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Possible magazine sale scam reported to Tacoma police

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on April 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
April 17, 2013 10:19 pm

A Tacoma woman said a man tried to sell her magazine subscriptions over the weekend, telling her that he was fundraising for the University of Washington men’s soccer team. She reports that he said the magazines would be donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital or “Seattle Veterans Hospital.”

The woman said she wrote a check she knew she could cancel to United Circulation LLC. The website for a company by that name says: “This company is NOT affiliated with schools, students, charities, or fundraisers. … Sales people are not employees of United Circulation, they are Independent Contractors. … In the event that an Independent Contractor misrepresents themselves or this company, please contact us immediately.”

The woman checked with a UW official, who she said told her the solicitation wasn’t an official program run through the school.

She reported to officers that the possible scam happened about 5 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of North Anderson Street, according to police.

Officers are not aware of any other reports of similar scams locally.

The Tacoma woman said she filed a complaint with the state Attorney General, as well.

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