June 25, 2009

Newspaper Sales Scam Returns, This Time with Kids

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HERE'S A VARIATION on the door-to-door newspaper sales scam mentioned here in March, reported by a neighbor who just moved from Silver Lake to Atwater Village:
"...The last two nights I've had young kids coming to the door trying to sell newspaper subscriptions to the LA Times ...

"The first night a tweakish girl who said it was through some afterschool program and - well I don't even know what she was saying the money was going towards.

"Tonight two young boys came saying they were from some school in Long Beach and the subscriptions were to help them get into USC.

"It obviously smelled like a scam and a quick Internet search revealed a similar one (if not the same one) in Rancho Cucamonga.

"Not sure if anybody else has come across this..."
If anybody else has met these kids, I recommend phoning it in. Your joint could be being cased. Call LAPD Northeast Division at (213) 485-2563, with a good description. They've been known to send officers for this very thing.

5 comments:

NewVillager said...

The same sets of kids came to our place. A girl last night and two boys tonight. Called NE Division who told us to call LAPD the next time they show up so they can send a patrol car over.

Natural Surroundings said...

a boy came to my door alone yesterday. to be honest i didn't really hear him out i just saw his clipboard and new what was going to happen. he was very polite, though. it hadn't crossed my mind that kids would have the guts to scam people like that by now that i think about it - duh. he looked to be about 15.

Jon said...

I live in Glassell Park but I think the bad guy from March (see article) tried to get in a couple of months back. I got the heebie-jeebies for some reason -- why was he wearing his hoodie over his face, why was he shady with his responses, etc. -- so I said no thanks from behind my closed door. Good thing I did.

corsakti said...

so tired of these kids showing up all the freakin time.

whiteboy said...

what is wrong with you people i love helping these kids everytime they come i write a check out to the paper and they cash it on the following monday.....it is all legitiment all you need to do is see a solicitors badge......i know a lot of these kids are influenced with drugs and id rather have them work door to door with good people selling the paper rather than drugs.....