Bellevue Police Warn Of Door To Door Scammers

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

You won't believe who was going around a Bellevue apartment complex. A group of men are trying to sell magazines illegally. The scammers hit several areas Sunday night.

“He wasn't messing around at all,” said Monica Colvin.

Colvin has seen her fair share of solicitors. She’s lived in the same apartment for six years. But Sunday night she encountered her latest door-to-door sales attempt.

“He didn't even knock on the door, he waited until I opened the door. He was standing right there and said I need to ask a couple of questions,” said Colvin.

He was trying to sell magazines, a scheme she's seen before. She told the man she wasn’t interested and went back inside. 20 minutes later, she saw police confronting the teen and another man.

“It makes me sad because I know a lot of people fall for that,” said Colvin

According to Bellevue Police, the two men were trying to sell magazines with a Las Vegas based company called American Freedom Clearinghouse. The company rarely delivers what it promises. In this case the men claimed they were earning a trip and that some of the money would go to a charity.

“All of this sounds very suspicious and I would say about every red flag that you would want to look for in a phony magazine subscription deal is evident here,” said Jim Hegarty with the Better Business Bureau.

Better yet, the men didn't have a permit to sell door-to-door and when police looked them up, they found the two men had warrants out for their arrest in other states.

“I don't want people like that trolling around my house, it scares me,” said Colvin.

And she says her instincts told it all.

“There is a huge different between a kid showing up in a scout uniform and the people I’ve had,” said Colvin.

A quick search on the Better Business Bureau's website found 22 complaints against the company.

Jim Hegarty says the best thing to remember this time of year, when someone asks you to donate to a charity, do your research and remember that no deal is too good to wait until tomorrow.

The BBB tells Channel Six many of the people trying to sell the magazines think it's a legitimate job they've been hired for. They don't know they're part of a scam.


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