DOOR-TO-DOOR BOOK SALESMEN:
FOREIGN ACCENTS, WELL-BUILT, PERSISTENT and SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT ANY CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE
HAVE YOU SEEN ANY IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
UPDATES AT END
Reports are being received nationwide about door-to-door salesmen selling children’s book and persistently asking for information about any children in the home or in the neighborhood.
From Carlisle to Ephrata parents have gone on social media to warn each other of a bike-riding, book-selling person or group going door-to-door around the midstate.
Those who were approached all say the same thing. That the person asked where they could find other homes with children inside.
The story was then picked up by South Carolina’s ABC Channel 4, Book peddlers stir up concern on social media.
The foreign bookseller stories first started circulating on the Steve Quayle website on June 26, and continued until today (July 11, 2013).
The foreign book sellers have been reported by Quayle’s readers from Los Angeles [July 11]; undisclosed USA [July 8]; undisclosed USA [June 29]; Fairbanks, Alaska [June 26]; and rural central Illinois [June 26].
UPDATE: In addition, reports have also appeared in local media in Pullman, Washington.
Various details gathered from reports include: the bookseller(s) working either singly or in a group; a heavy foreign–sometimes reported as Russian–accent; well-built; physically fit; military in manner or appearance; selling children’s books; the books are very expensive–sometimes reported in the $100 to $500 per book range.
In addition, the book sellers seek information about any children in the household, including names and ages. They are almost always reported as being “very persistent” about obtaining information about the children or wanting to know when they can return to talk to someone about this matter later.
Some reports say the book sellers inquire about other families with children living in the same neighborhood.
Several reports have mentioned that the parents in the homes contacted by the booksellers home school their children.
Since the phenomena has been reported in Alaska, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and several undisclosed locations, it might be wise to take precautions until more is known.
Several articles speculated about “child abduction rings.”
As the WHTM article put it:
“…various police departments have warned that resident’s across the midstate should be cautious of anyone who comes to their door. If that person has a permit to sell door-to-door they are required to display their paperwork upon arrival.”
We’d say: good advice!
Until more is known, we’re filing this story under “creepy.”
UPDATE @ 0205, July 12, 2013 – The door-to-door bookseller with a heavy foreign accent was reported in August 2011 in the St. Louis area: Door-to-door children’s book salesman raising suspicions.
Many of the details reported in the 2013 accounts are also reported in this article from August 19, 2011.
UPDATE @ 0215, July 12, 2013 – The phenomena of the foreign seller of children’s books was reported by more than a few people in Kingwood Texas in 2010. Mills Branch – Door to Door Book Seller? Exchange Student?
UPDATE @ 0218, July 12, 2013 – The same sellers were reported to the police in Pullman, Washington, on July 11, 2013. Door-to-door booksellers causing alarm
UPDATE @ 0221, July 12, 2013 – Reports from Charleston and other areas of South Carolina were reported in August 30, 2012. Reports of aggressive door-to-door children’s book and software sellers in Pee Dee area (CHS too)
UPDATE @ 226, July 12, 2013 – More reports from South Carolina on August 29, 2012. SC parents fear foreign women selling books door-to-door
UPDATE @ 227 July 12, 2013 – Strange man exhibiting odd behavior reported selling books and inquiring of children in Chatham, NC on July 15, 2011. Have you encountered a man selling books door to door?
UPDATE @ 0447 July 14, 2013 – Fort Smith Police: Door to Door Saleswoman is not a sex trafficer.
UPDATE @ 0448 July 14, 2013 – Door to door salespeople trigger response in Great Falls – July 27, 2012 story from Montana
UPDATE @ 0450 July 14, 2013 – Reports of door to door scammers, apparently aimed at Moms. – July 2013 story from Seattle area
UPDATE @ 0452 July 14, 2013 – Officials receive complaints about door to door salesmen. – August 2012 story from Lancaster County, SC
UPDATE @2000 August 31, 2013 – Scottsbluff (NE) school officials issue door to door survey alert – School officials have received reports of “people going door to door falsely claiming they are conducting surveys for the school district.”
If you are approached by someone stating they are conducting a survey for Scottsbluff Public Schools, please contact local law enforcement.
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by Jeremiah J. Jameson
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