QUESTION: “Every year, especially around the holidays, it seems, young people from elsewhere try to scam locals by selling bogus Pasadena Star-News subscriptions. … I've often wondered, who are these young people? How common is this scam in the area?” –B. Tam, Nov. 15 via email
The Alhambra Police Department has not received reports of newspaper subscription scams in the city, according to Sgt. Jerry Johnson. The Pasadena Star-News does subcontract youth to sell subscriptions door to door, a representative from the publication said. The newspaper does not directly work with the students but hires managers to supervise them.
Alhambra Municipal Code limits the hours solicitors can knock on doors to 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The code also forbids solicitors from knocking on doors where a “no solicitors” sign is posted.
If anyone is suspicious about a solicitor, they can call the police department at (626) 570-5168 or the city’s Finance Department at (626) 570-5020 to check if the business is licensed by the city.
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