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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Warns of Furniture Scam

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR -- Sheriff's Office Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. is warning Jefferson County residents of furniture scammers possibly prowling neighborhoods this week.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR -- Sheriff's Office Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. is warning Jefferson County residents of furniture scammers possibly prowling neighborhoods this week.

Three individuals are posing as salesmen from "Thomasville".

According to Woods, the scam involves individuals showing up at the doors of residents with the following story: "Hi, we're up from 'Thomasville' and have a truckload of 'high end' furniture that we were delivering to a store in Little Rock, but there was an issue with the delivery.

We're just looking to unload the furniture all for very affordable prices."

The truck says "Thomasville" on the side.

However these individuals are not from Thomasville Furniture Inc.

Instead, they're from "the city of Thomasville North Carolina" where they have a warehouse selling overstock cheap furniture off the back of trucks, according to Woods.

The back of the truck deal comes with no warranty, and no customer service of any kind, according to the Sheriff's office.

Thomasville furniture is sold exclusively in retail stores from Thomasville Home Furnishings stores to authorized galleries and dealers.

Major Woods encountered the group when he was alerted by his mother, whose residence the group had visited in an attempt to sale furniture.

One of the individuals told Woods and his mother that they had traveled to Little Rock to deliver furniture to a company but the company declined the delivery, which they could not travel back to Thomasville with because they had to make room in their tractor trailer for another shipment that was due to be picked up.

The man stated that he was authorized by Thomasville to unload the furniture and offer it for sale to residents door-to-door at very affordable prices.

When questioned by Woods, the man stated that he was issued a door-to-door solicitation permit through the city of Pine Bluff.

It was later revealed to Major Woods that the furniture is worth only half of the purchase price.
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