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Prestige Sales USA / Scammed

1 Cameron Park, CA, United States Review updated:

My neighbors and myself fell for it. I hate to admit this buy I opened the door when I shouldn't have and believed the young man standing in front of me who said he was my neighbors nephew who lived down the road raising money to attend culinary training school in Paris, France at the Cordon Bleu. He said his name was Matt Williams and if I purchased children's books from his order form from Prestige Sales USA, they would be donated to a children's hospital and he would receive points to go towards his trip. He showed me my neighbors' checks to confirm his legitimacy and called them all by their first names as if he knew them personally. My gut was telling me to send him away, but I didn't follow my feelings. I wrote a check for $55 to send him away, but he insisted on coming back to do chores and cook for me, I responded with no thank you. The moment I shut my door, I regretted what I had done. I immediately phoned my neighbor and we agreed we felt uneasy. We called the sheriff and filed a report. Canceled our checks and checking accounts. I thought I would never fall for something like this, but I did, I'm so angry with myself for trusting and not listening to my inner voice.

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  • E6
      19th of Mar, 2009

    I just got scammed by 2 young men, same story--culinary institute, sending magazines to Iraq-- I fell for it and scratched out a check for $34. However, after thinking about it I don't feel bad for being "taken". I am a compassionate person with a heart who fell for a story. Who am I to deny a child a book, or a soldier a magazine, etc... Yes, they prey on us for being "suckers" but we should not turn around and feel like fools. We are the ones who are giving money we can't afford to give because we are good people. So if you find yourself reading this and feeling bad just remember that you are among a group of very caring people, suckers or not.

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  • Pa
      28th of Apr, 2009

    I just got scammed like everybody else on this website! The "nice, clean-cut, young man was selling children's books to raise money for a trip to Italy at his college, The Savannah Art & Design College. He said that he was a neighbor's grandson down the street and also sold books to my neighbor(He knew their name). Our neighborhood was having a neighborhood yard sale and he went down the street. Nobody else fell for it and called me because he used my name to show I bought something the lady informed me it is a scam. I immediately stopped payment on my check so I didn't lose any money except the stop payment fee. I usually do not trust things like this but I fell for it and do not want anyone esle to get taken. After reading some these complaints they all are the same. Be careful!

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