RESIDENTS WARNED TO BEWARE OF POSSIBLE MAGAZINE-SALES SCAM

RESIDENTS WARNED TO BEWARE OF POSSIBLE MAGAZINE-SALES SCAM

The Doña Ana County Legal Department is warning residents of all communities and rural areas within the county to beware of a possible magazine-sales scam.
Salesmen claiming to represent a company called Press “On” LTD of Miami, Fla., have applied for – and been denied – itinerant vending permits from both Doña Ana County and the City of Las Cruces. They claim to be representing a non-profit corporation raising funds for AIDS awareness and drug-prevention efforts.
The two individuals are described as being in their early to mid-20s. They were wearing street clothes when they entered county offices on Thursday, March 1, 2001. One man, described as about 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a slight build and a shaved head, identified himself on permit-application papers as Gabriel Aragon. The other, an Anglo about 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a heavier build, did not give a name.
In their permit application with the county, the men gave a disconnected telephone number in El Paso for contact information and provided a Miami, Fla., address for their corporate headquarters that could not be verified.
“Doña Ana County has not issued any kind of permit to these individuals, and we have reason to suspect, based on statements they made to our staff, that they may be about to embark on a sales initiative in this area,” said Assistant County Attorney Karen Wootton. “Since we cannot verify the information they have provided us, we advise the public to exercise caution in making charity or business transactions with these individuals.”
Residents are advised to call the appropriate law-enforcement agency if any unidentified or suspicious vendor approaches their home or business.
“Legitimate vendors have proper identification and permits,” Wootton said. “Anyone who gives money to door-to-door salespersons who cannot demonstrate proper identification and permits should be aware that they may never receive the goods promised, and they could be opening their doors to trouble.”