Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) July 09, 2011
Door to door magazine sale frauds have been present for years, yet during summer months the frequency of the deception rises. PublicRecordFinder.com has the resources to be a valuable tool for consumer protection against these thieves. Scammers solicit Magazine subscriptions door to door, offering a significant discount to many popular magazines such as Life, Time, Newsweek, and many more. While the premise is consistent, there are many different ways this scam works. Sometimes the people who go door to door selling are perpetrating the fraud themselves, and other times they are simply field agents for the people who are running this fraud against their knowledge.
Companies such as these hire teens and young adults to preserve the appearance of innocence so that unsuspecting victims will kindly answer the door to them. The field agents introduce themselves; explain that they are selling magazines for charity, or to try to earn money for education or travel. Their sales pitch is based on a lie, and the magazine sale is a lie as well. Summer is the best time for companies such as this to send out most field agents, since many people let their guard down and are enjoying summer vacations and beautiful weather. If a sale is completed via cash or credit card the company is then able to collect such valuable information such as address, credit card number and expiration date, bank account number and routing number. This information is significant enough to allow the fraudsters to use the financial information in the future to steal from the victim.
PublicRecordFinder.com is a valuable resource to protect consumers from falling victim to scams such as these, and offers the following tips to educate the public:
1. When approached by a sales person that appears to be authentic and trustworthy, consumers should be sure to write down their first and last name, business, and phone number. Use PublicRecordFinder.com to search public records for the first and last name, enter the 10-digit phone number, and search the business name. PublicRecordFinder.com uses the newest technologies to access public records found online with the most up-to-date information.
2. If a consumer has already fallen prey to door-to-door magazine fraud, they can use PublicRecordFinder.com to gain information about the thief and the company that they work for. This information can be used to call the police, and the Better Business Bureau to report the company.
3. If payment was made via check, the check should be cancelled and the victim should try to call to cancel the subscription. Calling will be fruitless but it is important to make a record of the attempt. It is best to close the checking account because the company and sales person now has the victim’s routing number and account number. It can be used to transfer money out of the account even if the check is cancelled.
PublicRecordFinder.com reminds consumers to be cautious of giving personal information to any person that approaches unsolicited at a personal residence. PublicRecordFinder.com is a constant and valuable resource that can be depended on to protect consumers from any variety of malicious scams.
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