Recent Changes for "Con Artists" - Davis Wikihttp://daviswiki.org/Con_ArtistsRecent Changes of the page "Con Artists" on Davis Wiki.en-us Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-08-09 13:17:14jefftolentinoPossible Urban Development Solutions Scam <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 6: </td> <td> Line 6: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + =Urban Development Solutions=<br> + ''As posted on the ["Davis Police Department"] Facebook page (8/9/2013)''<br> + <br> + In June of 2013, and again in July of 2013, the Davis Police Department received complaints from two residents who appear to be victims of fraud. Both victims stated that an African American male, between the ages of 20 and 25 years old, standing between 5’6” and 5’8” tall with a slim build and dressed nicely came to their door as a solicitor wearing an ID badge around his neck. In each of the cases, the male stated that he was soliciting for Urban Development Solutions (UDS), a charitable organization that assists underprivileged youth. When the victims presented the male subject with their donations in the form of a check, they later discovered the amount of the check was altered to read a higher payment. In addition, the subject added his name to the check in order to obtain cash.<br> + <br> + The Davis Police Department is asking anyone who may have contributed money to this organization to check their bank account to ensure the amount written is properly reflected on that check and that it has not been altered. If a community member feels as though they have been victimized, they are urged to contact the Davis Police Department or their local police department to report this crime.<br> + <br> + The Davis Police Department would like to remind people to always ask for proper identification when a solicitor comes to the door. The City of Davis requires all door-to-door solicitors to obtain a City permit prior to walking through the community. If anyone feels uncomfortable with a solicitor, or they do not have the proper credentials, they are asked to contact the Davis Police Department.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-06-03 01:06:35MaxLucasspelling <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 13: </td> <td> Line 13: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> In July 2012, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/car-accident-scam-in-davis-police-dmv-offer-tips-to-protect-yourself/ story] about a reported car insurance scam that occured in Davis. In the story, a resident parked his car on the street while visiting a friend. When leaving he was approached by a well dressed <span>a</span>sian man, approximately 40ish, accompanied by two females, who were driving a black van. They accused the resident of damaging th<span>ie</span>r car which had been parked in front of him earlier in the day. They demanded $200 to repair the damage. The resident claims he was pressured into paying them $185 on the spot, even though he felt like he had not damaged the car. </td> <td> <span>+</span> In July 2012, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/car-accident-scam-in-davis-police-dmv-offer-tips-to-protect-yourself/ story] about a reported car insurance scam that occur<span>r</span>ed in Davis. In the story, a resident parked his car on the street while visiting a friend. When leaving he was approached by a well dressed <span>A</span>sian man, approximately 40ish, accompanied by two females, who were driving a black van. They accused the resident of damaging th<span>ei</span>r car which had been parked in front of him earlier in the day. They demanded $200 to repair the damage. The resident claims he was pressured into paying them $185 on the spot, even though he felt like he had not damaged the car. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 17: </td> <td> Line 17: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> On July 7th, 2011, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/yolo-county/food-workers-warned-of-fraudulent-inspector/ story] warning of fraudulent health inspectors operating in the area. The individual will call the business, claiming that there is an inspection scheduled the next day. Be aware that legitimate health inspect<span>e</span>rs will usually NOT announce an impending visit, nor will they collect money, or try to sell you anything. Yolo County Environmental Health may be contacted with any questions or to report suspicious activity at (530) 666-8646 </td> <td> <span>+</span> On July 7th, 2011, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/yolo-county/food-workers-warned-of-fraudulent-inspector/ story] warning of fraudulent health inspectors operating in the area. The individual will call the business, claiming that there is an inspection scheduled the next day. Be aware that legitimate health inspect<span>o</span>rs will usually NOT announce an impending visit, nor will they collect money, or try to sell you anything. Yolo County Environmental Health may be contacted with any questions or to report suspicious activity at (530) 666-8646 </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-06-02 20:52:25candices <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 52: </td> <td> Line 52: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + June 2, 2013: Approached by the same story that DeeptiNallapaneni had. At 12:00pm, African American guy walks up to me and my boyfriend at the Amtrak station, said his car broke down and he needed just $13 more dollars to get to San Francisco by 4:30pm. Helped him out by giving him $10. He promised that if I helped him out he would help someone else in return. Then he left, and we didn't see him get on the train. --["Users/candices"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-05-20 23:54:34jerzyAndrzejThx Gary - relates to LA and is subjudice - should not be here. Hope that's ok <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 194: </td> <td> Line 194: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ''2013-05-11 00:46:30'' [[nbsp]] Beware of meeting people through online dating - under title The Match From Hell.<br> - <br> - There's a woman called Brenda Galkin Carmona, or Brenda G. Carmona...............if you happen to come across her just run like hell and don't look back. She's an opportunist who targets her 'mark' and then over a short period of time manages to infiltrate their life. Beware a woman scorned - once you cross her you'll soon see just how deeply she's found out everything about you. She makes herself out to be in the film financing business and when you meet her she'll be conveniently 'between deals' and then she'll hoodwink you with one or more of her sob-stories. You might also notice that she hasn't got a car as she just happened to 'total' hers around the time you meet. She'll also lie about her age (which is 35), and what's truly quite pathetic is that despite that, she has nothing to show for it except whatever she's managed to extort from her last victim. BEWARE - you have been warned! --["Users/davysontheroadagain"]<br> - [[Image(The 'Match' from hell.jpg)]]</span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-05-20 23:39:43GaryDRevert to version 502 (why is this not relevant?). <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 194: </td> <td> Line 194: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ''2013-05-11 00:46:30'' [[nbsp]] Beware of meeting people through online dating - under title The Match From Hell.<br> + <br> + There's a woman called Brenda Galkin Carmona, or Brenda G. Carmona...............if you happen to come across her just run like hell and don't look back. She's an opportunist who targets her 'mark' and then over a short period of time manages to infiltrate their life. Beware a woman scorned - once you cross her you'll soon see just how deeply she's found out everything about you. She makes herself out to be in the film financing business and when you meet her she'll be conveniently 'between deals' and then she'll hoodwink you with one or more of her sob-stories. You might also notice that she hasn't got a car as she just happened to 'total' hers around the time you meet. She'll also lie about her age (which is 35), and what's truly quite pathetic is that despite that, she has nothing to show for it except whatever she's managed to extort from her last victim. BEWARE - you have been warned! --["Users/davysontheroadagain"]<br> + [[Image(The 'Match' from hell.jpg)]]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-05-20 23:34:34jerzyAndrzej <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 194: </td> <td> Line 194: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ''2013-05-11 00:46:30'' [[nbsp]] Beware of meeting people through online dating - under title The Match From Hell.</span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-05-20 23:33:55jerzyAndrzejNot relevant to this location <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 195: </td> <td> Line 195: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- <br> - There's a woman called Brenda Galkin Carmona, or Brenda G. Carmona...............if you happen to come across her just run like hell and don't look back. She's an opportunist who targets her 'mark' and then over a short period of time manages to infiltrate their life. Beware a woman scorned - once you cross her you'll soon see just how deeply she's found out everything about you. She makes herself out to be in the film financing business and when you meet her she'll be conveniently 'between deals' and then she'll hoodwink you with one or more of her sob-stories. You might also notice that she hasn't got a car as she just happened to 'total' hers around the time you meet. She'll also lie about her age (which is 35), and what's truly quite pathetic is that despite that, she has nothing to show for it except whatever she's managed to extort from her last victim. BEWARE - you have been warned! --["Users/davysontheroadagain"]<br> - [[Image(The 'Match' from hell.jpg)]]</span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-05-11 03:06:29StevenDaubertRevert to version 500 (this should not be redirect. I'm going to sleep anyone else help). <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 1: </td> <td> Line 1: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- #redirect The 'Match' From Hell</span> </td> <td> <span>+ [[Image(tcm.jpg, thumbnail, right, 400, "Sometimes people like Davis Wiki User ["Users/hankim" Han Kim] offer a variety of easy ways to make money.")]]<br> + <br> + Some people use fictional stories to take advantage of helpful people. Here are some local '''Con Artists''', sorted by general types of confidence tricks. Be careful before adding people into this list, as there are genuine people in need.<br> + <br> + [[TableOfContents()]]<br> + <br> + =Elder Abuse Con Artist=<br> + Elder abuse con artist living in Davis: http://falling4marlo.blogspot.com/ [[Image(Marlo.jpg, thumbnail, right, 300)]]<br> + Scammer MARLO goes by Compton, Rojas, Sloan, Almlie, Moser, etc. Tall, blond, charming, she manipulates and cons posing as a doctor, a counselor, a cancer patient, or a downtrodden single mother. In prison for elder abuse and fraud in excess of $1.5 M; released in 2011, now living in Davis/Woodland area. Sympathetic people are drawn to her dramatic stories of abuse and/or illness. Without conscience, she'll seek control, manipulating folks into doing things they never considered and inspiring great loyalty through shame and supposed obligation.<br> + <br> + =Car Insurance Scam=<br> + <br> + In July 2012, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/car-accident-scam-in-davis-police-dmv-offer-tips-to-protect-yourself/ story] about a reported car insurance scam that occured in Davis. In the story, a resident parked his car on the street while visiting a friend. When leaving he was approached by a well dressed asian man, approximately 40ish, accompanied by two females, who were driving a black van. They accused the resident of damaging thier car which had been parked in front of him earlier in the day. They demanded $200 to repair the damage. The resident claims he was pressured into paying them $185 on the spot, even though he felt like he had not damaged the car.<br> + <br> + =Fake Health Inspectors=<br> + <br> + On July 7th, 2011, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/yolo-county/food-workers-warned-of-fraudulent-inspector/ story] warning of fraudulent health inspectors operating in the area. The individual will call the business, claiming that there is an inspection scheduled the next day. Be aware that legitimate health inspecters will usually NOT announce an impending visit, nor will they collect money, or try to sell you anything. Yolo County Environmental Health may be contacted with any questions or to report suspicious activity at (530) 666-8646<br> + <br> + =Stranded Neighbor=<br> + <br> + While people can easily be genuinely stranded (not everybody carries their credit card everywhere, and being broke doesn't mean you can't ask for help), the key thing that makes this a con is that the person does not actually intend to use the money they ask for to buy gas, a train ticket, or other way to get out of their predicament. Instead of simply asking for money, their falsehood in their circumstances and the intended use for your charity (and the implication that you can help them with one act and they will be okay) makes this a con. Charity is great and important, but charities that ask for money for a purpose and then use it for other reasons is bad, be it a large charity or a single person.<br> + <br> + ''Example: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krg5r6n0kr4 YouTube video] of a news team following some panhandlers, including a “stranded” teenage girl. Some of these scamming panhandlers are relatively successful, estimated to earn up to $50/hr and may just be local kids/teenagers.''<br> + <br> + [[anchor(crying)]]<br> + ==Local Examples:==<br> + === ["Crying Girl Con Artist" Crying Girl with a Train Schedule] ===<br> + [[Image(cryinggirl.jpg, thumbnail, 300, "The “Crying Girl" (aka: '''Jill Johnson''') as confirmed below by various users.")]]<br> + == ==<br> + Due to the large volume of postings related to Crying Girl, information about this scam has been move to its own page at ["Crying Girl Con Artist"].<br> + <br> + === "Oakland Train Guy" ===<br> + A nicely dressed, polite African-American man in his twenties or thirties approaches people telling a story of how he came to Davis for a workshop but got stranded here when his car broke down. He supposedly needs just a few dollars to make enough money to buy a train ticket back to Oakland. He flashes a driver's license to prove he's from Oakland, making the story sound legitimate. He's been seen on ["E Street"] on the sidewalk by the ["Orange Court"].<br> + <br> + *This guy stopped me on the street outside the ["G St. Pub"] on May 13 around 7:30pm. Tall, African American, and very friendly. He said he was stranded in Davis and needed a few bucks for a train back to Richmond (he showed me his driver's license too). That day, I was dressed like the average student, and it should've been pretty obvious that I didn't have money to be giving away to strangers. He wasn't stopping older professor-types who look like they actually have the money, and that made me suspicious. Just before this, I was also approached in the same spot by a Caucasian man asking for money for food, and when I pointed him toward ["Davis Community Meals"], he got angry and walked away. I don't mean to say anything bad about G St., but it seems to attract a lot of scammers. -["Users/StephanieRobinson"]<br> + <br> + ** 2/21/2013 The "Oakland Train Guy" stopped me and two friends today on 3rd street outside of the Social Sciences Building (the death star). He gave us the same story as others have described and said he needed $17 for the Amtrak ticket. Collectively, he got $15 from us. Afterwards, I had a weird feeling about it and was told by another friend that he is a seasoned con artist in Davis. I called UC police and the woman on the phone sounded very familiar with him and told me they have to run him off campus often. I am annoyed that we got duped and don't want him to get away with it with anyone else. Beware!!<br> + <br> + ''2010-06-01 11:03:56'' [[nbsp]] Oakland Train Guy at it again on G Street and 2nd, Sunday 5/30 around 6pm --["Users/Byron"]<br> + <br> + 6/9/10 Train guy won again I saw a man give him $5 around 6:30 on 2nd st makes me wonder why do I work so hard when I could just walk around and lie to people.<br> + <br> + Encountered him today (July 12, 2010) by Orange Hut downtown around 6:30ish. I almost believed him, too.<br> + <br> + Sometime in 05/2011 - Looks like the guy is back. Approached me in front of the Art Building on campus a few weeks ago. - ["users/jiml"]<br> + <br> + March 2012- He's still around, roaming the Silo area and Segundo North. --["Users/AlexTK"]<br> + <br> + March 20, 2012: Approached me by the bus stop at U-mall stating that his car broke down, and it'll be in the shop for 2 more days. He needed to get to San Francisco by 4:30 and needed around ~$14 for an Amtrak ticket. Promised that if I helped him out he would help someone else out in return. I simply just said I didn't have cash on me (despite the crazy amount of groceries I just purchased) and he said, "I understand" and continued towards the ARC. --["Users/DeeptiNallapaneni"]<br> + <br> + On March 20, 2012, I passed by the MU bus station and was approached by a well dressed black man who was over 6-feet tall wearing sunglasses. He would probably be recognizable by his dreadlocks. He apologized profusely for stopping me and my friend and seemed very sincere in his plea for money to buy an Amtrak ticket to return to Stockton. He said he only needed $7 more. I only gave him $2 but now I'm wondering if it was a scam. He shook my hand after I handed him the money. This was around 2PM. --["Users/catd"]<br> + <br> + =Fake Fundraiser Con=<br> + We've all experienced those door-to-door fundraisers. Elementary school kids sell candy, wrapping paper, or magazine subscriptions. Shadier, pushier teens and adults sell candy bars for $5 apiece to supposedly raise money for leadership training, summer camp, and what have you. Not surprisingly, these aren't always legitimate. While you shouldn't necessarily call the cops on your neighbor's 4th grader, exercise caution. If you're suspicious, it's probably for good reason.<br> + <br> + As of May 2011 "students" going door-to-door are asking for money for music programs. An [http://www-new.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/ucd-warns-of-fundraising-scam/ article] in ["The Enterprise"] reports that UC Davis and Sacramento State are warning people that no university-affiliated music program is doing anything of the sort. Chances are the con artists will be happy to switch their story up, so just because they're not claiming to be collecting for a music program doesn't mean you should let your guard down.<br> + <br> + If you get a visit from these characters, contact the ["Davis Police Department"]. If you want to verify the legitimacy of fundraisers who come by, call the University Development Office at (530) 754-4438, or look up the phone number for whatever other organization they claim to represent. If you're suspicious but want to donate to the organization, contact the organization on your own and arrange to make a donation without going through a shady intermediary.<br> + <br> + * Annually (the last three years running) people have come to my door "selling magazines" to raise money for something or other. This last year, my roomate purchased two one year subscriptions that were supposed to come with bonus prizes, and totaled about $150. Nothing has ever shown up. --["users/masonmurray" MM]<br> + * ('''As of 04-17-2012'''): I was said roommate, confirm that magazines never showed up. Some research on the company they claimed to work for revealed national-level shadiness. Sure, people shouldn't be stupid and order from these people but folks should really be talking about this more. By the way, they are back again. They're in East Davis as I write and I reported them to the police. For those who haven't met one of them, they're a group of 20-somethings, usually rather hyperactive (tweaker-ish), smell like smokers, claim to be in a public speaking thingamajig with a boys-vs-girls contest as to win some sort of trip. They'll pull out a rather well-used sheet of magazines and start taking your info down. The second you say anything about not being able to pay they lose interest and leave very quickly. If one comes to your door you can ask to see their permit. If they don't have it it's an obvious scam and you should report them to the police immediately. --["users/kbathory" KB]<br> + * Same. They were always college-aged kids who wanted to sell me crap so they can win some dumb trip or something. Didn't buy anything from them because they sort of gave off this spoiled brat attitude. Wouldn't be surprised if they were conning people. Guess I'm only buying Girl Scout cookies now. --["Users/hankim"]<br> + <br> + =Interested Room-Seeker Con=<br> + <br> + [[Image(William.jpg, thumbnail, right, 300, "In the late 1840s, the term "confidence man" was coined to describe [wiki:wikipedia:"William Thompson (confidence man)" William Thompson]")]]<br> + <br> + This usually happens when someone leaves a posting online for a room that is available for rent. The con artist usually poses as a foreign student and contacts the poster about being interested in the room and then sends a check that is a certain amount over the requested amount for deposit, first month's rent, or any other possible costs involved in adding oneself to a lease. Then the con artist contacts the poster and asks for the extra money to be wired back (before the check bounces) in order to purchase plane tickets. Once the poster wires the money, the poster is out at least a thousand dollars or so. So those with an available room for rent, make sure the check clears before wiring money to anyone. But a cleared check does not put you completely in the clear. Banks are required by law to make funds available within a few days but it might take weeks before the issuer's bank processes and clears the check. Before the check is cleared by the issuer's bank, your bank is basically loaning you the money.