Magazine Fraud Prevention Tips

Nearly every semester, UPD receives reports of individuals on campus selling magazine subscriptions. Often, sellers will say that they are trying to earn points toward an award (i.e., trip to Europe, money for their school, etc.).

The customer fills out a subscription form, gives the seller money and never hears from the seller again. More often than not, the customer, now a victim, never sees their money again and never receives any magazines. If the seller gives you a telephone number, it will most likely be disconnected or belong to someone who has nothing to do with the magazine company.

  • Everyone who sells anything on SJSU property must obtain permission to sell and must be registered with the Office of Non-Academic Scheduling (located in the Student Union).
  • Anyone who sells anything on campus that is not registered is breaking the law (Education Code §89031, Presidential Directive PD-2001-01) and is subject to arrest. This law is in place to protect SJSU and our campus community.

Often times, individuals selling magazine subscriptions on campus do not have permission to sell on SJSU property. If you suspect that a vendor on SJSU property is suspicious, contact UPD immediately.



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