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Door-To-Door Scams Widen; SPS & BBB Issue Warnings

SPOKANE, Wash. - A district resource officer at Ferris High School reports that the school has had at least three victims of a scam where a clean-cut male who appears to be of high school age is going door-to-door claiming he is fundraising for Ferris soccer.

The male is described as 5'11", 150 lbs., medium length brown wavy hair, a distinct mole on his nose, wearing a light brown jacket and blue jeans.

He gets one victim to buy a magazine subscription then goes to the neighbor's house and uses the first victim's name as his "aunt" or "grandmother" to get them to trust him.

In addition, several people in the area of Lewis & Clark High School have reported being contacted by solicitors who claim to be collecting money for a future "neighborhood clean up." The claim is that the money will be spent to buy garbage bags, gloves, etc.

The resource officer, Becky Wilkey, advises people to always confirm with the school if they are in fact doing fundraising, and to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 if they feel people are misrepresenting themselves.

The Better Business Bureau has received multiple calls regarding Blue Diamond Subscriptions sales practices in Spokane this week. Victims ranged from North Spokane to Coeur d'Alene, ID. Reports state that the young salespersons (both male and female) claimed to be raising money for a educational trip overseas, but never associated with a local school.

The BBB is urging residents to spread the word that the magazine salespersons have targeted the entire city of Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, not just the South Hill neighborhoods.

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