The Better Business Bureau continues to warn Lake Charles residents about a door-to-door scam trying to raise money for the LaGrange High soccer team - which does not exist.
A Lake Charles woman said a young male knocked on her door and said he was trying to raise money for the LaGrange High School soccer team's trip to Ireland. He asked that checks be written to "The Experience," according to Carmen Million, local BBB president.
Million said to also be on the lookout for “Expedition Sales,” a solicitation claiming to help college students. But according to city and parish leaders, no one by either name has applied for a permit to solicit door- to-door.
For Florence, a 90-year-old retired school teacher, a young man stopped by on a Friday afternoon to sell books and magazines - something Florence was not interested in - but that didn't stop the young man from quickly changing his story and stating the books Florence would buy would be sent to children with cancer in Baton Rouge.
"I said, 'well, ok, that's a good cause,'" Florence said.
But the young man changed his story again, stating the money was for a school trip
"I just thought he was a high school student that was collecting money for that trip which turned out not to be," said Florence, who was scammed out of cash.
LaGrange High School is not collecting money and they do not have a soccer team, said a school representative.
"People need to understand what their rights are if somebody knocks on your door and they are asking for money you should ask for identification and you should also ask for their company name, mailing address, phone number get information and tell them you are going to check it out, if it is suspicious then the best thing to do is contact local law enforcement and let them investigate," said Million.
According to other calls the BBB has received, apparently, the door-to-door scammers are using different local school names to collect funds. The BBB is not aware of any local school collecting money door to door to send their soccer team to Ireland. If someone knocks on your door for this request, we suggest that you immediately contact local law enforcement, said Million.
Million also said If you sign any kind of contract in your home worth over $25, for example, a magazine subscription, you have three days to cancel that contract.
To report a scam, call the BBB at 337-478-6253 or go to www.lakecharles.bbb.org and log the scam on the BBB scamtracker.
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