for a company called Southwestern Advantage, which sells education materials. He has a permit to sell in Woodstock.

Woodstock police have warned Hanson and informed him that further violations of the permit conditions will result in the voiding of his permit and possible fines.
in News,Woodstock
The Vermont Standard
http://www.thevermontstandard.com
Woodstock, Vermont
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Norton, Massachusetts
New regs for door-to-door sales in Norton
June 22, 2013
New regs for door-to-door sales in Norton
By Heather Harris
Wicked Local Norton
Norton Mirror
Posted Jun 22, 2013 @ 08:16 AM
Norton —

Certain applicants, seeking a license to conduct business in Norton, may be required to submit fingerprints in order to perform a federal criminal background check.

Those falling into this category are, door-to-door salesmen, pawnbrokers, dealers of second hand articles, and mobile ice cream vendors.

“Before (a license) is approved, a criminal history search will be done and reported back to the board of selectmen,” said Town Manager Michael Yunits said.

Yunits told the board, before it can deny a license, it will have to give applicants the opportunity to respond if they feel there is a discrepancy.

The new regulation is part of a bylaw submitted by Norton police and approved by voters at Town Meeting. The purpose of the bylaw is to make it clear who is buying and selling goods when going door-to-door or selling to children such as ice cream vendors.

“I think it’s a good idea to know who you are dealing with when you go door-to-door,” Yunits said.

It will cost applicants $100 to run the fingerprint criminal history check, Yunits said.

The board said it wanted more information before approving the new regulation, such as the possibility of decreasing the cost of the criminal history check and more specifics on the types of occupations that will be required to adhere to the new rule.

Yunits said he would talk to the police chief and get back to the board.
By Heather Harris
Wicked Local Norton
Norton Mirror
http://www.wickedlocal.com
Raynham, Massachusetts
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Geneva, Ohio
Door-to-door salesman arrested in Geneva on felony warrant
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company selling Titan Orange Cleaner:
Allied Chemical Company
PO Box 161
Florence, CO 81226
http://www.titanorange.com
NO BBB Presense
end DMPG Info
June 21, 2013
Door-to-door salesman arrested in Geneva on felony warrant
Star Beacon
June 21, 2013
GENEVA — A door to door salesman didn’t “clean up” in Geneva on Wednesday, as he was arrested on a felony warrant out of Ross County.

William Bethel, 30, of Chillicothe was walking door-to-door in the Millwood development off Austin Road, selling Titan Orange cleaning supplies, Geneva police reports show, when a concerned resident of the neighborhood called police.

Geneva Police Sgt. Joseph Webb found Bethel walking in the neighborhood and asked him for identification.

During the interaction, Webb discovered Bethel had a warrant out of Chillicothe for a minor misdemeanor, but without an order for pickup. Within minutes, the Geneva dispatcher alerted Webb that Bethel had another warrant — this time for felony forgery — out of Ross County, police reports show.

Bethel was taken to the Geneva City Jail, police reports show, and his boss, who is operating the business out of Madison, came to the police station to pick up the products Bethel was selling and the money he had collected.
Star Beacon
http://starbeacon.com
Ashtabula, Ohio
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Beach Park, Illinois
Photo IDs required of peddlers in Beach Park
June 20, 2013
Photo IDs required of peddlers in Beach Park
By Tina Johansson Special to The News-Sun June 20, 2013 7:34PM
Lake County News-Sun
Chicago Sun-Times Publication
Updated: June 21, 2013 2:41AM
Beach Park officials have put in place an ordinance amending the village code for solicitors, peddlers and canvassers.

A photo I.D. is now required while going door-to-door in Beach Park, and it will be strictly enforced, according to Mayor John Hucker.

“We may not fix all the problems (regarding solicitors), but it’s a start,” he said.

The modification comes after officials received several complaints about peddlers, and an increase in them. The mayor noted one resident who was concerned after a salesman soliciting children’s books began asking how many children lived in the home, and their ages.

Jon Kindseth, village administrative services director, said in the past, photos were supposed to be submitted with each solicitor application. However not many submitted those.

Now if a photo is not received, the village staff, possibly the code enforcement officer, would take a picture of an applicant to be used for an ID, which they would wear around their necks on a lanyard provided by the village. The ID would include the green and tan village logo.
By Tina Johansson Special to The News-Sun June 20, 2013 7:34PM
Lake County News-Sun
Chicago Sun-Times Publication
http://newssun.suntimes.com
Chicago, Illinois
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BEWARE !!!
ADT you are now on the DMPG Shit List along side the rest of your comrades in crime.
Your Criminal Stench is as fowl and decaying as the NFSA, the MPA and the DSA.

To bad this scumbag didn't rape one of the NFSA or MPA members daughter.
Maybe then they would begin to understand just how much pain and misery they have inflicted on others.

To bad one of their kids hasn't been MURDERED in a van rollover or gone missing for over 6 years only to be found murdered.
But of course these barbaric and immoral pigs for profit do not have souls, so how could we ever expect them to have feelings.
Tampa Bay, Florida
Door-to-door security salesman sentenced to life in prison for rape, beating
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
ADT
end DMPG Info
June 19, 2013
Door-to-door security salesman sentenced to life in prison for rape, beating
By Charles Scudder, Times Staff Writer
Tampa Bay Times
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:46ambr> 06/19/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:39pm]

Rashad Hales, center, a door-to-door salesman who beat and raped a woman
in Town ‘N Country, listens as Judge Chet Tharpe sentences him to life in
prison on Wednesday. “You are a dangerous person, Mr. Hales,” Tharpe said.
DANIEL WALLACE | Times

TAMPA — His job was to sell security, but now he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Rashad Hales, 20, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison along with three consecutive 30-year sentences after forcing his way into a Town 'N Country home, beating a woman who was home alone and raping her.

Deputies said he called himself a "psychopath." He said his only regret was not killing her.

"Her only mistake that day was opening her door to someone supposed to be selling safety and security," prosecutor Rita Peters said at the sentencing hearing. The state advocated for the maximum sentence of life in prison.

After forcing his way into the 19-year old woman's trailer in 2011, deputies said, Hales choked her and held a cord to her neck.

He bent her over a sink, saying he'd pour bleach down her throat, the judge recalled Wednesday. He held a knife to her side, saying he'd kill her. He beat her. He raped her.

It took less than an hour for a jury to convict Hales of three counts of sexual assault, as well as armed burglary with assault or battery on May 15.

Hales' attorney argued Wednesday that because this was his first offense as an adult, the sentence should not be as hefty. State records show Hales was charged with battery when he was 14 and trespassing when he was 15.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe said because of the heinous nature of the crime, he wanted to make sure Hales would "never, ever get out of Florida State Prison."

"Regardless of if this is his first offense or his 100th offense," Tharpe said before handing down a life sentence. "You are a dangerous person, Mr. Hales."

Charles Scudder can be reached at cscudder@tampabay.com or (813) 225-3111.

Door-to-door security salesman sentenced to life in prison for rape, beating 06/19/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:39pm]
By Charles Scudder, Times Staff Writer
Tampa Bay Times
http://www.tampabay.com
St. Petersburg, Florida


South Bend, Indiana
Sheriff's candidate faces felony charges after confronting door-to-door salesmen
June 19, 2013
Sheriff's candidate faces felony charges after confronting door-to-door salesmen
By: Christine Karsten
WNDU - Channel 16
Updated: Wed 6:51 PM, Jun 19, 2013
A couple of months ago, we told you about a group of salesmen going door-to-door in New Carlisle and the story of one family who says strangers pushed their way into their home, making them feel unsafe.

Now, more allegations of pushy sales tactics are coming from Starke County. According to our reporting partners WKVI, this group works for an independent contractor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but from what residents are saying, they were just as pushy.

Many hope the Starke County Sheriff’s Department continues to look into these people, but someone you may not expect, is now facing a felony charge from this event.

“On February 15th, we had an incident with four individuals that were traveling in a white van. They were going around and stopping and it started, it was approximately 8:10 at night,” says Starke County resident, Lora Hill.

“I didn't go to the door, and then I noticed the car didn't leave right away, so I went and looked out the back and there was somebody at the back,” says another resident, Bethel Fisher.

One woman, who lives a couple houses down says they pushed their way into her home as well. She says when she asked them to leave numerous times they wouldn't so she called her nephew. Her nephew was Greg Wireman, a Stark County Resident running for sheriff in 2014.

“Residents in the area had called 911. Sheriff’s deputies were tied up. As I was contacted to come and help to the situation, it happened at my aunt’s house and she felt threatened and intimidated and I felt compelled to help my family,” says Wireman.

When he arrived, one person was in his aunt’s home and after asking a few questions, his goal was to get him out.

“My number one interest was for the safety of my community. I never acted out of line and those facts will come out,” he continues.

Shortly after that, deputies arrived at the scene. According to the case report, deputies talked to Wireman's aunt as well as the salesmen.

Here's where things get interesting. All of the calls from neighbors came in because they say the salesmen were forcing their way into their homes, making them feel unsafe, but Wireman, who says he was just trying to help, now faces a Class D felony Charge for impersonation of a public servant.

The case report says, "The driver, Alexandria, stated that they were attempting to sell vacuum cleaners. She stated that Greg guy identified himself as a police officer and blocked them in the driveway and they were unable to leave...."

Wireman and his aunt say that was not the case.

“No one was actually detained and again, those kinds of things will come out as the trial goes on,” says Wireman. Now, it is important to note that one of the deputies, who arrived at the scene, passed the case over to another deputy because of political reasons. Neighbors say it's because he too is running for sheriff.

Ultimately, neighbors want to feel safe and they say it's hard to feel safe because the sheriff’s department is looking into Wireman and not these salesman.

According to our reporting partners at WKVI, one of the salesmen was convicted of larceny in 2009 and the Starke County Auditor's Office says it has no record of any of the three vacuum cleaner salespeople having permits to sell items door-to-door.
By: Christine Karsten
WNDU - Channel 16
http://www.wndu.com
South Bend, Indiana
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Cox’s Creek, Kentucky
Summer brings door-to-door salesmen, concerns of possible fraud
June 18, 2013
Summer brings door-to-door salesmen, concerns of possible fraud
By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 | Posted by admin


Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:15 a.m. – A Florida man selling children’s educational products door-to-door in the Bardstown area has prompted a number of calls to police over the last couple of weeks.

The lastest call of a suspicious salesman came the area of Hamilton Court Tuesday morning just after 9 a.m. The man was reportedly asking for homes with children, explaining he was with an organization that would “help them with their homework.”

The salesman, it turns out, is properly licensed by the City of Bardstown for door-to-door sales.

According to the Better Business Bureau, the largest number of complaints it receives come from individuals selling magazines door-to-door.

The BBB offers these tips for dealing with door-to-door salespeople who show up at your front door.

Never allow anyone inside your home. Individuals may pose as sales reps to get in your home, steal something, or look for valuables to come back later and take.

Get the company’s information before you buy. Make purchase decisions later, after doing your research.

Know your rights as a property owner. If you open the door, you have the right to turn them down and close your door.

Be careful with paying the person on the spot. If you pay with cash there’s little recourse for getting it back.

Ask the person for their identification before you open the door. Be wary of high-pressure sales tactics and offers that are only said to be good for a very short period of time.

Get transaction details in writing. A receipt and list of terms and conditions is essential.

Be aware of the “Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule.” The Federal Trade Commission’s rule gives consumers three days to cancel purchases of more than $25 made in their home or at a location other than the seller’s permanent place of business.

People who believe they may be victims of fraud should call the police.
By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette
http://www.nelsoncountygazette.com
Cox’s Creek, Kentucky


Fayetteville, Arizona
UPDATED: Fayetteville considers door-to-door sales permits and other regulations
June 18, 2013
UPDATED: Fayetteville considers door-to-door sales permits and other regulations
by Todd Gill, Flyer Staff
Fayetteville Flyer
on June 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

A handful of new door-to-door sales regulations could soon be adopted,
including requiring city staff to furnish “no soliciting” decals to Fayetteville residents.
Photo by VinylMill

Door-to-door salespeople may soon be required to carry a permit when working in Fayetteville neighborhoods.

City law already prohibits door-to-door sales if a property owner displays a “no soliciting” sign, but a proposed ordinance could further regulate the practice of soliciting at private residences.

