Although it appears to be the only incident reported in the past few days, the Brazil City Police Department is investigating another potential scam in Brazil.
The investigation began when Brazil resident Peter Choyman reported a door-to-door magazine salesman, whom he let into his home and left alone for a brief moment, allegedly took his wallet Sunday afternoon.
Police Chief Dave Archer said that Choyman reported the clean-cut young man was allegedly selling magazine subscriptions for Lrumar Publications, based in Falcon, Colorado.
Archer told The Brazil Times the magazine subscription company has been cooperating with the investigation and an unidentified person of interest is being questioned in the matter. Further details are being withheld to protect the integrity of the investigation.
Archer said this appears to be a single incident, but people need to be cautious when dealing with any situation that brings a stranger to the door of their home.
"People need to be aware of potential scams at all times," Archer said. "Never let a stranger in your house or, if you chose to, never leave them alone. And never provide any personal information."
Officials offer other safety tips when dealing with solicitors, including:
* Talk to the solicitor through the locked door of the home,
* Ask to see the soliciting permit from the city,
* Ask for the solicitor's identification and for the company's information, and
* Tell the solicitor that you are going to call the company's number (while they wait outside) which may help determine if it's a scam or not.
To report information about this case, or any other, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.