Birmingham, AL: BBB Serving Central & South Alabama is warning consumers about a new magazine subscription scam in central and west Alabama.UPDATE: Frederick Berry, John Clarke and Gordon Dixon have been charged with doing business without a license. The three men were going door to door selling magazines for Globe Wide Entertainment.Globe Wide Entertainment, based out of Detroit, Michigan, currently has over 60 complaints on their BBB Business Review. According to complaints, the business sends traveling "sales representatives" out to different parts of the country selling door-to-door magazine subscriptions. The sales reps will usually give the homeowner a sob story about how they've turned their life around and that this company gave them a second chance. Many people end up falling for the scam, ordering subscriptions, and then never receive a single magazine. When they try to contact the company, they receive no response.So far, reports have only surfaced from Tuscaloosa, AL, but there is a chance that this scam could spread to other parts of the state.The Dallas and Northeast Texas BBB also has a file on the business with several unanswered complaints. The rest of the complaints have since been transferred to the Eastern Michigan BBB.The phone numbers, (866) 891-1333 and (313) 848-5207, appear to be out of service. The business’ URL, www.globewideent.com, appears to be down as well.According to sources, several arrests have already been made in the Tuscaloosa area in regards to Globe Wide Entertainment representatives operating without a business license.BBB will continue to update this story as more information comes in.BBB advises consumers to follow this advice when dealing with door-to-door sales:On door-to-door sale of $25 or more, a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rule gives consumers the right to cancel a transaction up until midnight of the third business day after the date of purchase. The rule applies not only to sales made in your home, but also to sales agreements made anywhere other than the seller's normal place of business, e.g., "parties" given in private homes, sales made out of rented hotel/motel rooms or restaurants. The rule also applies if you invite a merchant into your home or into someone else's home, or if you meet on a street corner. The rule does not apply to sale made totally by mail or phone, or to real estate, insurance or securities sales, or emergency home repairs. The rule requires the salesperson to tell you of your right to cancel, give you a contract or receipt, and give you two copies of your notice of cancellation form. Check to see that the contract or receipt is dated and contains the name and address of the company, and determine from local authorities (police, county or city clerk, etc.) whether or not a company is properly licensed to do business in you area. If you are not notified of your right to cancel or given the required documents, report this to your local BBB, consumer protection agency or regional FTC office.Don’t fall for high-pressure sales tactics: Scammers use high-pressure tactics, hoping you’ll make a purchase or bad decision before you can think it over. Don’t fall for it.Ask to see the terms and conditions: Legitimate magazine companies will give you the details in writing, including the commitment period, total price and cancelation instructions.Request to see the seller’s license. Many municipalities require a solicitation license before you can sell door-to-door. If your town has this law, be sure to ask to see the seller’s license.Contact your magazine publisher. If you are uncertain about your magazine subscription, contact the magazine publisher directly with questions or concerns.ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.