Beware of Solicitors - see below

CHARLESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY ALERT:

Alert #: 18242
Door-to-Door Solicitors

Location:

29401, 29403, 29407, 29412, 29414, 29455, 29492

General Information

Neighborhood Presidents and Residents:

Over the last week, particularly the last two days, all across the suburban areas from Johns Island, James Island, West Ashley, and Daniel Island, we have been receiving calls about door-to-door solicitors selling magazines. The solicitors are giving various stories, but several claim (FRAUDULENTLY) to be members of a local school sports team – One saying West Ashley High, the next saying James Island Christian, or some other school (don’t bother trying to check them out with the schools; it is all false).

It is unclear whether you would ever actually receive your magazines, but at least in these cases the people are outright lying to make a sale. At least two are girls. They try to be convincing. Don’t be conned.

IF YOU ENCOUNTER THESE PEOPLE, TELL THEM YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED. MAKE NOTE OF THEIR DESCRIPTION AND DIRECTION OF TRAVEL AND CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY (577-7434) SO OFFICERS CAN RESPOND AND INTERVIEW THEM.

They will be checked for ID and warrants, at least warned and dispersed, and might even be cited or arrested. (One was arrested on Daniel Island today for drug possession). Also be advised that often other crimes follow these individuals, including neighborhood car-break-ins and fraud involving the checks citizens write to them.

See the page in the attached booklet regarding City of Charleston PEDDLER’S PERMIT which is required but none of these people have.

POST a “NO SOLICITORS” sign on your door.