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4:56 AM Sun, Nov. 18th

Magazine scammers back in Prescott

PRESCOTT ­- The Arizona Attorney General's Office and Prescott Police are warning consumers about a door-to-door magazine sales scam that is targeting cities throughout Arizona.

Young people identifying themselves as students from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University have visited residents of at least five valley cities and Prescott.

The students told residents that they were selling magazine subscriptions to earn money for a summer trip to London and asked them to make checks payable to Integrity TGM.

Several students claimed they lived in the neighborhood or nearby the homes they visited.

The Attorney General's Office said the Cronkite School doesn't solicit donations door-to-door and is not associated with this magazine sales effort.

The school recently received a number of complaints and inquires about these sales.

In Prescott, scammers also told people they are selling magazines on behalf of Phoenix Children's Hospital, which the Prescott Police confirmed is false.

The young adults were last working the magazines sales in the areas of Long View, Summit Pointe and other subdivisions in the Williamson Valley area.

Prescott Police are asking victims of this scam to notify the department at 778-1444.

The solicitors could get a citation for working without a City of Prescott permit, Lt. Andy Reinhardt said. If the residents do not receive the products they paid for, then the solicitors could face theft charges, he said.

Investigators are trying to verify the company's legitimacy.

People can report fraud to the Attorney General's Office at 800-352-8431 or by visiting one of its satellite offices. To find their locations go to www.azag.gov where you can also sign up for scam alerts and weekly messages from the office.

Contact the reporter at mburic@prescottaz.com