The proposal, brought forth by Ward 3 Alderman Justin Tennant, aims to curb a growing number of complaints from Fayetteville residents who are tired of being approached by door-to-door scam artists, such as the group of young people who were recently in town claiming to be selling items to raise money for University of Arkansas trips and internships.

The UA Police Department earlier this month released a statement warning residents not to fall for the scam.

“I feel like many of our citizens are being taken advantage of,” said Tennant. “What I wanted to do here was put up a door, so to speak, to discourage these people from actually coming into the city and doing these things to our citizens.”

Proposed requirements

If the new law is adopted, door-to-door sales companies wishing to operate within the Fayetteville city limits would be required to pay a $40 annual permit fee plus $5 for each solicitor.

Salespeople would be subject to a criminal background check from the Arkansas State Police and would be required to carry a visible photo ID and a copy of their company’s permit. Solicitors could only work door to door from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during standard time and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during daylight saving time. Violations would carry a fine of up to $500.

The ordinance would also require city planning staff to furnish “no soliciting” decals to any Fayetteville resident who requests one for their home.


Read the ordinance (PDF)

Exemptions

City Attorney Kit Williams said federal law won’t allow cities to completely ban door-to-door solicitation in order to preserve First Amendment rights. Because of this, permits or fees would be waived for certain nonprofits like Girl Scouts who are selling cookies or religious and political groups exercising free speech.

Aldermen will discuss the proposed ordinance during the Fayetteville City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 inside the City Administration Building at 113 W. Mountain Street.

Update

During the council meeting on Tuesday, aldermen amended the ordinance to add a five-year good behavior limit on the background check review period and to allow solicitors to work until 9 p.m. at the request of Brian Smith, circulation sales manager with Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. Smith said nearly half of the newspaper’s door-to-door subscription sales occur between 5 and 9 p.m. and that subscription sales would drop by about 25 percent if sales staff couldn’t work past 7 p.m. Council members then requested more time to work out details concerning the overall background check policy and the impact the ordinance would have on city staff. Aldermen will resume discussion of the proposal on July 2.
By Charles Scudder, Times Staff Writer
Tampa Bay Times
http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com
Fayetteville, Arizona


Quad-Cities, Iowa
Bettendorf rules stirct for door-to-door sales
June 18, 2013
Bettendorf rules stirct for door-to-door sales
Quad-City Times
June 18, 2013 11:31 am • By Janet Hill
The Quad-Cities has seen a rash of door-to-door sales, many of them scams, recently.

The Bettendorf City Code requires transient merchants to obtain a license before making door-to-door sales calls. A transient merchant is defined as someone who offers tangible personal property or personal services for sale, or who takes orders for the sale of personal property or services.

Door-to-door solicitors, however, are not required to obtain a license if they are soliciting funds for religious, charitable, or political reasons. These types of activities are considered protected speech under the 1st Amendment and are not subject to regulation.

Remember these suggestions:

• Never allow or invite a solicitor into your home. They can conduct their business on the steps without exposing you and your family to unnecessary risk.

• Avoid giving personal or financial information to anyone you do not know, at the door, in the mail or online.

• If a door-to-door solicitor is selling a product without a license or is aggressive and makes you uncomfortable, call 911 and provide police with the description and direction of travel the solicitor has taken.
Quad-City Times
By Janet Hill http://qctimes.com
Davenport, Iowa
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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana
Ascension proposal would restrict peddlers
June 15, 2013
Ascension proposal would restrict peddlers
The Associated Press
Ventura County Star
Posted June 15, 2013 at 6:36 a.m., updated June 15, 2013 at 7:36 a.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. — BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish is considering an ordinance that would greatly restrict door-to-door peddling.

Parish Council Chairman Chris Loar tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/17CUiK) the proposed ordinance is designed to allow residents to spend time in their homes without worrying about being disturbed by sales people.

Anyone caught violating the ordinance, which is up for final adoption at the council's June 20 meeting, could be sentenced to up to 30 days in the parish jail and a fine of up to $500.

The ordinance targets traveling salesmen who make their living going from door to door.

"The Parish has a substantial interest in protecting the well-being, tranquility, personal safety, and privacy of its citizens, which includes the ability to protect citizens from unwanted intrusions upon residential property," the ordinance reads.

Tony Bacala, chief deputy of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, said the ordinance also would protect residents against fraud.

Bacala said the ordinance would salespersons obtain a permit from the parish in order to do business.

"Most of them that we've encountered have criminal histories," Bacala said. "It's questionable whether you will actually receive the product that you've agreed to buy."

Extra checks would include paying for an occupational license, bond, vehicle or location inspection and a list of intended sales sites.

"They'll have to go through a bunch of hoops to prove they're a legitimate business," Loar said.

The ordinance makes provisions that would allow certain groups to maintain door-to-door sales, such as children selling Girl Scout cookies or fundraising for local schools and people selling their own agricultural products if annual sales receipts don't exceed $5,000.

Religious groups and door-to-door political campaigning also would be permitted.
The Associated Press
Ventura County Star
http://www.vcstar.com
Camarillo, California
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Spring Hill, Florida
Kids selling door-to-door leads to investigation of organized fraud
June 13, 2013
Kids selling door-to-door leads to investigation of organized fraud
Submitted by Gillian Finklea, Web Producer, 10 News In Your Neighborhood
WTSP Channel 10 CBS
Thursday, June 13th, 2013, 5:09pm


Spring Hill, Florida -- Two men have been arrested for using juveniles for monetary fraud while their parents thought they were at a convention.

On June 12, deputies were called to Kenway St. in Spring Hill in reference to kids that were soliciting door to door, attempting to sell food goods and other items.

The kids told residents that they were soliciting for a non-profit, youth organization based out of Orlando called "Aware and Active Youth Corp." This organization was supposed to offer extra-curricular activities to its members.

When deputies arrived on scene they located the kids. Reportedly, they had been left in the area with no food, water or means of communication. They didn't even know where they were.

Further investigation revealed that nine juveniles, ranging in age from 12 through 15, were transported to Spring Hill from Orlando to sell items door to door. The juveniles had been dropped off at 1 p.m. and were walking unsupervised until 6 p.m.

According to reports, Kendy Senat and Terrence Holiday were responsible for the juveniles. They drove the kids from Orlando to Spring Hill and dropped them off to sell items. The kids were given cue cards to read to customers regarding the "non-profit organization."

The children's parents thought their kids were at a youth convention in Tampa with Senat and Holiday.

In reality, the group was pocketing all of the money, with the kids turning over most of the earnings to Senat and Holiday. Each item, bough at the dollar store, was sold for $8.00 and the children were permitted to keep $2.25. They told detectives they would normally work 8-12 hours per day and would earn between 5 and 50 dollars per day.

Detectives determined that the group collected nearly $500 from numerous residents in Hernando County.

Kendy Senat and Terrence Holiday have been arrested for organized fraud and nine counts of child neglect.


Submitted by Gillian Finklea, Web Producer, 10 News In Your Neighborhood
WTSP Channel 10 CBS
http://springhill.wtsp.com
St. Petersburg, Florida


Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
Cops: Men selling magazines suspect in theft
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Lake Shore Subscription Agency Sales
http://lakeshore1.net/
Phone: (507)318-9541
Pat@lakeshore.net
NO BBB Presence?
SOS: PATRICK O'REILLY
3820 West Happy Vally Road
Glendale, Arizona
Valparaiso Police Department
Case #: 13-15179
end DMPG Info
June 12, 2013
Cops: Men selling magazines suspect in theft
Times Staff
nwitimes.com
June 12, 2013
VALPARAISO | Two men selling magazine subscriptions are suspected of taking cash Tuesday from the home of a Valparaiso woman.

A Stanley Street resident told police two men selling magazine subscriptions arrived at the woman's home about 3:45 p.m. The 79- year-old woman told police the two men said they worked for Lakeshore Subscription Agency.

She talked to the two men in her dining room, decided to buy a $30 subscription and walked to her bedroom in the back of the home to get money to pay them.

The woman told police the two followed her to the bedroom and she told them to leave the bedroom, and they did. One of the men wrote a receipt for the subscription and left.

A few minutes later, the two men returned to the woman's home and told her they needed to write her a new receipt because they made a mistake on the first one.

One of the men asked to use the woman's bathroom while the other man wrote the receipt. The man who used the bathroom returned to the front of the home and then both left.

The woman later realized the two envelopes with cash that were in her bedroom were missing.

One man was described as white, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 190 pounds, with light brown hair, wearing a white T-shirt with blue sleeves and shorts. He had a tattoo of each forearm, one was the numbers 059 and the other tattoo was some type of script writing.

The other man was white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, wearing a T-shirt and shorts. He had strawberry blonde hair curly hair.
Times Staff
nwitimes.com
http://www.nwitimes.com
Munster, Indiana
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


Moline, Illinois
Moline police warn of door-to-door sales
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
HP Consulting Inc.
BBB: http://www.bbb.org/denver/business-reviews/magazine-sales/hp-consulting-in-denver-co-90120817
This Business is not BBB Accredited
HP Consulting, Inc.
(888) 494-1472
303 S. Broadway Ste 200-447, Denver, CO 80209
BBB Rating: D+
BBB file opened: 08/03/2010
Business started: 07/25/2009
Licensing
Many local municipalities, townships, and counties have registration, bonding and/or licensing requirements.
The BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
Permit and license requirements for regulated industries in the state of Colorado can be viewed at the following website:
http://www.colorado.gov/oed/industry-license/
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Kealy Landes (Owner)
Business Category
Magazine Sales

HP Consulting Inc. is an Active member of the National Field Selling Association:
NFSA
end DMPG Info
June 11, 2013
Moline police warn of door-to-door sales
The Dispatch
Originally Posted Online: June 11, 2013, 12:14 pm
Last Updated: June 11, 2013, 6:06 pm
Moline police are looking for a young college-age woman selling magazines door-to-door suspected of taking money and prescription drugs from houses once she gains access.

Victims report a white female with dark shoulder-length hair, brown eyes, 5'5", 135 pounds wearing slacks and shirt. Police said the woman claims to be selling subscriptions to magazines and books her organization sends to troops serving overseas.

The suspect then asks the homeowner if she can get a band aid for her finger, police said. Once inside the home, she asks to use the restroom.Police said victims report having had money stolen from purses and prescriptions drugs from medicine bottles.

The female suspect has gotten some residents to order magazines, police said in a press release. Police said the business the suspect claims to represent, HP Consulting Inc., may be a nonexistent organization. The firm is not registered with the city, police said.

Police also have received information a white male subject selling magazines door-to-door for the same company.

Police are looking for both people involved in the reports. Residents should contact police if the suspects are seen. The Moline Police Department telephone number is (309) 797-0401.

Police remind residents to be aware of scams and the means suspects employ to gain access to homes. Door-to-door sales people in Moline cary identification and a license issued by the city. Residents shouldcontact police if they have questions as to whether or not you are dealing with a legitimate salesman.
The Dispatch
http://qconline.com
Moline, Illinois
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Salisbury, North Carolina
Summer means more door-to-door sales; beware
June 10, 2013
Summer means more door-to-door sales; beware
Salisbury Post
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 11:36 a.m.
UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 11:37 a.m.
Knock. Knock. The end of school marks the unofficial kickoff of door-to-door sales.

Summer is the high season for door-to-door sales of everything from magazines to meat, alarm monitoring services to driveway repaving. Representatives will soon be ringing doorbells and peddling products in neighborhoods throughout the Southern Piedmont. While many of these companies are reputable, a few are not.

The BBB has tips for how you can shop at your front door without being scammed.

Out of all of the products sold door-to-door, magazine sales generate the most BBB complaints. “Some of these companies are legitimate,” said BBB President Tom Bartholomy, “but other companies have generated so many complaints that the BBB has labeled door-to-door magazine sales as a ‘highly-suspect’ industry.”

In the last 36 months, consumers have filed 92 complaints against local magazine sales operations. Charlotte-based Generations Making Differences (BBB grade F) has had 20 complaints filed against it, of which five are unanswered. Complaints focus on non- delivery of magazines.

“The good news is that consumers are doing their homework and checking companies out with the BBB,” said Bartholomy. “In the last 36 months, consumers have checked on magazine sales groups 2,894 times.”

These sales crews are usually from out of state and are sent to communities by the vanload to canvas subdivisions and sell products, often without appropriate licensing. The BBB has confirmed that each door-to-door sales representative needs to have a ‘privilege license’ required for ‘peddlers’ to solicit business in the city of Charlotte or Mecklenburg County.

