Newspaper Sales Scam in Rio Grande Valley

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By: E&P Staff

Weslaco, Texas, television station KRGV reported a man was going door to door in Pharr pretending to sell newspaper subscriptions to older residents.

The station reported that Kelly Meyers, distribution manager at The Monitor, in McAllen, found the man and called police. Her newspaper had not authorized the man to sell subscriptions. She told KRGV that he carried legitimate identification from the San Antonio Express-News.

One woman on a fixed income who told the station she bought a subscription from “Ben” said she reads the newspaper for death notices, saving pictures of those she knows and attending their funeral services.

She said he claimed to be from the Monitor, but told her she’d get that newspaper and the Express-News for $20 for five months. She paid with money borrowed from her son and was handed a legitimate-looking receipt with the Express-News logo.

The woman, who reported the scam to police, said some neighbors also paid “Ben” for phony subscriptions.

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