<br> + * This goes on with selling used cars and the like, as well. It's also common for these people to call the number for a posting using a hearing assisted phone service, where there's an intermediary supposedly translating everything. No idea why... but my brother got two different calls like this when he was selling his car on the Bay Area Craigslist, both of them offering to send a check for a couple grand over asking price, letting him refund the difference. I have no idea why anyone would agree to this, but regardless, something to watch out for. --["Users/TomGarberson"]<br> + * It's a very common scam on Craigslist. If you sell something expensive on there, you will likely get a lot of scam e-mails sent to you. Some may even be automated. --["Users/IDoNotExist"]<br> + * Don't think that a cleared check will stop the bank from taking the money from you. They can up to 3 months after the check is cashed. --["Users/jimstewart"]<br> + <br> + =Cheap Housing Con=<br> + High housing turnover and people looking to live cheaply will sometimes lead to a scam where someone posts a bogus house on craigslist or similar, and then charges some kind of "viewing fee" or "advance deposit". Usually the houses involved in this are recently put on the market for sale, which is where the con finds the info. In order to avoid, google the address and see if the house has recently been on the market. Also, as always, if it's too good to be true, it probably is!<br> + <br> + =Returning Merchandise=<br> + Anyone been asked to return something for a guy outside Target, or maybe elsewhere? Target requires an ID to return something without the receipt to keep track of how many times you do this to catch shoplifters. This guy claims he lost the receipt and forgot his ID at home (out of town) and needs to return some expensive razor blades...<br> + <br> + =Free Music Speakers=<br> + Who doesn't love free stuff? Well that's what these two shady characters are counting on when they drive around and offer you a free set of music speakers. The story is they just remodeled a house and they have these speakers left over, and you can have em. The men are both caucasian, in their late 20s or early 30s, one with black hair, one with reddish blonde hair and, if I recall, a goatee. They drive a late model black Ford Explorer or Expedition with Florida license plates. I have been solicited by them three times in the last couple years: first in front of the South Davis ["Safeway"], then at the Shell station/In-N-Out parking lot, and most recently in ["The Marketplace"] parking lot.<br> + <br> + The most recent time, I was loading groceries in my car when they pulled up, the blonde passenger rolled down his window, and asked me if I wanted free speakers. I told him I wasn't interested. He kept offering until I told him they had approached me in the past. The man paused and said, "and what happened?" I replied, "I don't know, what's supposed to happen?" and he said "I dunno, it's supposed to be fun" and directed his friend to move on and go to a different part of the lot. --["Users/ClarkVineyard"]<br> + <br> + Thanks Davis Wiki! Got approached by these two guys today (they approached me near Bank of America as I was getting into my car and they were on the street (with cars behind them). I guess they thought I was a great target as I was wearing a t-shirt with a bunch of boomboxes on it. Unbeknownst to them, I already read about their little game. -- --["Users/AlvinTsao"]<br> + <br> + * This is the old [wiki:Wikipedia:"White van speaker scam"]. Like most scams, it's been around for years. I remember walking to lunch with a friend of mine in Berkeley about 20 years ago. We were stopped by guys in a real white van and they tried to sell us their speakers. We sent them to Meyers Sound just down the street. Told them that lots of hippie musicians worked there and would probably all be interested in their speakers. It's also common for wised-up victims to perpetuate the scam by selling their overpriced speakers on Craigslist for what they paid for them. --["users/jimstewart"]<br> + <br> + * Update May 30, 2011. Two guys in their 20s talked to me from their car on Russel. Pulled over, saw the speakers, they opened the box for me, followed me downtown to WellsFargo, where I withdrew $200. Took one last look at speakers, and typed brand and model number into my iPhone. Google pulls up pages of fraud alerts. Told the guys no deal, and took a photo of their vehicle as they left.<br> + * Looks like you whited out the plate. The speaker scam is an oldie but a goodie. Report it... especially since you can connect a vehicle ["Daubert"]<br> + *Didn't white out the license plate, but was actually trying to photograph it. I was just a bit nervous I guess, thus the crappy image. The "talker" had short light blondish hair, light complexion. The guy in the passenger seat, was pale had some facial piercings, and didn't talk very much. ["previous poster"]<br> + * I don't get it. What's the scam? They offer you free speakers, then you take them...and then what? Or do they expect you to go over to their house to pick them up, and then kidnap you or something? --["Users/TheShah"]<br> + * I think they sell you crap speakers that are broken or very low quality for the price of new/good quality. --["Users/jsbmeb"]<br> + * Well, that's how the scam usually works. These people are claiming the speakers are free. That's a new wrinkle. I wonder how they get your money in this iteration of the scam. --["Users/WilliamLewis"]<br> + * The scam I was subjected to, is that the box and website show an MSRP for something like $2,500 USD, and here you have two guys offering to let go of them for say $500 bucks. So even if you argue them down to $200 you think you are getting some incredible deal, but it turns out the speakers are worth about $50, and they possibly might not even work. I believe that this is an actual marketing campaign, but just a couple of dudes, but an entire army across the US, that work for this company. They probably buy the systems cheap, and then market them off in this manner. Pure speculation on my part, BTW.<br> + <br> + [http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/rankferal/photo.jpg] &lt;- Here's the photo<br> + <br> + <br> + =Sale of Stolen Bikes=<br> + With the abundance of ["bikes"] in the City of Davis, bike theft is an unfortunately common occurrence in town. Occasionally, stolen bikes may turn up for sale on sites like [http://sacramento.craigslist.org/ Craigslist]. A particular case was documented on the [http://daviswiki.org/Bike_Recovery_System#biketheft Bike Recovery System page].<br> + <br> + =Strategies to help honest people=<br> + <br> + ''2010-03-22 13:53:53'' [[nbsp]] I have found that the easiest way to tell if these people are legit is to offer them the specific help they ask for. If they say they need money for a train ticket, I offer to buy them a train ticket. If they say they need money for gas, I offer to pay for their gas. If they say they need money for food because they are starving, when I am coming out of the grocery store, I offer them a loaf of bread. They usually get indignant and try to come up with some lame excuse of why that won't help them. One guy who claimed to be starving actually turned down a loaf of bread. Anyway, in all of the time I have used this approach, I have only come across one person in need of what they were asking for. --["Users/DavidGrundler"]<br> + <br> + * That actually sounds like a great idea. Amazing how rarely we think of the simplest solutions... ["Users/WesOne"]<br> + * You would think, but it's not fool proof. A friend of mine is a manager at a local fast food restaraunt and there is often a homeless person out front with a cup for change. According to this friend he will accept food, then promptly throw it away. -- ["Users/masonmurray" MM]<br> + * It is a great idea. And I once bought a drink, sandwich, and chips for a guy hanging out at a grocery store, asking for money. Although he no doubt would have preferred the money, he did seem grateful for the food. --cp<br> + * Absolutely a great idea, when you are able to follow through on the offer. -["users/edwins" ES]<br> + * Yeah David, that seems like a solid approach, it was the one I came up with using the power of hindsight, but alas you have the same idea... ["Daubert"]<br> + * I gave out shampoos and snacks I got for ["Bounty and Savings" free at the stores] (easy, they're stationed right outside!) and they appreciated it - LY<br> + * This is a good strategy, or another good one is to give to a legitimate charity and then direct them to that charity. A fun one I learned from a friend is to buy McDonalds gift certificates (you can get them for $1) and give them out, or something similar. Also, I like to carry around dog treats in places where there are lots of homeless dogs. People seem really surprised when you hand them a dog treat, and the dog is definitely happy. From living in the middle of an enormous city for years, I make it a rule not to believe the stories that anyone tells me who randomly approaches me on the street, but I've noticed that in Davis it happens so rarely that people are frequently caught off guard. Don't worry about what happens if you don't help someone whose story you are unsure about--there are PLENTY of community resources and plenty of other people who they will ask after you. - ["Users/SweetMeliss"]<br> + <br> + = Other Cons, Ripoffs, and ["shadiness factor" Shadiness] =<br> + <br> + * ["Activities and Recreation Center"] - Forces every student to pay what is a high price for a gym membership.<br> + * ["ASUCD"] - Takes students' money and wastes it.<br> + * ["City Politics"] -?<br> + * ["Club Finance Council"] -why?<br> + * ["Political Party" Certain or all Parties] -- Never enough beer, and nobody plays any decent music.<br> + * ["Sequoia Equities"] -why?<br> + * UC Davis ["Textbook Buyback"] -- You are lucky if you get ten percent of what you paid for a book.<br> + <br> + -----<br> + <br> + ''See also ["shadiness factor"], ["bank robberies"], ["cults"] and ["crime"]''<br> + <br> + [[Comments]]<br> + ------<br> + ''2010-06-08 16:23:24'' [[nbsp]] About two weeks before Memorial Day, I got hit up by a short, light-skinned Hispanic guy claiming to be on leave from the Army and trying to buy a train ticket home to visit his family. He seemed pretty legit, but you never know. Anyone else bump into him? --["Users/AdamV"]<br> + * I think I bumped into him around the same time. I know for sure it was a Friday night. --["Users/hankim"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2011-01-12 20:06:43'' [[nbsp]] Guy going around saying he is a senior at Davis Senior High, trying to collect donations to help him go to San Jose State. He looks like he's in his early 20's shows a binder with a beat up looking "certificate of admission" to SJ State and some slips from my "neighbors" with emails and donations listed. Same thing happened a year ago at my old apartment some guy saying he got into SJ State. Just had another guy knock on my door while writing this doing the same thing, they definitely don't look like high school students. Anyone else seen these guys? Seems suspicious to me. --["Users/AnthonyL"]<br> + * I think I saw a African American guy go around door to door doing the same thing trying to sell newspaper or something, I wasn't sure if it was a scam or not. So I turned him away, especially since he had no catalog or anything, not even a sample paper. --["Users/ClarenceL"]<br> + <br> + * This guy just came to my apartment doing the exact same thing. I've turned people with the magazine-subscription type deal away before but I thought this guy was legit and felt like doing a nice thing. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS KID. --Runnitarian<br> + <br> + * I've seen both! What's even worse is that I've given money to both! The Black guy came first. He was really nice and chatty, showing me the binder and the San Jose certificate. So I gave him 20 bucks. Several months later another guy (Hispanic) came around with the same story. Because I'm an idiot I thought it was some real program, I donated. After I gave the second time, something felt really fishy. He asked me to respond to an email that would come to me. I had to click to link so he would get his "point" for money for school. I asked him how he was sure I was going to get the email. He laughed and said with a smile "Oh you will. Don't worry". No email, but then again, I kind of knew it would't after he said that.<br> + Total scam. Also, colleges don't give out the "fancy" entrance diploma/entrance letter. You get the diploma AFTER you go to school and spend thousands of dollars. --["Users/farfelu5251"]<br> + <br> + * Me too. One came to my house and another stopped me at Nugget. I gave the 1st one money. They were selling Davis Enterprise subscriptions which never showed up. when I call the Enterprise, they never heard of this and I then knew I'd been scammed. I demanded my money back from the one in front of Nugget, but he took off running. --["Users/Aaron.Curtin"]<br> + <br> + * This has happened to me twice already, two different guys. Once was a few months ago, my husband answered the door. Second time was just this past Monday afternoon. The guy showed me a "certificate of admission" that was so worn and beat up I had a hard time reading it. He said the Davis Enterprise was nice enough to sponsor this program to help him pay for college. Then he kept telling me "look at all of your neighbors that have given a donation" and showing me a list of five or so emails from my "neighbors". When I told him that I, too, was a poor student, he insisted "just $5" maybe 5 or 6 times! This guy became desperate and annoying very quickly, it actually made me a bit nervous. --["Users/rachand1"]<br> + <br> + *Same exact thing happened to me recently, African-American male knocking on door and asking to donate by purchasing Enterprise newspapers for $10-$20 to support his college education at SJSU. He had a beat-up binder with a wrinkled diploma, emails of my "neighbors" that also donated (all were ucdavis.edu emails). He said he was only going to be around this week asking for donations, which is obviously a lie since the first person who reported this was in January 2011. I did not "donate", but he insisted that I just donate a few dollars, etc. Yeah, no thanks, can't fool me. Oct.4, 2011. -- ["Users/lovelovelove3"]<br> + <br> + *The hispanic guy was going around my apartment (September 10, 2011) and I opened the door for him. Definitely did not look like he was in high school. But anyways I ended up writing a check out to Chris Johnson... not sure if that's his name or some other person's but hopefully it will come in handy for someone else. I wrote him a check because there was another person the previous school year who was trying to get people to subscribe for Enterprise newspapers in front of Safeway... and I actually got the newspapers. So that guy was legit, but this other person not so much. --["Users/AW"]<br> + <br> + *I encountered a hispanic guy in my apartment complex (December 4, 2011). He claimed to be a senior graduating from Davis Senior High School I was initially thought that his story was true until I went to the Wiki. He claimed he just got accepted into UCLA. Let me point out that the UC App is due November 30 each year. There is no way he could have gotten accepted 4 days after the due date. He also gave me this ragged old binder to look at while giving me his speech. I didn't pay much attention to it but he told me to flip to the red page in the back. He told me that the Davis Enterprise will give him some money if he gets 15 people to sign up for a subscription. His speech sounds scripted, obviously not his first time, but polite.<br> + <br> + ------<br> + ''2011-02-01 00:29:25'' [[nbsp]] On Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, around 10:15 p.m., two white males in their early to mid 20s with short hair were asking for gas money from customers pumping fuel at the Chevron station at 1601 Research Park Drive (next to KFC, south of the I-80 Richards Ave. exit). They looked quite a bit like another pair of guys doing the same thing a couple weeks prior, at the same station. It was funny that they solicited everyone but me this night, perhaps that they recognized the guy who offered them $5 last time. They were driving a newish white Dodge Charger with license plate 6CLC671. One was wearing red basketball shorts and a white T-shirt. Another customer said that they tried to sell a gift card to him. One even tried to sound desperate and ask for someone's floor change.<br> + <br> + I hope that my suspicions are proven unfounded. --["Users/farrierson"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2011-02-26 22:35:08'' [[nbsp]] Capitalism is a con job. But it works. Most people are sheep ripe for the purchasing. Don't think you are special unless you've actually done a lick of good in this world, which is very rare. --["Users/ScottMeehleib"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2011-06-02 17:44:44'' [[nbsp]] The Davis Enterprise reported on Thursday June 2, 2011 about another door to door fundraiser scam, this time, the scammers are claiming to donate the stuff you give them to the UC Davis Children's Hospital. --["Users/ndah100"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2011-06-26 12:38:41'' [[nbsp]] The guy described by AnthonyL on 2011-01-12 was also making the rounds at Solano Park Apartments a few months ago. --["Users/dedelstein"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2011-07-31 9:40:38'' [[nbsp]] Look out for a young girl (about 8-years-old) who is being sent by her lurking mother to ask for money. My family was approached by her yesterday in the University Mall area. --["Users/elizabethforrestlambert"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2011-08-04 12:45:14'' [[nbsp]] Two guys pulled up trying to sell me speakers at the Wells today, obvious scam. The Wells Fargo staff was pretty courteous but have to agree -- rather hard to catch these criminals. They skirt the law and are scum. --["Users/shraken"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2011-08-14 22:20:34'' [[nbsp]] There were people in front of ["Trader Joe's"] selling candy. I've seen them do the same thing at ["Safeway"]. Legit fundraiser or con? --["Users/hankim"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2011-10-12 21:11:21'' [[nbsp]] A "tall, black guy" came by my building knocking on doors asking for money for school. He stole half of a neighbors pack of cigarettes she keeps on the table after he was turned away. --["Users/OliviaY"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2011-12-14 15:59:29'' [[nbsp]] There was an african america gentlemen who said he was a former convict going door to door selling magazine subscriptions with a company called D&amp;T Connections, or something like that. I am not sure it is a scam, but door to door sales are shady none the less. --["Users/ChrisDietrich"]<br> + * A group was working Old North on Sunday night. The guy that came to our door was more aggressive than I've ever seen and became argumentative. When my wife declined saying that she had ordered before and never received the product, he cussed her out as he walked away. That said, I'm not sure these are "con artists." I think they're truly poor youth that are recruited by swindlers and dumped into our neighborhoods in vans. Mortgage salespeople in 2007 were more con artists than these annoying kids. --["Users/ScottLay"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2011-12-15 15:47:42'' [[nbsp]] I live in West Davis and have had to two people come by "selling magazines" this week after dark. Even if they really are selling magazines I think it still counts as a scam. Also, I think you need special permits to go door to door selling stuff in this town. They were both rude and became angry with me when I told them that I would not be giving them money and one of them insinuated that I wasn't donating because I'm a racist. My roommate thought it was funny but I think its disturbing when people come by at night asking for money and getting mad. --["Users/MikeyCrews"]<br> + *I don't think you need a permit to sell door to door. I've never heard of such an ordinance. If you are caucasian and he is black, he was probably upset about the fact that his ancestors were enslaved wereas yours weren't, which would make many people understandably bitter. It does indeed suck to be doomed to a life of poverty because of racial oppression. --["Users/ScottMeehleib"]<br> + <br> + *Davis City Code Ordinance 1972...." Requiring registration and permitting of all peddlers, solicitors and transient vendors will assist in protecting the public against persons of criminal habits or tendencies representing themselves as peddlers, solicitors or transient vendors."