Boston's biggest scam artist: Help warn others from becoming his next victim
Got me today on Beacon Hill outside Ashburton Park
I think I may have been accosted by this guy today near MGH. He didn't ask me for money or give me some story, he just got angry when I ignored him. I saw him again a few minutes later and he asked if I worked for the hospital and demanded I take my sunglasses off so he could see my face. I told him to fuck off and if I see him again I would call the cops. He followed me into the MGH T stop so I called the police and he left.
I had this man arrested last Thursday night by calling the police from his phone when he handed it to me for me call my friends so that they could bring him cash. One of the best stories of my life haha. Comment back if you want the details.
This guy got me back in the beginning of April. Caught me walking home from Roxbury Crossing after a flight in to Logan close to midnight. Same story, had broken down on Tremont and needed cash for a fix-a-flat or a tow. Kept going on about he'd never done this and was pretty well dressed so I felt bad (I've been in that spot before). I didn't have cash but I offered to go home, see what I had there and give him a ride to his car. I show up in my car and he says "Man I didn't think you'd come back" and told me he'd help me out since he works at Verizon.I start driving back to Tremont but he says he's gotta go pay them at the tow yard down by Egleston. Seems fishy but I know there's a yard down there so I head that way and hand him a 20 I had in my house. As we get there I realize it's closed and he says "naw, I meant the other yard by Franklin Park".At this point I know I've been scammed, but it's midnight and I've got this guy in my car. No idea if he's going to try and mug me or steal the car, I head past Franklin Park and pull into the Mobile station. It's full of people and I figure it's the safest spot. I told him "this is as far as I'm going" and he just hops out and walks off.Really glad he didn't get violent as he seems perfectly capable of it. Normally I'd at least have a pocket knife but since I had just flown it was just me and my luggage. Hope the cops keep him locked up, but I doubt it.
Just hit me at the side of 600 Washington St., Boston, downtown. Same exact story, I can't believe I found this page. "Just dropped some people off, works at Verizon, needs $5.95 for fix-a-flat" ; "I'll give you my number and get it back to you." When I gave him $6.00 he said "Hey you're alright" and then no mention of the phone number. WTF
Earlier this month, corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Everett Street in Cambridge (next to Harvard law school). Middle of the day. Said he was headed to a conference (or something like that) when his car broke down, and he needed to get a can of fix-a-flat. I told him I couldn't help him and he said "help me? Who said anything about help me?" I said ok, thanks for the story and took off, luckily he didn't follow me.
Forgot to mention, he asked me if I spoke English first. Seems how he likes to start conversations.
ran into him yesterday outside of marshalls on boylston st he 1st asked me if i spoke english, then he started with his flat tire routine...i just kept on walking and he was eyeing me as i was walking back to work.. also ran into this guy back in december and he used a different story saying that he needed money to take the commuter rail back home...pathetic
Fascinating. He pulled this exact same routine on me in 1997, in Fenway, when I was grad student in creative writing at BU: nice shirt and tie; suddenly the car was out by Franklin Park; suddenly $13.95 was $30.95. I wrote a poem about it. Hadn't thought of him in years, and tonight it occurred to me to Google him and this page came up.
UPDATE: Elliot Davis sightings in September on Parker St/Tremont. Then again today on Cambridge St./Staniford. Both times was in process of scamming potential victims.
have seen him twice, both behind back bay station on clarendon. same exact story-- 13.95 for fix-a-flat, gives you his cell phone number, offers his ID as collateral. i fell for it the first time... he's a real professional at this (obviously). second time this morning-- I told him he already owed me $20 from the last time he needed 13.95 for fix-a-flat. he played dumb and then went off on me, only left when I threatened to call the police.
Elliott is still active. He got me this past Wednesday right in front of 100 Summer Street, pre-coffee on my way to work. I like to think of myself as a steely-hearted New Englander, but I do often stop and give people directions, but never money. Being well-dressed and offering collateral, which I of course turned down, he had found his mark and he bid me up from what sounded like a can of fix-a-flat for $13.95 up to $39.99. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I even visited the ATM to be able to help him. Only by the next day did I finally admit to myself it was a scam (I had even texted him expressing hope we'd be able to meet up in the afternoon to get my money back) and it only took a few search terms to find this and threads on Reddit. Welp, no good people in this world.FWIW, he's using (857) 237-0740.
literally the exact same thing happening to me last night next to parker st. in mission hill. same price, and again, no responses to my texts and I too went to the atm for him. people are the worst. I feel for you
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He got me today at Park Dr and Beacon St. Same story other people got: he needs money for fix a flat to get to his presentation. The suit gives him a lot of credibility. When I called the police they explained that what he is doing is legal since I gave him the money voluntarily.
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!!
I've seen him twice. Two months ago, he used the name Elliot near Jackson square. Today, he used the name David near Park Plaza.