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Scam Update

So, after my weird experience on Monday, I was really feeling bad.  One of my girlfriends mentioned that these kids might be in trouble, being taken advantage of and basically getting scammed themselves.

Yesterday, on my way home I stopped into Hell for chicken salad ingredients.  I’m looking at mayonnaise (and more than annoyed that Duke’s was not available in the small size. I think I’m going to start making my own.) when two young men approach me…with the exact same spiel. They also had the same poor dental situation and erratic behavior. I asked them right off to get to the part where they want money and then told them I wouldn’t be buying anything.  I high-tailed it to the line, where I explained to the cashier what happened.

She informed me that an associate had been propositioned a few minutes earlier with the promise of a “job” opportunity in Panama City Beach.  She walked me over to the manager on duty, where I explained again.

Then I went home.

I called my mentor, but she did not answer, so I went to bed.

Today, during my down-time in the Graduate Office I began to research magazine scams and one “company” surfaced over and over.  SYN, Inc. I read all of them, even the report from a mother whose daughter apparently was caught up in the promises and is now somewhere in California, but really, she is missing.  The company is definitely a fraud and these kids, I think, are in at least minimal trouble, but my suspicion is that they are in rather desperate trouble.

I emailed the Chief of Police in my town, who did return my email with a promise to check it out.  It is a really small town and a small precinct with few resources, so I hope that they will, but I am realistic about the results and time they have to get them.

I was able to speak to my mentor today who liked my idea about contacting a local news service’s investigative department.  What do you think?  Any ideas?

Written by thelittlepecan

January 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm

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  1. I am a ‘kiwi’ on your page… followed from Adam Jones. I like you too. . . But Walmart? wtf? We have a pizza franchise called Hell.
    So i was a bit confused, but then i wasnt… so its a department store?….and the world makes sense again..


    January 23, 2011 at 5:52 am

    • Walmart is the scourge of shopping. Check out “Wal-mart: the high cost of low prices” Also “” then come tell me what you think!


      January 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

  2. I have reported the scam to and I found this is a website that collects all scam and warn others. Check this website before any online purchase.


    January 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

    • They’ve been reported. Obviously I didn’t buy anything. Maybe you missed the point? Or maybe this is a Spambot!


      January 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

  3. It seems that we all agree that someone should do something… as long as it’s not us.

    So you do it.

    Kudos on having initiative. You are my heroine. Not my heroin. You are not my drug. We just don’t have that kind of relationship.

    Adam Jones

    January 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

    • We could, you know. I’m quite addictive.


      January 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

      • Well, maybe if we actually got to spend any time around one another, I’d get to find out for myself.

        Adam Jones

        January 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

  4. This is probably the same group that has come to my door on a few occasions. When I researched them, I found that many of these kids worked for a few weeks, living out of hotel rooms and in the end, didn’t even get paid, let alone receive the promised trip to (wherever). I think you should contact the media; it may not stop the scam, but at least move it out of your area; and the more people become aware of what’s going on, the less $ these creeps will make (creeps= the bosses, not the kids).


    January 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

    • Yeah, I’ve got the form filled out, just contemplating what to say.


      January 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

  5. Not having an intelligent day today, so no ideas, but I say do it 🙂

    Zeenatroohi Kwon

    January 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

  6. Dukes?

    I…I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.


    January 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  7. I think it’s a good idea. The best way to get the word out is the local media in most cases. This could lead to coverage around the country. The word needs to get out and the media may have access to information normal citizens don’t. My mum and dad had some of these kids come to their house a few years ago, but I never really thought much about it because we’re too poor to even consider buying anything from them.


    January 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    • That’s what I’m thinking. The more I consider this, the more I’m really concerned about these kids.


      January 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm

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