<br> + <br> + and it goes on to say "Sec. 18-2. Uninvited entry prohibited.<br> + The practice of going in and upon private residences or residential property in the city by solicitors, peddlers, hawkers, itinerant merchants and transient vendors of merchandise, not having been requested or invited to do so by the owner or occupant of such private residences, for the purpose of soliciting donations, contracts or services, orders for the sale of contracts, services, goods, wares or merchandise or for the purpose of disposing of, or peddling, or hawking the same, or any of them, is prohibited and declared to be a nuisance except as provided for in this chapter."... the chapter goes on to say that you need the permits and you can't do it after dark.<br> + <br> + Your point about racism is barely worth responding to. To say that it's justifiable to call someone racist because they're a different race than you is racist itself. Also I don't think this is proper wikipage for discussing socioeconomic disparities. --["Users/MikeyCrews"]<br> + *Thank you for your illustration of Davis legislation. I never called anyone racist; I was simply explaining possible motivations. Although I was lucky enough to be born white, I can understand why black people might be a bit upset with the hand they've been dealt. They have mostly been fucked over in every socio-economic aspect you can think of. And us homo sapiens are basically a species of indifferent apes. It's quite depressing to anybody who can transcend ape-logic.--["Users/ScottMeehleib"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2012-01-26 19:19:40'' [[nbsp]] Ran into a lady near the UMall ATMs. She had a cart with a gallon of milk and asked for money. She said she needed food for her children. She looked like she needed the help, but I couldn't tell. Anyone else? --["Users/WaylandLee"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2012-03-06 01:45:18'' [[nbsp]] Recently an African American man aggressively came up to me and shook my hand and gave me the old my-car-is-out-of-gas-my-wife-and-baby-are-in-the-car sob story, and asked me for money. His brother (whom I doubt is his actual brother, likely an accomplice) follows him around with a phone and gives a home and cell number, both of which I suspect are fake. He was hanging around the MU last time I saw him, don't know if he's still around. --["Users/AnthonySheu"]<br> + <br> + *I recently was encountered by this same man a few weeks ago on September 2012. He didn't aggressively come up to me and shake my hand or anything, but gave the same old story. I bluntly and quickly told him "no" before he could even finish what he was saying. --["Users/MichelleNguyen"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2013-04-28 08:34:07'' [[nbsp]] Has anyone else seen that black guy (early 40's) hanging around 3rd Street right off of campus trying to sell his music? I see him walking between Pho King and the off-campus bookstore at least once a week trying to get people to buy one of his CDs. He was pretty nice the first time we spoke but he immediately lost all interest as soon as I told him I didn't have any cash. I didn't think much of it until I heard someone ask him to sing something, to which he replied "It's techno." It just seemed a little off to me.<br> + <br> + I might have to dust off my CD player for the next time he approaches me. --["Users/Darkfallin"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2013-05-11 00:46:30'' [[nbsp]] Beware of meeting people through online dating - under title The Match From Hell.<br> + <br> + There's a woman called Brenda Galkin Carmona, or Brenda G. Carmona...............if you happen to come across her just run like hell and don't look back. She's an opportunist who targets her 'mark' and then over a short period of time manages to infiltrate their life. Beware a woman scorned - once you cross her you'll soon see just how deeply she's found out everything about you. She makes herself out to be in the film financing business and when you meet her she'll be conveniently 'between deals' and then she'll hoodwink you with one or more of her sob-stories. You might also notice that she hasn't got a car as she just happened to 'total' hers around the time you meet. She'll also lie about her age (which is 35), and what's truly quite pathetic is that despite that, she has nothing to show for it except whatever she's managed to extort from her last victim. BEWARE - you have been warned! --["Users/davysontheroadagain"]<br> + [[Image(The 'Match' from hell.jpg)]]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-05-11 01:10:01davysontheroadagainRenamed to "The 'Match' From Hell" <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 1: </td> <td> Line 1: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- [[Image(tcm.jpg, thumbnail, right, 400, "Sometimes people like Davis Wiki User ["Users/hankim" Han Kim] offer a variety of easy ways to make money.")]]<br> - <br> - Some people use fictional stories to take advantage of helpful people. Here are some local '''Con Artists''', sorted by general types of confidence tricks. Be careful before adding people into this list, as there are genuine people in need.<br> - <br> - [[TableOfContents()]]<br> - <br> - =Elder Abuse Con Artist=<br> - Elder abuse con artist living in Davis: http://falling4marlo.blogspot.com/ [[Image(Marlo.jpg, thumbnail, right, 300)]]<br> - Scammer MARLO goes by Compton, Rojas, Sloan, Almlie, Moser, etc. Tall, blond, charming, she manipulates and cons posing as a doctor, a counselor, a cancer patient, or a downtrodden single mother. In prison for elder abuse and fraud in excess of $1.5 M; released in 2011, now living in Davis/Woodland area. Sympathetic people are drawn to her dramatic stories of abuse and/or illness. Without conscience, she'll seek control, manipulating folks into doing things they never considered and inspiring great loyalty through shame and supposed obligation.<br> - <br> - =Car Insurance Scam=<br> - <br> - In July 2012, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/car-accident-scam-in-davis-police-dmv-offer-tips-to-protect-yourself/ story] about a reported car insurance scam that occured in Davis. In the story, a resident parked his car on the street while visiting a friend. When leaving he was approached by a well dressed asian man, approximately 40ish, accompanied by two females, who were driving a black van. They accused the resident of damaging thier car which had been parked in front of him earlier in the day. They demanded $200 to repair the damage. The resident claims he was pressured into paying them $185 on the spot, even though he felt like he had not damaged the car.<br> - <br> - =Fake Health Inspectors=<br> - <br> - On July 7th, 2011, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/yolo-county/food-workers-warned-of-fraudulent-inspector/ story] warning of fraudulent health inspectors operating in the area. The individual will call the business, claiming that there is an inspection scheduled the next day. Be aware that legitimate health inspecters will usually NOT announce an impending visit, nor will they collect money, or try to sell you anything. Yolo County Environmental Health may be contacted with any questions or to report suspicious activity at (530) 666-8646<br> - <br> - =Stranded Neighbor=<br> - <br> - While people can easily be genuinely stranded (not everybody carries their credit card everywhere, and being broke doesn't mean you can't ask for help), the key thing that makes this a con is that the person does not actually intend to use the money they ask for to buy gas, a train ticket, or other way to get out of their predicament. Instead of simply asking for money, their falsehood in their circumstances and the intended use for your charity (and the implication that you can help them with one act and they will be okay) makes this a con. Charity is great and important, but charities that ask for money for a purpose and then use it for other reasons is bad, be it a large charity or a single person.<br> - <br> - ''Example: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krg5r6n0kr4 YouTube video] of a news team following some panhandlers, including a “stranded” teenage girl. Some of these scamming panhandlers are relatively successful, estimated to earn up to $50/hr and may just be local kids/teenagers.''<br> - <br> - [[anchor(crying)]]<br> - ==Local Examples:==<br> - === ["Crying Girl Con Artist" Crying Girl with a Train Schedule] ===<br> - [[Image(cryinggirl.jpg, thumbnail, 300, "The “Crying Girl" (aka: '''Jill Johnson''') as confirmed below by various users.")]]<br> - == ==<br> - Due to the large volume of postings related to Crying Girl, information about this scam has been move to its own page at ["Crying Girl Con Artist"].<br> - <br> - === "Oakland Train Guy" ===<br> - A nicely dressed, polite African-American man in his twenties or thirties approaches people telling a story of how he came to Davis for a workshop but got stranded here when his car broke down. He supposedly needs just a few dollars to make enough money to buy a train ticket back to Oakland. He flashes a driver's license to prove he's from Oakland, making the story sound legitimate. He's been seen on ["E Street"] on the sidewalk by the ["Orange Court"].<br> - <br> - *This guy stopped me on the street outside the ["G St. Pub"] on May 13 around 7:30pm. Tall, African American, and very friendly. He said he was stranded in Davis and needed a few bucks for a train back to Richmond (he showed me his driver's license too). That day, I was dressed like the average student, and it should've been pretty obvious that I didn't have money to be giving away to strangers. He wasn't stopping older professor-types who look like they actually have the money, and that made me suspicious. Just before this, I was also approached in the same spot by a Caucasian man asking for money for food, and when I pointed him toward ["Davis Community Meals"], he got angry and walked away. I don't mean to say anything bad about G St., but it seems to attract a lot of scammers. -["Users/StephanieRobinson"]<br> - <br> - ** 2/21/2013 The "Oakland Train Guy" stopped me and two friends today on 3rd street outside of the Social Sciences Building (the death star). He gave us the same story as others have described and said he needed $17 for the Amtrak ticket. Collectively, he got $15 from us. Afterwards, I had a weird feeling about it and was told by another friend that he is a seasoned con artist in Davis. I called UC police and the woman on the phone sounded very familiar with him and told me they have to run him off campus often. I am annoyed that we got duped and don't want him to get away with it with anyone else. Beware!!<br> - <br> - ''2010-06-01 11:03:56'' [[nbsp]] Oakland Train Guy at it again on G Street and 2nd, Sunday 5/30 around 6pm --["Users/Byron"]<br> - <br> - 6/9/10 Train guy won again I saw a man give him $5 around 6:30 on 2nd st makes me wonder why do I work so hard when I could just walk around and lie to people.<br> - <br> - Encountered him today (July 12, 2010) by Orange Hut downtown around 6:30ish. I almost believed him, too.<br> - <br> - Sometime in 05/2011 - Looks like the guy is back. Approached me in front of the Art Building on campus a few weeks ago. - ["users/jiml"]<br> - <br> - March 2012- He's still around, roaming the Silo area and Segundo North. --["Users/AlexTK"]<br> - <br> - March 20, 2012: Approached me by the bus stop at U-mall stating that his car broke down, and it'll be in the shop for 2 more days. He needed to get to San Francisco by 4:30 and needed around ~$14 for an Amtrak ticket. Promised that if I helped him out he would help someone else out in return. I simply just said I didn't have cash on me (despite the crazy amount of groceries I just purchased) and he said, "I understand" and continued towards the ARC. --["Users/DeeptiNallapaneni"]<br> - <br> - On March 20, 2012, I passed by the MU bus station and was approached by a well dressed black man who was over 6-feet tall wearing sunglasses. He would probably be recognizable by his dreadlocks. He apologized profusely for stopping me and my friend and seemed very sincere in his plea for money to buy an Amtrak ticket to return to Stockton. He said he only needed $7 more. I only gave him $2 but now I'm wondering if it was a scam. He shook my hand after I handed him the money. This was around 2PM. --["Users/catd"]<br> - <br> - =Fake Fundraiser Con=<br> - We've all experienced those door-to-door fundraisers. Elementary school kids sell candy, wrapping paper, or magazine subscriptions. Shadier, pushier teens and adults sell candy bars for $5 apiece to supposedly raise money for leadership training, summer camp, and what have you. Not surprisingly, these aren't always legitimate. While you shouldn't necessarily call the cops on your neighbor's 4th grader, exercise caution. If you're suspicious, it's probably for good reason.<br> - <br> - As of May 2011 "students" going door-to-door are asking for money for music programs. An [http://www-new.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/ucd-warns-of-fundraising-scam/ article] in ["The Enterprise"] reports that UC Davis and Sacramento State are warning people that no university-affiliated music program is doing anything of the sort. Chances are the con artists will be happy to switch their story up, so just because they're not claiming to be collecting for a music program doesn't mean you should let your guard down.<br> - <br> - If you get a visit from these characters, contact the ["Davis Police Department"]. If you want to verify the legitimacy of fundraisers who come by, call the University Development Office at (530) 754-4438, or look up the phone number for whatever other organization they claim to represent. If you're suspicious but want to donate to the organization, contact the organization on your own and arrange to make a donation without going through a shady intermediary.<br> - <br> - * Annually (the last three years running) people have come to my door "selling magazines" to raise money for something or other. This last year, my roomate purchased two one year subscriptions that were supposed to come with bonus prizes, and totaled about $150. Nothing has ever shown up. --["users/masonmurray" MM]<br> - * ('''As of 04-17-2012'''): I was said roommate, confirm that magazines never showed up. Some research on the company they claimed to work for revealed national-level shadiness. Sure, people shouldn't be stupid and order from these people but folks should really be talking about this more. By the way, they are back again. They're in East Davis as I write and I reported them to the police. For those who haven't met one of them, they're a group of 20-somethings, usually rather hyperactive (tweaker-ish), smell like smokers, claim to be in a public speaking thingamajig with a boys-vs-girls contest as to win some sort of trip. They'll pull out a rather well-used sheet of magazines and start taking your info down. The second you say anything about not being able to pay they lose interest and leave very quickly. If one comes to your door you can ask to see their permit. If they don't have it it's an obvious scam and you should report them to the police immediately. --["users/kbathory" KB]<br> - * Same. They were always college-aged kids who wanted to sell me crap so they can win some dumb trip or something. Didn't buy anything from them because they sort of gave off this spoiled brat attitude. Wouldn't be surprised if they were conning people. Guess I'm only buying Girl Scout cookies now. --["Users/hankim"]<br> - <br> - =Interested Room-Seeker Con=<br> - <br> - [[Image(William.jpg, thumbnail, right, 300, "In the late 1840s, the term "confidence man" was coined to describe [wiki:wikipedia:"William Thompson (confidence man)" William Thompson]")]]<br> - <br> - This usually happens when someone leaves a posting online for a room that is available for rent. The con artist usually poses as a foreign student and contacts the poster about being interested in the room and then sends a check that is a certain amount over the requested amount for deposit, first month's rent, or any other possible costs involved in adding oneself to a lease. Then the con artist contacts the poster and asks for the extra money to be wired back (before the check bounces) in order to purchase plane tickets. Once the poster wires the money, the poster is out at least a thousand dollars or so. So those with an available room for rent, make sure the check clears before wiring money to anyone. But a cleared check does not put you completely in the clear. Banks are required by law to make funds available within a few days but it might take weeks before the issuer's bank processes and clears the check. Before the check is cleared by the issuer's bank, your bank is basically loaning you the money.<br> - * This goes on with selling used cars and the like, as well. It's also common for these people to call the number for a posting using a hearing assisted phone service, where there's an intermediary supposedly translating everything. No idea why... but my brother got two different calls like this when he was selling his car on the Bay Area Craigslist, both of them offering to send a check for a couple grand over asking price, letting him refund the difference. I have no idea why anyone would agree to this, but regardless, something to watch out for. --["Users/TomGarberson"]<br> - * It's a very common scam on Craigslist. If you sell something expensive on there, you will likely get a lot of scam e-mails sent to you. Some may even be automated. --["Users/IDoNotExist"]<br> - * Don't think that a cleared check will stop the bank from taking the money from you. They can up to 3 months after the check is cashed. --["Users/jimstewart"]<br> - <br> - =Cheap Housing Con=<br> - High housing turnover and people looking to live cheaply will sometimes lead to a scam where someone posts a bogus house on craigslist or similar, and then charges some kind of "viewing fee" or "advance deposit". Usually the houses involved in this are recently put on the market for sale, which is where the con finds the info. In order to avoid, google the address and see if the house has recently been on the market. Also, as always, if it's too good to be true, it probably is!<br> - <br> - =Returning Merchandise=<br> - Anyone been asked to return something for a guy outside Target, or maybe elsewhere? Target requires an ID to return something without the receipt to keep track of how many times you do this to catch shoplifters. This guy claims he lost the receipt and forgot his ID at home (out of town) and needs to return some expensive razor blades...<br> - <br> - =Free Music Speakers=<br> - Who doesn't love free stuff? Well that's what these two shady characters are counting on when they drive around and offer you a free set of music speakers. The story is they just remodeled a house and they have these speakers left over, and you can have em. The men are both caucasian, in their late 20s or early 30s, one with black hair, one with reddish blonde hair and, if I recall, a goatee. They drive a late model black Ford Explorer or Expedition with Florida license plates. I have been solicited by them three times in the last couple years: first in front of the South Davis ["Safeway"], then at the Shell station/In-N-Out parking lot, and most recently in ["The Marketplace"] parking lot.<br> - <br> - The most recent time, I was loading groceries in my car when they pulled up, the blonde passenger rolled down his window, and asked me if I wanted free speakers. I told him I wasn't interested. He kept offering until I told him they had approached me in the past. The man paused and said, "and what happened?" I replied, "I don't know, what's supposed to happen?" and he said "I dunno, it's supposed to be fun" and directed his friend to move on and go to a different part of the lot. --["Users/ClarkVineyard"]<br> - <br> - Thanks Davis Wiki! Got approached by these two guys today (they approached me near Bank of America as I was getting into my car and they were on the street (with cars behind them). I guess they thought I was a great target as I was wearing a t-shirt with a bunch of boomboxes on it. Unbeknownst to them, I already read about their little game. -- --["Users/AlvinTsao"]<br> - <br> - * This is the old [wiki:Wikipedia:"White van speaker scam"]. Like most scams, it's been around for years. I remember walking to lunch with a friend of mine in Berkeley about 20 years ago. We were stopped by guys in a real white van and they tried to sell us their speakers. We sent them to Meyers Sound just down the street. Told them that lots of hippie musicians worked there and would probably all be interested in their speakers. It's also common for wised-up victims to perpetuate the scam by selling their overpriced speakers on Craigslist for what they paid for them. --["users/jimstewart"]<br> - <br> - * Update May 30, 2011. Two guys in their 20s talked to me from their car on Russel. Pulled over, saw the speakers, they opened the box for me, followed me downtown to WellsFargo, where I withdrew $200. Took one last look at speakers, and typed brand and model number into my iPhone. Google pulls up pages of fraud alerts. Told the guys no deal, and took a photo of their vehicle as they left.