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Deputies say door-to-door sales in Spartanburg Co. are legit

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg County deputies said a door-to-door saleswoman that has raised the eyebrows of some parents recently is legitimate.

For weeks now, people in some neighborhoods throughout the Boiling Springs area have seen a girl, or sometimes two girls, knocking on doors trying to sale educational materials.

A mother who paid for a text book told FOX Carolina she received a receipt for the purchase. She said the girl told her she was from Maryland and was in Spartanburg for the summer, selling books.

Some people said the girl told them she was sent by Spartanburg School District 2.

"It was odd that District 2 would send them out in the manner they came out," said Brandi Tanner, who said she received the girl's sales pitch. "The way they acted, I just got the feeling it wasn't real."

The school district denied that they have ever sent door-to-door salesmen into the community, and they contacted the Sheriff's Department.

"What made us concerned was in several of the instances, she had lists of students and addresses, we don't know where she got that, and we'd like to know," said District 2 Superintendent Scott Mercer.

On Thursday, deputies said they identified the woman making the door-to-door sales and talked to her. They said woman is a college student who is working during the summer in the area.

Investigators said they checked out the company the woman said she works for and found both her claim and the company to be legitimate. They said there is no evidence of criminal activity on her part.

The company, Southwestern Company, identified the woman as Tina Edmonds, of Maryland. It said that Edmonds will be living and working in the Spartanburg area during the summer.

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