WARNING: Scam Artists out in Full Force Katy and Cypress

Reblogger C. Lloyd McKenzie
Real Estate Agent 16784

Mr. Robert Gilbert of Katy, TX has written this ppost that I believes apply not only to Katy and Cypress, but all major Cities across the USA.  It is unfortunate that this happens here.  Be always on the Alert. Do not fall victim to these scam artists.

Original content by Robert Bob Gilbert TX Real Est. 567774

WARNING: Scam Artists out in Full Force Katy and Cypress

Well it looks like Spring has arrived here in Katy Texas and so have the scam artists. Be careful as this is I believe an old scam but one that obviously works very well. Be very careful in Katy, Cypress and for that matter all of Houston. The scam involves asking for money to supposedly buy gas for their cars or trucks. It has happened to me twice this week including today.

You ask how does this scam come down? Today I was at a gas station which is part of Kroger located at West Road and Jones Road. I had no sooner got all my data entered into their system when I saw out of the corner of my eye a person approaching me. I turn to find a young woman moving in direction. She says to me sir can you please help as I need gas for car and I have run out of money. My big city upbringing danger alert signals were going off full blast. I said to her No thank you and go away. She stopped, sighed loudly and walked back to her car. I forgot to mention she appeared to be pregnant!

Typically the scam comes down with a male companion hiding somewhere close to the area where the begging request is made. The basic concept is get the victim distracted and  reaching  for their wallet. Once this happens the male accomplice comes up from behind carrying a weapon and steals the wallet, your car, or whatever and maybe makes you get back into your car and drive somewhere else to finish the job with a bad ending for the victim.

After being approached, I was surveying the entire area which includes a large parking lot that services the strip center and the Kroger store. I did not see anyone out of place at first. As I watched the gas flow something caught my eye that was flashing as it was a police car in the middle of West Road blocking all traffic. A policeman was in the process of cuffing a young man and there appeared to be an normally dressed undercover cop who was holding tightly on to the suspect. Hmmm I wondered if this guy was the accomplice for women asking about gas money.

Gas station Bucees not the one I was at today



The young women was still in her car when I left and was on her cell phone. She was driving a late model Jeep. The police moved the suspect to a place out of the street and appeared to be actively questioning the now handcuffed suspect. The discussion appeared to rather heated

Until this happened I had forgotten that back on Tuesday morning a woman driving a white pick up yelled to me when I was getting into my office building. I thought at first she wanted directions as this does happen all the time. The addresses and building can be very confusing in this whole Katy and Cypress areas She said she was embarrassed but could I help her with gas money? I said no and walked into our building very quickly and hopped onto an  elevator watching for anyone who looked out of place.

The scammers use women to ask for gas money which these days is very plausible with the high price of fuel. The accomplice hides until the off guard victim gets totally distracted with the scam. Watch out and be careful. Men are much more likely to fall for this nonsense than women!.

WARNING: Scam Artists out in Full Force Katy and Cypress



 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Lloyd - maybe it was a scam, maybe not -- it is always good to be and stay aware of our surroundings.  Thanks for re-blogging this post.   

Mar 08, 2013 10:56 PM #1
Rainmaker
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David Shamansky
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How crazy is that?

I have had this happen about a year ago when driving to CA and gave the same basic response.

Good call

Mar 09, 2013 02:25 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Lloyd,

Thanks for the re-blog. I just want folks to beware and careful. Scammers are evrywhere these days.

Mar 09, 2013 03:00 AM #3
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Whether it be a scam or a client calling you to MEET them at a home as they DON"T HAVE TIME To come to the office first, the answer is still NO.

I told a client on Friday she had to come to the office before we would go see anything.  She said you want me to fill out paperwork before I can see the home.

I said actually I want a copy of your license so my colleagues know who I am out with should I not return. 

She said I will be there in 15 minutes and then came in and said that was the most respectful answer anyone had given her was pure honesty. 

We later signed a contract on the 2nd home I showed her. 

Mar 09, 2013 11:32 AM #4
Rainer
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This is really bad Llloyd. How dare these people.  You are not safe anywhere  This kind of thing is so annoying.  Thanks for the information. 

Mar 12, 2013 01:19 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Hi Lloyd,

I hope you are having an excellent week and selling homes. Take care ..

Mar 13, 2013 04:57 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Will Nesbitt
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Contact C. Lloyd McKenzie for all your Albuquerque NM real estate needs (505) 888-1700. Keep up the good work!

Mar 15, 2013 02:02 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Hi Lloyd,

I hope all is well with you and you must be busy selling homes. Take care..

Mar 16, 2013 08:00 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
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C Lloyd-What do you think of the Lobos position in the NCAA tournament?

Mar 17, 2013 10:03 AM #9
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Hi Lloyd, I am just stopping by to check on you as you have not posted for a long time. Hopefully you are busy making lots of money.

Mar 21, 2013 05:14 AM #10
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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C Lloyd,

 I have not seen you on A/R for awhile so I was stopping by to see if all is well! I thought of you when I heard of the Lobos loss I was sick! I hope you have a great weekend planned!

Mar 22, 2013 08:48 AM #11
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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C Lloyd,

 Happy Easter to one of my Active Family! Cheers!

Mar 31, 2013 08:55 AM #12
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