<br> - * Looks like you whited out the plate. The speaker scam is an oldie but a goodie. Report it... especially since you can connect a vehicle ["Daubert"]<br> - *Didn't white out the license plate, but was actually trying to photograph it. I was just a bit nervous I guess, thus the crappy image. The "talker" had short light blondish hair, light complexion. The guy in the passenger seat, was pale had some facial piercings, and didn't talk very much. ["previous poster"]<br> - * I don't get it. What's the scam? They offer you free speakers, then you take them...and then what? Or do they expect you to go over to their house to pick them up, and then kidnap you or something? --["Users/TheShah"]<br> - * I think they sell you crap speakers that are broken or very low quality for the price of new/good quality. --["Users/jsbmeb"]<br> - * Well, that's how the scam usually works. These people are claiming the speakers are free. That's a new wrinkle. I wonder how they get your money in this iteration of the scam. --["Users/WilliamLewis"]<br> - * The scam I was subjected to, is that the box and website show an MSRP for something like $2,500 USD, and here you have two guys offering to let go of them for say $500 bucks. So even if you argue them down to $200 you think you are getting some incredible deal, but it turns out the speakers are worth about $50, and they possibly might not even work. I believe that this is an actual marketing campaign, but just a couple of dudes, but an entire army across the US, that work for this company. They probably buy the systems cheap, and then market them off in this manner. Pure speculation on my part, BTW.<br> - <br> - [http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/rankferal/photo.jpg] &lt;- Here's the photo<br> - <br> - <br> - =Sale of Stolen Bikes=<br> - With the abundance of ["bikes"] in the City of Davis, bike theft is an unfortunately common occurrence in town. Occasionally, stolen bikes may turn up for sale on sites like [http://sacramento.craigslist.org/ Craigslist]. A particular case was documented on the [http://daviswiki.org/Bike_Recovery_System#biketheft Bike Recovery System page].<br> - <br> - =Strategies to help honest people=<br> - <br> - ''2010-03-22 13:53:53'' [[nbsp]] I have found that the easiest way to tell if these people are legit is to offer them the specific help they ask for. If they say they need money for a train ticket, I offer to buy them a train ticket. If they say they need money for gas, I offer to pay for their gas. If they say they need money for food because they are starving, when I am coming out of the grocery store, I offer them a loaf of bread. They usually get indignant and try to come up with some lame excuse of why that won't help them. One guy who claimed to be starving actually turned down a loaf of bread. Anyway, in all of the time I have used this approach, I have only come across one person in need of what they were asking for. --["Users/DavidGrundler"]<br> - <br> - * That actually sounds like a great idea. Amazing how rarely we think of the simplest solutions... ["Users/WesOne"]<br> - * You would think, but it's not fool proof. A friend of mine is a manager at a local fast food restaraunt and there is often a homeless person out front with a cup for change. According to this friend he will accept food, then promptly throw it away. -- ["Users/masonmurray" MM]<br> - * It is a great idea. And I once bought a drink, sandwich, and chips for a guy hanging out at a grocery store, asking for money. Although he no doubt would have preferred the money, he did seem grateful for the food. --cp<br> - * Absolutely a great idea, when you are able to follow through on the offer. -["users/edwins" ES]<br> - * Yeah David, that seems like a solid approach, it was the one I came up with using the power of hindsight, but alas you have the same idea... ["Daubert"]<br> - * I gave out shampoos and snacks I got for ["Bounty and Savings" free at the stores] (easy, they're stationed right outside!) and they appreciated it - LY<br> - * This is a good strategy, or another good one is to give to a legitimate charity and then direct them to that charity. A fun one I learned from a friend is to buy McDonalds gift certificates (you can get them for $1) and give them out, or something similar. Also, I like to carry around dog treats in places where there are lots of homeless dogs. People seem really surprised when you hand them a dog treat, and the dog is definitely happy. From living in the middle of an enormous city for years, I make it a rule not to believe the stories that anyone tells me who randomly approaches me on the street, but I've noticed that in Davis it happens so rarely that people are frequently caught off guard. Don't worry about what happens if you don't help someone whose story you are unsure about--there are PLENTY of community resources and plenty of other people who they will ask after you. - ["Users/SweetMeliss"]<br> - <br> - = Other Cons, Ripoffs, and ["shadiness factor" Shadiness] =<br> - <br> - * ["Activities and Recreation Center"] - Forces every student to pay what is a high price for a gym membership.<br> - * ["ASUCD"] - Takes students' money and wastes it.<br> - * ["City Politics"] -?<br> - * ["Club Finance Council"] -why?<br> - * ["Political Party" Certain or all Parties] -- Never enough beer, and nobody plays any decent music.<br> - * ["Sequoia Equities"] -why?<br> - * UC Davis ["Textbook Buyback"] -- You are lucky if you get ten percent of what you paid for a book.<br> - <br> - -----<br> - <br> - ''See also ["shadiness factor"], ["bank robberies"], ["cults"] and ["crime"]''<br> - <br> - [[Comments]]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-06-08 16:23:24'' [[nbsp]] About two weeks before Memorial Day, I got hit up by a short, light-skinned Hispanic guy claiming to be on leave from the Army and trying to buy a train ticket home to visit his family. He seemed pretty legit, but you never know. Anyone else bump into him? --["Users/AdamV"]<br> - * I think I bumped into him around the same time. I know for sure it was a Friday night. --["Users/hankim"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-01-12 20:06:43'' [[nbsp]] Guy going around saying he is a senior at Davis Senior High, trying to collect donations to help him go to San Jose State. He looks like he's in his early 20's shows a binder with a beat up looking "certificate of admission" to SJ State and some slips from my "neighbors" with emails and donations listed. Same thing happened a year ago at my old apartment some guy saying he got into SJ State. Just had another guy knock on my door while writing this doing the same thing, they definitely don't look like high school students. Anyone else seen these guys? Seems suspicious to me. --["Users/AnthonyL"]<br> - * I think I saw a African American guy go around door to door doing the same thing trying to sell newspaper or something, I wasn't sure if it was a scam or not. So I turned him away, especially since he had no catalog or anything, not even a sample paper. --["Users/ClarenceL"]<br> - <br> - * This guy just came to my apartment doing the exact same thing. I've turned people with the magazine-subscription type deal away before but I thought this guy was legit and felt like doing a nice thing. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS KID. --Runnitarian<br> - <br> - * I've seen both! What's even worse is that I've given money to both! The Black guy came first. He was really nice and chatty, showing me the binder and the San Jose certificate. So I gave him 20 bucks. Several months later another guy (Hispanic) came around with the same story. Because I'm an idiot I thought it was some real program, I donated. After I gave the second time, something felt really fishy. He asked me to respond to an email that would come to me. I had to click to link so he would get his "point" for money for school. I asked him how he was sure I was going to get the email. He laughed and said with a smile "Oh you will. Don't worry". No email, but then again, I kind of knew it would't after he said that.<br> - Total scam. Also, colleges don't give out the "fancy" entrance diploma/entrance letter. You get the diploma AFTER you go to school and spend thousands of dollars. --["Users/farfelu5251"]<br> - <br> - * Me too. One came to my house and another stopped me at Nugget. I gave the 1st one money. They were selling Davis Enterprise subscriptions which never showed up. when I call the Enterprise, they never heard of this and I then knew I'd been scammed. I demanded my money back from the one in front of Nugget, but he took off running. --["Users/Aaron.Curtin"]<br> - <br> - * This has happened to me twice already, two different guys. Once was a few months ago, my husband answered the door. Second time was just this past Monday afternoon. The guy showed me a "certificate of admission" that was so worn and beat up I had a hard time reading it. He said the Davis Enterprise was nice enough to sponsor this program to help him pay for college. Then he kept telling me "look at all of your neighbors that have given a donation" and showing me a list of five or so emails from my "neighbors". When I told him that I, too, was a poor student, he insisted "just $5" maybe 5 or 6 times! This guy became desperate and annoying very quickly, it actually made me a bit nervous. --["Users/rachand1"]<br> - <br> - *Same exact thing happened to me recently, African-American male knocking on door and asking to donate by purchasing Enterprise newspapers for $10-$20 to support his college education at SJSU. He had a beat-up binder with a wrinkled diploma, emails of my "neighbors" that also donated (all were ucdavis.edu emails). He said he was only going to be around this week asking for donations, which is obviously a lie since the first person who reported this was in January 2011. I did not "donate", but he insisted that I just donate a few dollars, etc. Yeah, no thanks, can't fool me. Oct.4, 2011. -- ["Users/lovelovelove3"]<br> - <br> - *The hispanic guy was going around my apartment (September 10, 2011) and I opened the door for him. Definitely did not look like he was in high school. But anyways I ended up writing a check out to Chris Johnson... not sure if that's his name or some other person's but hopefully it will come in handy for someone else. I wrote him a check because there was another person the previous school year who was trying to get people to subscribe for Enterprise newspapers in front of Safeway... and I actually got the newspapers. So that guy was legit, but this other person not so much. --["Users/AW"]<br> - <br> - *I encountered a hispanic guy in my apartment complex (December 4, 2011). He claimed to be a senior graduating from Davis Senior High School I was initially thought that his story was true until I went to the Wiki. He claimed he just got accepted into UCLA. Let me point out that the UC App is due November 30 each year. There is no way he could have gotten accepted 4 days after the due date. He also gave me this ragged old binder to look at while giving me his speech. I didn't pay much attention to it but he told me to flip to the red page in the back. He told me that the Davis Enterprise will give him some money if he gets 15 people to sign up for a subscription. His speech sounds scripted, obviously not his first time, but polite.<br> - <br> - ------<br> - ''2011-02-01 00:29:25'' [[nbsp]] On Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, around 10:15 p.m., two white males in their early to mid 20s with short hair were asking for gas money from customers pumping fuel at the Chevron station at 1601 Research Park Drive (next to KFC, south of the I-80 Richards Ave. exit). They looked quite a bit like another pair of guys doing the same thing a couple weeks prior, at the same station. It was funny that they solicited everyone but me this night, perhaps that they recognized the guy who offered them $5 last time. They were driving a newish white Dodge Charger with license plate 6CLC671. One was wearing red basketball shorts and a white T-shirt. Another customer said that they tried to sell a gift card to him. One even tried to sound desperate and ask for someone's floor change.<br> - <br> - I hope that my suspicions are proven unfounded. --["Users/farrierson"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-02-26 22:35:08'' [[nbsp]] Capitalism is a con job. But it works. Most people are sheep ripe for the purchasing. Don't think you are special unless you've actually done a lick of good in this world, which is very rare. --["Users/ScottMeehleib"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-06-02 17:44:44'' [[nbsp]] The Davis Enterprise reported on Thursday June 2, 2011 about another door to door fundraiser scam, this time, the scammers are claiming to donate the stuff you give them to the UC Davis Children's Hospital. --["Users/ndah100"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-06-26 12:38:41'' [[nbsp]] The guy described by AnthonyL on 2011-01-12 was also making the rounds at Solano Park Apartments a few months ago. --["Users/dedelstein"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-07-31 9:40:38'' [[nbsp]] Look out for a young girl (about 8-years-old) who is being sent by her lurking mother to ask for money. My family was approached by her yesterday in the University Mall area. --["Users/elizabethforrestlambert"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-08-04 12:45:14'' [[nbsp]] Two guys pulled up trying to sell me speakers at the Wells today, obvious scam. The Wells Fargo staff was pretty courteous but have to agree -- rather hard to catch these criminals. They skirt the law and are scum. --["Users/shraken"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-08-14 22:20:34'' [[nbsp]] There were people in front of ["Trader Joe's"] selling candy. I've seen them do the same thing at ["Safeway"]. Legit fundraiser or con? --["Users/hankim"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-10-12 21:11:21'' [[nbsp]] A "tall, black guy" came by my building knocking on doors asking for money for school. He stole half of a neighbors pack of cigarettes she keeps on the table after he was turned away. --["Users/OliviaY"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-12-14 15:59:29'' [[nbsp]] There was an african america gentlemen who said he was a former convict going door to door selling magazine subscriptions with a company called D&amp;T Connections, or something like that. I am not sure it is a scam, but door to door sales are shady none the less. --["Users/ChrisDietrich"]<br> - * A group was working Old North on Sunday night. The guy that came to our door was more aggressive than I've ever seen and became argumentative. When my wife declined saying that she had ordered before and never received the product, he cussed her out as he walked away. That said, I'm not sure these are "con artists." I think they're truly poor youth that are recruited by swindlers and dumped into our neighborhoods in vans. Mortgage salespeople in 2007 were more con artists than these annoying kids. --["Users/ScottLay"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-12-15 15:47:42'' [[nbsp]] I live in West Davis and have had to two people come by "selling magazines" this week after dark. Even if they really are selling magazines I think it still counts as a scam. Also, I think you need special permits to go door to door selling stuff in this town. They were both rude and became angry with me when I told them that I would not be giving them money and one of them insinuated that I wasn't donating because I'm a racist. My roommate thought it was funny but I think its disturbing when people come by at night asking for money and getting mad. --["Users/MikeyCrews"]<br> - *I don't think you need a permit to sell door to door. I've never heard of such an ordinance. If you are caucasian and he is black, he was probably upset about the fact that his ancestors were enslaved wereas yours weren't, which would make many people understandably bitter. It does indeed suck to be doomed to a life of poverty because of racial oppression. --["Users/ScottMeehleib"]<br> - <br> - *Davis City Code Ordinance 1972...." Requiring registration and permitting of all peddlers, solicitors and transient vendors will assist in protecting the public against persons of criminal habits or tendencies representing themselves as peddlers, solicitors or transient vendors."<br> - <br> - and it goes on to say "Sec. 18-2. Uninvited entry prohibited.<br> - The practice of going in and upon private residences or residential property in the city by solicitors, peddlers, hawkers, itinerant merchants and transient vendors of merchandise, not having been requested or invited to do so by the owner or occupant of such private residences, for the purpose of soliciting donations, contracts or services, orders for the sale of contracts, services, goods, wares or merchandise or for the purpose of disposing of, or peddling, or hawking the same, or any of them, is prohibited and declared to be a nuisance except as provided for in this chapter."... the chapter goes on to say that you need the permits and you can't do it after dark.<br> - <br> - Your point about racism is barely worth responding to. To say that it's justifiable to call someone racist because they're a different race than you is racist itself. Also I don't think this is proper wikipage for discussing socioeconomic disparities. --["Users/MikeyCrews"]<br> - *Thank you for your illustration of Davis legislation. I never called anyone racist; I was simply explaining possible motivations. Although I was lucky enough to be born white, I can understand why black people might be a bit upset with the hand they've been dealt. They have mostly been fucked over in every socio-economic aspect you can think of. And us homo sapiens are basically a species of indifferent apes. It's quite depressing to anybody who can transcend ape-logic.--["Users/ScottMeehleib"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2012-01-26 19:19:40'' [[nbsp]] Ran into a lady near the UMall ATMs. She had a cart with a gallon of milk and asked for money. She said she needed food for her children. She looked like she needed the help, but I couldn't tell. Anyone else? --["Users/WaylandLee"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2012-03-06 01:45:18'' [[nbsp]] Recently an African American man aggressively came up to me and shook my hand and gave me the old my-car-is-out-of-gas-my-wife-and-baby-are-in-the-car sob story, and asked me for money. His brother (whom I doubt is his actual brother, likely an accomplice) follows him around with a phone and gives a home and cell number, both of which I suspect are fake. He was hanging around the MU last time I saw him, don't know if he's still around. --["Users/AnthonySheu"]<br> - <br> - *I recently was encountered by this same man a few weeks ago on September 2012. He didn't aggressively come up to me and shake my hand or anything, but gave the same old story. I bluntly and quickly told him "no" before he could even finish what he was saying. --["Users/MichelleNguyen"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2013-04-28 08:34:07'' [[nbsp]] Has anyone else seen that black guy (early 40's) hanging around 3rd Street right off of campus trying to sell his music? I see him walking between Pho King and the off-campus bookstore at least once a week trying to get people to buy one of his CDs. He was pretty nice the first time we spoke but he immediately lost all interest as soon as I told him I didn't have any cash. I didn't think much of it until I heard someone ask him to sing something, to which he replied "It's techno." It just seemed a little off to me.<br> - <br> - I might have to dust off my CD player for the next time he approaches me. --["Users/Darkfallin"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2013-05-11 00:46:30'' [[nbsp]] Beware of meeting people through online dating - under title The Match From Hell.