Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you

Having myself been the victim of a scam it sure is a terrible feeling when you realize you've been had.

I'm pretty sure I went through the 5 stages of denial several times.

Please don't get taken in. If it looks too good to be true it probably is.

Its not always as easy to figure out as it is in the photo.

Scam artist might be targeting local area


A scam artist wanted for a parole violation in Austin may be operating in New Braunfels.

Kenneth Eugene Delong Jr., 65, has been in the Seguin and San Marcos areas illegally soliciting money from businesses on behalf of orphan and foster children.

Austin police contacted the New Braunfels Police Department, warning them Delong could be in the city. Police are not actively looking for him because no incidents have been reported, but Lt. Mike Penshorn cautioned residents to contact authorities immediately if they encounter Delong.

“We haven’t had any specific reports that people have seen him yet, but we want to alert the public because they will likely be the first to come into contact with him,” Penshorn said.

Delong attempted the scam on two business in Seguin and San Marcos last week, according to Lisa Dvorak, assistant police chief of San Marcos. She said, in both cases, he approached the business on the pretense of making a purchase before asking for a “donation” of around $100. Neither business cooperated.

“We’ve let our officers know he is in the area,” she said. “People need to know that if they see this individual they should not attempt to stop him but instead contact local law enforcement.”

Delong uses the aliases Steven Stavroff, Kenneth Webb and Mike Naylor and has identified himself as an attorney and a former mayor of San Marcos. He was last seen driving a dark blue Chevy Tahoe.

Delong has been in and out of prison since 1993 for credit card fraud, theft, and auto theft, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He has been arrested in Travis, Hays, Harris and Bexar counties.