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 January 19th, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara warns the public about unscrupulous door-to-door magazine sales people
If an adult between 18 and 25 knocks on your door and tries to sell you an over-priced magazine subscription, don't buy, shut your door and call 9-1-1, warns St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"We have been made aware of a 30-member team of 18-to-25-year-olds selling magazine subscriptions without the proper permits that may be operating in St. Lucie County," Sheriff Mascara said. "The subscriptions these people are trying to sell are three or four times the real subscription price, and the customer probably will never get the magazines he or she paid for."

Sheriff Mascara said any such sales person must have a county or city license, and the license  must be displayed. If there is no license, the sales person is committing a crime.

"Don't let such a sales person into your home," Sheriff Mascara said. "It is possible that the stranger may want to steal drugs or valuables, so if a magazine sales person asks to use the phone or use the bathroom in your home, tell the sales person no, close the door and call 9-1-1.

Travelling sales crews are known to have committed fraud, theft, robbery and diversion crimes throughout the country.

"If you encounter such a sales person, don't let the person in the house. Call 9-1-1 instead," Sheriff Mascara said. "You can undoubtedly get a better subscription price for the magazine of your choice by going to that magazine's website." * * *

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