<br> - <br> - There's a woman called Brenda Galkin Carmona, or Brenda G. Carmona...............if you happen to come across her just run like hell and don't look back. She's an opportunist who targets her 'mark' and then over a short period of time manages to infiltrate their life. Beware a woman scorned - once you cross her you'll soon see just how deeply she's found out everything about you. She makes herself out to be in the film financing business and when you meet her she'll be conveniently 'between deals' and then she'll hoodwink you with one or more of her sob-stories. You might also notice that she hasn't got a car as she just happened to 'total' hers around the time you meet. She'll also lie about her age (which is 35), and what's truly quite pathetic is that despite that, she has nothing to show for it except whatever she's managed to extort from her last victim. BEWARE - you have been warned! --["Users/davysontheroadagain"]<br> - [[Image(The 'Match' from hell.jpg)]]</span> </td> <td> <span>+ #redirect The 'Match' From Hell</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-05-11 01:00:28davysontheroadagain <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 196: </td> <td> Line 196: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> There's a woman called Brenda Galkin Carmona, or Brenda G. Carmona...............if you happen to come across her just run like hell and don't look back. She's an opportunist who targets her 'mark' and then over a short period of time manages to infiltrate their life. Beware a woman scorned - once you cross her you'll soon see just how deeply she's found out everything about you. She makes herself out to be in the film financing business and when you meet her she'll be conveniently 'between deals' and then she'll hoodwink you with one or more of her sob-stories. You might also notice that she hasn't got a car as she just happened to 'total' hers around the time you meet. She'll also lie about her age (which is 35), and what's truly quite pathetic is that despite<span>&nbsp;her</span> that, she has nothing to show for it except whatever she's managed to extort from her last victim. BEWARE - you have been warned! --["Users/davysontheroadagain"] </td> <td> <span>+</span> There's a woman called Brenda Galkin Carmona, or Brenda G. Carmona...............if you happen to come across her just run like hell and don't look back. She's an opportunist who targets her 'mark' and then over a short period of time manages to infiltrate their life. Beware a woman scorned - once you cross her you'll soon see just how deeply she's found out everything about you. She makes herself out to be in the film financing business and when you meet her she'll be conveniently 'between deals' and then she'll hoodwink you with one or more of her sob-stories. You might also notice that she hasn't got a car as she just happened to 'total' hers around the time you meet. She'll also lie about her age (which is 35), and what's truly quite pathetic is that despite that, she has nothing to show for it except whatever she's managed to extort from her last victim. BEWARE - you have been warned! --["Users/davysontheroadagain"] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-05-11 00:58:34davysontheroadagain <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 197: </td> <td> Line 197: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ [[Image(The 'Match' from hell.jpg)]]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-05-11 00:58:03davysontheroadagainUpload of image <a href="http://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists?action=Files&do=view&target=The%20%27Match%27%20from%20hell.jpg">The 'Match' from hell.jpg</a>.Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-05-11 00:46:30davysontheroadagainComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 193: </td> <td> Line 193: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2013-05-11 00:46:30'' [[nbsp]] Beware of meeting people through online dating - under title The Match From Hell.<br> + <br> + There's a woman called Brenda Galkin Carmona, or Brenda G. Carmona...............if you happen to come across her just run like hell and don't look back. She's an opportunist who targets her 'mark' and then over a short period of time manages to infiltrate their life. Beware a woman scorned - once you cross her you'll soon see just how deeply she's found out everything about you. She makes herself out to be in the film financing business and when you meet her she'll be conveniently 'between deals' and then she'll hoodwink you with one or more of her sob-stories. You might also notice that she hasn't got a car as she just happened to 'total' hers around the time you meet. She'll also lie about her age (which is 35), and what's truly quite pathetic is that despite her that, she has nothing to show for it except whatever she's managed to extort from her last victim. BEWARE - you have been warned! --["Users/davysontheroadagain"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-04-28 08:36:10Darkfallin <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 190: </td> <td> Line 190: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> ''2013-04-28 08:34:07'' [[nbsp]] Has anyone else seen that black guy (early 40's) hanging around 3rd Street right off of campus trying to sell his music? I see him walking between Pho King and the off-campus bookstore at least once a week trying to get people to buy one of his CDs. He was pretty nice the first time we spoke but he immediately lost all interest as soon as I told him I didn't have any cash. I didn't think much of it until I heard someone ask him to sing something, to which he replied "It's techno." </td> <td> <span>+</span> ''2013-04-28 08:34:07'' [[nbsp]] Has anyone else seen that black guy (early 40's) hanging around 3rd Street right off of campus trying to sell his music? I see him walking between Pho King and the off-campus bookstore at least once a week trying to get people to buy one of his CDs. He was pretty nice the first time we spoke but he immediately lost all interest as soon as I told him I didn't have any cash. I didn't think much of it until I heard someone ask him to sing something, to which he replied "It's techno."<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;It just seemed a little off to me.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-04-28 08:34:07DarkfallinComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 189: </td> <td> Line 189: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2013-04-28 08:34:07'' [[nbsp]] Has anyone else seen that black guy (early 40's) hanging around 3rd Street right off of campus trying to sell his music? I see him walking between Pho King and the off-campus bookstore at least once a week trying to get people to buy one of his CDs. He was pretty nice the first time we spoke but he immediately lost all interest as soon as I told him I didn't have any cash. I didn't think much of it until I heard someone ask him to sing something, to which he replied "It's techno."<br> + <br> + I might have to dust off my CD player for the next time he approaches me. --["Users/Darkfallin"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-02-21 14:43:47KLynn <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 36: </td> <td> Line 36: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + ** 2/21/2013 The "Oakland Train Guy" stopped me and two friends today on 3rd street outside of the Social Sciences Building (the death star). He gave us the same story as others have described and said he needed $17 for the Amtrak ticket. Collectively, he got $15 from us. Afterwards, I had a weird feeling about it and was told by another friend that he is a seasoned con artist in Davis. I called UC police and the woman on the phone sounded very familiar with him and told me they have to run him off campus often. I am annoyed that we got duped and don't want him to get away with it with anyone else. Beware!!</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-02-10 13:41:23CovertProfessorRevert to version 492 (remvoing non-Davis post). <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 187: </td> <td> Line 187: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ------<br> - ''2013-02-10 10:55:20'' [[nbsp]] On Feb 9, 2013 around 6:20 pm, here in Norfolk, VA, I had the fundraiser scam happen to me. Something about Public speaking and winning a trip. She seemed very odd and I couldn't really see her pupils. She talked real fast and was making odd jokes about things that made no sense. She went on about the trip and it gets her extra points and blah blah blah! She asked to use my table, which is about 15 ft from the door. But lucky me, there's one by the door. She continued on and on about the books and the trip. She was a young Caucasian female, she looked to be 15 to 18 years old, and smelled of cucumber melon lotion and cigarettes. She was underweight - 110/130lbs and has a tattoo on her left forearm (black in color). She seemed very antsy and was very hyper and chipper considering I was a stranger in a historically bad area. She wanted my info and asked me to leave a comment. I gave her false info because it didn't sit well with me. But when i ask her to come back next week, she seemed disappointed and told me she wasn't going to be able to come back and it was okay because i wasn't helping the boys win. Before she left she asked for something to drink. I figured it could do no harm - besides it was just a bottle of water. Anywho, after I gave her the water she said her byes and proceeded to leave.... or so I thought. I didn't hear her leave from the complex nor did I hear the main door close. As I locked the door I looked out the peephole and she was still there and she tried to open my door. By that time I was freaked out! I'm ex military and I've never encountered anything like this. So I called the police and they did nothing. . . He said kids do fundraisers all the time and blah blah, disregarding the fact she tried to open my door. But now, I'm on high alert and my bat goes every where with me plus my knife. Trust no one. --["Users/SlyyWolf"]</span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2013-02-10 11:55:20SlyyWolfComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 187: </td> <td> Line 187: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2013-02-10 10:55:20'' [[nbsp]] On Feb 9, 2013 around 6:20 pm, here in Norfolk, VA, I had the fundraiser scam happen to me. Something about Public speaking and winning a trip. She seemed very odd and I couldn't really see her pupils. She talked real fast and was making odd jokes about things that made no sense. She went on about the trip and it gets her extra points and blah blah blah! She asked to use my table, which is about 15 ft from the door. But lucky me, there's one by the door. She continued on and on about the books and the trip. She was a young Caucasian female, she looked to be 15 to 18 years old, and smelled of cucumber melon lotion and cigarettes. She was underweight - 110/130lbs and has a tattoo on her left forearm (black in color). She seemed very antsy and was very hyper and chipper considering I was a stranger in a historically bad area. She wanted my info and asked me to leave a comment. I gave her false info because it didn't sit well with me. But when i ask her to come back next week, she seemed disappointed and told me she wasn't going to be able to come back and it was okay because i wasn't helping the boys win. Before she left she asked for something to drink. I figured it could do no harm - besides it was just a bottle of water. Anywho, after I gave her the water she said her byes and proceeded to leave.... or so I thought. I didn't hear her leave from the complex nor did I hear the main door close. As I locked the door I looked out the peephole and she was still there and she tried to open my door. By that time I was freaked out! I'm ex military and I've never encountered anything like this. So I called the police and they did nothing. . . He said kids do fundraisers all the time and blah blah, disregarding the fact she tried to open my door. But now, I'm on high alert and my bat goes every where with me plus my knife. Trust no one. --["Users/SlyyWolf"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-11-16 21:37:41DonShor <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 6: </td> <td> Line 6: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + =Elder Abuse Con Artist=<br> + Elder abuse con artist living in Davis: http://falling4marlo.blogspot.com/ [[Image(Marlo.jpg, thumbnail, right, 300)]]<br> + Scammer MARLO goes by Compton, Rojas, Sloan, Almlie, Moser, etc. Tall, blond, charming, she manipulates and cons posing as a doctor, a counselor, a cancer patient, or a downtrodden single mother. In prison for elder abuse and fraud in excess of $1.5 M; released in 2011, now living in Davis/Woodland area. Sympathetic people are drawn to her dramatic stories of abuse and/or illness. Without conscience, she'll seek control, manipulating folks into doing things they never considered and inspiring great loyalty through shame and supposed obligation.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-11-16 21:34:44DonShorUpload of image <a href="http://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists?action=Files&do=view&target=Marlo.jpg">Marlo.jpg</a>.Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-10-27 22:34:37MichelleNguyen <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 182: </td> <td> Line 182: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> *I recently was encountered by this same man a few weeks ago on September 2012. He didn't aggressively come up to me and shake my hand or anything, but gave the same old story. I bluntly and quickly told him "no" before he could even finish what he was saying. --["Users/MichelleNguyen] </td> <td> <span>+</span> *I recently was encountered by this same man a few weeks ago on September 2012. He didn't aggressively come up to me and shake my hand or anything, but gave the same old story. I bluntly and quickly told him "no" before he could even finish what he was saying. --["Users/MichelleNguyen<span>"</span>] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-10-27 22:34:12MichelleNguyen <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 182: </td> <td> Line 182: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- (</span>*<span>) </span>I recently was encountered by this same man a few weeks ago on September 2012. He didn't aggressively come up to me and shake my hand or anything, but gave the same old story. I bluntly and quickly told him "no" before he could even finish what he was saying. --["Users/MichelleNguyen] </td> <td> <span>+ </span>*I recently was encountered by this same man a few weeks ago on September 2012. He didn't aggressively come up to me and shake my hand or anything, but gave the same old story. I bluntly and quickly told him "no" before he could even finish what he was saying. --["Users/MichelleNguyen] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-10-27 22:31:02MichelleNguyen <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 182: </td> <td> Line 182: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- </span>* I recently was encountered by this same man a few weeks ago on September 2012. He didn't aggressively come up to me and shake my hand or anything, but gave the same old story. I bluntly and quickly told him "no" before he could even finish what he was saying. --["Users/MichelleNguyen] </td> <td> <span>+ (</span>*<span>)</span> I recently was encountered by this same man a few weeks ago on September 2012. He didn't aggressively come up to me and shake my hand or anything, but gave the same old story. I bluntly and quickly told him "no" before he could even finish what he was saying. --["Users/MichelleNguyen] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-10-27 22:30:05MichelleNguyen <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 181: </td> <td> Line 181: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + * I recently was encountered by this same man a few weeks ago on September 2012. He didn't aggressively come up to me and shake my hand or anything, but gave the same old story. I bluntly and quickly told him "no" before he could even finish what he was saying. --["Users/MichelleNguyen]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-07-05 15:41:52jefftolentinocar insurance scam <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 7: </td> <td> Line 7: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ==Fake Health Inspectors==</span> </td> <td> <span>+ =Car Insurance Scam=<br> + <br> + In July 2012, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/car-accident-scam-in-davis-police-dmv-offer-tips-to-protect-yourself/ story] about a reported car insurance scam that occured in Davis. In the story, a resident parked his car on the street while visiting a friend. When leaving he was approached by a well dressed asian man, approximately 40ish, accompanied by two females, who were driving a black van. They accused the resident of damaging thier car which had been parked in front of him earlier in the day. They demanded $200 to repair the damage. The resident claims he was pressured into paying them $185 on the spot, even though he felt like he had not damaged the car.<br> + <br> + =Fake Health Inspectors=</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-07-05 15:33:13jefftolentinoremoving threat level alert, updating health inspector date. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 1: </td> <td> Line 1: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ||&lt;#ffaa00 tableborder="1" tablewidth="100%" :&gt;'''''Current Threat Level: ["orange trees" Orange]'''''||<br> - ||&lt;#eeeeee :&gt;'''The Enterprise reported on July 7th about fake health inspectors operating in the area.'''||<br> - <br> - </span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 13: </td> <td> Line 9: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> On July 7th, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/yolo-county/food-workers-warned-of-fraudulent-inspector/ story] warning of fraudulent health inspectors operating in the area. The individual will call the business, claiming that there is an inspection scheduled the next day. Be aware that legitimate health inspecters will usually NOT announce an impending visit, nor will they collect money, or try to sell you anything. Yolo County Environmental Health may be contacted with any questions or to report suspicious activity at (530) 666-8646 </td> <td> <span>+</span> On July 7th<span>, 2011</span>, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/yolo-county/food-workers-warned-of-fraudulent-inspector/ story] warning of fraudulent health inspectors operating in the area. The individual will call the business, claiming that there is an inspection scheduled the next day. Be aware that legitimate health inspecters will usually NOT announce an impending visit, nor will they collect money, or try to sell you anything. Yolo County Environmental Health may be contacted with any questions or to report suspicious activity at (530) 666-8646 </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-04-17 13:40:46KBathory <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 55: </td> <td> Line 55: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * ('''As of 04-17-2012'''): I was said roommate, confirm that magazines never showed up. Some research on the company they claimed to work for revealed national-level shadiness. Sure, people shouldn't be stupid and order from these people but folks should really be talking about this more. By the way, they are back again. They're in East Davis as I write and I reported them to the police. For those who haven't met one of them, they're a group of 20-somethings, usually rather hyperactive (tweaker-ish), smell like smokers, claim to be in a public speaking thingamajig with a boys-vs-girls contest as to win some sort of trip. They'll pull out a rather well-used sheet of magazines and start taking your info down. The second you say anything about not being able to pay they lose interest and leave very quickly. If one comes to your door you can ask to see their permit. If they don't have it it's an obvious scam and you should report them to the police immediately. --["users/kbathory" KB]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-03-23 12:16:41catd <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 45: </td> <td> Line 45: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- '</span>On March 20, 2012, I passed by the MU bus station and was approached by a well dressed black man who was over 6-feet tall wearing sunglasses. He would probably be recognizable by his dreadlocks. He apologized profusely for stopping <span>us (my friend and I)</span> and seemed very sincere in his plea for money to buy an Amtrak ticket to return to Stockton. He said he only needed $7 more. I only gave him $2 but now I'm wondering if it was a scam. He shook my hand after I handed him the money. This was around 2PM. --["Users/catd"] </td> <td> <span>+ </span>On March 20, 2012, I passed by the MU bus station and was approached by a well dressed black man who was over 6-feet tall wearing sunglasses. He would probably be recognizable by his dreadlocks. He apologized profusely for stopping <span>me and my friend</span> and seemed very sincere in his plea for money to buy an Amtrak ticket to return to Stockton. He said he only needed $7 more. I only gave him $2 but now I'm wondering if it was a scam. He shook my hand after I handed him the money. This was around 2PM. --["Users/catd"] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-03-23 02:04:05catd <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 44: </td> <td> Line 44: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + 'On March 20, 2012, I passed by the MU bus station and was approached by a well dressed black man who was over 6-feet tall wearing sunglasses. He would probably be recognizable by his dreadlocks. He apologized profusely for stopping us (my friend and I) and seemed very sincere in his plea for money to buy an Amtrak ticket to return to Stockton. He said he only needed $7 more. I only gave him $2 but now I'm wondering if it was a scam. He shook my hand after I handed him the