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Complaint Review: Reportage Georgio Armani (Alfonso Merolla)

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  • Submitted: Sat, June 16, 2007
  • Updated: Mon, November 05, 2012

  • Reported By:Irvine California
Reportage Georgio Armani (Alfonso Merolla)
Napoli Italy Irvine, California U.S.A.

Reportage Georgio Armani Alfonso Merolla Jacket Scam Ripoff Irvine California

*General Comment: Alfonso Merolla you scam I will find you

*Author of original report: CON ARTIST

*Author of original report: RGA Armani Alfonso Merolla

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I was about to leave the gas station when two guys in a white Dodge Charger rental car asked me if i spoke Italian or Spanish. I told him no and I offered them help thinking they're tourist looking for directions. Then the guy approached me and told me that he was Armani rep from Italy in town doing business at South Coast Plaza. He presented himself very well and believably explained to me in a italian muddled english his situation. He explained to me that the previous night he was in Hollywood and lost all his money drinking and gambling. He then showed me a legitimate looking (probably a fake one though) Italian passport, a boarding pass, and rental car invoice. He then told me that he had NO money to pay for the rental car and that he had to catch a flight back to Italy at midnight. This guy was so believable and came off so sincere, that I actually ended up buying his story.

He offered me 3 jackets as a gift and told me that once he got back to Italy he would wire me the money. It was sketchy, but I was dumb enough to trust him. I've always been a nice person when it comes to helping others and I figured I should help him out since out felt so bad for him. I did however ask him why he didn't contact his family, company, and the embassy. For the family he told me that time difference made it difficult for him to reach his family, which after i thought about it later shouldn't have mattered in the situation he was in. For the company he told me that he was new in the company and that if he contacted his boss then he would have been fired, and interms of embassy he said they couldn't help.

Oviously I got taken advantage of and got fooled. I've never been in this kind of situation, understanding him was very difficult, I never would have imagined this kind of thing happening in a town like Irvine, but it did and after this incident happened and I did some investigation on this site it seems it's happened in multiple Southern California locations: Long Beach, Lake Forrest, Costa Mesa, Redwood, Holly Wood. The rental car fee was $176, but I ended up giving this man $200, the money lost is lost, but I'm more upset and hurt by the fact that how someone could do this to another person. I know in this world there are alot of sketchy people, but this was by far the worst human interaction experience I've had. I'm a optimist so I'm not going to rent, but I do want others to be informed of this case so this does not happen to anybody else.

This scam artist will probably read this report and I hope he does and realize what kind of person he is. For others this individual physically is about 5'10 - 5'11 on a chubby side and his partner in was more leaner and wore glasses and remained silent the whole time because he soposedly didn't know any English at all. The scam artist name is Alfonso Merolla his fake passport indicated that he was born on Aprill 28th 1985 and the passport number was AA1309321. He will most likely approach his next potential victim differently so be on a look out for his feature. (chubby cheeks and pointy noise) He looked some what latino with dark tonned skin. If anyone of this character approaches you just call the police.


Kenny
Irvine, California
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

Alfonso Merolla you scam I will find you

AUTHOR: unknown1992 - (United States of America)


Time:
approx. 10:00 am

Where:
Shell Petrol Station, Bass Hill, Hume Hwy

 

I had just filled up my car with petrol. After paying for it and walking to my
car, I was approached by a man in a rented beige Nissan X-trail that had a
Victorian number plate. He had asked me if I knew how to speak Italian. Which
coincidently I am from an Italian background and responded in Italian. He had
told me that he was from Rome, Italy and had travelled to Australia for
Business. He said he was down in Melbourne and had rented a car to travel to
Liverpool, Sydney where he had future goals to open up a boutique store selling
Italian clothing such as Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabana and Versace.

 

He then told me as a gift he would give me three jackets for free if I helped him. He said that the previous night he had met a girl from Liverpool Best & Less by the name of Jasmine and had slept
with her that night. He said when he woke up in the morning, all his money
(apparently so he had $3000 AUD) and credit cards were stolen and his main
concern was to return to Italy immediately. I had asked him if he contact his
parents and he said he has not due to the time difference (which made me think
afterwards if its an emergency, time wont make a difference) and he said he had
reported it to the police. I asked if he had called the Italian Embassy and he
said it was too much effort and they wouldnt help. He said he needed to drive
back to Melbourne to take back the car to the airport as he had changed his
flight to return Monday night.

 

He
showed me his itinerary and was recorded to depart Melbourne on the 9th
of December. I offered to call the rental car company to see if he could
possibly drop the car off here and he said they wont do that and it would be a
hassle as he has already rescheduled his flight from Melbourne. He believably
explained to me he had no money for petrol and no food and was asking for help,
as I was apparently a good Samaritan. I ended up buying his story due to the
innocent face he had including the two rosary beads that he had hanging around
his neck. He asked for $200 to get him to take the car back to Melbourne, which
will cover petrol and food. I offered to pay for his petrol and buy him
something at the petrol station but then he said he was already running on half
a tank and one tank wouldnt be enough from Sydney to Melbourne. He gave me his
business card and said he will transfer the money into my account once he
returned to Italy. I felt that maybe it was God giving me an opportunity to
complete a good deed so I went back into the petrol station to withdraw $200 from
the ATM and I took multiple photos of his passport and drivers license
(attached) and he wrote down my mobile number, name and account, BSB details to
transfer the money once he arrived.

 

Once we exchanged information he thanked me and
said when I return to Australia he will offer to take me out for drinks. He was
believed to be 27 years old and about 5 foot 10. Chubby built. His passport
indicated that his name was Alfonso Merolla. 

If anyone sees this man driving in Sydney or Melbourne (Australia), please contact crime stoppers or Australian Federal Police

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CON ARTIST

AUTHOR: Kenny - (U.S.A.)

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RGA Armani Alfonso Merolla

AUTHOR: Kenny - (U.S.A.)

Wore 3 cross and claimed to be catholic. Uses same tactic on his victims.
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