“These young people are taught how to use high pressure tactics and emotional sales pitches,” said Bartholomy. “They may claim that they live in your neighborhood, or explain that they are working to get their lives back on track.”

“These emotion-based sales pitches are effective, but not usually true,” added Bartholomy.

The BBB offers the following advice about door-to-door sales companies.

Ask for identification so that you can find out the name of the company to look it up online at BBB.

If you want a magazine subscription, the BBB recommends that you subscribe to it directly instead of buying a subscription from a door-to-door magazine sales representative.

Use caution when giving money to door-to-door solicitors. Ask for information about how the money will be used. Consider giving directly to the organization instead of to the door-to-door solicitor.

Check charities and businesses out at http://www.bbb.org/ before making a contribution or a purchase.

For more information, please visit BBB or call 1-877-317-7236 toll-free in N.C. and S.C.
Salisbury Post
http://www.salisburypost.com
Salisbury, North Carolina
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Ascension Parish, Louisiana
Ascension eyes clampdown on door-to-door peddling
June 8, 2013
Ascension eyes clampdown on door-to-door peddling
By Bret H. McCormick
River Parishes bureau
The ADVOCATE
Capital City Press LLC
June 08, 2013
Residents of Ascension Parish may soon be able to sit down at the dinner table without worrying about who might come knocking on their front door.

The Ascension Parish Council is considering an ordinance that would eliminate or greatly restrict unsolicited door-to-door peddling and solicitation in the parish.

“The Parish has a substantial interest in protecting the well-being, tranquility, personal safety, and privacy of its citizens, which includes the ability to protect citizens from unwanted intrusions upon residential property,” the ordinance reads.

Council Chairman Chris Loar said the ordinance is designed to increase safety and also to allow residents to spend time in their homes without worrying about being disturbed by someone trying to sell them unsolicited material.

“I think it’s an outdated model, frankly, with the Internet and everything else today,” Loar said. “It’s certainly an inconvenience, and I think it’s an intrusion on people’s privacy.”

Anyone caught violating the new ordinance, which will be up for final adoption at the council’s next meeting on June 20, could be sentenced to serve up to 30 days in the parish jail and receive a fine not exceeding $500.

The ordinance targets traveling salesmen who make their living going from door to door and neighborhood to neighborhood selling any number of items, including food and electronics.

Tony Bacala, the chief deputy of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the ordinance also would protect residents against potential fraud.

Recently, Bacala said, there has been an increase in out-of-town salesmen who go from house to house in a neighborhood trying to sell various items. That type of system is ripe for abuse and fraud, and the new ordinance would increase restrictions and make such salespersons get a permit from the parish in order to do business.

“Most of them that we’ve encountered have criminal histories,” Bacala said. “It’s questionable whether you will actually receive the product that you’ve agreed to buy.”

Loar added, “They’ll have to go through a bunch of hoops to prove they’re a legitimate business.”

Those extra checks include paying for an occupational license, bond, vehicle or location inspection and a list of intended sales sites.

The ordinance also makes provisions that would allow certain groups to maintain door-to-door sales, such as children or youths selling Girl Scout cookies or fundraising for local schools and people selling their own agricultural products if annual sales receipts don’t exceed $5,000.

Religious groups, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormon missionaries, will be exempted from the ordinance, as will door-to-door political campaigning.

But the ordinance likely will cut down on a number of nuisances that parish residents have to face, as Bacala said the Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints about the “nightmare” situation.

“We’re not eliminating it; we’re regulating it,” Bacala said.
By Bret H. McCormick
River Parishes bureau
The ADVOCATE
Capital City Press LLC
http://theadvocate.com
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Beware of summertime door-to-door sales

Magaizne Sales Company: MTS Circulation
Owner: Mark Shumate
BBB: Phone: (805) 816-7075
PO Box 83194, Phoenix, AZ 85071
http://www.mtscirc.com
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: January 31, 2011 Business started: 01/01/2011
Business Management
Mr. Margaret Baker, Administrative Assistant Mark Shumate, Member
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Margaret Baker, Administrative Assistant
Related Businesses
PS Circulation, LLC Dynasty Technologies Expedition Sales
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Magazines
BBB: MTS Circulation
DMPG posted to this web page: June 6, 2013


Searcy, Arkansas
City tables door-to-door sales ban
Mayor: Floor will be open for comment on issue at July council meeting
June 6, 2013
City tables door-to-door sales ban
Mayor: Floor will be open for comment on issue at July council meeting
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 8:50 pm | Updated: 9:02 pm, Thu Jun 6, 2013.
By Matt Burks mburks@thedailycitizen.com
The Daily Citizen
A proposal to place a ban on door-to-door sales in Searcy has been put on hold pending further discussion.

Mayor David Morris said the public needs more time to discuss the issue with city leaders, some of whom are considering using a form of registration and background check system for businesses that rely on door-to-door solicitation.

"We encourage all people to comment to the city leaders about their opinions on this issue," Morris said, adding that the floor will be open for discussion at July's meeting.

Robert Ross, financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments in Searcy, said that the plan to ban solicitors in the city would hinder his company's business model. He said the Fortune 500 business has been in the community since 1984 and relies on home solicitation.

"A significant part of our company involves face-to-face contact with residents and business [personnel]," Ross said. "We want fairness, balance and safety for residents, but we also want consideration for businesses like ours. [Door-to-door solicitation] is terribly inefficient, but effective."

Amy Daniels of Edward Jones also said the national do-not-call lists have already restricted employers from calling residents unless there was a prior face-to-face meeting.

"The do-not-call list is the same reason we have this [solicitor ban discussion]," Alderman Don Raney said. "People don't like to be bothered at home. But we do need to have a balance with commerce."

City Attorney Buck Gibson has presented the council and Morris an ordinance concerning the solicitation prohibition. He said the ordinance doesn't include nonprofit, charitable and religious organizations, nor political candidates.

Gibson also said the ordinance cannot discriminate against businesses outside or inside the city limits. The ordinance also prohibits all people from soliciting between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. in Searcy. The fine for violating the ordinance would range from $100 to $250.

"I don't want to throw the baby out with the bath water because of overreaction of a few bad solicitors," Alderwoman Mary Ann Arnett said. "Can we fix this were we can have control of solicitors?"

Raney said city leaders cannot be exclusive in the ordinance for specific businesses. However, Ross said the national Edward Jones personnel have dealt with similar situations across the country and said some municipalities allow solicitation through a registration and background check system.

"Some places even go so far as to have people carry a type of badge to show residents that they are a legitimate business approved by their city leaders," Ross said.

Gibson said if the council decides to use a type of registration and/or background system, he could draft a different ordinance.

Alderman Dale Brewer said he hopes the public can research their consumer protection rights before July's meeting.

"If they know the rules, they can really help us," Brewer said.
By Matt Burks mburks@thedailycitizen.com
The Daily Citizen
http://www.thedailycitizen.com
Searcy, Arkansas
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Seattle, Washington
It’s peak season for door-to-door sellers – here’s what you need to know from SPD
June 5, 2013
It’s peak season for door-to-door sellers – here’s what you need to know from SPD
June 5th, 2013 by Laura
Queen Anne view
Next Door Media


We’ve had several readers write us about some shady door-to-door magazine salespeople in the past 2 weeks, and my own block has been the victim of a suspicious person claiming to sell magazines. Since I live on the block, I can attest that the latter report was verified by a slew of neighbors, one witnessing the solicitor walking up a driveway in between houses (she called 911, which is the correct thing to do).

Reports of illegal solicitors to SPD have gone up in both Queen Anne and Magnolia recently, as it’s just that time of year. Francisco Tello, SPD Crime Prevention Program Coordinator East and West Precinct, sent the following information, and noted that there are no licensed door to door magazine sales in the City of Seattle.

Here are the tips from SPD:

This is the peak time of year for door-to-door sales, including those using traveling sales crews. There are many legitimate companies in this industry with professionally trained salespeople, selling between the hours of 8:00am and 9:00pm, and a long history of law-abiding customer service. There are, however, less reputable companies in this business willing to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals who trust people knocking at their door. Sometimes residents forget to practice good personal safety.

Seattle Police officers respond to calls from citizens concerned about door-to-door salespeople. The results have ranged from the officers checking identification and sending the seller to the City of Seattle Revenue & Consumer Affairs office for their business license, to arrests of individuals posing as residential sellers, but wanted on warrants. There have also been arrests for aggressive behavior, threats made against the resident, burglaries, and assaults.

Homeowners may consider posting a sign indicating “No agents,” “No peddlers,” or “No Solicitors.” In Seattle, it is unlawful for any residential seller to attempt to gain admittance for the purpose of selling at any residence displaying one of these signs.

With these facts in mind, what should you do when a person knocks at your door?

BEFORE OPENING YOUR DOOR: LOOK FOR PROPER IDENTIFICATION. Acknowledge the knock since ignoring it may lead to an attempted burglary. It is preferable to speak to strangers through your door. In Seattle, all door-to-door sellers must display the residential sales identification which includes the seller’s photograph on their outer clothing. The residential sales agent’s license has the name of the licensee as well as the agent. It shall be endorsed with the type of product or service being sold. The license is only valid for the product or service specified. If you have any questions about whether a company is properly licensed, call the City of Seattle’s Office of Revenue & Consumer Affairs at 206-684-8136.

DISCLOSURE REQUIRED: Each residential seller shall, immediately upon contacting the prospective buyer, disclose their name, company and the product or service represented. If requested to do so, they shall leave the premises immediately. If the individual does not leave, or if an attempt to gain access is made by asking to use the bathroom, the phone or get a drink of water, refuse the request and ask the individual to leave. If you feel intimidated, pressured, or threatened at any time, call 911.

USE GOOD JUDGEMENT: It is safer not to allow the salesperson into your home. You are encouraged to avoid paying immediately. Do not give the salesperson cash or a check, as it may be pocketed and you will never receive the product ordered. Instead, find out from the seller how you can order directly from the company or receive the bill upon receipt of the product/service. If the salesperson is concerned about losing their commission for the sale, offer to provide their name when placing your order.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: In Seattle, if you make a purchase, the salesperson must tell you of your right to cancel the order and the contract must include a statement regarding the right to cancel. For each sale of ten dollars or more, the seller must provide a receipt or contract to the purchaser. Do not leave any blanks on your contract. Be sure the contract or receipt is dated and that it states the terms of the transaction, the amount of payment made and the name and address of the residential seller. It must also include a notice informing the buyer of their right to cancel the order any time prior to midnight of the third business day after the date of the transaction. A completed Notice of Cancellation (in duplicate) must be provided to the purchaser at the time they purchase from the seller. You do not need to provide a reason for canceling your order.

DO NOT GIVE IN TO HIGH PRESSURE TACTICS: Never be afraid to say “NO!” If a salesperson in your home tries to pressure you into buying their product, terminate your conversation with them. Take the time to contact the company directly if you still have interest in the product or service. Avoid making an immediate purchase in order to receive a “free gift.” If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

When should you call 911? If an unlicensed sales person shows up at your residence, call 911 and report it. Calling as soon as possible with a good description, direction the suspicious person is traveling, and address will all help officers locate the suspect(s).

And, as a general reminder, it’s not just the non-licensed solicitors that are targeting our neighborhood. Car prowls and break-ins are still occurring with too-regular frequency. For any suspicious activities or people, SPD advises calling 911 as soon as possible.

Here are the key items of information that help SPD when you call 911:

Good description of the person
Location – street name, number or hundred block, or address
Direction of travel
Identifying features and/or items: race, gender, height, weight, age, clothing, and any distinguishing features. Are they carrying a backpack? What color is it?

Remember to report all crimes and suspicious activity to SPD by calling 911 or the non-emergency number (206.625.5011).
by Laura
Queen Anne view
Next Door Media
http://www.queenanneview.com
Seattle, Washington
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Jefferson City, Missouri
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulations, LLC
President: Bridgett Robbins
end DMPG Info
June 3, 2013
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office
KY3-TV
Phone support: (417)268-3183
Email: vip@ky3.com
3:26 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a door-to-door magazine sales company for allegedly deceiving consumers.

Koster sued Midwest Circulations, LLC and its president, Bridgett Robbins, of Osborn, Missouri, alleging that Midwest Circulations:

Misrepresented to consumers that the magazines consumers purchased would be donated on their behalf to various charities, including children in hospitals;

Misrepresented how long consumers had to cancel their magazine subscriptions:

Illegally denied refunds to consumers; and

Failed to provide magazines to some consumers.

