Don't Get Ripped Off by Door-to-Door Scammers

Alice Skinner
Alice Skinner

Many Amarillo residents are being scammed out of hundreds of dollars. They think they are spending money to help a local high school, it's actually part of a door to door scam.

Young girls wearing Amarillo High letter jackets are knocking on local doors, claiming to sell magazines to raise money for a soccer team trip to Europe. "I thought, okay, that sounds good. I will help them out." So Alice Skinner got out her checkbook. "I went ahead and signed up for both of them. Gave them two checks for 48 dollars." Only problem is... Amarillo High School students would never see a dime of that money.

Cpl. Carla Burrs says, "Amarillo High students don't fund raise door to door for the soccer teams." Police say not to be fooled by kids wearing school clothing. Those items can easily be bought at places like Goodwill or any thrift store, so just because they are wearing school clothes doesn't mean they actually go to school there. I went online to find out more about United Family Circulation, the company the scammers claim to be with. More than 70 complaints showed up on, including several from Amarillo.

A few days after Alice wrote that first check, the scammers were at it again... This time it was two boys. "He said I want you to help me in a contest and I looked at him and he said do you want me to tell you about it and I said no and slammed the door." Police say if anyone from a school approaches you to sell something, the best thing to do is get their name and call the school to make sure it is truly a legitimate fund raiser.