Thursday, April 30, 2015

Repurposing this blog (slightly)

It has been a year since I've actively posted anything on this blog about Elliot Davis, and almost four years since I created it. After starting the blog virtually all of the posts (aside from the first) have been re-posted comments, information, or links that I've become aware of.

A comment came in recently that got me thinking about the blog again:

"Listen, you people should be ashamed of yourselves sitting here blogging about this. If you give a stranger money than consider it gone. It is your CHOICE to give it and his choice to spend it as he pleases because that is the way the world works. You all sit on here whining about nothing. Feel good that are kind and helpful and move on....really!!"

So far the only comments I haven't allowed to be published before are those suggesting overt violence against ED, which perhaps some consider a just revenge, but it's nothing I am going to recommend via this blog. However this is actually the first comment that made me question if this blog is really doing something worthwhile. I can't agree with this commenter's blame-the-victim attitude, especially when by default it defends the actions of a blatant sociopath. At least we all get a pat on the back, then are told to forget about this guy.

The real question to me is "Why set up this blog when it probably only reaches readers after they have already met Elliot Davis?" I guess there is some usefulness in confirming that someone indeed has been scammed, and that you aren't getting a call tomorrow from ED asking how to return your cash. That's something, but it's not going to stop him.  Plus he hits up different spots any day he's out there, and I don't recommend trying to interact with him at all, as he seems to have the potential to get violent. At the same time, the police manifestly don't care about his scamming activity, and as stated I'm not looking to incite revenge fantasies...

But I did have one idea that might prove more useful in a different way. I have created a PDF, which I'd ask any visitor of this blog to print out if they are so inclined, and to post it at the spot where she or he had a run-in with Elliot Davis. It's not especially pretty, but it gets the job done, and I am open to any suggestions. Spreading knowledge about this guy seems like the only reasonable counter-action, and it might help stop a few people from getting scammed.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Near Downtown Crossing and South Station

New sighting:

"I just saw this guy again. Told me he needed a can of fix-a-flat to fix his flat tire. That he worked for Verizon. Said he would call me as soon as he got back to the office. Realize now I got totally scammed.

"Black dude with khakis and a blazer and tied. Says he's 'never had to do something like this before.' I was super suspicious but gave him thirty bucks. Feel like an idiot.

"I feel sorry for the next 100 people that ask me for money. "

Friday, November 15, 2013

Reddit post about Elliot Davis

Here, with a tremendous number of anecdotes about his cons.

Plus more here at Universal Hub.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Near Mass General Hospital

"Ran into him on Beacon Street by BU campus. Was suspicious the entire time, but him offering me both his ID and cellphone as collateral is what got me. Asked for $13.95 and then changed it to $30.95. Gave him $40. Then I searched his phone number in google to find that he has been using the same story for almost 20 years. Unbelievable."

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Near Mass General Hospital

New sighting:

"10/27/13: I ran into this jerk today on Cambridge street near Mass General Hospital....AGAIN. First time was 5 years ago in Cambridge. He tried the same story with me this time and I instantly remembered him. I took his picture and asked for my $30 back...He became enraged, threatened to hit me, then suddenly turned around and tried the same scam on another person."

Thursday, August 8, 2013

He's not in jail

As has been noted in a couple comments, Elliot Davis is back on the streets:

"got burned last night outside of Roxbury Crossing T stop. Same story about a child in need, tow truck, blah blah blah."

"just got con by him this morning 330am, near symphony mart, boylston street, on the way back from Berklee. Taking advantage on oversea students. very pushy."