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Jan 16, 2011 12:25 AM by Chris Welty

Old, but Common Scam Hits Acadiana

An old but common scam is hitting Acadiana...KATC'S Chris Welty caught up with one of the victims and has tips on how to protect yourself and your pocket book.

"I felt violated." Ashley foster is a victim of the latest scam to hit Acadiana. Officials with the Lafayette Sheriff's Department say that a group of young men in their twenties go door-to-door selling magazines.

Foster says the men went to her neighborhood and, "Knocked on the door and we were face-to-face. They were very nice and very cordial...very polite."

The young men claim to be with a local military school raising money for a trip to Italy, but after doing some research Foster quickly realized it was all a scam.

"You feel like you are doing a good thing and you turn around and helping somebody rip you off."

Sharane Gott says "Check it out thoroughly before you agree to magazine sales and that you base your decision based on the magazines that you are purchasing and not some kind of heart, strings, tug or something like that....that you're not just doing it for the cause."

And for those that supported the cause by handing over a check they never received their magazines. Sharane Gott with the Better Business Bureau says it's best to research before you buy. "With 76 complaints and a rating of "F" you want to look into that thoroughly before you buy the magazines, not after."

And as always....

"If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

cwelty@katctv.com

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