Kids selling magazines in Huecrest

Kids selling magazines in Huecrest

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Suzie Harding

Sutherlin, OR

#1 Jul 30, 2006
I was wondering if anyone has had this problem this year here in Roseburg. On 5/5/06 a very personable kid (late teens, early 20's) came by my house selling magazines. Very easy to talk with, and sort of a comedian type. He said he was selling magazines to get to go to Europe and that he was a "Student" but later in the conversation, he did admit his school wasn't here. Anyhow, He talked me into...(yep, I'm one of thse people everyone sends their kids to when they are fundraising),$179.00 worth of magazines plus he'd get extra points if some of it was in cash. I only had $5.00 so I deducted the cash from the amount and wrote him a check. He stuck some crazy sticker by my doorbell that would "ward off " any other sales people who might come by. He was by himself on our street,(Huecrest, by the Y) and had to wait to be picked up by a driver. He came back later and asked if he could use my phone to call this driver that had just dropped off kids in our neighborhood. He left, then and I didn't think anymore of it. Then last weekend another kid came by-same song and dance. I told him that I already bought and that I'd just remembered I didn't get the magazines yet, but hadn't remembered when I ordered them. Anyhow-this kid got me for one more subscription but it would be sent to Mercy Hospital as a gift for children.(Thats how he got me to buy). He then stuck some crazy sticker on my doorbell. He also was waiting for some 'driver' to pick him up. When he left, I went and looked for my last receipt. I found it, but they were not the same companies. I did go and researched the first company-"Face to Face Technologies" and there is a web site that is called the bad business bureau, and there are countless accounts of these folks (Face to Face Tech) on there. Even one was said that some girl at a walmart parking lot recruited her son and hired him saying he would travel in his job. She states that she hasn't heard or seen her child since. Anyway, if our city is not aware of this, I was hoping to inform someone to look out for them. Do people have to have permits to sell from door to door here? Some complaints on this web page say to call the police if they come to our doors. I hate to show how silly I was to be taken twice by these people, but I hope others in our community are not.
Bill Stroman

Rochester, NY

#2 Sep 15, 2006
Yes, I was taken in by them as well. Apparently, they are affiliated with a collection agency called CDG,based in Florida, who are currently subject to numberous lawsuits. If subsribers cancel their cheques, they get sent nasty collection notices, even though CGS, I have heard, is not liscenced. Did you ever get your magazines, which FTFT sells at a 300-500% markup for subscriptions.
Pablo Illarramendi

Hollywood, FL

#3 Dec 30, 2006
Don't feel bad. It happens to a lot of people. Heck, it just happened to me. As far as I can tell, it is a very nasty experience. I am proceeding by the book: sent my cancellation request within 8 hours of purchase AND will stop payment on the checks. They can send nasty collection notices to me as long as they want to waste postage. Next time they come to my door, someone better call the police, 'cause I am going to use my shotgun to open bigger holes in their heads.
Faith Testerman

Apopka, FL

#4 Jan 18, 2007
Thank you for posting about the outrageous amount these Kids want for magazines. Do we know if anyone has received the magazine? I give them a check for 42$ and then went on the internet and found your post. I went down the street and got my check back.
If the mark up wasnít so high, I would get a magazine. The teens are polite and friendly, but talk to fast, which I donít like.

Sacramento, CA

#5 Jun 27, 2009
I did get my magazines. First thing I did was google Face to Face Technology. Scams popped up. So I figured "well I guess I gave the money to God". It took a few months,(the sales kid said it would be a few days), but I did get a call and started receiving my mags. The lady on the phone said that kids were not well informed on the process so were unknowingly misleading the customer. The only thing I was really upset with was they signed me up for some shopper's thing and some identity protection thing, without my ok, which I had to cancel or they would automatically take from my account.
Leanne Covina-CA

Monrovia, CA

#6 Nov 3, 2009
They hadd totally leared me in to buy a e them a subcription,I gave them a check and they put that sticker on my door also. They are very charming girls that are super friendly yet something told me to check online about this company online. Low & behold tons of negative/scam reports. I got in my car and went looking for them. Found them a block away and demanded my check back. They were about to get a check from another victim as I told the lady this company is a scam. Google the comapany and you'lle find out for yourself. Thanks everyone for posting this info,it was very helpful and I am glad that I got my check back !

Redmond, WA

#7 Nov 10, 2009
Same here. Some 21 year old came by and sold me a one year subscription using the same story about charity, winning a trip, and money for college. Like Leanne above, after I paid, I decided to google the company and see what happens. Of course, it was a scam. Luckily I paid in cash. I normally never write checks or give credit card #'s over the phone, online, or in person (only at places I know). I guess I just lost $40 cash. If I don't get the subscription, I guess I can say I donated $40 to someone?? Please everyone, don't give in to these people. Never ever give out checks or cc #'s to random people, no matter how nice or good looking they may seem. I also never give in to this kind of stuff, but something convinced me that it was legite this time...guess not. Never opening the door to solicitors after this experience.

