From the Kenosha Police Department:
We have received information about a bogus company either using the name “U.C” or “United Circulation” or “W.W.C” or “Worldwide Circulation” scamming thousands of citizens out of money.
The companies hire late teens, ages 17-22; to go door to door attempting to sell magazine subscriptions that supposedly w
ill go to wounded vets from Iraq. The unsuspecting victim is shown a list of wounded vets with names, rank, and branch of service. The victim is then asked to choose which vet receives whatever magazine is purchased for the donation. The teens also use the deceptive con that not only do the vets receive the magazines, but a portion of the proceeds will help the teen with a school sports team, honor student, trips abroad, or other school fundraisers. The teens represent themselves as attending the local school in the area. This is all a SCAM! The teens do not attend the local school in the area and the proceeds do not benefit the school in any way.
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The company “United Circulation” is based out of the Waterloo/ Cedar Falls, Iowa area and is a LLC. The company does not have a website and they use Craigslist and newspaper ads to have Field Managers recruit the teens to do the soliciting.
Our advice is to make sure who you are donating to. If there are any questions, confirm all information before giving anyone your money. A simple rule of thumb is to purchase from children of families you already know from your neighborhood.