money. This was around 2PM. --["Users/catd"]</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 178: </td> <td> Line 180: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ------<br> - ''2012-03-23 02:01:04'' [[nbsp]] On March 20, 2012, I passed by the MU bus station and was approached by a well dressed black man who was over 6-feet tall wearing sunglasses. He would probably be recognizable by his dreadlocks. He apologized profusely for stopping us (my friend and I) and seemed very sincere in his plea for money to buy an Amtrak ticket to return to Stockton. He said he only needed $7 more. I only gave him $2 but now I'm wondering if it was a scam. He shook my hand after I handed him the money. This was around 2PM. --["Users/catd"]</span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-03-23 02:02:44catd <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 179: </td> <td> Line 179: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> ''2012-03-23 02:01:04'' [[nbsp]] On March 20, 2012, I passed by the MU bus station and was approached by a well dressed black man who was over 6-feet tall wearing sunglass<span>es and shad</span>es. He would probably be recognizable by his dreadlocks. He apologized profusely for stopping us (my friend and I) and seemed very sincere in his plea for money to buy an Amtrak ticket to return to Stockton. He said he only needed $7 more. I only gave him $2 but now I'm wondering if it was a scam. He shook my hand after I handed him the money. This was around 2PM. --["Users/catd"] </td> <td> <span>+</span> ''2012-03-23 02:01:04'' [[nbsp]] On March 20, 2012, I passed by the MU bus station and was approached by a well dressed black man who was over 6-feet tall wearing sunglasses. He would probably be recognizable by his dreadlocks. He apologized profusely for stopping us (my friend and I) and seemed very sincere in his plea for money to buy an Amtrak ticket to return to Stockton. He said he only needed $7 more. I only gave him $2 but now I'm wondering if it was a scam. He shook my hand after I handed him the money. This was around 2PM. --["Users/catd"] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-03-23 02:01:04catdComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 178: </td> <td> Line 178: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2012-03-23 02:01:04'' [[nbsp]] On March 20, 2012, I passed by the MU bus station and was approached by a well dressed black man who was over 6-feet tall wearing sunglasses and shades. He would probably be recognizable by his dreadlocks. He apologized profusely for stopping us (my friend and I) and seemed very sincere in his plea for money to buy an Amtrak ticket to return to Stockton. He said he only needed $7 more. I only gave him $2 but now I'm wondering if it was a scam. He shook my hand after I handed him the money. This was around 2PM. --["Users/catd"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-03-21 12:06:31DeeptiNallapaneni <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 42: </td> <td> Line 42: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + March 20, 2012: Approached me by the bus stop at U-mall stating that his car broke down, and it'll be in the shop for 2 more days. He needed to get to San Francisco by 4:30 and needed around ~$14 for an Amtrak ticket. Promised that if I helped him out he would help someone else out in return. I simply just said I didn't have cash on me (despite the crazy amount of groceries I just purchased) and he said, "I understand" and continued towards the ARC. --["Users/DeeptiNallapaneni"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-03-06 02:45:18AnthonySheuComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 174: </td> <td> Line 174: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2012-03-06 01:45:18'' [[nbsp]] Recently an African American man aggressively came up to me and shook my hand and gave me the old my-car-is-out-of-gas-my-wife-and-baby-are-in-the-car sob story, and asked me for money. His brother (whom I doubt is his actual brother, likely an accomplice) follows him around with a phone and gives a home and cell number, both of which I suspect are fake. He was hanging around the MU last time I saw him, don't know if he's still around. --["Users/AnthonySheu"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-03-01 16:58:55AlexTK <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 40: </td> <td> Line 40: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + March 2012- He's still around, roaming the Silo area and Segundo North. --["Users/AlexTK"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2012-01-26 20:19:40WaylandLeeComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 170: </td> <td> Line 170: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2012-01-26 19:19:40'' [[nbsp]] Ran into a lady near the UMall ATMs. She had a cart with a gallon of milk and asked for money. She said she needed food for her children. She looked like she needed the help, but I couldn't tell. Anyone else? --["Users/WaylandLee"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-12-15 19:11:39ScottMeehleib <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 169: </td> <td> Line 169: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> *Thank you for your illustration of Davis legislation. I never called anyone racist; I was simply explaining possible motivations. Although I was lucky enough to be born white, I can understand why black people might be a bit upset with the hand they've been dealt. <span>&nbsp;</span>--["Users/ScottMeehleib"] </td> <td> <span>+</span> *Thank you for your illustration of Davis legislation. I never called anyone racist; I was simply explaining possible motivations. Although I was lucky enough to be born white, I can understand why black people might be a bit upset with the hand they've been dealt. <span>They have mostly been fucked over in every socio-economic aspect you can think of. And us homo sapiens are basically a species of indifferent apes. It's quite depressing to anybody who can transcend ape-logic.</span>--["Users/ScottMeehleib"] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-12-15 19:05:31ScottMeehleib <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 169: </td> <td> Line 169: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ *Thank you for your illustration of Davis legislation. I never called anyone racist; I was simply explaining possible motivations. Although I was lucky enough to be born white, I can understand why black people might be a bit upset with the hand they've been dealt. --["Users/ScottMeehleib"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-12-15 17:48:02MikeyCrews <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 162: </td> <td> Line 162: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + *Davis City Code Ordinance 1972...." Requiring registration and permitting of all peddlers, solicitors and transient vendors will assist in protecting the public against persons of criminal habits or tendencies representing themselves as peddlers, solicitors or transient vendors."<br> + <br> + and it goes on to say "Sec. 18-2. Uninvited entry prohibited.<br> + The practice of going in and upon private residences or residential property in the city by solicitors, peddlers, hawkers, itinerant merchants and transient vendors of merchandise, not having been requested or invited to do so by the owner or occupant of such private residences, for the purpose of soliciting donations, contracts or services, orders for the sale of contracts, services, goods, wares or merchandise or for the purpose of disposing of, or peddling, or hawking the same, or any of them, is prohibited and declared to be a nuisance except as provided for in this chapter."... the chapter goes on to say that you need the permits and you can't do it after dark.<br> + <br> + Your point about racism is barely worth responding to. To say that it's justifiable to call someone racist because they're a different race than you is racist itself. Also I don't think this is proper wikipage for discussing socioeconomic disparities. --["Users/MikeyCrews"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-12-15 17:11:38ScottMeehleib <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 161: </td> <td> Line 161: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ *I don't think you need a permit to sell door to door. I've never heard of such an ordinance. If you are caucasian and he is black, he was probably upset about the fact that his ancestors were enslaved wereas yours weren't, which would make many people understandably bitter. It does indeed suck to be doomed to a life of poverty because of racial oppression. --["Users/ScottMeehleib"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-12-15 16:47:42MikeyCrewsComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 159: </td> <td> Line 159: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-12-15 15:47:42'' [[nbsp]] I live in West Davis and have had to two people come by "selling magazines" this week after dark. Even if they really are selling magazines I think it still counts as a scam. Also, I think you need special permits to go door to door selling stuff in this town. They were both rude and became angry with me when I told them that I would not be giving them money and one of them insinuated that I wasn't donating because I'm a racist. My roommate thought it was funny but I think its disturbing when people come by at night asking for money and getting mad. --["Users/MikeyCrews"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-12-14 17:43:33ScottLayupdate <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 158: </td> <td> Line 158: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * A group was working Old North on Sunday night. The guy that came to our door was more aggressive than I've ever seen and became argumentative. When my wife declined saying that she had ordered before and never received the product, he cussed her out as he walked away. That said, I'm not sure these are "con artists." I think they're truly poor youth that are recruited by swindlers and dumped into our neighborhoods in vans. Mortgage salespeople in 2007 were more con artists than these annoying kids. --["Users/ScottLay"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-12-14 16:59:29ChrisDietrichComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 156: </td> <td> Line 156: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-12-14 15:59:29'' [[nbsp]] There was an african america gentlemen who said he was a former convict going door to door selling magazine subscriptions with a company called D&amp;T Connections, or something like that. I am not sure it is a scam, but door to door sales are shady none the less. --["Users/ChrisDietrich"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-12-04 23:45:20Huck22 <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 136: </td> <td> Line 136: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> *I encountered a hispanic guy in my apartment complex (December 4, 2011). He claimed to be a senior graduating from Davis Senior High School I was initially thought that his story was true until I went to the Wiki. He claimed he just got accepted into UCLA<span>&nbsp;and helps/works/associated to some organization that helps minorities (can't remember what he said)</span>. Let me point out that the UC App is due November 30 each year. There is no way he could have gotten accepted 4 days after the due date. He also gave me this ragged old binder to look at while giving me his speech. I didn't pay much attention to it but he told me to flip to the red page in the back. He told me that the Davis Enterprise will give him some money if he gets 15 people to sign up for a subscription. His speech sounds scripted, obviously not his first time, but polite. </td> <td> <span>+</span> *I encountered a hispanic guy in my apartment complex (December 4, 2011). He claimed to be a senior graduating from Davis Senior High School I was initially thought that his story was true until I went to the Wiki. He claimed he just got accepted into UCLA. Let me point out that the UC App is due November 30 each year. There is no way he could have gotten accepted 4 days after the due date. He also gave me this ragged old binder to look at while giving me his speech. I didn't pay much attention to it but he told me to flip to the red page in the back. He told me that the Davis Enterprise will give him some money if he gets 15 people to sign up for a subscription. His speech sounds scripted, obviously not his first time, but polite. </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-12-04 23:40:19Huck22 <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 136: </td> <td> Line 136: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> *I encountered a hispanic guy in my apartment complex (December 4, 2011)<span>&nbsp;at around 6:30pm</span>. He claimed to be a senior graduating from Davis Senior High School I was initially thought that his story was true until I went to the Wiki. He claimed he just got accepted into UCLA and helps/works/associated to some organization that helps minorities (can't remember what he said). Let me point out that the UC App is due November 30 each year. There is no way he could have gotten accepted 4 days after the due date. He also gave me this ragged old binder to look at while giving me his speech. I didn't pay much attention to it but he told me to flip to the red page in the back. He told me that the Davis Enterprise will give him some money if he gets 15 people to sign up for a subscription. His speech sounds scripted, obviously not his first time, but polite. </td> <td> <span>+</span> *I encountered a hispanic guy in my apartment complex (December 4, 2011). He claimed to be a senior graduating from Davis Senior High School I was initially thought that his story was true until I went to the Wiki. He claimed he just got accepted into UCLA and helps/works/associated to some organization that helps minorities (can't remember what he said). Let me point out that the UC App is due November 30 each year. There is no way he could have gotten accepted 4 days after the due date. He also gave me this ragged old binder to look at while giving me his speech. I didn't pay much attention to it but he told me to flip to the red page in the back. He told me that the Davis Enterprise will give him some money if he gets 15 people to sign up for a subscription. His speech sounds scripted, obviously not his first time, but polite. </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-12-04 23:38:44Huck22 <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 135: </td> <td> Line 135: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + *I encountered a hispanic guy in my apartment complex (December 4, 2011) at around 6:30pm. He claimed to be a senior graduating from Davis Senior High School I was initially thought that his story was true until I went to the Wiki. He claimed he just got accepted into UCLA and helps/works/associated to some organization that helps minorities (can't remember what he said). Let me point out that the UC App is due November 30 each year. There is no way he could have gotten accepted 4 days after the due date. He also gave me this ragged old binder to look at while giving me his speech. I didn't pay much attention to it but he told me to flip to the red page in the back. He told me that the Davis Enterprise will give him some money if he gets 15 people to sign up for a subscription. His speech sounds scripted, obviously not his first time, but polite.<br> + </span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-10-12 21:11:21OliviaYComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 151: </td> <td> Line 151: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-10-12 21:11:21'' [[nbsp]] A "tall, black guy" came by my building knocking on doors asking for money for school. He stole half of a neighbors pack of cigarettes she keeps on the table after he was turned away. --["Users/OliviaY"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-10-11 20:22:22AW <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 134: </td> <td> Line 134: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ *The hispanic guy was going around my apartment (September 10, 2011) and I opened the door for him. Definitely did not look like he was in high school. But anyways I ended up writing a check out to Chris Johnson... not sure if that's his name or some other person's but hopefully it will come in handy for someone else. I wrote him a check because there was another person the previous school year who was trying to get people to subscribe for Enterprise newspapers in front of Safeway... and I actually got the newspapers. So that guy was legit, but this other person not so much. --["Users/AW"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-10-05 21:15:51ndah100 <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 141: </td> <td> Line 141: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ''2011-06-01 19:10:45'' [[nbsp]] Half of Davis Wiki users should be on this "con artist" page because half of the Davis Wiki users are made just to talk smack on a business and never be logged on again. LOL --["Users/NikhilDahal"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2011-06-02 17:44:44'' [[nbsp]] The Davis Enterprise reported on Thursday June 2, 2011 about another door to door fundraiser scam, this time, the scammers are claiming to donate the stuff you give them to the UC Davis Children's Hospital. --["Users/NikhilDahal"]</span> </td> <td> <span>+ ''2011-06-02 17:44:44'' [[nbsp]] The Davis Enterprise reported on Thursday June 2, 2011 about another door to door fundraiser scam, this time, the scammers are claiming to donate the stuff you give them to the UC Davis Children's Hospital. --["Users/ndah100"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-10-04 17:42:50TomGarbersonRevert to version 461 (Amusing trolling, but liable to massively derail page). <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 152: </td> <td> Line 152: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ------<br> - ''2011-10-04 17:16:50'' [[nbsp]] Oops thought this was the Obama page. --["Users/Theangrydiner"]</span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-10-04 17:16:50TheangrydinerComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 152: </td> <td> Line 152: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-10-04 17:16:50'' [[nbsp]] Oops thought this was the Obama page. --["Users/Theangrydiner"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-10-04 16:30:15CovertProfessorsigning with correct username <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 132: </td> <td> Line 132: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> *Same exact thing happened to me recently, African-American male knocking on door and asking to donate by purchasing Enterprise newspapers for $10-$20 to support his college education at SJSU. He had a beat-up binder with a wrinkled diploma, emails of my "neighbors" that also donated (all were ucdavis.edu emails). He said he was only going to be around this week asking for donations, which is obviously a lie since the first person who reported this was in January 2011. I did not "donate", but he insisted that I just donate a few dollars, etc. Yeah, no thanks, can't fool me. Oct.4, 2011. -- ["<span>cantscamme</span>"] </td> <td> <span>+</span> *Same exact thing happened to me recently, African-American male knocking on door and asking to donate by purchasing Enterprise newspapers for $10-$20 to support his college education at SJSU. He had a beat-up binder with a wrinkled diploma, emails of my "neighbors" that also donated (all were ucdavis.edu emails). He said he was only going to be around this week asking for donations, which is obviously a lie since the first person who reported this was in January 2011. I did not "donate", but he insisted that I just donate a few dollars, etc. Yeah, no thanks, can't fool me. Oct.4, 2011. -- ["<span>Users/lovelovelove3</span>"] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-10-04 14:25:20lovelovelove3 <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 132: </td> <td> Line 132: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> *Same exact thing happened to me recently, African-American male knocking on door and asking to donate by purchasing Enterprise newspapers for $10-$20 to support his college education at SJSU. He had a beat-up binder with a wrinkled diploma, emails of my "neighbors" that also donated (all were ucdavis.edu emails). He said he was only going to be around this week asking for donations, which is obviously a lie since the first person who reported this was in January 2011. I did not "donate", but he insisted that I just donate a few dollars, etc. Yeah, no thanks, can't fool me. Oct.4, 2011. -- ["<span>Users/</span>cantscamme"] </td> <td> <span>+</span> *Same exact thing happened to me recently, African-American male knocking on door and asking to donate by purchasing Enterprise newspapers for $10-$20 to support his college education at SJSU. He had a beat-up binder with a wrinkled diploma, emails of my "neighbors" that also donated (all were ucdavis.edu emails). He said he was only going to be around this week asking for donations, which is obviously a lie since the first person who reported this was in January 2011. I did not "donate", but he insisted that I just donate a few dollars, etc. Yeah, no thanks, can't fool me. Oct.4, 2011. -- ["cantscamme"] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-10-04 14:22:30lovelovelove3 <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 132: </td> <td> Line 132: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ *Same exact thing happened to me recently, African-American male knocking on door and asking to donate by purchasing Enterprise newspapers for $10-$20 to support his college education at SJSU. He had a beat-up binder with a wrinkled diploma, emails of my "neighbors" that also donated (all were ucdavis.edu emails). He said he was only going to be around this week asking for donations, which is obviously a lie since the first person who reported this was in January 2011. I did not "donate", but he insisted that I just donate a few dollars, etc. Yeah, no thanks, can't fool me. Oct.4, 2011. -- ["Users/cantscamme"]<br> + </span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-08-14 22:20:34hankimComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 148: </td> <td> Line 148: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-08-14 22:20:34'' [[nbsp]] There were people in front of ["Trader Joe's"] selling candy. I've seen them do the same thing at ["Safeway"]. Legit fundraiser or con? --["Users/hankim"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-08-14 22:19:00hankim <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 103: </td> <td> Line 103: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> * ["Activities and Recreation Center"] -why<span>?