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Rip-Off Alert: Con men use nightclubs to find new marks

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 2/07/2013 6:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Con men have found a new place to recruit victims – the nightclub.

"They would approach a young woman at a nightclub, flash a lot of cash, buy them a drink or two and they would say, ‘Hey, we're launching an entrepreneurial business," said U.S. Postal Inspector Keith Moore.

While still in the club, the con men -- not named by postal inspectors -- offer to help these women set up their own company.

"To start my business he told me to go downtown to get a certificate for the business and then take it to him," said victim Briana Scroggiens.

Scroggiens filled out the forms to start a business then opened a bank account with checks supplied by the con men.

"I deposited two checks for I think about $5,000, and I withdrew the money and gave it to the guy," Scroggiens said.

"They would basically have them deposit fraudulent checks,” Moore said. “The checks would then be deemed fraudulent, and the women would be on the hook for the money."

Scroggiens ended up owing the bank $10,000.

"The victims were basically at a loss,” Moore said. “Their credit was hurt; they were in debt to the financial institution for the money they lost."

"What I learned from this is to be more careful about my choices," Scroggiens said.

Postal inspectors emphasize that you should never do business with someone you don't know. Scroggiens was one of 25 victims in this case with more than $300,000 in losses.
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