Like seasonal allergies and rainy weather, door-to-door magazine scams are an annual annoyance that return each spring. Be on the lookout for scammers selling fake magazine subscriptions. How the Scam Works:You answer your door, and it's someone selling magazine subscriptions. The seller may claim that he/she is raising money for a school or charity. The subscription prices seem steep. In fact, they are typically three times the typical price. However, the money goes to a good cause, so you purchase one anyway. Months pass, and your magazine never arrives. Turns out the magazine fundraiser is totally fake! There are many versions of this scam. Sometimes the sales people call instead of going door-to-door. Other times, "subscribers" are charged monthly fees instead of an annual subscription rate. Some sellers don't even realize they are working for a scammer!How to Avoid Magazine Scams: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.Check with BBB. Not all door-to-door magazine sales are scams. Look up the seller on our website at bbb.org to see what others' experience has been, or call your local BBB for more information.For More InformationTo find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper (bbb.org/scam).