My Dynasty Sales / fraudlent presentation
A young man came to our door, said he lived near here. He was asking to if would buy some magazines to help him and his soccer team get a trip to Italy.
He had quite a patter going on, and said something about the magazine didnt have to come to us if we didnt want them. They could send them to some of our servicemen and women overseas.
Now that hit a soft spot in me, usually I just close the door, but I ended up believing him on that point. SO, we asked him to come in and go over the list of magazines to try and decide what to get. As we talked, his story changed, and he was now telling us how he was the son of a retired Navy family, and that this was to get magzines for the guys overseas. Its like he forgot about the initial push of this "soccer team" and pressed on.
When we asked how much they would be, he said each magazine wa a different price, but because we were buying his last four sets he needed to sell, that we could get them all at the same price. And proceeded to write out four separate receipts. Very little information on these, and I noticed there was a $15 fee on each order even though multiple blocks were available to enter more than one magazine.
After he left, I started getting a really bad feeling, thinking of the discontinuity in his story. So I looked up the firm labled on the receipt. And, sure enough, many complaints, and many reports of "scam".
So, I promptly called my credit union and put a stop payment on the checks. So my stupidity cost me $28 instead of $200.
I should have gone with my first gut instinct, and closed the door, instead of falling for the "Serviceman gambit".