Koster said hundreds of people have complained to the Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau about this company.

“Consumers should be cautious about door-to-door sales or offers to provide services,” Koster said. “If you have any doubt about a sales offer, decline the offer until you have an opportunity to do some homework to determine if it is legitimate.”

The lawsuit seeks to stop Midwest Circulations and Robbins from continuing any illegal sales practices in Missouri. The suit also demands restitution for consumers and civil penalties against the business.

Koster offered the following tips to help consumers avoid becoming the victim of a scam:

Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office

3:26 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2013

Be wary of sellers claiming to be local students or members of an organized group, such as a sports team. There are documented cases of door-to-door sellers being arrested by law enforcement for using this type of deception.

Avoid succumbing to high-pressure sales tactics, a common behavior for sham door-to-door sales.
Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Attorny General's Office
KY3-TV
Phone support: (417)268-3183
Email: vip@ky3.com
http://www.ky3.com
Springfield, Missouri
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DMPG Info:
Bridgett Robbins: Midwest Circulation LLC
Pig for Profit
Bridgett Robbins is beyond all doubt the next Karleen Killery Spruiell of the Traveling
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Industry.


DMPG Info Clip Posted 041813:
Midwest Circulations,LLC, aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc., aka: Prodigy Publications, aka: MidWest Marketing, aka: MWM, aka: Prodigy Publications

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Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc., aka: MidWest Marketing, aka: Prodigy Publications
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Website
Facebook


BBB: Midwest Circulation LLC
This Business is not BBB accredited
Midwest Circulation LLC
BBB Rating: F
Phone: (816) 632-2919
Phone: (816) 632-2917
Fax: (816) 632-2916
506 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429
3330 Smalley Ter, Kansas City, MO 64129
http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html
BBB file opened: September 29, 2009
Business started: 08/15/2009
Business incorporated: 11/01/2008 in CO
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business Management
Jami . Wendy ., Customer Service
Contact Information
Complaint Contact: Wendy ., Customer Service
Business Category
MAGAZINES-SUBSCRIPTION AGENTS
MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
end BBB info.

On January 15, 2012 a magazine salesman was arrested and accused of stealing the wedding rings from an 81-year-old Gainesville woman who had let him into her house to use the restroom, police said. The suspect, Jack Ryan Patti, 20, of Belton, Mo., who said he was an employee with Midwest Circulation LLC, was charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony, as the wedding rings were valued at about $700. Patti was being held at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Gainsville police case # 02-12-001056.

On May 8, 2010 Patrick M. Schneider, a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman raped a Sycamore, Illinois woman. Schneider was convicted of criminal sexual assault. According to police reports Schneider was employed by Midwest Circulations LLC. Dekalb County Illinois Case # 201001431

Kissimmee, Florida
December 31, 2009
Arrests of salesmen in bloody Osceola County beating attracts attention of national group monitoring door-to-door magazine sales. KISSIMMEE – Two national groups say the recent arrests of two magazine salesmen charged with beating a colleague at an Osceola County motel represent a nationwide surge in violence in a door-to-door business where workers can't meet quotas in the recession. Parent Watch, one of the groups, has been following the industry for 30 years that hires young adults to travel across country in teams selling magazine subscriptions to earn points for prizes, cash awards and shopping sprees. "The crews for the most point seem to be more on edge than ever before because they can't sell," said Parent Watch founder Earline Williams, who handles two to six phone calls a day from frightened, stranded workers seeking bus fare home. "The industry's ouf of control as far as violence." On Dec. 16, Osceola County deputies found a salesman known as " The Kid" bleeding from multiple wounds outside America's Best Inn at 5150 W. U.S. Highway 192, according to sheriff's reports. The victim, Brian Emery, told deputies he recently had been hired to sell magazines and slept with other team members in a motel room rented by the company. Late on Dec. 15, some of his team members gave him $12 to buy beer but became enraged when he bought the wrong brand, the report stated. Justine Angermeier, a 24-year-old salesman, is charged with breaking a 32-ounce beer bottle against Emery's right eye and cheekbone. Jeremy Kirkemeir, 20, a team member with a criminal record in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, is charged with taking part in a beating that followed, according to court records. Both were released on bail from the Osceola County Jail. On Thursday, about 30 salespeople working for Midwest Circulation LLC, a door-to-door magazine sales company, checked out America's Best Inn on Thursday afternoon, according to the motel staff. Midwest Circulation manager Bridgett Robbins, who lists Angermeier as a friend on her Myspace.com page, did not return a telephone request for comment. The group's activities prompted a public warning in Gainesville in November, when about 50 Midwest Circulation workers started selling magazines in Alachua County, according to the Gainesville Sun. "Our patrol division has been advised to be on the lookout for places where these folks may be working and that they do have criminal histories," sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey told the newspaper. Few of the magazine sales teams do background checks on their workers, according Phil Ellenbecker of http://www.travelingsalescrews.info , a national group based in Wisconsin that has tracked about 300 felony crimes and 86 deaths attributed to door-to-door vendors. "It's not uncommon to get recently released felons knocking on your door trying to sell you magazines," said Ellenbecker. "They've been linked to a number of unsolved rapes and murders."
Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at 407-420-5257 or hcurtis@orlandosentinel.com.
Source:
By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel
5:06 p.m. EST, December 31, 2009
http://www.orlandosentinel.com
Orlando, Florida
end sentinel article

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Midwest Circulation LLC.
aka: Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
Bridgett Robbins
CEO & President at Midwest Circulations,LLC and Success Unlimited Assoc. Inc.
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India
Arrest of Amway India CEO a big blow: IDSA
June 3, 2013
Arrest of Amway India CEO a big blow: IDSA
Kochi, June 3, 2013
The Hindue
Describing the arrest of Amway India Chairman and CEO William Pinckney as a “big blow”, Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) on Monday sought from the Centre immediate clarity and a separate legislation for the industry.

The arrest of Pinckney, an American national, and two directors of the network marketing company in Kozikode recently was a “big blow” and has not only “dazed” the industry, but also risked the future of lakhs of independent sale distributors in the direct selling industry in India, IDSA said.

It is a “big dampener” and “unfortunate” incident, IDSA Secretary General Chavi Hemanth told reporters here.

The Amway officials were booked under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act based on complaints by distributors in 2011. The three have been granted bail.

In an attempt to clear the cloud over the operational ambiguities for Direct selling Industry in India, the IDSA has sought from the government a clear policy framework and exclusion from the PCMC (Prize chits and Money Circulation schemes) Act.

The industry pledges to stand together against the continued harassment because of the collapse happening often between the fraudulent financial pyramid schemes and Direct selling companies, Mr Hemanth said.

Such arrests would send wrong signals to the global companies in India and will affect the investment floating into the country, she added.

Four cases had been registered in Wynad and one in Kozhikode against Amway, which were all consumer redressal cases, she said.
The Hindue
http://www.thehindu.com
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BBB serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont
Educational Consumer Tips
Traveling Sales Crews
June 2, 2013
Educational Consumer Tips
Traveling Sales Crews
Posted to this website page: June 2, 2013
Advertisements which offer good pay, travel with all expenses paid and free training, but which do not explain the job in question are often solicitations directed toward young people. The jobs offered are as part of sales crews which sell products such as cleaning fluid or magazine subscriptions door-to-door.

The advertisements do not usually give the name of the company or the nature of the work, but hint at exciting travel. In most cases, only a local phone number and the name of the recruiter is listed.

Recruiters usually conduct interviews in hotels or motels. There are promises of large earnings and travel to big cities and resorts. The young people are asked to leave to join a team of employees within a few hours or the next day. At this point, few details about the work have been explained. Once the applicant accepts the job and is on the road, he or she finds out what the job requires: door-to-door sales, living in hotels, a lot of fast food or meals in convenience stores and long hours of work.

The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, prompted by allegations of mistreatment of young people, conducted hearings on the subject of traveling sales crews in April 1987. Many former sales agents were interviewed. In his opening statement, Senator William V. Roth, Jr., Chairman of the Subcommittee, remarked that "the evidence that emerged convinced (the Subcommittee) that problems do exist--ones that merit public exposure and scrutiny. While there are certainly legitimate organizations out there and some former sales agents reported favorable experience with the crews, a disturbing number of others described--with striking uniformity--very troublesome situations and unsavory crew leaders--persons who might best be described as merchants of venom." The Subcommittee staff concluded that "...there is a problem out there...the complaints heard by the staff (were) too numerous and disturbing to ignore. Also alarming is the vacuum of accountability in the (publishing) industry for treatment of sales agents."

Testimonies before the Subcommittee by former sales agents recounted the same story. The young people did not receive a salary, but had an "account" managed by a crew manager. Some companies deducted hotel expenses, canceled orders, fines for being late to meetings, fines for low sales days or for being in another crew member's room and food costs from the account. Sales agents did not see copies of their accounts and had no way of keeping track of how much they were earning. Sales agents who testified said they never really made any money. Some were even indebted to the company according to the company's records. Young people also told of feeling intimidated, never being allowed to be alone to make telephone calls, unhealthy diets, marijuana and alcohol use, and extremely long days. They told of being taught exaggerated or untrue sales pitches. For example, some salespeople had to tell customers that they were trying to win a prize, when they were not. Last, former salespeople told of managers ignoring state or local laws requiring registration or permits for transient door-to-door salespeople.

If you are considering working for a traveling sales crew:

· Obtain, in writing, details about travel, food and housing arrangements, commission rates, bonus programs and how you will receive return transportation.

· Since some state laws and/or local authorities require door-to-door salespeople to register with them and to immediately show customers identification including the name of the company, find out about applicable laws and how to register, if necessary.

· If there is a training period, ask who pays for expenses, how long training lasts, and if you will be paid during this time.

· Ask how much you will be paid and when. If the company keeps your account for you, ask how often you will see it.

· Ask what happens if a customer cancels an order and whether the charge is deducted from your account.

· Is your contract for a certain length of time or can you leave and go home anytime you want?

· Ask how you can be reached by family and friends while traveling.

You should be wary if:

The recruiter will not give you details about the work. The recruiter asks you to join a crew and leave town immediately. The recruiter does not give you a detailed written contract.

Resources for Young People and Parents:

· Parent Watch: 2901 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (212) 316-5387 a nonprofit organization which has a hotline for information and complaints about specific companies which hire traveling sales crews. Parent Watch will also help young people return home should they be stranded by a sales crew.

· Traveler's Aid Society. Call directory assistance or look in the phone book. Travelers Aid is a national network which provides shelter and transportation to people who are stranded.

· Better Business Bureau where the company is located.

· Operation Home Free: managed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), provides free bus tickets to runaways who want to return home. A young person simply identifies himself as a runaway to a police officer and is given a free bus ticket.

Federal regulations require that for door-to-door sales of $25 or more consumers have the right to cancel, in writing, a transaction up until midnight of the third business day after the day of purchase. The rule also requires the salesperson to tell the consumer of the right to cancel, give a contract or receipt, and give two copies of a notice of cancellation form. If a customer does cancel, the seller must, within 10 days, refund all money paid. The refund includes charges for processing and handling which the customer may have paid, although receipts may indicate that this amount is non-refundable. Even if less than $25 or more, consumers have three business days to cancel. State laws may offer further protection.

In many instances salespersons do not tell consumers of their right to cancel, and in some cases written notice is not given. Often salesperson may not know they are violating the law in not giving such notice.

Prospective customers should ask to see identification. If not sure of the company's reputation, check with Better Business Bureau. Be wary of high pressured sales pitches or charity appeals. Put aside any ill-treatments in order to decide whether or not you really want or need the products offered, and compare the prices of the goods/services with those being offered elsewhere. Check with local authorities (e.g., police, city or county business license departments) to see if the company is properl y registered to do business in your area. You many also want to check with your state attorney general's office to determine state laws that apply to door-to-door sales, or to report any violations of your rights.
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Beatrice, Nebraska
Be cautious with door-to-door sales
May 31, 2013
Be cautious with door-to-door sales
May 31, 2013 9:22 am • By Bruce Lang/Beatrice Police Chief
Beatrice Daily Sun
Tap, tap, tap is the sound you hear at your front door, and when you answer it you find a nice young person wanting to sell you something. In years gone by the art of door to door sales was practiced by many well meaning and reputable companies.

