UPDATE: Reported Pulaski County Book Sale Scam Is Legitimate

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Updated: 7/15 7:31 pm
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said a reported door-to-door book sale scam alert that was issued Monday, ended up being a misunderstanding rather than a rip-off scheme.

The Sheriff's Office said it received reports that a woman was selling books door-to-door raising money for Pulaski County Public Schools.

When the school district told the Sheriff's Office that it wasn't doing any fundraiser of that kind in the county, the scam alert was issued on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office said it was contacted by the seller, Monica Deleon, a student at Texas A&M University.

She told investigators she was selling books for Southwestern Advantage, which is a Nashville-based company.

Investigators said apparently some residents mistakenly thought she was selling books to raise money for Southwestern High School in Pulaski County as opposed to the company she works for, Southwestern Advantage.

The Sheriff's Office said the company appeared to be legitimate, but that the school district wanted residents to know that it is not associated in any way with Southwestern Advantage or Monica Deleon and would not be receiving any money from either party.

"Neither the Sheriff's Office or the Pulaski County School system is endorsing these products and anyone contacted by Ms. Deleon should weigh the benefits of her products for themselves," said Lt. Brett Whitaker of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office thanked the public for its overwhelming response to the scam alert on Monday which helped bring about a quick resolution to the questions surrounding the sales contacts.
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