Just read the complaint from Walt in Maryland, and low and behold, the EXACT same thing just happened to me last Thursday, 09/04/08 in ***, Georgia. A girl, claiming to be 22 yrs. old, said she her parents lived down the street in the 3rd house on the left as you enter our subdivision. Well, I know the people in the 3rd house on the left and she said it was actually the 4th house on the left. Red flag #1 - should have gone with my gut, but didn't. Said her mom walk their golden retriever everyday and was surprised when I didn't know what she was talking about. Anyway...said she needed money because Georgia State University was sending her to London to work with the BBC and she needed to pay for some expenses herself. She told me that they moved her from OHIO last year and when I told her my neighbor was from Ohio, she said she had already talked to her and that she bought a magazine subscription "Ladie's Home Journal" for the troops. I was like, 'what? why would they want LHJ? and she was like, 'I have a list of some of the troops who want a subscription and I have one female on the list'. Then she added that the men wanted Penthouse or Maxium and I asked if they sold those magazines. She said 'yes', and I didn't bother to check. Certainly, this was the 4th or so 'red flag'. Obviously, a reputable company would sell neither of those as a fundraiser. So...my husband called and asked if I wanted to go to lunch with him. When I hung up, I told her he was downstairs (which he was) and she kinda freaked out a little. She wanted to know what he did for a living. In hindsight, I wish I had said he was a COP. Anyway, she REALLY wanted me to get the troops a subscription but I told her I wanted to get Newsweek for myself. She was a little irritated. I went ahead and wrote her a check for $40.00 and she left.It wasn't maybe 20 minutes later, I left my house and guess who was at the front of our subdivision waiting for someone to pick her up? Yep. Ashley (the name on the receipt). Before I left the house, a neighbor sent out a mass email telling everyone NOT to buy anything from the girl going door to door selling these magazines. When I saw her, I knew - without a doubt, that I had just been scammed. Fortunately, the police dept. is behind my house, so I made copies and went over what had just happened to myself and my neighbors. He gave me a number to call (a special task force) and should I see her in our neighborhood again, they will come and give her a ticket for soliciting without a permit - next, they would go to her place of employment with UNITED FAMILY CIRCULATION (I have the address) and go from there. My neighbor called her bank and they told her to close her account immediately to prevent identity theft, etc..on her way out of our subdivision, she confronted the girl, who was still out there waiting on her ride. She demanded that she give her her check back and told her she knew all of this was a scam. The girl gave her her check back and my neighbor asked for to give her everyone's check that anyone in our neighborhood had written. Three times the girl said 'no one else wrote a check'. Of course, that was a lie. So now here I am, trying to get my money back. I went to the UPS store and had them stamp the check with that day's date on it - (it was still 09/04/08). I am now waiting to see if they cash my check. More than anything, I can't believe I fell for her lies. I will know better next time. I just hope anyone out there who reads this, will not let the same thing happen to them.
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