Unfortunately times have changed and we have many concerns about these groups.

Recently our community has been inundated with persons selling magazines, business opportunities and any number of other schemes door to door. Persons who sell door to door in Beatrice must have a peddlers permit.

In order to obtain this permit, they must first apply at City Hall after which we will do a background check on both them and their company. We seldom see these groups apply for a permit because they often have been cited in other communities for violations of their peddlers permit requirements and would therefore not pass our checks.

I would also recommend a few other safety measures. Never allow these individuals into your home whether it is to use the restroom, the phone or whatever the reason don’t let them in.

If you do decide to purchase from them don’t pay with cash. We have serious questions about whether you will get your merchandise from these people anyway, however if you pay with cash you are almost certain to be ripped off.

If you have a peddler come to your door ask to see their permit, if they do not have one close the door and call 911. A police officer will be dispatched to investigate and action taken when appropriate.

If the person is aggressive in their sales pitch making you uncomfortable, attempts to get inside your residence or other similar activities call 911. We arrested a group this week and will not hesitate to arrest others in the future.

Caution is the name of the game when it comes to dealing with door to door sales people. Some of these groups may be legitimate but most however, are not. Save your money for the grandkids magazine sales or the cute little neighbor selling Girl Scout cookies.

There at least you know who is being benefited and you don’t have to worry about the intentions of the seller. With the groups were seeing in town I don’t think we have that luxury.
By Bruce Lang/Beatrice Police Chief
Beatrice Daily Sun
http://beatricedailysun.com
Beatrice, Nebraska
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Gulfport, Mississippi
Gulfport Police warn neighbors about 'aggressive' door-to-door salesmen
May 30, 2013
Gulfport Police warn neighbors about 'aggressive' door-to-door salesmen
Posted: May 30, 2013 5:54 PM CST Updated: May 31, 2013 10:48 AM CST
By Trang Pham-Bui
WLOX ABC CBS 13
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport Police want to warn residents of recent complaints they've received about door-to-door salesmen. The chief said some of the salesmen are just too aggressive and several neighbors have had a hard time getting them to leave their property. Some of the calls came from Bayou View. Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said several neighbors complained about door-to-door salesmen who just couldn't take "no" for an answer. "They're just subscribing to some very aggressive sales tactics. It's not necessarily criminal misconduct in nature, but I think the over-aggressiveness is taking advantage of people's common courtesy and hospitality," said Papania. "It's really not fair," he added. "Some of the complaints are coming from our older citizens, who quite frankly come from a time when it was safe to open your doors and let people in." Angela Chambliss said a salesman showed up at her home in The Briars subdivision this week asking suspicious questions. "He wouldn't tell me what it was he was trying to sell. He was asking me personal questions about how long I'd lived here, what alarm company I was with," said Chambliss. She immediately called the police. "I have children and I live in a neighborhood that I feel is quite safe," Chambliss said. "But then when you see people coming door-to-door who can't answer questions about what it is they're trying to sell, it makes you believe it's not a legitimate business. I felt maybe like he was casing the house." "When you have somebody that goes beyond the scope of what I call common courtesy, that's when the red flag should start coming up and be very concerned," said Papania. The chief said for legal reasons, he couldn't disclose the name of the company he's referring to or the type of business; however, he said if any stranger shows up at your door, there are precautions you need to take. "If they say they're a sales person, they should be able to produce a business license issued by the city of Gulfport with their specific name. I would ask them for identification compared to that name," said Papania. The chief said according to city ordinance, salesmen can't come knocking between nightfall and 8:00 a.m. "When someone knocks, you're not obligated to answer. And if you want to completely avoid peddlers and solicitors, you can merely put in front of your property a sign that says: "Solicitors and Sales Not Welcome", and that, by ordinance, prohibits them from coming to your door," said Papania. Finally, if someone is too pushy or have overstayed their welcome, don't hesitate to call the police. The chief said anyone who violates city ordinance concerning door-to-door sales could be prosecuted. It is a misdemeanor and violators could face fines and jail time.
By Trang Pham-Bui
WLOX ABC CBS 13
http://www.wlox.com
Biloxi, Mississippi
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Nampa, Idaho
Better Business Bureau warns the Treasure Valley about door-to-door sales
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
BNK Productions
BBB: BNK Productions
Active Member of the National Field Selling Association
end DMPG Info
May 30, 2013
Better Business Bureau warns the Treasure Valley about door-to-door sales
By James Cramer
KIVI / FOX9 / KSAW
CREATED May. 30, 2013
It usually starts with a knock on the door, and the sales pitch will begin. Typically, the door-to-door salesmen are young men claiming that if they sell enough magazines, they will win a trip to Italy or New York. Other times, salesmen claim the sales are for soldiers overseas or a work program for troubled young men.

As the Treasure Valley enters the summer, door-to-door sales begin, causing concern and questions about the validity of the organizations that the salesmen work for.

Boise resident, John Miller answered his door and sat through the sales pitch. “I asked them for their licenses,” he recalls. “Everything appeared to be in order.”

As the sales pitch began, one of the young salesmen claimed that the magazine subscriptions were going to be sent overseas to soldiers.

John Miller naturally thought that buying the magazines for soldiers would be a good idea, “I’m very supportive of the armed forces and I’ll just do about anything to help them out.”

A half hour and $118 dollars later, Miller had subscribed.

Miller is not alone in getting roped into these kinds of sales, as a Phoenix, Arizona company called BNK Productions descended into the Boise area over Memorial Day to sell their products.

The company currently holds a rating of a “F” with the Better Business Bureau due to complaints and lack of follow up from the company. In addition, the BBB does not have a complete background of the company.

Many complaints filed with the BBB about BNK Productions are that the company is not fulfilling shipments of the products sold.

Many times when people ask for a refund, they are told that the refund is being sent, and they never receive it at all. Other complaints to the BBB were that they were not able to contact the company at all.

The company only provides a P.O. Box address, and does not publish a phone number to contact. BNK Productions has not publicly responded to BBB complaints.

The Better Business Bureau is giving Treasure Valley residents some tips about how to deal with door-to-door salesmen.

If you do not feel comfortable about the salesmen, tell them to leave your property. If you are threatened, then call police or 911.

Do not give cash to salesmen unless you can confirm the business. If you have any doubt, then do research and tell them you will contact the salesmen later.

If you have ordered products from a company, and you have not received anything, then file a complaint with the company using the BBB website and the phone number 208-342-4649.
By James Cramer
KIVI / FOX9 / KSAW
http://www.kivitv.com
Nampa, Idaho
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Marietta, Georgia
Police: Austell man chases salesman with kitchen knife
May 29, 2013
Police: Austell man chases salesman with kitchen knife
From staff reports
Marietta Daily Journal
May 29, 2013 11:28 PM
Reports of a door-to-door salesman being chased by a man with a knife drew police to the Austell area May 22. When they got there, the man allegedly refused to cooperate with police officers during their investigation. Robert Wiggs, a resident of Ling Drive, reportedly chased the salesman with a kitchen knife before throwing a rock at the salesman. Wiggs then went back into his home and refused to open his front door for police officers during the subsequent investigation. Wiggs was arrested by the Cobb County Police Department and was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon.
From staff reports
Marietta Daily Journal
http://www.mdjonline.com
Marietta, Georgia
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa Woman Learns Hard Lesson About Trusting Door-To-Door Salespeople
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Expedition Sales
BBB: Expedition Sales
This Business is not BBB accredited
Expedition Sales
3820 W Happy Valley Road #141-192, Glendale, AZ 85310
http://www.expeditionsales.com/index.htm
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: May 07, 2012
Business started: 03/06/2012 in AZ
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Contact Information
Principal: Jody Atkins, Member
Related Businesses
Prestige Sales, LLC.
MTS Circulation
Business Category
Door-to-Door Sales - Magazines
Also See:
BBB: MTS Circulation
BBB: Prestige Sales, LLC
end DMPG Info
May 29, 2013
Tulsa Woman Learns Hard Lesson About Trusting Door-To-Door Salespeople
Posted: May 29, 2013 6:21 PM CST Updated: May 29, 2013 6:21 PM CST
Lori Fullbright, News On 6
TULSA, Oklahoma -

A Tulsa woman says she's learned her lesson the hard way, after allowing a door-to-door saleswoman in her home, and now she hopes others can learn from her mistakes.

After the saleswoman left, Jill said her wallet and cell phone were missing, and it didn't take long before charges started showing up on her account.

She said she tends to believe the best in people, but that outlook has been seriously challenged after her recent experience. Her desire to help others came back to bite her, and she was so ticked off about it, she tracked down the woman's employer.

Jill was home last Tuesday around 1 p.m., when a woman knocked on her door, saying she was selling books that would benefit children with cancer and those with special needs.

Jill first talked to the woman on the porch and she seemed nice enough. And when Jill agreed to make the purchase, the woman said she didn't have a pen, so Jill invited her inside.

"It's a charity thing, that's pretty cool, and I know door-to-door salespeople have a crappy life, always getting doors slammed in their face. They have a hard job, so I always try to at least be nice," she said.

She said she stepped out of the room maybe 10 seconds and then the woman left. A short time later, Jill noticed her boyfriend's cell phone was missing. The next day, she realized her wallet was missing. It had been in her purse, right next to the couch, where the two women had been sitting.

"I just got this really bad feeling and went directly to the computer and opened up the bank account and checked it, and there were two charges at Walmart.com," Jill said.

The charges were for $268 and $475.

Jill had already shut off the phone, so she called her bank and Walmart, filed a police report, stopped payment on her check, and then tracked down the woman's employer through her receipts.

"When I found out this girl stole from me, I thought, 'How can I make her life suck?' It sounds harsh but she made my life difficult, so let's see if I can return the favor a little," Jill said.

The company sent Jill an email, saying they had terminated the woman's contract.

Other neighborhoods are reporting a great surge in door-to-door solicitors.

According to Tulsa's ordinance, door-to-door salespeople can only work from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. They can't solicit if there are no soliciting or no trespassing signs near the door. They must leave immediately if the homeowner tells them to, and if violators are convicted, they're looking at a $1,200 fine and up to six months in jail.

You need to check the ordinance in your city so you know what protection you have, if any.

Like most victims I interview, Jill told her story because she doesn't want anyone else taken advantage of by this woman or someone like her.
Lori Fullbright, News On 6
http://www.newson6.com
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Warminster, Pennsylvania
Township Officials Seek to Curb Door-to-Door Solicitors
May 29, 2013
Township Officials Seek to Curb Door-to-Door Solicitors
'No Solicitation' signs are available at the township administration building for residents.
According to a recently adopted ordinance, door-to-door salespeople are not permitted to approach houses displaying the signs.
By James Boyle
May 29, 2013
WarminsterPatch
The do-not-call lists have helped make a dent in the bothersome telephone marketers, but there have not been many tools available to prevent those knocks on the door that always come at the worst time.

Homeowners in Warminster have a little extra help dealing with the in-person sales calls after the recent passage of a new ordinance by the board of supervisors.

As a result of the new ordinance, 'No Solicitation' signs have been created that residents or business owners can either pick up at the township administration building or print out at home. Place the sign in clear view on the front window, and salesman will not be permitted to solicit on the property.

The ordinance also requires all potential solicitors to receive a permit from the township and prominently wear an identification badge that includes, at the very least, a name and photograph. They need to contact the Warminster Police Department and have a background check performed. The permits are good for six months, after which a new application must be submitted for renewal.

Religious and political organizations are exempt from the ordinance, according to township Supervisor Leo Quinn.

Solicitation is also prohibited in Warminster after 5 p.m. Any violations of the ordinance will result in a fine between $375 and $1,000. Failure to pay could result in as much as 90 days in county prison.
By James Boyle
WarminsterPatch
http://warminster.patch.com
Warminster, Pennsylvania
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The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG CROOKS Strike Again !!!


Westport, Connecticut
Florida man arrested for Westport burglary
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Ultimate Unity, aka: American community Services
Owner: LeVan Ellis, Vice President of the National Field Selling Association.
end DMPG Info
May 28, 2013
Florida man arrested for Westport burglary
By STEVE KOBAK
Hour Staff Writer
The Hour
The Hour Publishing Company
Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 7:15 pm | Updated: 2:15 pm, Tue May 28, 2013.
WESTPORT -- A 47-year-old traveling magazine salesman with a long rap sheet was arraigned Monday at Norwalk Superior Court for allegedly breaking into a Westport business and stealing and forging two checks.

