2 teenagers, who falsified their identities, addresses, and contact persons, approached us late on Saturday evening, of 21 July07 to solicit money for an apparent good cause: purchasing books for children at Johns Hopkins Hospital. They failed to show any ID representing their company and marketed themselves as students at the University Maryland soccer team soliciting goal points for their team in order to be able to travel to Italy with their team. The young man identified himself as Joel Nelson.
After paying for the books, I investigated the story which was an outright lie. They were NOT students at the University of Maryland. The 2 teenagers who claimed to have lived close to my home gave me bogus addresses, zip code, area codes and telephone numbers of their local residences. They were obviously not from our area. After examining the receipt closely I realized that they had forged my husband's signature and put a bogus address for Johns Hopkins Hospital to which the books were to be sent. It was clear that these books were never meant for their destination.
We were told that that since we were over 55years old we would qualify for senior citizen rebate for the books which would be sent to us in 30 days. They never wrote down the address to which this was to be sent. I reported this incident to the police the next day and was told that this fell into to arena of false advertising and should be reported to the FTC. On Monday, I stopped payment with my bank. The $33 dollars I had to pay for the service was a small price to pay, considering I paid $190 for books that would never reach their destination.