LAS VEGAS - Helping troops and helping kids pay for college by buying a magazine subscription sounds like a great opportunity. One valley woman, however, suspected the door-to-door solicitation she received was a scam.
Donna Edmiston contacted 8 on Your Side after a woman came to her door asking her to buy two magazine subscriptions for troops overseas. When Donna heard the price, she thought twice.
One hundred and thirty five dollars for two magazines sounded like a lot. She asked where all the money was going. The girl told her the additional funds would help pay for schooling. Donna declined the offer.
Offers like these have been circulating since 2009. Some of them are scams, but some of the offers are from legitimate companies.
To tell the difference, you have to ask questions. Always ask for the company name and a breakdown of how much of the proceeds actually go to the cause. This information can usually be found on the Better Business Bureau's website.
"Find out their rating, what percentage of those funds go to the cause," said Katie Robison with the Better Business Bureau of Las Vegas. "The BBB actually analyzed financial statements for nonprofits, and we will tell you to meet our standards, they have to actually give at least 65 percent of the donation to the cause."
The BBB has received complaints about magazine solicitations like this one in 46 states. If you've recently made a purchase like this, and you regret it, you can take advantage of the Federal Trade Commission's three-day cooling-off rule. It gives the customer three days to cancel purchases of $25 or more that are made in the customer's home or at a location that is not the seller's permanent place of business.
If you have a consumer complaint you want investigated, call 8 on Your Side at 650-1907 or email us.