Woman's plea for 'help' called scam

Woman's plea for 'help' called scam

There are 78 comments on the WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut story from Mar 20, 2008, titled Woman's plea for 'help' called scam. In it, WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut reports that:

By News Channel 8's Erin Cox Posted March 20, 2008 5:25 PM Hamden _ Victims say she's a con artist with a convincing story preying on the kindness of perfect strangers.

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Harwinton, CT

#1 Mar 20, 2008
You know what, you try to do good in this world and if you get scammed that shouldn't take away from the good that you were doing. I say God Bless.

New Haven, CT

#2 Mar 20, 2008
Um, excuse me--but isn't that panhandling? I thought panhandling was a crime--as well as loitering. The cop didn't try very hard. Must have been near the end of his shift.

East Haven, CT

#3 Mar 20, 2008
Yep, they prey on the kindness of others.If they really needed your help, then be honest and not lie for it, shame, shame.
Wolcott Yank

Putney, VT

#4 Mar 20, 2008
I was approached at a gas station in Waterbury by a man telling me that he was hungry and asked if I had any money. I offered him a bag of empty cans that I had in the back seat but he told he that he wanted cash. My response to him was to get a job.
I saw this woman

Palestine, TX

#5 Mar 20, 2008
My wife and I saw this woman in Hamden at the same plaza. She went up to an old mans car man as he was getting out. He told her to piss off so my wife and I turned and watched as she walked away and she got into a NEW white Nissan Maxima.
No Scam for me

Elmhurst, IL

#6 Mar 20, 2008
She tried to pull the same thing with me one night outside the Branford Walgreens. She was driving an older Jeep Cherokee. I cant remember exactly but I think it was a dark green.


#7 Mar 20, 2008
hi- I was probably approached by this same woman a few months ago in a parking lot in Guilford. She was asking for money to repair her car.

East Haven, CT

#8 Mar 20, 2008
Wolcott Yank wrote:
I was approached at a gas station in Waterbury by a man telling me that he was hungry and asked if I had any money. I offered him a bag of empty cans that I had in the back seat but he told he that he wanted cash. My response to him was to get a job.
You go Wolcott !


#9 Mar 20, 2008
A woman approached us too at one of the McDonald's Rest Stops on 95. Claimed her car was broken down and she need $20.00 to get it fixed as she was heading to work at the VA Hospital in New Haven, where she was a nurse. Took one look at her long and dirty fingernails and knew she couldn't possibly be a nurse.

United States

#10 Mar 20, 2008
I think I may have encountered the same woman at the Mobil rest stop on the Parkway (Northbound)in Orange when I stopped to get cigarettes several weeks ago. A woman approached me with the same story about needing a hose for her car and having forgotten her purse at home. She asked for $18.00. I refused and went on my way as she loitered on the side of the building and proceeded to ask the next customer coming out for money. A male also approached me back during the summer at the same location and indicated that his wallet had been stolen and that he needed to borrow some money for gas. He assured me that he would send a check out to me as soon as he got home to repay me. He stated that he was a photography instructor on his way to a seminar. I almost believed him and I was going to give him money as he was well dressed and sounded convincing. I told him that I would loan him some money if he could show me a camera so I knew his story was legitimate. He just stood there with his mouth open and I headed to my car.

Middletown, CT

#11 Mar 20, 2008
Its just such a shame, it seems you can't trust anyone anymore...whats happening to the world that we live in...what happened to the honest and friendly people? Has life become a fast paced competition? If people just realized how easy it is to smile and be considerate of others...this world would be a much better place, for all of us...or am I just living in my own dream world, of how it should be........

Granby, CT

#12 Mar 20, 2008
i was approached by a woman in New Hampshire last summer that told me her car was stolen and she needed to get to Idaho. She was dirty looking. I told her if she didn't get out of my face that she would get a one way trip to Idaho by closed fist.
She left the area fast.

Orange, CT

#15 Mar 20, 2008
Routh needs to re-evaluate her priorities. Just because one woman "scammed" her (the woman obviously DOES need the money) doesn't mean that everyone who asks for help is a scammer.

Orange, CT

#16 Mar 20, 2008
Great. Arrest her. That will take taxpayer money out of ALL our pockets in order to process and keep her.

Moosup, CT

#17 Mar 20, 2008
my god. if you're still being scammed by people like this you deserve it. All you have to do is spend any amount of time in downtown hartford, and you'll hear the same story over and over. The "i need to fix my car" scam is old! right up there with, "I need gas". In fact I got one that said "My father's in the hospital and I had to stay the night, but now don't have a ride home, would you give me 20 for a ticket?" again. the only thing amazing about this story is that people fall for it.

Guilford, CT

#18 Mar 20, 2008
The same thing happened to me on New Year's Day in the Friendly's parking lot in East Haven. Do I feel like a sucker.

Marion, CT

#19 Mar 20, 2008
Anonymous, you speak for many people. Those that don't understand, will never get it. It is such a shame, especially that all of us live in the best country in the world.

Waterbury, CT

#20 Mar 20, 2008
How about a description of this dirtbag?

Briarcliff Manor, NY

#22 Mar 21, 2008
I was at a rest stop and saw a woman asking people for money because she ran out of gas, had no money, had to rush to see "a sick relative". I saw her collect about $40 prior to me walking into the rest area(2 people in a row gave her $20 bills). I watched her hit up several others while I ate my lunch. When I left, she pulled around in her car, asked me for money. I pointed out that her little Honda didn't need that much gas and that she panhandled more than enough.
Tim Brown

Brighton, MA

#23 Mar 21, 2008
I work for the local ambulance and that women said the same thing to me but it was on I-95 rest stop in milford superbowl sunday and she told me she worked at the west haven V.A. medical center and she lived in guilford or up the shoreline that way and she needed gas to get home and her daughter took her ATM card and if I gave her my address she would mail me back the money.... She has a good scam going on.....

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