PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: On Monday, June 4th, 2012, the Liberty Lake Police Department
Contacted a magazine company called Strickly Business 1.
The company was
attempting to sell magazine subscriptions door to door without a license and was
issued criminal citations for Soliciting Without a License. Salesman told
Liberty Lake Officers they recently came from the Seattle area.
These types of magazine sales companies have surfaced in
Spokane County several times in the past couple months. Investigators from the
Better Business Bureau have warned consumers that these types of companies are
required to be registered with the Secretary of The State's Office and required
to obtain a business license for such types of sales.
These types of companies have gained the attention of
Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, whose office sent out the
Guess who is back in town? It's the door-to-door magazine
sellers from out of state who appear on doorsteps claiming outrageously priced
subscriptions will help fund "second chance" opportunities for inner city
The Washington Attorney General's Office has issued warnings about such
visitors before, and is again alerting consumers to beware of these solicitors
and think twice before buying their magazines.
The Attorney General's Office has received numerous
complaints from victimized consumers who paid $50 to $784 for magazine
subscriptions purchased from door-to-door sellers.
Consumers say they were
touched by the solicitors' stories and believed their purchases would be for a
good cause. Solicitors claim to be earning money for college, working toward a
better job, receiving points for a free trip, or contributing proceeds to help
"Unfortunately, another common theme is that time and
again, consumers throughout the country never receive the magazines they
purchased, or hear from the sellers again, and have no idea what happened to
their money." said Attorney General Rob McKenna.
Many of these solicitors claim to work for "business or job
training" companies that send young adults door to door to give them a "fresh
start" on life. In a recent complaint to the Attorney General's Consumer
Protection Division, one seller claimed to represent a company called "Strictly
The consumer did his own checking and found the company was based in
Texas. It had a Better Business Bureau rating of "F" for failing to respond to
complaints and failing to deliver magazines.
"Besides the potential of falling victim to fraud, there
are many other risks involved, such as threats to personal safety or the
possibility of being a victim of identity theft. It all makes buying items from
strangers who knock on your door a bad idea," added McKenna.
Consumers should always check
out a charity with the Secretary of State prior to making a donation. A state
search engine listing registered charities is available at www.secstate.wa.gov/charities.
- Many of these sales people claim they are
raising money for school fundraisers, which is usually not true. If you are
contacted by these types of sales people you are urged to contact the Better
Business Bureau at 509-232-0579 to verify the validity of the company