United States

#8 Dec 29, 2009
Kid just stopped by to try to sell magazines. Just looked them up everthing comes up scam. Wish I had my cell phone earlier. Would have had a few questions for the kid.

United States

#9 Jan 18, 2010
I'm SO glad I'm not the only person who fell for this. I was very skeptical the whole time he was talking to me, yet I bought a gaming magazine for my boyfriend to be nice. I asked him for a web address and as soon as he left I looked up the company and the first thing that popped up was SCAM!! I found the guy a few doors away and got my check back, ripped it up in front of the people he was smooth-talking and told them it was a scam. Spread the word!!
woah dude

Bensalem, PA

#10 May 27, 2010
i actually had a girl with the same magazine selling story come to my door. i am a 19 year old female and she told me the same thing about the sticker that would ward off other sellers and about traveling on her job and making a ton of money. she even offered me a job and gave her boss's number. i called and was honestly considering going to do it! but i thought it sounded a little fishy and had to research it online. glad i found this!

United States

#11 Jun 9, 2010
had someone come earlier, about March, I think, but I wasn't buying. Sorry to hear about your misfortune.

South Jordan, UT

#12 Jul 8, 2010
We get these kids selling magazines in our town every summer! My husband is a sheriff's deputy and these "salespeople" are supposed to get a permit before they sell door-to-door -they never do so they end up arresting the driver and running them out of town. I am starting to dread summer because of these magazine scammers!

Great Falls, MT

#13 Aug 20, 2010
I've had 3 kids in two days come to my door. After turning them all away they get snotty and rude. I still feel good that I turned them down. I tell each one someone else was here yesterday and they try to tell me they are not with the same company. I also told one of the kids he works for a company that is not legal to sell door to door and he argued with me. Maybe they should teach these kids some manners, tell them to quit smoking in front of my house and dress them for salesmanship before they knock on my door.

Tyler, TX

#14 Aug 22, 2010
I told them I was blind and asked them if this was some cruel joke! The girl didn't even say buy or a bye.

Jackson, CA

#15 Sep 8, 2010
They left my house 15 minutes ago. I placed a call to city hall and was told they are not licensed or permitted and an officer will intercept them immediately. WOOHOO chalk one up for us. We were scammed last year by them when we paid for a 2 year home design subscription "Just purchased our first home and were very excited about it" We only got 2 magazines nearly a year after the check was cashed.

Midvale, UT

#16 Sep 18, 2011
Hi everyone,

Before i start please excuse my grammar as it is not that great. Anyways i have seen these people come around with the same story in the ogden/clinton area in utah and i would like to point out a few pieces of advice before you consider any buying.

1,) Do not let ANYONE who is selling anything inside your home. If it is raining and you feel its polite, well don't do it because once they are inside, it will be hard to get them out without getting vocal or them making a sale. They will persistently try to get inside so they can write easier or relax, but Instead step outside.

2,) Ask them for company info,their name,and even a callback number incase you decide you want to buy later. 3 times i have heard the same excuse such as "We have to do this based on first impression". If they tell you that excuse, then it is most likely a scam and you should kindly tell them no and shut the door. Do not argue or confront them that this is a scam, and if you feel the need to warn neighbors, then call any you know and to spread the word, or call the police for any potential unlawful selling so that they may be caught. If you let them know you have knowledge(the seller), and it is true, then they will disappear from the area and scam other places.

3,) It is more adviseable that if you feel the need to donate to your local hospital any magazines or to get a subscription for yourself, then do a google search for the people you wish to help and give to them directly. You will know for certain that you will get the end results accomplished, and it feels much better then worrying whether they/you will get them or not.

Understandably some of these may be tougher to do for certain people, and these tips are not said with intense detail, but i hope i put the point across.

Shrewsbury, MA

#17 Mar 7, 2012
Hey well I'm ten and I need to sell magazines for my School and I searched " how to sell magazines as a kid" and this came up and well I would hate if that happened to me and I would never do this it is basically steeling witch is horrible. Bye! And if u have ts on how to sell magazines, please tell me thanks!!!

“I'm all in”

Since: Mar 12

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#18 Mar 28, 2012
I didn't fall for it 10 years ago.

Portland, OR

#19 Jun 24, 2012
AAHHH So glad I found this. I knew it! Two different kids have come by, and their story was so fast and confusing, I had no clue what they were even talking about! I knew something was odd and turned them down, but honestly it kinda creeped me out! I am glad my husband was around this last time. Same as the above, they say something about they want to go to college, and then hand my a suspicious, worn, brochure thing with cheesy graphics.

Petaluma, CA

#21 Nov 20, 2012
I was at my local 7-11 tonight and was approached by a guy before I could even get out of my car, and he was around my age (22 the absolute oldest) and was given the whole sketchy spill about charity, global traveling and college thing and when I politely declined, he started cussing and swearing at me, calling me a liar and threatening me and my husband ( he wasn't there with me, the guy noticed the wedding ring on my finger) and got into his van. I got the license plate number and reported it to the police. Please be careful with these people. I don't know how or why they think that being rude for declining is ok, but they are absolutely ridiculous.

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