Identifying Legitimate Door-to-Door Subscription Sales

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    Advice for determining whether a door-to-door subscription salesperson is legitmate. Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez reports.

    This time of year, it’s not uncommon to find a young adult at your door selling subscriptions to raise money for college, but it may seem fishy.

    Redman Marketing is the company behind the legitimate solicitations, working with newspapers like the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Baltimore Sun and the Maryland Gazette. Local students receive a weekly paycheck for selling subscriptions, which does not violate solicitation laws. Students also get one point for every subscription sold with 1,000 points equaling $1,000 toward a college savings bond.

    So if someone knocks on your door, look for students with ID featuring the Redman Marketing logo and phone number. Also, they will not ask for donations. The offer states donations are not accepted.

    The Better Business Bureau says don’t fall for high-pressure tactics. You can ask anyone to leave your property.

    If something does seem fishy, take time to call to verify the offer is real.