</span><br> <span>-</span> * ["ASUCD"] -<span>?</span> </td> <td> <span>+</span> * ["Activities and Recreation Center"] -<span>&nbsp;Forces every student to pay </span>wh<span>at is a high price for a g</span>y<span>m membership.</span><br> <span>+</span> * ["ASUCD"] -<span>&nbsp;Takes students' money and wastes it.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-08-14 21:46:31MichelleAccurso(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p>No differences found!</div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-08-14 21:46:28MichelleAccurso(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 29: </td> <td> Line 29: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> A<span>&nbsp;man</span> nicely dressed, polite African-American man in his twenties or thirties approaches people telling a story of how he came to Davis for a workshop but got stranded here when his car broke down. He supposedly needs just a few dollars to make enough money to buy a train ticket back to Oakland. He flashes a driver's license to prove he's from Oakland, making the story sound legitimate. He's been seen on ["E Street"] on the sidewalk by the ["Orange Court"]. </td> <td> <span>+</span> A nicely dressed, polite African-American man in his twenties or thirties approaches people telling a story of how he came to Davis for a workshop but got stranded here when his car broke down. He supposedly needs just a few dollars to make enough money to buy a train ticket back to Oakland. He flashes a driver's license to prove he's from Oakland, making the story sound legitimate. He's been seen on ["E Street"] on the sidewalk by the ["Orange Court"]. </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-08-04 12:45:14shrakenComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 146: </td> <td> Line 146: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-08-04 12:45:14'' [[nbsp]] Two guys pulled up trying to sell me speakers at the Wells today, obvious scam. The Wells Fargo staff was pretty courteous but have to agree -- rather hard to catch these criminals. They skirt the law and are scum. --["Users/shraken"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-07-31 09:40:38ElizabethForrestLambert <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 144: </td> <td> Line 144: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-07-31 9:40:38'' [[nbsp]] Look out for a young girl (about 8-years-old) who is being sent by her lurking mother to ask for money. My family was approached by her yesterday in the University Mall area. --["Users/elizabethforrestlambert"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-07-27 10:59:49rachand1Adding comment re: San Jose State scam. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 125: </td> <td> Line 125: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> * I've seen both! What's even worse is that I've given money to both! The Black guy came first. He was really nice and chatty, showing me the binder and the San Jose certificate. So I gave him 20 bucks. Several months later another guy (Hispanic) came around with the same story. Because I'm an idiot I thought it was some real program, I donated. After I gave the second time, something felt really fishy. He asked me to respond to an email that would come to me. I had to click to link so he would get his "point" for money for school. I asked him how he was sure I was going to get the email. He laughed and said with a smile "Oh you will. Don't worry". No email, but then again, I kind of knew it would't after he said that. </td> <td> <span>+ </span> * I've seen both! What's even worse is that I've given money to both! The Black guy came first. He was really nice and chatty, showing me the binder and the San Jose certificate. So I gave him 20 bucks. Several months later another guy (Hispanic) came around with the same story. Because I'm an idiot I thought it was some real program, I donated. After I gave the second time, something felt really fishy. He asked me to respond to an email that would come to me. I had to click to link so he would get his "point" for money for school. I asked him how he was sure I was going to get the email. He laughed and said with a smile "Oh you will. Don't worry". No email, but then again, I kind of knew it would't after he said that. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 129: </td> <td> Line 129: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + * This has happened to me twice already, two different guys. Once was a few months ago, my husband answered the door. Second time was just this past Monday afternoon. The guy showed me a "certificate of admission" that was so worn and beat up I had a hard time reading it. He said the Davis Enterprise was nice enough to sponsor this program to help him pay for college. Then he kept telling me "look at all of your neighbors that have given a donation" and showing me a list of five or so emails from my "neighbors". When I told him that I, too, was a poor student, he insisted "just $5" maybe 5 or 6 times! This guy became desperate and annoying very quickly, it actually made me a bit nervous. --["Users/rachand1"]<br> + </span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-07-08 23:13:54MasonMurray <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 94: </td> <td> Line 94: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * You would think, but it's not fool proof. A friend of mine is a manager at a local fast food restaraunt and there is often a homeless person out front with a cup for change. According to this friend he will accept food, then promptly throw it away. -- ["Users/masonmurray" MM]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-07-08 01:18:00FlynnAdded health inspector scam warning. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 2: </td> <td> Line 2: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ||&lt;#eeeeee :&gt;'''The Davis Enterprise reported on Thursday June 2, 2011 about another door to door fundraiser scam, this time, the scammers are claiming to donate the stuff you give them to the UC Davis Children's Hospital.'''||</span> </td> <td> <span>+ ||&lt;#eeeeee :&gt;'''The Enterprise reported on July 7th about fake health inspectors operating in the area.'''||</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 10: </td> <td> Line 10: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + ==Fake Health Inspectors==<br> + <br> + On July 7th, the Davis Enterprise published a [http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/yolo-county/food-workers-warned-of-fraudulent-inspector/ story] warning of fraudulent health inspectors operating in the area. The individual will call the business, claiming that there is an inspection scheduled the next day. Be aware that legitimate health inspecters will usually NOT announce an impending visit, nor will they collect money, or try to sell you anything. Yolo County Environmental Health may be contacted with any questions or to report suspicious activity at (530) 666-8646</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-26 12:38:41dedelsteinComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 134: </td> <td> Line 134: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-06-26 12:38:41'' [[nbsp]] The guy described by AnthonyL on 2011-01-12 was also making the rounds at Solano Park Apartments a few months ago. --["Users/dedelstein"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-25 16:48:42Runnitarian(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 118: </td> <td> Line 118: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> * This guy just came to my apartment doing the exact same thing. I've turned people with the magazine-subscr<span>o</span>ption type deal away before but I thought this guy was legit and felt like doing a nice thing. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS KID. --Runnitarian </td> <td> <span>+</span> * This guy just came to my apartment doing the exact same thing. I've turned people with the magazine-subscr<span>i</span>ption type deal away before but I thought this guy was legit and felt like doing a nice thing. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS KID. --Runnitarian </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-25 16:47:41Runnitarian(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 118: </td> <td> Line 118: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> * This guy just came to my apartment doing the exact same thing. I've turned people with the magazine-subscroption type deal away before but I thought this guy was legit and felt like doing a nice thing. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS KID. </td> <td> <span>+</span> * This guy just came to my apartment doing the exact same thing. I've turned people with the magazine-subscroption type deal away before but I thought this guy was legit and felt like doing a nice thing. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS KID.<span>&nbsp;--Runnitarian<br> + </span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-25 16:47:08Runnitarian(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 117: </td> <td> Line 117: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + * This guy just came to my apartment doing the exact same thing. I've turned people with the magazine-subscroption type deal away before but I thought this guy was legit and felt like doing a nice thing. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS KID.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-19 09:57:15BrandonLoudermilk <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 77: </td> <td> Line 77: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * The scam I was subjected to, is that the box and website show an MSRP for something like $2,500 USD, and here you have two guys offering to let go of them for say $500 bucks. So even if you argue them down to $200 you think you are getting some incredible deal, but it turns out the speakers are worth about $50, and they possibly might not even work. I believe that this is an actual marketing campaign, but just a couple of dudes, but an entire army across the US, that work for this company. They probably buy the systems cheap, and then market them off in this manner. Pure speculation on my part, BTW.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-14 09:40:14WilliamLewis(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 75: </td> <td> Line 75: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> * I think they sell you crap speakers that are broken or very low quality for the price of new/good quality. --["Users/jsbmeb"] </td> <td> <span>+ </span> * I think they sell you crap speakers that are broken or very low quality for the price of new/good quality. --["Users/jsbmeb"]<span><br> + * Well, that's how the scam usually works. These people are claiming the speakers are free. That's a new wrinkle. I wonder how they get your money in this iteration of the scam. --["Users/WilliamLewis"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-14 07:53:39jsbmeb <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 75: </td> <td> Line 75: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * I think they sell you crap speakers that are broken or very low quality for the price of new/good quality. --["Users/jsbmeb"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-13 17:38:17TheShah(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 74: </td> <td> Line 74: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * I don't get it. What's the scam? They offer you free speakers, then you take them...and then what? Or do they expect you to go over to their house to pick them up, and then kidnap you or something? --["Users/TheShah"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-04 02:44:11AlvinTsao <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 67: </td> <td> Line 67: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ Thanks Davis Wiki! Got approached by these two guys today (they approached me near Bank of America as I was getting into my car and they were on the street (with cars behind them). I guess they thought I was a great target as I was wearing a t-shirt with a bunch of boomboxes on it. Unbeknownst to them, I already read about their little game. -- --["Users/AlvinTsao"]<br> + </span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-03 00:13:54hankim(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 45: </td> <td> Line 45: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * Same. They were always college-aged kids who wanted to sell me crap so they can win some dumb trip or something. Didn't buy anything from them because they sort of gave off this spoiled brat attitude. Wouldn't be surprised if they were conning people. Guess I'm only buying Girl Scout cookies now. --["Users/hankim"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-02 21:18:58MasonMurray(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 44: </td> <td> Line 44: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> * Anually (the last three years running) people have come to my door "selling magazines" to raise money for something or other. This last year, my roomate purchased two one year subscriptions that were supposed to come with bonus prizes, and totaled about $150. Nothing has ever shown up. --["users/masonmurray" MM] </td> <td> <span>+</span> * A<span>n</span>nually (the last three years running) people have come to my door "selling magazines" to raise money for something or other. This last year, my roomate purchased two one year subscriptions that were supposed to come with bonus prizes, and totaled about $150. Nothing has ever shown up. --["users/masonmurray" MM] </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-02 21:18:42MasonMurray(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 43: </td> <td> Line 43: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + * Anually (the last three years running) people have come to my door "selling magazines" to raise money for something or other. This last year, my roomate purchased two one year subscriptions that were supposed to come with bonus prizes, and totaled about $150. Nothing has ever shown up. --["users/masonmurray" MM]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-02 18:14:23JabberWokky <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 1: </td> <td> Line 1: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> ||&lt;#ffaa00 tableborder="1" tablewidth="100%" :&gt;'''''Current Threat Level: ["orange trees" Orange]'''''<span>[[br]]</span>'''The Davis Enterprise reported on Thursday June 2, 2011 about another door to door fundraiser scam, this time, the scammers are claiming to donate the stuff you give them to the UC Davis Children's Hospital.'''|| </td> <td> <span>+</span> ||&lt;#ffaa00 tableborder="1" tablewidth="100%" :&gt;'''''Current Threat Level: ["orange trees" Orange]'''''<span>||<br> + ||&lt;#eeeeee :&gt;</span>'''The Davis Enterprise reported on Thursday June 2, 2011 about another door to door fundraiser scam, this time, the scammers are claiming to donate the stuff you give them to the UC Davis Children's Hospital.'''|| </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-06-02 18:13:53JabberWokky <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - 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LOL --["Users/NikhilDahal"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-05-31 23:40:58JimL <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 30: </td> <td> Line 30: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + Sometime in 05/2011 - Looks like the guy is back. Approached me in front of the Art Building on campus a few weeks ago. - ["users/jiml"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-05-31 22:13:05BrandonLoudermilk <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 62: </td> <td> Line 62: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ *Didn't white out the license plate, but was actually trying to photograph it. I was just a bit nervous I guess, thus the crappy image. The "talker" had short light blondish hair, light complexion. The guy in the passenger seat, was pale had some facial piercings, and didn't talk very much. ["previous poster"]<br> + </span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-05-31 11:59:05Aaron.Curtin(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 102: </td> <td> Line 102: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + * Me too. One came to my house and another stopped me at Nugget. I gave the 1st one money. They were selling Davis Enterprise subscriptions which never showed up. when I call the Enterprise, they never heard of this and I then knew I'd been scammed. I demanded my money back from the one in front of Nugget, but he took off running. --["Users/Aaron.Curtin"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-05-31 10:17:27TomGarberson+fake fundraiser con <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 30: </td> <td> Line 30: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ <br> + =Fake Fundraiser Con=<br> + We've all experienced those door-to-door fundraisers. Elementary school kids sell candy, wrapping paper, or magazine subscriptions. Shadier, pushier teens and adults sell candy bars for $5 apiece to supposedly raise money for leadership training, summer camp, and what have you. Not surprisingly, these aren't always legitimate. While you shouldn't necessarily call the cops on your neighbor's 4th grader, exercise caution. If you're suspicious, it's probably for good reason.<br> + <br> + As of May 2011 "students" going door-to-door are asking for money for music programs. An [http://www-new.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/ucd-warns-of-fundraising-scam/ article] in ["The Enterprise"] reports that UC Davis and Sacramento State are warning people that no university-affiliated music program is doing anything of the sort. Chances are the con artists will be happy to switch their story up, so just because they're not claiming to be collecting for a music program doesn't mean you should let your guard down.<br> + <br> + If you get a visit from these characters, contact the ["Davis Police Department"]. If you want to verify the legitimacy of fundraisers who come by, call the University Development Office at (530) 754-4438, or look up the phone number for whatever other organization they claim to represent. If you're suspicious but want to donate to the organization, contact the organization on your own and arrange to make a donation without going through a shady intermediary.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-05-30 16:22:16CovertProfessormoving Daubert's comment so it can be seen <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 53: </td> <td> Line 53: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> * Update May 30, 2011. Two guys in their 20s talked to me from their car on Russel. Pulled over, saw the speakers, they opened the box for me, followed me downtown to WellsFargo, where I withdrew $200. Took one last look at speakers, and typed brand and model number into my iPhone. Google pulls up pages of fraud alerts. Told the guys no deal, and took a photo of their vehicle as they left. </td> <td> <span>+ </span> * Update May 30, 2011. Two guys in their 20s talked to me from their car on Russel. Pulled over, saw the speakers, they opened the box for me, followed me downtown to WellsFargo, where I withdrew $200. Took one last look at speakers, and typed brand and model number into my iPhone. Google pulls up pages of fraud alerts. Told the guys no deal, and took a photo of their vehicle as they left.