Concerns over magazine sales, as holiday season approaches

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- As the holiday season kicks into full swing, you may start to see more and more salespeople at your doorstep. People in one North Phoenix neighborhood, however, are saying it's getting harder and harder to tell the legitimate salespeople from the fakes.

One woman, Lindsey Corliss, said said the book and magazine salesmen that came to her door seemed very professional, but when she did a little more research, she got a bad feeling about her purchase.

Corliss said the two friendly salespeople knocked on her door on Veteran's Day, trying sell her books and magazines, and the money would supposedly go toward a great cause.

"Donate these wonderful books or magazines to the children and the families, and it also helped them out of the hood or the projects. Help them better their lives," said Corliss.

Corliss even received a tax write-off receipt that looks legitimate, after writing a check for $150 worth of items. Doing basic research, everything seemed fine on the surface. The company has a real website and number, and on top of that, in the website's "About Us" section, the name of the salesperson Corliss talked to is listed.

Corliss, however, said she became worried after receiving a warning on her Nextdoor app. Then, upon further research, she saw more than 150 complaints on the Better Business Bureau website.

When Corliss called the Children's Hospital and YMCA, her heart dropped. Corliss said the hospital and the YMCA told her they do not work with the company in question.. Corliss cancelled her check in time, but then, the company in question in question called again.

"OK, so you want to verify the order of the books or magazines that I purchased?" Corliss recounted.

When Corliss questioned the company, the person on the other line continues to claim the company's legitimacy, until she hung up.

"It's just frustrating!" said Corliss.

FOX 10's Jennifer Auh spoke with a representative for the company in question on Thursday. A company representative said they never claim to be a non-profit, and said they gift the books and magazines to organizations, but do not partner directly with them.

Meanwhile, anyone who is worried they have been a victim is encouraged leave a review, report the incident to the BBB, and file a formal complaint with the Arizona Attorney General's office.