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Vassar police warn of 'summer work' signs

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VASSAR, MI (WNEM) -

The Vassar Police Department is warning residents to be wary of the summer work signs being placed around the city.

The signs advertise summer work even with no experience. The signs provide no information about what company is hiring and request interested individuals to text the phone number on the sign for more information.

Police said so far no crimes have occurred as a result of the signs, but they warn signs similar to these have been linked to human trafficking before.

The National Human Trafficking Center has categorized this type of advertising as high risk and said it indicates a high potential for human trafficking, police said.

The police have partnered with the NHTC to investigate the signs. Police are strongly discouraging anyone, especially those under 18, from contacting companies who advertise in this manner.

The NHTC said these types of signs have been linked to organizations involved with labor trafficking, police said.

The signs have been placed along the road near Vassar High School and the city's business district.

"I looked it up. I looked on Facebook. I Googled it. And the only thing I found was this company called Vector. They sell knives, like kitchen wear. And apparently those are their signs," said Alex Meyer, Vassar resident.

Police in Vassar looked into the signs and the company responsible for them. They said the company appears to be legit, but said the signs violate city ordinances.

Police said similar signs are often used by thieves and sex traffickers to lure people in so they are warning residents to proceed with caution.

The company behind the signs may be a legitimate business, but police said the tactics of their marketing are concerning.

If you see similar signs in your area you are encouraged to contact the NHTC at 1-888-373-7888.

These types of signs have been popping up in other parts of Mid-Michigan as well.

Vector has released the following statement:

We appreciate your interest and the opportunity to share the truth.

These rumors being spread about our company are 100% false. They have been debunked by sources including Snopes, CBS, Fox, the BBB, and multiple police departments.

We are a socially conscious U.S. company that has been in business since 1981. We recruit sales reps for Cutco cutlery.

For years Cutco and college students have worked together hand-in-hand. Our customers love our youthful and enthusiastic sales reps. The students gain great business experience and a good income.

We maintain a safe environment for our recruits and are proud to teach skills they will use throughout their careers, whether they continue to work with Vector or move on to other opportunities.

If there has been any fear spread throughout the community due to this fake news, we apologize and are working with the Vassar Police Department to make sure everyone in the community feels both informed and safe.

For more information about our company and about this rumor, visit TheVectorTruth.com or contact us at vectorpr@cutco.com.

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