Antron Bernard Fogler, of 4201 Yost St., Marianna, Fla., is charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and second-degree forgery. His bond was lowered from $20,000 to $10,000 during his arraignment. His next court date is May 28.

Fogler allegedly broke into Saugatuck Technology, 8 Wright St., and stole two checks sometime overnight on May 2, 2012, according to an affidavit.

Saugatuck Technology staff noticed that someone had tampered with the locks on one of the business' doors on May 3, police said.

On May 8, 2012, a company named "Ultimate Uniyy, Inc." tried to deposit a $211 check from an LLC related to Saugatuck Technologies, police said. The LLC hadn't been in existence since 2003, police said. Ultimate Unity tried to deposit another check from the defunct LLC on May 19, 2012, according to police.

Detectives discovered that Ultimate Unity was a magazine clearinghouse that had sent employees to the Westport area to sell magazine subscriptions in May 2012, police said.

Investigators learned that both forged checks contained a five-digit "return number" that matched the return number assigned to Ultimate Utility employee named Anton Fogler, police said. Ultimate Utility officials confirmed that Fogler was in the Westport area at the time of the break-in, court documents show.

Police were able to make contact with Fogler, who denied forging the checks, police said.

Detectives learned that Fogler was being investigated by police in Dallas, Texas for a similar break-in, and he had been arrested 60 times for a variety of offenses, including burglary and robbery, in Georgia and Florida, court documents show.

A warrant for Fogler's arrest was signed on May 28, 2012. Glastonbury Police arrested Fogler on the warrant on Saturday, May 4.
By STEVE KOBAK
Hour Staff Writer
The Hour
The Hour Publishing Company
http://www.thehour.com
Westport, Connecticut
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Antron Bernard Fogler
Mugshots.com
Mugshots.com ID: 6351205
Name: FOGLER, ANTRON B
Race: BLACK
Gender: MALE
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BLACK
Height: 6' 1? (1.85 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Birth date: 7/02/1965
DC Number: 401149
Release Date: 5/26/2009
Release Facility: NWFRC ANNEX.
Custody: MEDIUM
Stated Residence:
1310 NW 64TH ST
MIAMI, FL 33147 33147
Names / Aliases:
ANTRON BERNARD FLBLER
ANTRON FOGLER
ANTRON B FOGLER
ANTRON BERNARD FOGLER
AUTRON FOGLER
AUTRO BERNARD FOKLER
ANTRON BERNARD FOLGEO
ANTRON FOLGER
ANTRON BERNARD FOLGER
ANTON FOLGLER
ANTRON FOLGLER
ANTRON BERNARD FOLGLER
BENJAMIN MOORE
BERNARD MOORE
BERNARD ANTRON MOORE
MICHAEL SIMMS
BERNARD SINGLETERRY
MAURICE WILLIAMS
TERRI WILLIS


*** BEWARE *** There is an EVIL Monster on the lose and his name is LeVan Ellis.
He will send his armies of magazine sales agents to rape and murder you and your family.
*** WARNING *** Protect yourself and your loved ones from this EVIL Monster.
He may be knocking at your door this very minute !!!


DMPG Info:
Want to know more about LeVan Ellis and American Community Services and the NFSA?
We are going to EXPOSE this Immoral and Evil Maggot Cock Roach to the entire world.
If Karleen Hillery Spruiell is the Mother of PURE EVIL.
LeVan Ellis is the Father of Living HELL !!!
He and his organized crime criminal companies and his family are responsible for over 30 felony cases and multiple deaths.
He has committed crimes against humanity.
He is an evil monster.
He WILL be brought to Justice VERY SOON !!!
He will pay dearly for the pain and suffering that he has inflicted on innocet children and homeowners for profit
Notes:
When the FBI locks this PIG up make sure to strip search him.
This BLACK DEVIL from hell will have a wad of hundred dollar bills stuck up his asshole to pay off the jail guards.

Lets take a close look at some of the rapes and murders and van deaths that LeVan Ellis is responsible for.
You will be able to research many more crimes by this evil monster by searching our website.
Search American Community Services This Website


When Crime Knocks
January 4, 2004
By: Jim Balloch - KnoxNews
Read this story of how Rodger Eric Broadway a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman
employed by American Community Services rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde, a 66-year-old grandmother.
Rodger Broadway rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde


June 9, 2004
Azriel Rashad Bridge a traveling magazine salesman working for American Community Services
murders 77-year-old Shirley Reuter in her Dover Township home.

Door-to-door violence
Dover Twp. slaying not first tied to sales company
Sunday, June 13, 2004
BY BETH KRESSEL
Star-Ledger Staff

The 18-year-old man charged with slaying an elderly Ocean County woman Wednesday is a salesman for an Indiana-based company that has had three other employees accused or convicted of violent crimes since 2001. Azriel Rashad Bridge, of Chicago, works for a subsidiary of American Community Services, which dispatches salespeople across the country to sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door. Bridge, who was charged Friday in the stabbing death of 77-year-old Shirley Reuter in her Dover Township home, is being held at the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, authorities said. He was charged with murder, felony murder and robbery after being arrested Friday at the Wyndham Hotel, an upscale 10-story hotel across from Newark Liberty International Airport on Routes 1&9 south in Elizabeth. Bridge becomes the latest employee of American Community Services or one of its affiliated companies to be charged with a violent crime. On Aug. 20, 2001, another salesman for the company raped, beat and smothered 66-year-old Eskalene DeBorde in her home in Tennessee. Rodger Eric Broadway, 23, of New York City, pleaded guilty to the crime. Two other salespeople also were accused of assaulting and raping women in separate incidents in Tennessee within the past year, according to the Knoxville News- Sentinel. In addition to the recent incidents, Bernice Clark, 76, was stabbed to death in her home in Woburn, Mass., in 1990. Darrin Whitman, an employee of American Community Services, was found guilty of her murder in 1991. Whitman had sold a magazine subscription to Clark earlier in the day and had a criminal history that included prison time for rape, according to the Boston Globe. A call to the president of American Community Services was not returned yesterday and the name of the affiliated company could not be verified. In Dover Township, police said Bridge asked the victim if he could use the bathroom in her Chestnut Street home Wednesday afternoon. Sometime after she let him in, Ocean County Prosecutor Thomas Kelaher said, he ransacked her house, stabbed and beat her in the head and neck. The Ocean County Medical Examiner's office on Friday ruled the death a homicide. Dover Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said Bridge assaulted Reuter using items found in the house, but he would not describe them. Authorities, without mentioning specifics, also said Bridge stole items from the house. Although he was not arrested until Friday, Bridge was stopped by police Wednesday evening, Dover Township Lt. Steve Henry said. He was one of 11 magazine subscription salesmen walking through the neighborhood and knocking on doors, authorities said. Because all solicitors must get a permit from town hall in order to go door-to-door, the group immediately aroused suspicion and neighbors called police to complain. Officer Ryan Rush stopped Bridge walking through the neighborhood Wednesday evening and took his identification information, Henry said. The group was based in Michigan City, Ind., Kelaher said, and traveled in a van that was spotted in at least two other neighboring townships, Kelaher said. Police filed no charges against the other workers. Mastronardy described them as mostly "young males." Yesterday, Dover Township neighbors recalled Reuter as a caring neighbor. Janet Hansell, 58, put her arms around her two granddaughters yesterday as she looked across the street at Reuter's home, now a police scene with yellow tape and several Ocean County sheriff's vans parked outside. "She baked cookies for my grandchildren. She used to bake apple pies," Hansell said, describing a woman who said hello to all neighbors, donated food to the needy, and always was eager for a friendly conversation with any of Hansell's nine grandchildren. Reuter also was an active member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dover Township. She would have been singing at the choir's annual concert scheduled for 4 p.m. today. "We all learned a good lesson from this," Hansell said. "Never open doors to strangers," said her 10-year-old granddaughter, Taylor Kaniuk.
Staff writer Katie Wang contributed to this story.

Azriel Rashad Bridge Grand Jury Indictment

May 4, 1992 - Levan Ellis Responsible for 5 Deaths selling magazine subscriptions
for American Community Services, The National Field Selling Association and the Magazine Publishers of America !!!

Van Overturns on I-80 in Iowa; Five People Killed, Six Injured
Location: Interstate 80 West of Des Moines, Iowa
Earlham, Iowa
A van carrying 11 people swerved out of control and overturned Sunday along Interstate 80. Five of the people died, and the other six were injured. All but two of the occupants were thrown from the van when it rolled, the Iowa State Patrol said. The van strewed debris for 50 yards along the highway before coming to rest in the median. State troopers said the eastbound van went out of control as it was passing another vehicle just west of Earlham in Dallas County. Dr. Francis Garrity, deputy Iowa medical examiner, said the van was one of three that were traveling together from Denver to Chicago. The occupants worked for a company called Total Dedication Inc., Dr. Garrity said. Killed were Edward Gooden, 20, of Chicago; Mark Campbell, 26, of Chesapeake, Va.; Debbie Gibbs, 33, of Philadelphia; Daniel Holloway, 20, of Los Angeles; and Christopher McKee, 24, of Virginia Beach, Va. Gooden died at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines, Dr. Garrity said. The others died at the scene, he said. Five of the injured were hospitalized in Des Moines. They were identified as Chakita Ross, 26, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Tina Allen, 28, of New York City; David Ross, 27, of Gary, Ind.; Michael Atkins, 30, of Chicago; and the driver, Starretha Ball, 29, of Philadelphia. Esther Nappi, whose age and address were not available, was treated and released.
Omaha World - Herald; Omaha, Neb.; May 4, 1992;
Credit: AP
DMPG Info:
Total Dedication Inc. aka: American Community Services.
Owner: LeVan Ellis
end DMPG Info.



This is only the beginning of our documentation/coverage of this BLACK IMMORAL PIG FOR PROFIT.
This NFSA Vice President who should be publically crucified.
This Devil From HELL that needs to be brought to Justice and locked up in prison for the rest of his miserable/criminal life.
The DMPG is going to make absolutely sure that this EVIL MONSTER never again rapes or murders another innocent kid or homeowner for PROFIT !!!
The National Field Selling Association
SCUMBAG IMMORAL PIGS FOR PROFIT Strike Again !!!

NFSA President: Sandra Hall: Alliance Service Company.
NFSA Vice President: LeVan Ellis: Ultimate Unity, aka: American Community Services.
The DIRTY MAGGOT MONSTERS Selling Magazines door-to-door for the Magazine Publishers of America
President of the MPA: Nina Link: A plea for help: Letters to the MPA: gone ignored and unanswered

Google Search: American Community Services + magazine
Search American Community Services This Website
See:
The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues
By Craig Malisow Mon., Apr. 6 2009 at 6:59 AM
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/04/magazine_sales_crimes.php
See:
Mrs. Kayon Ellis
American Community Services
See: SCUMBAG/Hairball/PIG for Profit: Levan Ellis
This Monster is responsible for the deaths of young kids in van rollovers,
and the rapes and murderes of multiple homeowners.




ADA, Michigan
Amway 'surprised' by arrests of company's India leadership
May 28, 2013
Amway 'surprised' by arrests of company's India leadership
By Shandra Martinez | smartinez@mlive.com
Booth Newspapers
on May 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM, updated May 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM
ADA, MI -- Amway says it was surprised by the arrests of the Amway India CEO William Pickney and two other directors in the southern state of Kerala.

The men were taken into custody in the city of Kozhikode on Monday, May 27, on charges of financial irregularities, according to newspaper reports.

"Amway was surprised by the arrest of directors of Amway India" because it had not previously received summons or requests for information from officials in the region, the Ada-based direct selling giant told MLive.

The Times of India is reporting that Pickney, a U.S. citizen, along with Sanjay Malhotra and Anshu Budhrajawere, were arrested and "charged with cheating and violation of laws dealing with chit funds."

Police had questioned the trio earlier in May and had asked them to report again on Monday for further questioning. They were arrested when they arrived at the police station, according to the news story.

"We are now working toward understanding the information sought by the Wayanad officials and how to resolve the matter expeditiously. Amway has always provided full cooperation and support for any investigation," the company said in a statement.

Amway added that the multi-level marketing giant complies with the laws of India.

The company says it has been partnering with the Indian Direct Selling Association to work with central and state level authorities toward clear, consistent direct selling understanding and regulation throughout India. As part of that process, Amway has cooperated openly and fully to resolve any individual complaints, the company added.

