Door to Door Magazine sales is a dangerous scam
The summertime is mostly associated with great childhood memories; that unbelievable baseball game, that awesome vacation, hanging out with friends. Though ear marked for fun summertime for some is sadly known for fraud, scam, and tragedy. Every year reports about fraudulent door to door sales raise. The companies that perpetrate this scam aren't only trying to scam consumers, they scam their field associates as well. These companies are not concerned about their field associates safety or for that matter the safety of anyone. The only thing these companies care about is how much money can they get out of everyone. Often times these companies will drop their field associates off in a high crime area and expect them to go door to door selling putting their own field agents at risk.
These door to door magazine sales companies hire a variety of people. Young teens looking to work for the summer, young adults wanting to travel, older adults looking to start a new life, criminals on the run, convicted criminals looking to not get caught again. These companies put everyone together on a sales team, whisk them away to another state, place them in a hotel with 2 or more people in a room, drop them off in an unknown neighborhood and attempt to sale magazines. Now I have to ask would any parent in their right mind want their 18 year old son or daughter hanging out with a 20 or 30 something convicted criminal or someone on the run from the law? If you allow them to take a job like this that is exactly who they will be hanging out with on a daily basis.
The door to door magazine companies ply young teens and young adults with the easy money lines. "Make great cash and we pay you for it!" "Travel the country on our dime and make money doing it!" "Sale magazines for us and win a trip or $5,000 dollars." Sound Familiar? To a teen easy money for the summer, to a young adult easy money and sales experience, to a criminal easy access to a variety of unsuspecting victims who kindly answer their door to them.
Liberator Sales Inc. (also known as Imperial Sales both companies owned by Pacific Coast Clearing Services Inc.) in 2004 when Kristina Moore one of their young field associates was murdered the magazine sales team didn't stick around or care about what happened to her. The team supervisor called her in as not showing up and when she was found murdered moved the sales crew out of the state. Liberator Sales hired Walter W. Collier the traveling sales job as their magazine field associate gave him roaming access to rape a 9 year old girl. Liberator Sales Inc., routinely hire people who have outstanding warrants and in addition this company violates local city and town laws by not getting solicitation permits. In 2005 Liberator Sales was banned from the state of Maine, but in Maine they probably operate under Imperial Sales.
Charles Crawford committed a home invasion while selling magazines door to door hired by American Community Services, Inc.
Renard Amos committed burglary, sexual battery and rape while selling magazines door to door for Paragon Dynasty.
Of course these are not the only door to door magazine sales companies but most of these companies have numerous things in common. The companies don't do background checks which is why it is so easy for someone with outstanding warrants to work for them, thus putting anyone who answers the door to their field agent at risk, as well as other field agents. These are the people companies like Liberator Sales Inc., hire to represent them. Is it any wonder why this industry is plagued with crime and fraud?
Is this the type of company you would want to hand over your hard earned money to, one that violates local laws and puts their customer at risk? Of course these aren't the only complaints there are also non-delivery complaints, stolen payments complaints. The number one complaint over charging for the magazines. The magazine prices of these companies are outrageous, the subscription prices can be marked up as much as 300 percent! The sales pitch to justify the prices, it's for charity, it's for a scholarship, it's for a contest to win a trip.
Door to Door sales company don't stop by scamming customers they also do it to their field agents as well. These companies take their sales teams all over the country to different states far away from home. If the sales associate performs poorly, they may have to sleep on the floor of the hotel room, can be denied the daily money the company promises them for expenses like food, can be verbally or physically abused. If they continue to under perform well then they can be abandoned in any state or town, causing their family expense in getting them home or worse they never arrive home.
The commission and prizes are a scam too. The company usually takes advantage of their field teams by charging them the expense of the hotel room and maybe other things. If the field agent no longer wants to sell magazines and asks to go home the company claims the field agent owes them for expenses incurred for supporting them and withholds any earnings. The prizes may vary but obtaining them is next to impossible. For example the wonderful $5,000 prize LSI advertises, is only offered once a year to sales agents and if they happen to live through the hell of working for this company for that year and they can be disqualified for something as minor as the lack of a sale for one day out of that year. Also, many of these door to door sales companies are constantly being investigated for breaking child labor laws.
So, these companies get a huge profit off the back of unsuspecting young people and the communities they scam. Not only that but they teach their field associates to lie. For instance Liberator Sales Inc., their door to door sales people don't give the companies full name; if asked they only give the companies initials. They tell their field agents not to say they are making money that they are only trying to win a contest. The field agents are also told to lie about having a solicitors permit and to lie to the customer about why the magazine prices are so high.
Of course the crowning fraud of all this, if someone happens to buy magazines and give up some of their hard earned cash, the magazines may never arrive. The receipt are usually generic with no company information on it. By the time the consumer figures it out the traveling sales team is gone from the area and the check has already cleared their bank or worse; fraud has been committed on their bank account because the check contained their banks routing number and their account number.
These traveling companies change their names or start a new door to door magazine sells company all the time which makes it hard to track them because of the multiple offenses in soo many different states.
Some tips to avoid such door to door scams:
1. The best way to not get caught by this scam don't answer the door. If you aren't expecting anyone ask who it is through the closed door. If it's a door to door sales person tell them to leave.
2. Putting a "No Solicitors" sign is one way to go but it doesn't stop them. At least if they do knock on your door, you have every right to tell them in a not so nice tone to get off your property.
3. If you answer the door, don't open it wide and don't invite them in. Even if they say "Can I use your phone to contact my sales manager", "Can I get a glass of water", "Can I use your bathroom" or "It's really hot out here can we go inside and talk where it's cool?" Once inside this stranger can steal, hurt, or do worse to you.
4. If you do open the door and they won't leave or they try to stick their foot in the door, scream. Yell at them, yell "Fire!", or anything that will get attention.
5. If you live in an apartment complex with a security door remember don't buzz in someone you don't know use the intercom find out who it is. Door to Door sales people are known for buzzing everyone in the building to see if anyone will let them in without checking to see who it is.
6. If you see a neighbor being harassed by a door to door sales person call the cops.
7. If you happen to talk to a door to door sales person and don't feel comfortable, call the cops chances are they don't have a solicitors permit and are breaking the the law by just knocking on your door.
8. Don't buy anything! Don't give them a check or credit card information. A check has your bank account and your routing number on it, if you don't use gel ink on the check, the check can be washed in an acid wash making it a blank check with your signature on it, how scary is that!
9. Don't take the door to door sales person word that they have a permit or that the company they name is reputable.
10. If you do call the police try to give a good description like identifying marks, tattoos, scars, hair color, type of clothes the door to door scammer is wearing.
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