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Police Warn About Door-To-Door Sales Scams In Small Towns

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WELLINGTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Police are warning about people going door-to-door selling magazines, especially in small towns in Colorado.

Authorities are trying to be pro-active this spring. There are some door-to-door salespeople out there who are actually trying to sell something people might want. But the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has seen some illegitimate traveling salesmen moving in that just want to take money.

The sheriff’s office says they’ve begun to see magazine salesmen coming into some of Colorado’s smaller towns trying to sell bogus magazine subscriptions.

In Wellington, just a few miles north of Fort Collins, some residents have taken notice of the traveling salespeople coming into their neighborhoods every weekend.

“Mostly magazines and pushy. They have put their foot in my door and won’t let me shut the door,” Wellington resident Rock Smith said.

“Sometimes they’re legitimate sales, but more times than not, they’re not. They’re just collecting credit card information, things like that, and the people never get what was promised to them and instead sometimes end up with fraud on their accounts,” Sgt. Michael Rairdon with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office says they are seeing the salesmen targeting smaller Colorado towns for two reasons — there is usually less law enforcement presence in the smaller towns, and there are often times more relaxed restrictions on door-to-door sales.

The sheriff’s office says if the salesperson can’t provide a city or county license for door-to-door sales, it’s best not to buy anything from them.

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