"We are doing all we can to support the employees who have been arrested, and their families, during this difficult time," said Todd Woodward, vice president for corporate communications. "Amway India is operating in full compliance with the law. We will continue to advocate for opportunity for our Amway business owners, many of whom depend upon this business for needed income."

The arrests are based on four complaints by distributors who say they they have lost money.

The India news website, moneycontrol.com, reported that in 2012, the government's "crime branch" searched Amway's offices in the communities of Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur as part of its crackdown on money-chain activities.

Amway, which is credited for pioneering the multi-level marketing approach to direct sales, has faced similar accusations in the U.S. and other countries. Amway has long been sensitive about allegations that it operates a pyramid scheme. A 1979 Federal Trade Commission ruling found the company did not operate a pyramid scheme.
By Shandra Martinez | smartinez@mlive.com
Booth Newspapers
http://www.mlive.com
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Chatham, Ontario
Councillor wants to ban door-to-door sales
May 27, 2013
Councillor wants to ban door-to-door sales
By Trevor Terfloth, Chatham Daily News
Monday, May 27, 2013 9:21:04 EDT PM
Believing they often prey on the vulnerable using aggressive or shady tactics, a Chatham councillor hopes to rid the community of door-to-door salespeople.

Coun. Marjorie Crew entered a notice of motion during Monday's meeting requesting a staff report on the feasibility of such a move.

Outside council chambers, she said many residents have complained that something needs to be done.

"There's no reason for people in this day and age to go to people at their homes to sell things door to door," Crew said, noting energy companies pose a significant problem in recent times.

The issue is sometimes more than a minor annoyance, she said, citing high-pressure sales pitches that can cause one to worry for his or her safety, especially if the salesperson refuses to leave.

"People hand them their utility bills ... and then they're stuck in contracts that they can't get out of when they don't even understand what's happening to them," she said. "There was actually a case just recently where the police were involved, because (the resident) couldn't get the guy out of their house."

Crew said while many residents are able to firmly say no to a bothersome vendor, others who can't tend to become victims.

She said there are measures the municipality can take, since it licenses vendors. If her motion passes at a future meeting, the report would touch on the potential revenue loss, in addition to the community benefits of banning the practice.

"The cost for a licence for door-to-door (sales) is $500 for three days," she said. "You don't have to license them, but it's up to council to set that direction."

Crew said there would likely be exemptions, such as children who are fundraising for school or various groups.

"I'm not talking about the neighbourhood kids that are coming door to door," she said.

trevor.terfloth@sunmedia.ca

Twitter.com/DailyNewsTT
By Trevor Terfloth, Chatham Daily News
http://www.chathamdailynews.ca
Chatham, Ontario
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Door-to-door salesman being fined
May 24, 2013
Door-to-door salesman being fined
KALB-TV News Channel 5
DMPG Post Date: May 24, 2013
Baton Rouge, LA (KALB News Channel 5) – The State Fire Marshall says security system companies are soliciting sales by canvassing neighborhoods. Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning is encouraging homeowners to be vigilant in making sure that those selling these systems are properly licensed through his agency.

Two recent incidents involving unlicensed security alarm employees underscore this concern. In response to complaints from the Hammond Police Department on April 26, Fire Marshal deputies were dispatched due to numerous security salespeople going door-to-door.

Approximately, 18 unlicensed individuals were located and fined $500 with an additional $1000 fine the supervisor of the employees. The firm Skyline Security Management was allegedly fined $18, 000 and is facing a revocation for the firm's license.

A second incident involved a complaint by a councilman in Tallulah, who contacted the State Fire Marshall's on May 8th for a person knocking on his door attempting to sell the systems.

"As the regulatory agency responsible for licensing firms and individuals that install security alarm systems, we must be proactive in identifying anyone who thinks he can work without a license", Browning stated. An extremely important part of the licensing process includes criminal background checks on those who sell and install these systems as well as requiring these individuals to have the proper training to ensure competency. "It's all about protecting the lives and property of our citizens and ensuring that convicted felons are not in homes and businesses. Everyone we license will have a photo identification card issued by my office. Just ask to see it to ensure they are licensed," the Fire Marshal concluded.
KALB-TV News Channel 5
http://www.kalb.com
Alexandria, Louisiana
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South Brunswick Township, New Jersey
Town to Begin Creation of 'Do Not Knock' Registry Next Month
Residents will soon be able to register with the township to have their address placed on a non-solicitation list.
May 23, 2013
Town to Begin Creation of 'Do Not Knock' Registry Next Month
Residents will soon be able to register with the township to have their address placed on a non-solicitation list.
By Davy James
SouthBrunswickPatch
May 23, 2013
For interested South Brunswick residents, a knock on the door followed by a sales pitch for home improvement work will soon become a thing of the past.

The Township Council last week held a public hearing before approving an ordinance that will create a "do not knock" list, whereby residents may register to have their address placed on a list of homes peddlers and solicitors are forbidden to visit in South Brunswick.

"This is something that came about as a result of of several complaints the last couple of years," said Councilman Joseph Camarota. "This is something the township needs and it will be very beneficial for our residents."

The ordinance applies only to those who are seeking to sell goods and services, but does not apply to census workers, door-to-door political campaigning or religious speech, such as Jehovah's Witnesses.

Once the program begins, residents will fill out a form and submit it to the Township Clerk, who will collect, prepare and maintain the list of addresses where peddlers and sellers are not permitted on the premises. The clerk will submit an updated list to South Brunswick Police on a quarterly basis.

The council also recently passed a ban on all door-to-door solicitors from visiting any residence after dusk. Dusk is defined in the ordinance as being a half-hour after sunset.

From Jan. 1, 2012 to March 7, 2013, there were 72 complaints filed with the township concerning solicitors. Of those complaints, 24 were for solicitors visiting a home after dusk. During that same time frame there were 97 residential burglaries reported in South Brunswick, with 29 of those incidents occurring after dusk.

During several of those burglaries, the suspects posed as door-to-door salesman as a means of determining whether a resident was home before they broke in. Police have also responded to other suspicious incidents involving door-to-door solicitors in recent years, thus the township hopes the registry will provide an added layer of protection.

"We want to make sure there is no connection between these types of activities," said Township Attorney Don Sears at a previous meeting.

The ordinance for the creation of the "do not knock" registry goes into effect 20 days after its final passage on May 14, so residents should be able to sign up for the list beginning on June 3.
By Davy James
SouthBrunswickPatch
http://southbrunswick.patch.com
South Brunswick Township, New Jersey
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Memphis, Tennessee
Nationwide scam found headquartered in Southeast Memphis
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Opportunity Sales, Inc.
aka: Movemeant Sales, Inc.
aka: Anti-Lazziness Sales Inc.
See: American community Services - Owner: Levan Ellis

ROBERT JACKSON
Incorporator
8557 W. US HIGHWAY 20
MICHIGAN CITY , IN 46360

ROBERT L. JACKSON
President
103 May Ave.
Michigan City , IN 46360

Opportunity Sales, Inc. (Headquarters)
(219) 809-9165
5080 Le Chateau Cv, Memphis, TN 38125-3912
BBB Rating: F
BBB file opened: 11/28/2011 Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Melisa Brown (Office Manager)
Mr. Leroy Copening (General Manager)
Mr. Robert Louis Jackson (Owner)
Ms. Susan Jordan (Office Manager)
Ms. Jennifer Smith (Customer Service)
end DMPG Info
May 22, 2013
Nationwide scam found headquartered in Southeast Memphis
Posted: May 22, 2013 8:17 PM CDT
Updated: May 22, 2013 10:34 PM CDT
By Andy Wise
WMC-TV 5
Action News 5
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC TV) - A scam that has generated consumer complaints in as many as 15 states is headquartered inside a $1/2 million home in Southeast Memphis.

The Action News 5 Investigators learned that Thursday, the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will issue its second alert in eight months about Opportunity Sales, Inc., 5080 Le Chateau Cv.

According to the bureau, Opportunity Sales, Inc., hires teenagers and young adults to sell books and magazine subscriptions door-to-door nationwide. Its BBB record and original alert in September indicate the company has generated 43 complaints in the last three years in 15 states (adjusted from 14 in the record), alleging "high pressure sales tactics" and products/subscriptions "...that were never delivered."

In the last week, both the bureau and The Action News 5 Investigators have received more complaints about the company's solicitations.

Stephanie Smith of Eads, TN, said her family bought a set of books from an Opportunity Sales, Inc., solicitor. She said the solicitor, a teenage boy, said the books could be arranged to be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of his home state of Ohio -- and he would earn a percentage of the sale.

Smith said her husband wrote an $195 check for several religious books to be donated. They were never delivered. She said her husband canceled the check after learning about the company's history.

Eric Howard of Memphis said a teenage representative of Opportunity Sales, Inc., approached him while he was mowing his lawn.

"He was very polite and explained to me (Opportunity Sales, Inc.) helps underprivileged people raise money for college by selling the magazines and books," Howard wrote in an e-mail to The Action News 5 Investigators. "He was very convincing, so I ordered a few children's books for my 3-year-old daughter.

"He said they would show up in ten days. A month later, nothing."

"It's a typical door-to-door magazine sales scam," said Nancy Crawford, communications director for the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South. "We've had complaints that said the receipts that they had received didn't even have the delivery address on them, so how could the company have ever sent them anything?"

We visited the home, nestled inside a manicured gated community in Southeast Memphis. Property records indicate it is owned by Robert L. Jackson, listed by the BBB as one of Opportunity Sales, Inc.'s principals.

No one answered the door. Jennifer Smith, listed in the bureau's records as the customer service contact for Opportunity Sales, Inc., answered when we called the company's phone number.

The number carried a Gary, IN, area code, matching a white van in the driveway that sported an Indiana plate.

"I can't answer any questions over the phone," said Smith. "You will have to put them in writing and mail them in."

An unidentified woman pulling out of the driveway in a vehicle with a Tennessee/Shelby County tag was also evasive.

"I'm not affiliated with them, but I know who they are," she said, refusing to answer any more questions.

The BBB shared these guidelines regarding door-to-door solicitations:

*Be wary of high pressure sales pitches that use emotion to sell their products.

*Practice your refusal script prior to opening your door to a salesperson. Saying, "I never make those decisions without consulting my husband/son/sister" may be enough to send the salesperson on to the next house.

*Always research the company with your Better Business Bureau at bbb.org - or m.bbb.org on your smart phone - before writing a check for a magazine subscription.

*The Federal Trade Commission's Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller's permanent place of business.

* Victims of fraudulent magazine sales can file complaints with the BBB, their local law enforcement and their state's attorney general's office.
By Andy Wise
WMC-TV 5
Action News 5
http://www.wmctv.com
Memphis, Tennessee
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Alice, Texas
Beware of high-pressure sales tactics
May 22, 2013
Beware of high-pressure sales tactics
By Better Business Bureau
Alice Echo-News Journal
ofelia.hunter@aliceechonews.com
Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:29 am | Updated: 5:46 pm, Wed May 22, 2013.
Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on guard when it comes to high-pressure sales tactics over the next few months. There are many businesses that go door-to-door selling everything from cosmetic products to magazine subscriptions. In 2012, BBB received over 1,700 complaints against door-to-door sales companies nationwide. Most complaints alleged products were paid for but never delivered, or refunds were not received upon cancellation.

During the summer months, BBB routinely receives an increase in complaints from consumers against businesses that employ aggressive door-to-door selling techniques. Some examples of high pressure sales tactics include hostile and persuasive rebuttals to consumer concerns, deep discounts offered upon immediate payment and refusal to take “no” for an answer.

While many businesses utilize door-to-door marketing tactics, BBB has these tips for consumers to consider when getting that knock on your door. According to the Texas Attorney General:

Door-to-door sales people are required to:

Advise you orally and in writing of your right to cancel the sale within three days

Provide a contract in the same language that was used in the sales presentation

The contract or receipt must:

State the date of sale, name and address of the merchant

Provide a statement of your right to cancel which includes the address of where to send your cancellation notice

To cancel a door-to-door sale:

You must sign, date and mail the “notice of cancellation” back to the seller

To obtain a full refund, you must do this before midnight of the third business day after the sale

If the seller fails to notify you of an intention to repossess the goods within 20 days after cancellation, you may not be forced to return the items at a later date
By Better Business Bureau
Alice Echo-News Journal
ofelia.hunter@aliceechonews.com
http://www.alicetx.com
Alice, Texas
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Jamestown, North Dakota
Door-to-door sales return
May 21, 2013
Door-to-door sales return
By: By Attorney General’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division, The Jamestown Sun
Published May 21, 2013, 08:00 AM
It’s that time of year again! Each spring and summer door-to-door salespeople begin soliciting business from residents, offering products and services from magazine subscriptions and cleaning supplies to vacuum cleaners and heat detectors, as well as expensive items like painting, paving, tree trimming and home repairs. Although legitimate business people may use this method of contact, door-to-door sales are a magnet for fringe operators, whose intentions are not honorable.

