Police issue warning for gas money scam

ALBANY, Ga. — A spokesperson for the Albany Police Department said police have received several complaints recently from residents who have been approached by strangers seeking money to buy gasoline.

“We’re getting calls to our front desk from people who said someone knocked on their front door and asked for gas money,” said Phyllis Banks, police spokesperson. “We’ve also had incidents where they would walk up to people in a parking lot asking for gas money.

“It’s a scam, and people need to be careful. You should call APD immediately at (229) 431-2132 if its not an emergency, or call 911 if it is an emergency.”

Banks said one individual knocked on someone’s front door asking to use a telephone, claiming he had just moved into the house next door. Once the person used the telephone, he claimed to not have his wallet and asked for money to buy gasoline.

In this case, Banks said, the house next door had not been for sale and the person at the front door was a scammer.


dingleberry says...

They're everywhere, they're everywhere. Sucking any remnants of life out of the "Good Life" on its way to become the "Low Life City".

Posted 23 February 2013, 10 a.m. Suggest removal

waltspecht says...

Over 35 years ago there was an individual at a gas station in South Carolina where I-95 hits I-26. He would ask folks with out of State plates to help him out. He was on his way home from College to see his sick Mother and had run out of gas and money. If the individual was smart enough to actually pay for the gas, that was OK. Seems the Kid and the Station owner were working together. They did it every day. No telling how much they conned folks for before the Law caught on. They used to actually drain the gas back out of the car.

Posted 23 February 2013, 11:51 a.m. Suggest removal

erock says...

Have a gas can in your hand and I'll think about it. If not, get lost because I'm calling the law

Posted 23 February 2013, 1:25 p.m. Suggest removal

mrcvsjr says...

If you didn't have money or no gas in the first place, then why are you driving? They may get lucky an run into a school board member or city commissioner and they should have enough kickback money to help out.

Posted 23 February 2013, 2:17 p.m. Suggest removal

Abytaxpayer says...

Now now they do NOT get Kickbacks! The correct term is “Performance Enhancing Funds”

Posted 23 February 2013, 5:36 p.m. Suggest removal

mrcvsjr says...

"Performance Enhancing Funds" I like that!!!!!!! As in Commissioner Pike, "Performance Enhancing No Show" !!!!!!!!

Posted 23 February 2013, 9:38 p.m. Suggest removal

Sister_Ruby says...

It's amazing how many people grammamma just died in Dawson and they don't have enough gas money to get there..........or they just got a job but they need money to buy a dress shirt and tie. Yeah right.

Posted 23 February 2013, 4:09 p.m. Suggest removal

ginny says...

Don't get me started on "The Scammer". The same guy has approached most everybody in and around our building with the same old story...daughter took all his money, shows a zero balance ATM receipt, car's parked on side of by-pass, church won't help him, yadayadayada. Don't bother to call the police, one girl at the DCPD accused me of stalking the scammer because I have seen him so many places and told her the stories of some of the others he's approached, I work close to the Mall and run errands at lunch or pick up lunch.. I ALWAYS speak and you should see him haul butt! People give him money because he is clean and "doesn't appear to be on anything" as one lady said. Yeah, he left his house that morning with the intent to scam. Somebody who truly needs help may not get any because of his sorry butt.

Posted 23 February 2013, 6:49 p.m. Suggest removal