Suspected book-selling scam in Pulaski now appears legit

jwarren@herald-leader.comJuly 16, 2014 

A suspected book-selling scam in Pulaski County appears to be a legitimate operation, county deputies said.

The Pulaski County sheriff's department said Monday it was investigating a possible scam in which someone was selling books door to door in the area, supposedly to benefit the Pulaski school system. Schools officials said they were not taking part in any such promotion.

But after talking with the saleswoman and the county school superintendent, the sheriff's department said Tuesday that it's apparent that "her activities are legitimate."

The woman is a Texas A&M University student who has sold books in the Somerset area for a Nashville company called Southwestern Advantage, deputies said. The sheriff's department said some customers confused the company name with Pulaski County's Southwestern High School.

The sheriff's office said that neither it nor the school district is endorsing the book sales, and anyone contacted by sales personnel should weigh the benefits of the products being sold.

Jim Warren: (858) 231-3255.

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