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post #1 of 10 Old Jun 21st, 2012, 4:17 pm Thread Starter
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Encountered a new (to me scam) today. I leave for Alaska tomorrow and was running some last minute errands including picking up some things at Target. As I passed in front of the store an extremely heavy middle age lady dressed in a Wal-Mart extra large size sack was ever so slowly shuffling across the cross walk. After she had cleared my half of the cross walk, I started across. She immediately reversed field, slammed her hands on my front fender, fell on her asphalt and started screaming. Another equally large woman on the other side started yelling and pointing: “He hit her! That car hit her! Did you see that?” A man dressed in jeans and a polo shirt ran up and shouted: “You’re under arrest! Hands in the air! I started in: “What the hell? What did I do?’ The guy who was an undercover cop yelled: “Not you --- her!” Just then two patrol cars roared up. Apparently she had been pulling this scam all over town. The cops were watching her and got it all on video. They have indicated she and her partner in crime will be charged with attempted extortion, criminal conspiracy, insurance fraud (based on earlier cases where she collected) and who knows what else. Scares me to think of the shit I could be in if they had not been watching her and there were no other witnesses!

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post #2 of 10 Old Jun 21st, 2012, 5:05 pm
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Re: New (to me) Scam

Many similar cases here and there. What gets them, is Target, and any other big box store has security cameras all over.
They are being busted as fast as they can commit the scam. But indeed it does exist, and does take place on a regular basis here and elsewhere.
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So the issue is not moot at all. Oh, wait a minute, that's your name! Ha ha ha ...

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Byrum.... If you weren't cruisin' town in your Bentley, they wouldn't know you're loaded.

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Re: New (to me) Scam

Good thing that there is no Target in town....only Wal-Mart.

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Never a cop around when you need one huh.

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Byrum.... If you weren't cruisin' town in your Bentley, they wouldn't know you're loaded.

Come on, dude--keep up. I traded the Bentley for a Maybach 6 months ago!

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Re: New (to me) Scam

This is good to know. I must be so naive... no idea people did that kind of thing other than in the movies or on TV.

Thanks for letting us know.

and BTW? It's a moot point!

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Re: New (to me) Scam

when I took drivers ed the rule was stay stopped until the pedestrian clears the crosswalk, all the way on the other side.

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Re: New (to me) Scam

Nuth’n new.
Almost 20 years ago I was in a rental car in Ft Lauderdale getting off I-95 to a major E-W boulevard. There was a stop sign at the end of the off-ramp. The car in front of me stopped before making a right-only turn. I stopped looked right then left and preceded onto the boulevard proceeding to touch/bump into the vehicle ahead that had stopped in the turn lane.

There was no movement in the car. Putting my emergency flashers on, I went to the driver and asked if he was OK. Oh ma back, ma back said the Caribbean Islander.

I ran to the Denny’s and called 911 and waited for the authorities. (This was before cell phones)

The Florida State Patrol and local EMT’s responded. The EMT said (off the record) that it was probably a scam but they had to put him on a backboard and take him to the ER. The patrolwoman inspected both vehicles and could see no damage. After providing ID, insurance card and the rental agreement I was free to go.

I reported the incident to my company and the rental agency from the airport.

Three weeks later I received a letter from a local FL attorney that had been copied so many times there was a ton of “noise” on the sheet of the paper. There were claimed medical expenses of $25,000 and they wanted cash payment other wise I was going to be sued. My info was handwritten in at the top of the document. I turned the document over to our corporate attorney.

Hertz decided to take the scammer to court and asked if I would come back to FL and testify if needed. I agreed. Seems they settled out of court or there was a bust.

S*it happens. Beware out there!

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post #10 of 10 Old Jun 22nd, 2012, 9:35 am
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Re: New (to me) Scam

As much as I don't like it, there are now so many cameras around that it's probably hard to not be on video or have your picture taken. All up and down the interstate, store parking lots and at a lot of downtown locations you can see them and they are all recording your movements.

Maybe it's a good thing!

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