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SCAM ARTIST SEARCH: West Des Moines police looking for three men who scammed 77 year old out of t...

There are 9 comments on the WHOtv story from Oct 21, 2010, titled SCAM ARTIST SEARCH: West Des Moines police looking for three men who scammed 77 year old out of t.... In it, WHOtv reports that:

West Des Moines police need your help finding three suspected scam artists. The men are accused of swindling a 77-year old man out of $70,000 over the course of nearly a year.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WHOtv.

Mary Hayes

Ankeny, IA

#1 Oct 22, 2010
The problem with most people that they don't know that you should be licensed in the state of Iowa before any body considers hiring a contractor at all. Then you should call the should be able to contact people they have worked for and see there work before anything is started. The older people are just targeted because some people come from a generation that a mans word was always good. That is not true in these times. He must not have anyone close to him that would have been on top of these. It was good that the bank was trying to look out for him but is not always the case.
WAG

Spirit Lake, IA

#2 Oct 22, 2010
If he came to my door I wouldn't hire him to begin with. He looks crooked.

Since: Oct 10

Ankeny, IA

#3 Oct 22, 2010
I feel sorry for the elderly everyone is looking to take advantage of them..Car dealers are no different then these thugs,you take your car in for a routine service and the next thing you know they've got ya on the phone trying to shove more service and parts down your throat...........
Phil Davison

San Francisco, CA

#4 Oct 22, 2010
Edward Lou Mason Jr. is nearby. I can smell his beard.

Since: Oct 10

Ankeny, IA

#5 Oct 22, 2010
This creep looks like the character in the movie Toy Story,the one that kidnapped Woody....lol
Don

United States

#6 Oct 22, 2010
this crap has been going on forever

even the old 'Dragnet' show from the 1960s talked about it
johnT

United States

#7 Oct 22, 2010
What a fat piece of s hit.

Would love to have 15 minutes alone in a room with this fat ass.

I guarantee you , he wouldn't be scamming the old people anymore.
dave

Fort Madison, IA

#8 Oct 22, 2010
Mary Hayes wrote:
The problem with most people that they don't know that you should be licensed in the state of Iowa before any body considers hiring a contractor at all. Then you should call the should be able to contact people they have worked for and see there work before anything is started. The older people are just targeted because some people come from a generation that a mans word was always good. That is not true in these times. He must not have anyone close to him that would have been on top of these. It was good that the bank was trying to look out for him but is not always the case.
Mary, really you have to have a license to be a contractor in Iowa? I did not know that. What kind of license is that? I need more information? A good contractor should be bonded and able to show what other jobs they have done and give the person a chance to call and see if the contractor is on the up and up.

But the elderly are easy prey for wolves. This guy and his crew need to view the world from behind bars to give them a chance to rethink their way of doing business. Be real and be honest.
Funky

Urbandale, IA

#9 Oct 22, 2010
Any able bodied men that come across any of them- Smack em around for about an hour, tie them up with duct tape, leave them and then call the cops to pick up whats left.

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