September 16, 2021

Man loses $1000 in parking lot charity scam

MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV) -If a stranger approaches you in a parking lot asking for money, Wisconsin’s Better Business Bureau is warning caution.

The warning comes after the BBB received similar reports of a parking lot charity scam.

One of the latest victims is a Madison area man named Luis who says he was approached by a stranger in the parking lot of Costco in Middleton.

Luis says the stranger pulled up in a large white SUV and told him he was from Dubai and needed to get to the airport immediately. He said he needed $1,000 and insisted on exchanging jewelry for the cash.

Wanting to help the family, Luis offered to take them to an area store where the jewelry could be traded for cash. Luis says the man insisted that doing that went against his religious beliefs.

Finally, Luis went to a nearby ATM and withdrew cash for the man and took the jewelry he gave with the intention of trading it…

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