<span><br> + * Looks like you whited out the plate. The speaker scam is an oldie but a goodie. Report it... especially since you can connect a vehicle ["Daubert"]</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 55: </td> <td> Line 56: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- Looks like you whited out the plate. The speaker scam is an oldie but a goodie. Report it... especially since you can connect a vehicle ["Daubert"]</span> </td> <td> <span>+ </span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-05-30 14:20:01StevenDaubertresponse to speaker scam <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 55: </td> <td> Line 55: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ Looks like you whited out the plate. The speaker scam is an oldie but a goodie. Report it... especially since you can connect a vehicle ["Daubert"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-05-30 12:09:13BrandonLoudermilk <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 53: </td> <td> Line 53: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * Update May 30, 2011. Two guys in their 20s talked to me from their car on Russel. Pulled over, saw the speakers, they opened the box for me, followed me downtown to WellsFargo, where I withdrew $200. Took one last look at speakers, and typed brand and model number into my iPhone. Google pulls up pages of fraud alerts. Told the guys no deal, and took a photo of their vehicle as they left.<br> + [http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/rankferal/photo.jpg] &lt;- Here's the photo<br> + </span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-02-26 23:35:08ScottMeehleibComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 94: </td> <td> Line 94: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-02-26 22:35:08'' [[nbsp]] Capitalism is a con job. But it works. Most people are sheep ripe for the purchasing. Don't think you are special unless you've actually done a lick of good in this world, which is very rare. --["Users/ScottMeehleib"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-02-26 18:49:30farfelu5251 <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 88: </td> <td> Line 88: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * I've seen both! What's even worse is that I've given money to both! The Black guy came first. He was really nice and chatty, showing me the binder and the San Jose certificate. So I gave him 20 bucks. Several months later another guy (Hispanic) came around with the same story. Because I'm an idiot I thought it was some real program, I donated. After I gave the second time, something felt really fishy. He asked me to respond to an email that would come to me. I had to click to link so he would get his "point" for money for school. I asked him how he was sure I was going to get the email. He laughed and said with a smile "Oh you will. Don't worry". No email, but then again, I kind of knew it would't after he said that.<br> + Total scam. Also, colleges don't give out the "fancy" entrance diploma/entrance letter. You get the diploma AFTER you go to school and spend thousands of dollars. --["Users/farfelu5251"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-02-01 01:34:39ClarenceLformatting, removed link back to same page. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 89: </td> <td> Line 89: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> ''2011-02-01 00:29:25'' [[nbsp]] <span>http://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists<br> - <br> - </span>On Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, around 10:15 p.m., two white males in their early to mid 20s with short hair were asking for gas money from customers pumping fuel at the Chevron station at 1601 Research Park Drive (next to KFC, south of the I-80 Richards Ave. exit). They looked quite a bit like another pair of guys doing the same thing a couple weeks prior, at the same station. It was funny that they solicited everyone but me this night, perhaps that they recognized the guy who offered them $5 last time. They were driving a newish white Dodge Charger with license plate 6CLC671. One was wearing red basketball shorts and a white T-shirt. Another customer said that they tried to sell a gift card to him. One even tried to sound desperate and ask for someone's floor change. </td> <td> <span>+</span> ''2011-02-01 00:29:25'' [[nbsp]] On Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, around 10:15 p.m., two white males in their early to mid 20s with short hair were asking for gas money from customers pumping fuel at the Chevron station at 1601 Research Park Drive (next to KFC, south of the I-80 Richards Ave. exit). They looked quite a bit like another pair of guys doing the same thing a couple weeks prior, at the same station. It was funny that they solicited everyone but me this night, perhaps that they recognized the guy who offered them $5 last time. They were driving a newish white Dodge Charger with license plate 6CLC671. One was wearing red basketball shorts and a white T-shirt. Another customer said that they tried to sell a gift card to him. One even tried to sound desperate and ask for someone's floor change. </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-02-01 01:33:47ClarenceL(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 93: </td> <td> Line 93: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> I hope that my suspicions are proven unfounded. </td> <td> <span>+</span> I hope that my suspicions are proven unfounded.<span>&nbsp;--["Users/farrierson"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-02-01 01:33:02ClarenceL(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 87: </td> <td> Line 87: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ * I think I saw a African American guy go around door to door doing the same thing trying to sell newspaper or something, I wasn't sure if it was a scam or not. So I turned him away, especially since he had no catalog or anything, not even a sample paper. --["Users/ClarenceL"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-02-01 01:30:16farrierson <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 92: </td> <td> Line 92: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- I hope that my suspicions are proven unfounded.http://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists<br> - <br> - On Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, around 10:15 p.m., two white males in their early to mid 20s with short hair were asking for gas money from customers pumping fuel at the Chevron station at 1601 Research Park Drive (next to KFC, south of the I-80 Richards Ave. exit). They looked quite a bit like another pair of guys doing the same thing a couple weeks prior, at the same station. It was funny that they solicited everyone but me this night, perhaps that they recognized the guy who offered them $5 last time. They were driving a newish white Dodge Charger with license plate 6CLC671. One was wearing red basketball shorts and a white T-shirt. Another customer said that they tried to sell a gift card to him. One even tried to sound desperate and ask for someone's floor change.<br> - <br> - I hope that my suspicions are proven unfounded. --["Users/farrierson"]</span> </td> <td> <span>+ I hope that my suspicions are proven unfounded.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-02-01 01:29:25farriersonComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 87: </td> <td> Line 87: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-02-01 00:29:25'' [[nbsp]] http://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists<br> + <br> + On Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, around 10:15 p.m., two white males in their early to mid 20s with short hair were asking for gas money from customers pumping fuel at the Chevron station at 1601 Research Park Drive (next to KFC, south of the I-80 Richards Ave. exit). They looked quite a bit like another pair of guys doing the same thing a couple weeks prior, at the same station. It was funny that they solicited everyone but me this night, perhaps that they recognized the guy who offered them $5 last time. They were driving a newish white Dodge Charger with license plate 6CLC671. One was wearing red basketball shorts and a white T-shirt. Another customer said that they tried to sell a gift card to him. One even tried to sound desperate and ask for someone's floor change.<br> + <br> + I hope that my suspicions are proven unfounded.http://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists<br> + <br> + On Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, around 10:15 p.m., two white males in their early to mid 20s with short hair were asking for gas money from customers pumping fuel at the Chevron station at 1601 Research Park Drive (next to KFC, south of the I-80 Richards Ave. exit). They looked quite a bit like another pair of guys doing the same thing a couple weeks prior, at the same station. It was funny that they solicited everyone but me this night, perhaps that they recognized the guy who offered them $5 last time. They were driving a newish white Dodge Charger with license plate 6CLC671. One was wearing red basketball shorts and a white T-shirt. Another customer said that they tried to sell a gift card to him. One even tried to sound desperate and ask for someone's floor change.<br> + <br> + I hope that my suspicions are proven unfounded. --["Users/farrierson"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2011-01-12 21:06:43AnthonyLComment added. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 85: </td> <td> Line 85: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2011-01-12 20:06:43'' [[nbsp]] Guy going around saying he is a senior at Davis Senior High, trying to collect donations to help him go to San Jose State. He looks like he's in his early 20's shows a binder with a beat up looking "certificate of admission" to SJ State and some slips from my "neighbors" with emails and donations listed. Same thing happened a year ago at my old apartment some guy saying he got into SJ State. Just had another guy knock on my door while writing this doing the same thing, they definitely don't look like high school students. Anyone else seen these guys? Seems suspicious to me. --["Users/AnthonyL"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2010-10-16 17:49:12SteveDavisonalphabetical order <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 2: </td> <td> Line 2: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- <br> - </span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 32: </td> <td> Line 30: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- </span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 70: </td> <td> Line 67: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- = Other Cons =</span> </td> <td> <span>+ = Other Cons, Ripoffs, and ["shadiness factor" Shadiness] =</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 72: </td> <td> Line 69: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ''Somewhat tongue in cheek here...''<br> -</span> * ["Activities and Recreation Center"]<br> - * ["Club Finance Council"]<span><br> </span>-<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;* ["ASUCD"]<br> - * ["Cit</span>y<span>&nbsp;Politics"]</span> </td> <td> <span>+</span> * ["Activities and Recreation Center"]<span>&nbsp;-why?</span><br> <span>+ * ["ASUCD"] </span>-<span>?<br> + * ["City Politics"] -?<br> +</span> * ["Club Finance Council"]<span>&nbsp;</span>-<span>wh</span>y<span>?</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 78: </td> <td> Line 74: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- * ["UCD"]</span> </td> <td> <span>+ * ["Sequoia Equities"] -why?</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 80: </td> <td> Line 76: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- * ["Sequoia Equities"]</span> </td> <td> <span>+ </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 84: </td> <td> Line 80: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- </span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2010-09-19 14:29:37ABello <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 80: </td> <td> Line 80: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- </span> </td> <td> <span>+ * ["Sequoia Equities"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2010-08-03 12:56:09TomGarbersonRevert to version 413 (Erring on the side of caution during discussion.). <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 90: </td> <td> Line 90: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ------<br> - ''2010-07-19 20:13:35'' [[nbsp]] Saw this: [[Image(Frank-Ata-Baah.JPG, thumbnail)]] in the South Silo walkway. Not sure if this matches any other reports or if it is valid. --["Users/JasonAller"]<br> - * [http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=12547 He works for UCD], as Sijibomi mentions below. For my money, Frank's on the level. Sometimes I hate people. --["Users/BrettHall"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-07-19 20:40:23'' [[nbsp]] I don't know if Frank is a con-artist or not. He is a regular at Little Prague and has never asked anyone there for anything to my knowledge. Will keep an eye out though... --["Users/WesOne"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-08-02 17:30:57'' [[nbsp]] Ata Baah is not a scam artist/criminal.He is being slandered by his old friend's wife,Maria who has a criminal record at Davis Police Dept.This nothing but a stupid attempt to slander his good name, his image and his hard work at UC Davis.The picture used is from the Department of Theater and Performing arts and someone or a group of people from the department are responsible for this atrocity.whoever put this image up on the internet will be held legal responsible and sued for this act.This is unacceptable behavior. --["Users/Sijibomi"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-08-02 19:52:20'' [[nbsp]] Have since spoken to several people about Mr. Ata-baah and have determined for myself that the "scam" claim is indeed false. It is a small group of people associated with his ex who is now either married or a live-in girlfriend of a former friend of his. This woman does have a fairly extensive criminal record (fraud, felony evasion, obstruction of justice, bribing a policeman and several drug charges).It seems to be a hatchet job on her part and perhaps the help of friends to spread these falsehoods about Mr. Ata-Baah. --["Users/WesOne"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-08-02 23:33:45'' [[nbsp]] @WesOnne and JasonAller....so how do we go about removing Frank Ata-Baah's picture from this scam/con artist list.Evidence shows that he is not a "scammer" at all.Whoever this person or people who posted this picture and this info of Ata-Baah is going to be sued for slander of his image and reputation. --["Users/Sijibomi"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-08-02 23:40:48'' [[nbsp]] @WesOnne and JasonAller....so how do we go about removing Frank Ata-Baah's picture from this scam/con artist list.Evidence shows that he is not a "scammer" at all.Whoever this person or people who posted this picture and this info of Ata-Baah is going to be sued for slander of his image and reputation. --["Users/Sijibomi"]</span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2010-08-03 10:14:27JabberWokkyRevert to version 412 (Not yet there isn't. Not saying it shouldn't go by this edit.). <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 90: </td> <td> Line 90: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ ------<br> + ''2010-07-19 20:13:35'' [[nbsp]] Saw this: [[Image(Frank-Ata-Baah.JPG, thumbnail)]] in the South Silo walkway. Not sure if this matches any other reports or if it is valid. --["Users/JasonAller"]<br> + * [http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=12547 He works for UCD], as Sijibomi mentions below. For my money, Frank's on the level. Sometimes I hate people. --["Users/BrettHall"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2010-07-19 20:40:23'' [[nbsp]] I don't know if Frank is a con-artist or not. He is a regular at Little Prague and has never asked anyone there for anything to my knowledge. Will keep an eye out though... --["Users/WesOne"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2010-08-02 17:30:57'' [[nbsp]] Ata Baah is not a scam artist/criminal.He is being slandered by his old friend's wife,Maria who has a criminal record at Davis Police Dept.This nothing but a stupid attempt to slander his good name, his image and his hard work at UC Davis.The picture used is from the Department of Theater and Performing arts and someone or a group of people from the department are responsible for this atrocity.whoever put this image up on the internet will be held legal responsible and sued for this act.This is unacceptable behavior. --["Users/Sijibomi"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2010-08-02 19:52:20'' [[nbsp]] Have since spoken to several people about Mr. Ata-baah and have determined for myself that the "scam" claim is indeed false. It is a small group of people associated with his ex who is now either married or a live-in girlfriend of a former friend of his. This woman does have a fairly extensive criminal record (fraud, felony evasion, obstruction of justice, bribing a policeman and several drug charges).It seems to be a hatchet job on her part and perhaps the help of friends to spread these falsehoods about Mr. Ata-Baah. --["Users/WesOne"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2010-08-02 23:33:45'' [[nbsp]] @WesOnne and JasonAller....so how do we go about removing Frank Ata-Baah's picture from this scam/con artist list.Evidence shows that he is not a "scammer" at all.Whoever this person or people who posted this picture and this info of Ata-Baah is going to be sued for slander of his image and reputation. --["Users/Sijibomi"]<br> + ------<br> + ''2010-08-02 23:40:48'' [[nbsp]] @WesOnne and JasonAller....so how do we go about removing Frank Ata-Baah's picture from this scam/con artist list.Evidence shows that he is not a "scammer" at all.Whoever this person or people who posted this picture and this info of Ata-Baah is going to be sued for slander of his image and reputation. --["Users/Sijibomi"]</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2010-08-02 23:51:06PhilipNeustromImage <a href="http://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists?action=Files&do=view&target=Frank-Ata-Baah.JPG">Frank-Ata-Baah.JPG</a> deleted.Con Artistshttp://daviswiki.org/Con_Artists2010-08-02 23:50:32PhilipNeustromremoved posting, consensus is it should go <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Con Artists<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 90: </td> <td> Line 90: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- ------<br> - ''2010-07-19 20:13:35'' [[nbsp]] Saw this: [[Image(Frank-Ata-Baah.JPG, thumbnail)]] in the South Silo walkway. Not sure if this matches any other reports or if it is valid. --["Users/JasonAller"]<br> - * [http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=12547 He works for UCD], as Sijibomi mentions below. For my money, Frank's on the level. Sometimes I hate people. --["Users/BrettHall"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-07-19 20:40:23'' [[nbsp]] I don't know if Frank is a con-artist or not. He is a regular at Little Prague and has never asked anyone there for anything to my knowledge. Will keep an eye out though... --["Users/WesOne"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-08-02 17:30:57'' [[nbsp]] Ata Baah is not a scam artist/criminal.He is being slandered by his old friend's wife,Maria who has a criminal record at Davis Police Dept.This nothing but a stupid attempt to slander his good name, his image and his hard work at UC Davis.The picture used is from the Department of Theater and Performing arts and someone or a group of people from the department are responsible for this atrocity.whoever put this image up on the internet will be held legal responsible and sued for this act.This is unacceptable behavior. --["Users/Sijibomi"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-08-02 19:52:20'' [[nbsp]] Have since spoken to several people about Mr. Ata-baah and have determined for myself that the "scam" claim is indeed false. It is a small group of people associated with his ex who is now either married or a live-in girlfriend of a former friend of his. This woman does have a fairly extensive criminal record (fraud, felony evasion, obstruction of justice, bribing a policeman and several drug charges).It seems to be a hatchet job on her part and perhaps the help of friends to spread these falsehoods about Mr. Ata-Baah. --["Users/WesOne"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-08-02 23:33:45'' [[nbsp]] @WesOnne and JasonAller....so how do we go about removing Frank Ata-Baah's picture from this scam/con artist list.Evidence shows that he is not a "scammer" at all.Whoever this person or people who posted this picture and this info of Ata-Baah is going to be sued for slander of his image and reputation. --["Users/Sijibomi"]<br> - ------<br> - ''2010-08-02 23:40:48'' [[nbsp]] @WesOnne and JasonAller....so how do we go about removing Frank Ata-Baah's picture from this scam/con artist list.Evidence shows that he is not a "scammer" at all.Whoever this person or people who posted this picture and this info of Ata-Baah is going to be sued for slander of his image and reputation. --["Users/Sijibomi"]</span> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> </div>