I also was scammed by someone knocking on my door. Sold me a magazine
subscription that was suppose to be delivered to someone in the armed
forces in Iraq. Charged me extra to have the subscription sent overseas.
I received the subscription at my address instead. Tried calling business
but said I could stop the magazine but I would not get any refund.
Two young men came to my door selling books to help sponsor study abroad. I purchased a set of 3 books costing $55.00. I have since received 1 of the books. The single book alone could have been purchased at a local store for less than $15.00. What a scam. And I do know it is a scam because when I looked up the company on-line there was an entire site worth of complaints identical to mine!
Young man came to the door. Said was a neighbor whom lived up the street. Going to London as part of a band program - selling subscriptions. Did all the stupid things - gave a check (which I will cancel) and let him into my house. Now I'm worried about him checking out my place for robbery- after reading others descriptions.
So - I called the police and reported him. Hopefully they will see an out of state car or van. I only was taken for $55 and my pride. He sold me books for the local hospital, just like others had said.
Thank you too all that complained earlier. Hopefully these will prevent others from being taken.
My neighbors and myself fell for it. I hate to admit this buy I opened the door when I shouldn't have and believed the young man standing in front of me who said he was my neighbors nephew who lived down the road raising money to attend culinary training school in Paris, France at the Cordon Bleu. He said his name was Matt Williams and if I purchased children's books from his order form from Prestige Sales USA, they would be donated to a children's hospital and he would receive points to go towards his trip. He showed me my neighbors' checks to confirm his legitimacy and called them all by their first names as if he knew them personally. My gut was telling me to send him away, but I didn't follow my feelings. I wrote a check for $55 to send him away, but he insisted on coming back to do chores and cook for me, I responded with no thank you. The moment I shut my door, I regretted what I had done. I immediately phoned my neighbor and we agreed we felt uneasy. We called the sheriff and filed a report. Canceled our checks and checking accounts. I thought I would never fall for something like this, but I did, I'm so angry with myself for trusting and not listening to my inner voice.
The same as everyone else except he said his name was Matt and it was for a internship in France for a culinary degree. Thankfully we went to the house he was suppossed to live at and he had just been there selling Books to benifit Childrens hospital but had used the name David. We are now out the 10 dollers for the check cancel fee. Should have asked to see a Drivers license.
OK - I got took! Katie, knocks on our door at early afternoon, I happened to be off work, and like the others who have complained about this pseudo company, she says that she is one of our neighbor's relatives and she is visiting from out of town for a couple of days. After being really sweet she says that she is trying to raise money to finance her trip to Africa for a Zoology degree where she is suppose to do an internship with some school. She starts telling her story about the magazines and how great it is and so on and it will help her with her expenses etc. I never clued into the fact that first she told me it was for a tuition scholarship and then when I asked again it was for books and expenses. She talks fast and I was decorating my house so I was in the Christmas "giving mood" I asked a few questions and had been thinking about getting a subscription to a particular magazine and thought - oh well why not. I 'm only slightly itnerested and then she changes the story to that well you can pay to donate books to a hospital. Well I'm not that generous so asked about the magazine. She also tells me that her mother told her to come wash out car, dog, house whatever to thank us for helping out (I decline). Then she throws in that we will get a $35 gift card as reimbursement for a portion of the purchase price of $51.00 (that should have been my clue - but it wasn't). I was to get with a website and sign up to get the gift card. This all happened on 11-26-08 and I just remembered to do so. Suprise! No place on the website to do that. Then I googled them and find all these complaints. I rushed to stop payment on the check - luckily they had not yet cashed it - it was well worth the $14 to keep them from getting more of my money and a cheap lesson not to ever answer the door again...
All the complaints I read were so similar to mine experience - I am so glad I did not let her in the door but mad at myself for falling for it.
So, this girl, Rachel, knocks on our door at 8h30pm and like the others who have complained about this pseudo company, she says that she is one of our neighbor's relatives and she is visiting from out of town for a couple of days.
After being all nice and complimenting on everything she could (my wife's first name, my dogs, my house, blah blah) she says that she is trying to raise money to finance her trip to London where she is suppose to do an internship with the BBC. Awwww how nice... the only issue is, my wife actually DID an internship with the BBC in London!!! So of course she starts asking her if she is doing the internship in Aldwych (are of London). Rachel is like: "huuuhh, yeah that's it!"... hmmm ok... so she starts telling her story about the magazines and how great it is and so on.
My wife grabs the documents and takes a closer look. She then asks the girl if she is going to Aldwych to work for the radio or tv and her answer was: "TV that is what I want to do!". Wellllllll too bad! Aldwych is only the Radio!! There is no TV there!!
My wife had it all figured and she now knew that this was a scam (her alcohol smelling breath and trashy look did not help her either..) and she asks me what i think. I reply that i am not really interested. My wife then asks her to show references and she replies that she does not really have any just the money given by our neighbors . Indeed, she had a couple of checks and cash in her hand. We then ask for a website and she gives us prestigesalesusa.com. We both tell her thanks but no thanks, we don't want any subscription. She then asks if we want to donate just any money for her trip and she is just short of $14... Again my wife says show me references and I will give you money.. That is when Rachel suddenly looks at her watch and says:" OMG it is past 8pm! I should not be selling after that time. I will be here for another 3 days if you change your mind"
She left and right away my wife tells me it was a scam for sure because of the reasons mentioned above. I check the website, discover the scam and here I am typing this. My only regrets are that she actually stepped into my house and that I did not realize the scam when she was here because things would have ended differently...
Beware of this fraud!!
Like many others around the country, I fell for the magazine scam. A young man approached me one day saying he was from the neighborhood and trying to earn money for a soccer trip overseas. Like some other reports I have just read his name was Jason and he had a brother in the Military over seas. This kid was good. Jason said that his mother is the lady walking two dogs around the neighborhood. I have seen the lady on several occassions, so I believed him. I bought two subscriptions, and he convinced me to buy two more for the men and women overseas. Jason said that I would receive & $98.00 dollars back in the mail from Barnes and Noble for buying the subscriptions. I haven't checked with Barnes and Noble to see if this is true. After reading the descriptions of the other 'Kids' selling magazines, I decided to check my checking account to see if the checks had gone through yet. They hadn't, so I promptly canceled the checks. It cost me $60.00, but saved me $239.00.
Warning to all DO NOT BUY THESE MAGAZINES NO MATTER WHAT THEY TELL YOU THEIR STORY IS.
A young man, using the name of Tim, said he was a senior at Ladue High School, in the Naval ROTC, with a 4.0 grade point average. He asked us to buy two books which would be given to needy children. He was doing it so he could go to London, He said that half of the cost would be repaid by Barnes & Noble bookstore. They would use the address on my check for the mailing address.
He said that in exchange for doing this he would wash our windows after church on Sunday, today. When he did not show up, I became suspicious. I checked the company name through Google and found your web site.
I plan on stopping payment on my check the first thing tomorrow morning.
Well, I hate to admit it but I just got scammed! I was already distracted by trying to care for my severely...
The salesman that visited our home said that I would be receiving a follow up call from his Boss to be sure he had conducted himself in a professional manner, that never happened. He also said that his Mother was going to make baked goods ( cannolis) for anyone that had helped him out by purchasing these books, that never happened. I tried to cancel my order by mailing a written request to Prestige within three business days as they state that is their cancellation policy on their website, no response. Wrote two emails to Prestige via their website regarding request to cancel my order, no response. I'm sorry I didn't trust my gut instinct about this LIAR!! I will continue to pursue my refund and maybe legal action.