For Immediate Release
November 1, 2007
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
There are thousands of legitimate people selling magazines but there have
also been local reports of some possibly shady door-to-door sales practices.
The Federal Trade Commission has the following advice if you're
approached: "Beware of
emotional appeals by someone selling door-to-door. For example, the student
selling magazine subscriptions using the appeal that the sale helps them get a
college scholarship or other such rewards. If you buy from a door-to-door person
in your home, and the purchase is more than $25.00, you are protected under the
FTC's Cooling-Off Rule. The Rule gives you three days to cancel your order and
get a full refund. The seller must tell you that you have a right to cancel and
give you a summary of your cancellation rights and two copies of the
cancellation form. Ask to see the required cancellation notice before you agree
to buy. If the salesperson doesn't have it, don't place an order. The
company is breaking the law."
If you think you've been involved in a magazine subscription scam,
contact local authorities, the State Attorney General's office, or a local
consumer protection office.