Door to door sales, MoneyPak scams reported in Michiana

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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning people about two scams that have been reported in Michiana.

The first involves the Green Dot MoneyPak card. A woman told the BBB she received a call from a man with an intimidating voice who identified himself as a lieutenant. He claimed a warrant had been issued for her husband for failing to appear in court.

The con artist used the husband's real name and address during the phone call. He also asked the woman to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card to pay a $4,200 fine. Dreama Jensen of the BBB says prepaid cards are a red flag.

"As soon as they say MoneyPak card to you or anything about you need to go to CVS or anything like that, those are just red flags all over the place. Just forget it, it's a scam. Not only is the cash quicker to them but it just can't be traced," said Jensen.

In a separate scam, people in MIchiana reported door to door salesmen attempting to sell magazines under the false promise some of the proceeds will go to charity.

Jensen says before you make any sale, verify the company is legitimate with the BBB. She also suggests calling the charity to confirm it will recieve the funds.

"If the charity tells you they know nothing about this, that's a good time to stop. If you can't trust them in giving you the truth about who they're representing, how do you know if you'll get the magazines," said Jensen.

Jensen also recommends asking the salesperson for the telephone number, address and other contact information for the company. By law, you have three days to cancel any order made at the door with no appointment.

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