Door Knocking Scam

By: Betty Sexton Email
By: Betty Sexton Email

This scam is taking place all over the city... so this could happen to anyone, anywhere.
It starts with a knock at the door and a convincing story by a man who claims he's a neighbor.
His hard luck tale: His car or his wife's has broken down. He just needs 20-bucks fast.
In some cases... The crook actually gives out a credit card number or writes a check in exchange for your cash.
Juanita Canzoneri of Colorado Springs says, "I called the bank this morning. The account is real, but there aren't any funds in the account to cover a $20-check so I'm out 20-bucks."
Canzoneri who lives near Constitution and Union describes the con artist as a middle aged white man, about six feet tall, with short, light brown hair and a very convincing manner.
Canzoneri adds, "He worked the story good and I gave him the money."
We also heard from another couple who was scammed just before Christmas. The best advice... don't open your door to a stranger.
And before you give someone cash... get some proof he is who he claims to be. Ask to see a driver's license or get a phone number and address.


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  • by Paige Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 8, 2009 at 12:24 AM
    He called & said he was now in Castle Rock/Denver area & would drive clear to Canada. He'll scam his way there if it's true, but I've heard reports of him being in the area still. I just wanted to share this so you will be aware, he's very convincing, enough to keep me around for 10 years! Please don't think I have anything to do with this. I don't get anything from him. He called this morning & I know he was high, which means he scamming as I'm writing this. They had to create a charge to stop him in Florida - Organized Fraud under $20,000. There were approx. 143 victims that replied. Check him out at Florida Department of Corrections website - inmate release information. I believed he learned his lesson, but apparently not. He knows I'm leaving tomorrow and hasn't attempted to tell his little girl goodbye. So sad, so maddening. And finally, I have learned my lesson. I wanted to believe him but had to learn to extra hard way, at the expense of my children, and I'm so sorry.
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