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Door-to-door teddy bear selling scam

Allisonnw started up a comment thread in the forum about a woman selling teddy bears door-to-door:

I just had a woman at my door selling teddy bears and taking donations. She said a little girl in the ‘hood had been in some sort of an accident and some people had rounded up money to buy teddy bears to sell to help raise money for the girl. I could not tell if this was a real story or some sort of a fundraising scam.

Her post prompted responses with similar stories. I called the Seattle Police Department’s north precinct and the duty officer said a guy was telling the same story in his neighboorhood just to our west. “It’s a scam. Call 911 and get a description,” he said.