Police say: Beware of door to door magazine sales people

KNOXVILLE, Tenn(WVLT)-- A warning from Knoxville Police, a group of people are going around town trying to sell magazine subscriptions.

On November 2, 2011, just before four in the afternoon, officers responded to a suspicious person call in the Sequoyah Hills area. Callers told officers the man was going door-to-door attempting to sell magazine subscriptions.

Police found the man trying to speak to a resident. The suspect could only provide an Arkansas ID. He told officers, he along with numerous other individuals just arrived in Knoxville and had been dropped off to sell magazine subscriptions.

A check of the Arkansas business indicated numerous complaints through the Better Business Bureau. Most of the complaints indicated the magazines were never received or that refunds were never provided. The company typically failed to respond to complaints.

Historically, these companies employee teens and young adults that have criminal backgrounds. Residents have also frequently reported being harassed by these individuals to the point that they will not leave the premises until the homeowner buys a subscription. Residents need to be cautious of these individuals and report any suspicious behavior.


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