It’s that time of year again! Each spring and summer door-to-door salespeople begin soliciting business from residents, offering products and services from magazine subscriptions and cleaning supplies to vacuum cleaners and heat detectors, as well as expensive items like painting, paving, tree trimming and home repairs. Although legitimate business people may use this method of contact, door-to-door sales are a magnet for fringe operators, whose intentions are not honorable.

While door-to-door salespeople will knock on anyone’s door, the unscrupulous ones target senior citizens, in part because they know that seniors grew up in an era when business was done on a handshake.

If a person comes to your door offering to sell a product or service, ask to see his or her “transient merchant’s license.” In most circumstances, except those involving food products, transient salespeople must carry an envelope-sized license issued by the Attorney General’s office, and they must also post a bond with the Attorney General’s office. This licensing requirement protects you, the consumer. If you have a problem with a transient merchant’s product or service, you can file a claim against the bond. Many cities require door-to-door salespeople to have a city permit in addition to the transient merchant license.

Since door-to-door sales are becoming more and more popular, here are some things to keep in mind the next time an uninvited visitor comes knocking:

* Unless you know the solicitor, do not let them into your home. It is your house — you have the right to say, no! If you feel threatened, call the police.

* Always ask to see proper identification and the transient merchant license (and any required city permits) before talking to them, or letting them into your home. If you are uncertain about them or the identification, do not let them in to your home and call local law enforcement.

* Never fall for high-pressure sales tactics; a good offer will be there tomorrow if it is legitimate. Watch out for so-called “deals” that offer free gifts if you purchase a product. * Check to make sure your contract/receipt is dated and shows the business name and street address (not PO Box) of the seller, a telephone number, the cancellation agreement, and the deadline date for cancellation. Do not leave any blank spaces on your contract.

North Dakota has a home solicitation law. This means that you have three days to change your mind about most purchases of $25 or more made on your doorstep. If you are over the age of 65, you have 15 days to cancel the sale of $50 or more. The salesperson must tell you of your right to cancel and the contract must include a statement regarding your right to cancel. You do not have to give a reason for canceling your order.

Another method some unscrupulous salespeople use is phony telephone surveys. At some point during the survey the caller says you may be eligible for a prize to be drawn at a later date. Several days later, you will receive another phone call stating you are the lucky winner and they would like to set up a time for the prize to be delivered to your home. When the salesperson comes to your home at the agreed upon time, you might receive a prize, but you will be asked to listen to a lengthy, high pressure demonstration on the product they are selling.

Above all else, do not be afraid to say “no!” If you can’t get a door-to-door salesperson to leave your home when requested, call local law enforcement.
By: By Attorney General’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division, The Jamestown Sun
http://www.jamestownsun.com
Jamestown, North Dakota
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Greeneville, Tennessee
Door-To-Door Salespersons Not With County Schools
May 21, 2013
Door-To-Door Salespersons Not With County Schools
BY O.J. EARLY
STAFF WRITER
The Greeneville Sun
Originally published: 2013-05-21 10:37:01
Last modified: 2013-05-21 10:40:43
Local residents be advised: No one in the Greene County School System is going door-to-door selling textbooks. Several young adults claiming to be with the county school system have attempted to sell textbooks to citizens, according to Greene County Director of Schools Dr. Vicki Kirk. "People are going around saying they are from the Greene County Schools and trying to sell books. They have Flordia tags," a spokeswoman with the Greene County School System said.
BY O.J. EARLY
STAFF WRITER
The Greeneville Sun
http://www.greenevillesun.com
Greeneville, Tennessee
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Van Rollover Kills One
DMPG Posted 05/21/13
Magazine Sales Compamy: Fit For Life
Principal: Marsha Covey (Customer Service)
Mr. Jess Covey (Field Manager)
Mr. Joseph N. Covey (Owner)
Victim: Elizabeth L. York
In Loving Memory
Elizabeth York
07/07/83 - 10/24/2012
Van Driver: Dustin J. McCaulley
License Status: invalid-suspended.
New Mexico State Police Case Number: 12-225122
Date of Accident/Death: 10/24/12
Location: Interstate 25 Milepost 372
County: Mora, New Mexico
Vehicle: 1999 Ford Van
Colorado License Plate: 390188h

* SEE PDF Accident Report: img-218145905-0001.pdf *


Australia
AGL Fined $1.5 Million For Using Dodgy Door-To-Door Salesmen
May 21, 2013
AGL Fined $1.5 Million For Using Dodgy Door-To-Door Salesmen
Chris Jager Today 2:00 PM
Lifehacker
May 21, 2013
There are few things more annoying in life than door-to-door salesman — especially when they wont shut up about why you need to change electricity providers. We therefore felt little sympathy to learn that power company AGL has been hit with a $1.555 million fine for engaging in illegal door-to-door selling practices.

Following action by the ACCC, the Federal Court has ordered AGL Sales Pty Ltd and AGL South Australia Pty Ltd to hand over $1.555 million in combined penalties for illegal door-to-door selling practices. AGL’s marketing firm CPM Australia Pty Ltd was also slugged with a $200,000 fine for its role in the conduct.

The court found that an AGL door-to-door salesman made a number of misleading and deceptive comments to potential customers, including the claim they were not there to sell anything and false statements about rival energy providers overcharging customers.

An AGL salesperson was also found to have attempted to engage with a consumer despite the presence of a ‘Do Not Knock’ sign on their front door.

In addition to the penalties, the companies were also ordered to pay the ACCC’s court costs and to engage in corrective advertising and compliance programs.

“These significant penalties send a clear message to businesses that do not adhere to their obligations under the Australian Consumer Law. The ACCC will not hesitate to take action to protect consumers in their homes from unscrupulous sales tactics and enforce compliance with the laws,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

This is not the first time Australian energy providers have come under fire from the ACCC: in September 2012, Neighbourhood Energy and Australian Green Credits were both ordered to pay penalties of $1 million for similar door-to-door sales conduct.

Under Australian Consumer Law All door-to-door salespeople must adhere to fixed hours: no calls before 9am or after 6pm on weekdays, before 9am or after 5pm on Saturdays, or at any time on Sundays or public holidays. They must provide a clear written statement outlining the total cost of any deal before you sign, and also clearly identify the cooling-off period (a minimum of 10 days) and any termination conditions. If you tell someone to leave, they must not return for 30 days.

As we’ve noted in the past, the best way to ward off an unwanted salesperson is to simply say “I’m not interested” before they get a chance to launch into their spiel: they are then required by law to leave your property.
Chris Jager Today 2:00 PM
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North Platte, Nebraska
Selling stuff in NP? Get a permit
Going door to door not legal in the city without permission from local officials
May 18, 2013
Selling stuff in NP? Get a permit
Going door to door not legal in the city without permission from local officials
Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:00 am
By Andrew Bottrell
abottrell@nptelegraph.com
NPTELEGRAM.com
The city of North Platte requires anyone from outside of the area to apply for a permit to sell items door to door.

Three people were cited this week for not having the proper permits for door-to-door sales in North Platte. Authorities want residents to know that if they are suspicious about a person who is going door to door, they can ask to see a permit and call the police.

"[Residents] can ask to see the permit," said Investigator John Deal, with the North Platte Police Department. "If the person says they do, but doesn't show them evidence that they have one, I encourage people to tell them to move on and call the police department."

Local charity organizations, school fundraisers and church organizations aren't required to have a permit, Deal said, and neither are local businesses. However, anyone from out of town who plans to sell something door to door must apply for a permit at the Public Safety Building, 715 S. Jeffers St., and can only sell from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost of the permit is $10 per day.

"It is something we run across frequently," Deal said. "We do encourage the public if we have people going door to door after 6 p.m. and they aren't a local business and they don't have a permit, call the police."

Deal said there are a number of businesses from out of town that do comply with the permit ordinance, but they do frequently get calls about people going door to door selling items such as vacuums and magazines who have not complied with the ordinance.

He said if residents are suspicious, do not let the person inside and ask them to move along. Gather as much information about the person as possible, he said, and then call the police station.
By Andrew Bottrell
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North Platte, Nebraska
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Bedford Katonah, New York
Police: Solicitors Caught in Bedford Came from Midwest
May 18, 2013
Police: Solicitors Caught in Bedford Came from Midwest
Posted by Ashley Tarr (Editor), May 18, 2013 at 12:50 am
Bedford-Katonah Patch
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Two men are facing town ordinance violations for soliciting without permits in Bedford earlier this month, officials say.

A resident of Gordon Avenue reported to police that the "well-dressed" pair had knocked on his door at about 7 p.m. May 11. Authorities located the males. They admitted to peddling.

Both men, who identified themselves as "door-to-door salesmen," are 43 years old. One is from Chicago and the other Detroit. Each posted $50 bail.

Additional information was not available.
Posted by Ashley Tarr (Editor)
Bedford-Katonah Patch
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Bedford Katonah, New York
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Warminster, Pennsylvania
Warminster supervisors target door-to-door sales
May 17, 2013
Warminster supervisors target door-to-door sales
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 1:21 pm | Updated: 8:49 pm, Fri May 17, 2013.
By Naomi Hall Staff writer
phillyburbs.com
Door-to-door salespeople may have a harder time doing business in Warminster thanks to changes to an ordinance that supervisors approved at their meeting Thursday.

The change to the Licensing of Transient Retail Business ordinance requires businesses that do door-to-door solicitation to renew their permit every six months, wear a township-issued identification badge and end all solicitation after 6 p.m. daylight saving time, or 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The ordinance also allows residents to opt out of door-to-door solicitations by obtaining a township-issued “No Solicitation” sign. Salespeople who visit the homes of residents displaying the sign will be in violation of the ordinance, and face fines of between $375 and $1,000, according to the amended ordinance.

Township residents have often complained about door-to-door salespeople, township officials said.

“We’ve gotten a lot of complaints. We listened. We acted. Hopefully, it’ll have the result we want it to have,” said Leo Quinn, III, chairman of the township supervisors.

During the meeting, Quinn held up the “No Solicitation” signs and said they would be available at the township administration building for residents who do not want salespeople at their door.

Before a vote on the issue was taken, township resident Donna Holbrook asked the supervisors to do something to stop salespeople from ringing her bell in the evenings.

“My issue is when it’s dark, that they’re coming,” Holbrook said.

Quinn told her that she shouldn't feel as though she must come to the door if she isn't comfortable, and also advised her to call police if she has misgivings about a stranger at her door.

Lynn Hanes, a consumer investigator with Bucks County Consumer Protection, said that each town and borough has some form of solicitation ordinance, but she praised Warminster for the additional opt-out clause.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of that. I’m all for it. It’s, how do you enforce it?” Hanes said. “Basically the consumer would have to call the township right away and say this person is on my street.”

Township officials said that the ordinance would go into effect May 23.

Naomi Hall: 215-949-4203; nhall@phillyburbs.com
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Levittown, Pennsylvania
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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Door-to-door salesman charged with theft in Guelph
May 16, 2013
Door-to-door salesman charged with theft in Guelph
Mercury staff
The Guelph Mercury
Thu May 16 2013 08:31:00
GUELPH —The alleged theft of a cell phone has led to a door-to-door salesman facing a charge.

On Wednesday, at around 7:15 p.m., Guelph Police went to Elginfield Drive where a homeowner and their neighbour were detaining a door-to-door salesman, waiting for officers.

After investigation, police said it seems the young man stole a cellphone from a porch after he was at the door, attempting to sell a product. Officers said he was working for a non-profit charity organization.

A 19-year-old Kitchener man has been charged with theft under $5,000 and is expected in court on June 28.
Mercury staff
The Guelph Mercury
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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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Mercer Island, Washington
Solicitor activity rises on Mercer Island, police offer safety tips
May 15, 2013