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Cooper Slams Door on Magazine Sales

Posted May 3, 2007 1:17 p.m. EDT
Updated May 3, 2007 1:53 p.m. EDT

— Charlotte-based Trinity Public Relations, which sells magazines door-to-door, can no longer do business in North Carolina, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Thursday.

The announcement comes 2 years after Cooper’s office first started investigating the company.

“These door-to-door sellers agreed to change their ways. but we continued to hear from people who weren’t getting their magazines or their money back,” Cooper said. “Now, we’re shutting the door so they can’t do business here.”

According to Cooper, many of the company’s salespeople claimed to be ill, disabled or in financial need in their sales pitches.

In many cases, consumers believed the stories and ordered magazines, but the magazines never arrived.

“Beware of companies that use sob stories to get you to open your wallet,” Cooper cautioned consumers. “Check them out with my office before you hand over your hard-earned money.”

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division received 70 consumer complaints against Trinity since 2005. Another 111 consumers filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau in Charlotte.