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.


23 comments:

  1. He and his female accomplice have come to Queens, two years in a row around November 20th, in the Jamaica area. She approaches you with "Excuse me, do you speak English..." and continues about being from "Mt. Vernon, New York." They were pleasant enough, but after both encounters, my hair stood on end. There's something inherently creepy about them.

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  2. He was around Berkeley and Boylston today. I hadn't seen this blog, but I had heard the con before 15 years ago (not sure if the same guy), so I called BS. And then I proceeded to tell everybody he approached it was BS. He wasn't too happy about. Proceeded to publicly yell homophobic slurs at me (and by the way, I am not gay). He finally came clean and asked why I was interfering with his business? Then he asked if I wanted "war" with him? WTF? What a loser!

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  3. Haha- this guy. Came up to me 2 years ago, I was walking back from star market near central, its dark and I have my arms full of groceries with my headphones in. He taps my shoulder (I'm pretty muscular and heavily tattooed) and I turn like I am about punch cause you know someone just snuck up on me. He jumps back and apologizing for catching me off guard. I take my headphones out and he tells me his nephew is in the car around the corner and they have a flat. I offer to take him to economy hardware (a 30 second walk) and he says they don't have any fix a flat. I then offer to take him to pill in central. He tells me they don't have any fix a flat, then tells me a place does in harvard. I tell him I don't have any cash, he points to the ATM right there. At this point the light bulb finally goes off for me. I then said "oh I am sorry I am being so dumb let me call AAA". He gets upset and asks for the money again. I tell him I'm sure the police can help him and he starts walking away and calling me names.

    Fast forward a year later and 2 blocks away, my friend and I are walking up the street. He approaches, as he's approaching I am trying to place him and then I remember. My buddy thought I was insane but I immediately lit into him. "Oh wow your nephew must have had a birthday in that car". Basically called him out on his shit, he threatened to fight but did so walking away and I called him out. Haven't seen him in about a year but I ran into a cop a few hours later. He said you can feel free to call them and they'll make sure he moves along.

    Thanks for the PDF poster downloaded and waiting for him to pop back up.

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  4. Was just approached by Mr. Davis pulling his "Fix-a-flat" scam on Landsdowne street in Cambridge. Looks like he is working his scam on the bio-tech crowd around Novartis & Takeda.

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  5. He got me last week (perhaps June 20) on Milk Street near India Street. Suit, trench coat, looked clean cut; I felt like I was probably getting conned but I gave him $20 for the "Fix-a-Flat".

    Oh well.

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  6. How can we get this guy arrested? serious question

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  7. He got me yesterday, 6/22 at park drive. gave him 25 bucks for his fix a flat. I intend to file a report with the cops and find him myself. hopefully i can talk some sense into the guy

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  8. Well, filed a police report on him. Let's hope it actually does something

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  9. His name was Elliot Jackson today. He was on Franklin St at PO Square. First, he asked if i spoke English. Claiming that he worked for Verizon, he needed to be at a meeting in Watertown in 45 minutes. Well, since I also work for Verizon I really wanted to help if this was not a scam. He didn't have his business card on him, so I offered to look him up on the corporate directory through my phone. At that point, he "didn't have time for any inquiries." I insisted it would only take a moment, but If he wanted to walk away that was fine, too..

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  10. According to a source of mine who's friends with a Brookline police officer, he's currently in jail. I don't know how long but if it's true.... :)

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    1. As to date he is currently awaiting trial for assaulting me and my girlfriend.

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  11. Just approached me 15 minutes ago in the Fenway, near the Regal Theater.

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  12. I work at the corner of Milk and Broad in the financial district. Just saw this flyer posted on a pole. Interesting stuff. Never saw him before, but am now prepared if I do! Thanks all!

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  13. I ran into him on friday by the state street building, he jumped in front of me and stopped me in my tracks looking all sad saying "excuse me". I being from Portland Oregon am immune to people asking me for money I simply say "I don't have any money" because I really don't. He let me go and I made my appointment in time.

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  14. He got me last night (March 24th, 2016 at 7:00pm) in front of Landmark Building in Fenway....needed Fix-a-Flat to get to a Verizon meeting in Watertown in 45 minutes. Told him I didn't have any cash but would buy the fix-a-flat for him at the corner gas station. He said he just came from there and they didn't have any and would have to get a cab to Brigham Circle to buy the Fix-a-flat to make it in time. That little man in the oversized suit strikes again!

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  15. Ran into Elliot this morning on Summer Street near DTX towards South Station. It was pretty sparsely populated this morning, so when he approached me I already knew it was him from this blog. He immediately asked me for FixAFlat and I started laughing. He asked me what was so funny and I told him I had read about him on the internet and I started walking away. He yelled "What are you doing on the internet?" Hilarious.

    So I look behind me and Elliot is already chatting another guy up. I think this guy could read him well and knew something was off, so when they stopped talking and he walked my way, I approached the man and let him in on the information.

    Lo and behold Elliot was about 100 feet away and saw our conversation. He started yelling and screaming like a 5-year-old.

    What a character, huh?

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  16. Just saw Elliot this morning at the corner of Arch St & Milk St. He approached me with "Hey brother, can you help me out with--" but I recognized him mid-sentence and said "Hey, I've seen you before, you're that scam artist!". He responded with "Ohhhh, I'm a SCAM artist..." and I didn't see the rest of his reaction because I kept walking. Thanks for this blog, you saved me some time and potentially some money!

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  17. Eliot approached me outside JP Licks in Brigham Circle around 11pm. Ran through the whole Verizon, fix-a-flat spiel, first telling me it's $13.95 then correcting himself to $30.95 once I pulled out a 20 and told him I don't have change. Answered my phone calls a few times over the next few days, getting progressively angrier and more bitter, telling me he's heading to the movie theatre and I can meet him there but he doesn't know what time his X-Men movie starts or the address of the theater. He kept telling his "family" in the car to "stop laughing!"...

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  18. On Harvard Campus, 7/5/2016. Took me for $20 and I've been saying no to people for 20 years. Extremely polite and well-groomed, very viable story bc I've been in it, story seemed to check out, and I happened to be depositing a check thats a small stipend for my full-time volunteer gig. I had a bad feeling when he got vague about paying me back.

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  19. Approached my GF and I in Fenway 10/16, claiming to be a corporate executive. His poor fitting but crisp shirt, blue pants torn , scuffed brown leather shoes, and scratched black leather attaché certainly indicated he was not a corporate executive.

    He claimed he had two kids waiting to be picked up and needed a $13.95 can of fix a flat, that he had forgotten his wallet at home. He offered to pay me back tomorrow.

    I gave him $20 and told him not to pay me back. If you're a beggar and catch me in a good mood I'm occasionally willing to generous. Regardless of the dishonest and whimsical spiel, he like everyone needs money to get by. If he was capable of earning an honest living I'm sure he would.

    Aside from saying he's a corporate exec in advertising (and that if I never need a job let him know- I'm set with that), he puts on a pretty good show.

    Good life rule in general: Never give money to anyone if you expect to get it back. This to friends, family, and strangers.

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