FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2014
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
Door-to-Door Magazine Solicitor Fraud
PULLMAN – Pullman residents should beware of door-to-door magazine solicitors who may attempt to defraud potential customers.
Over the past few days, Pullman Police has received reports of magazine solicitors who are illegally soliciting in Pullman. Magazine solicitors were reported in the 1600 block of NE Northwood Dr., 1500 block of Casey, 600 block of SW City View St, and the areas of NW Harrison St. and NW Bryant St. The solicitors have been described as both males and females, in their late teens and early 20’s, and are representatives from “Lifestyles Success, Inc.” Neither the business nor solicitors possess an itinerant vendor permit from Pullman, which is required to conduct door-to-door sales. This business has received a grade of ‘F’ from the Better Business Bureau.
In addition to illegally soliciting for magazine subscriptions, salesmen are also using a ruse of accepting “donations” for local charities. The company has not provided any proof that “contributions” actually benefit any charity.
We recommend that you do not let solicitors inside your home. Do not discuss any personal issues, and demand to see a City of Pullman Itinerant Vendor Permit. If they cannot provide a permit, or if they claim that their "supervisor" has the permit, do not do business with them and call the Pullman Police Department immediately. The Pullman Police Department has not issued permits to any door-to-door magazine solicitors.