• Report: #152380
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  • Submitted: Wed, August 03, 2005
  • Updated: Sat, July 25, 2009

  • Reported By:norwich Europe
Near ATMs and Petrol Stations Nationwide United Kingdom

REPORTAGE RGA - Italian Guy With Fake Italian Leather REPORTAGE RGA Jackets ripoff Nationwide

*Consumer Comment: Nearly got me too

*Consumer Comment: Reportage RGA

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Doh!, one born every minute.

He got me at the local Shell petrol station with a ATM.
least he had the bad luck to drop his designer shades and break them, pity he made me pay for the dammed things.

He approached me in his Dark Blue AVIS hire car asking how long it would take to get to Heathrow Airport that he had a flight back to Italy to take.

He gave the spiel about visiting a friend who was not in after coming over from Italy for a fashion show in Ipswich and that he had been staying at the Marriott hotel there.

He said that he had some jackets he was going to give his friend in Norwich but who was out, so as i (had fallen to his opening spiel) helped him was i interested in buying them off him, doing him a favor so he wouldn't have excess baggage charges.

(DOH! companies don't care about this sort of thing, it's just expenses(TAX DEDUCTABLE)

He then went on to offer some fancy Italian designer leather jackets REPORTAGE RGA branded, with the patter that they were top quality worth over 250 each.

Suffice to say (Please just shoot me and put me out of my misery) i would up handing over 200 for some jackets, which once he had the cash and vanished off into the sunset (foot hard to the floor)off to another Petrol station and another sucker.

I then discovered, by the smell, been brought illegally by trawler into the UK, amongst a crate of Fish( yuk) the smell just wont go away. my house just stinks(since had to wrap them in 2 plastic bags and bury it in the garage).

i then went to local police station - they had a good laugh, about (me), the smell, (me).
All details given about this con artist, they are going to go over the video records of the petrol station, so maybe they can catch up with this GIT, (Italian White(or Blue Avis Renault Scenic MPV) van man)

Its bad enough with the local Pikeys playing this game, least we are used to them and can fend those buggers off. (white van 2 blokes, van full of busted shrink wrapped TV's Videos, jackets etc) warranty as far as the ends of their fingers, just walk away....

Anyway bloke description: ITALIAN. mid forties, graying gelled swept back hair, designer suit(grey/brown) blue/white shirt, tanned, did have a pair of designer sunglasses, designer italian brown shoes.

He was more than eager to flash his documents, and tatty BA Flight tickets. #NOTE. his assumed name (documents to match was Sergio (p/f)-------- didn't get good look at his surname, he said he came Milan, and gave me a business card. (for all that's worth) of some Italian firm(no web/email address). he also uses a Silver/Blue - DINERS CARD credit card with his name on it(probably as dodgy as him).

Anyway this week (first week of August 2005)he's running around the UK in a Rented Avis -Blue Renault Scenic. so someone can trace him via avis registration records. hopefully Trading Standards, Police, and Customs & Excise will catch up with him.

United Kingdom

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#1 Consumer Comment

Nearly got me too

AUTHOR: Richard - (United Kingdom)

I was in the petrol station at Beaconsfield, England today (25 July 09). A blue Nissan Note drew up while I was filling the car. The driver, an Italian, asked the way to Heathrow. I told him the route and he then said he's been to a clothing exhibition in London and had some samples he wanted rid of. He said the car was a hire car and that he'd been in the Marriott hotel (why did he tell me all this?) He showed me leather jackets, shirts, suits and then put them in a bag and gave them to me. He then said he just wanted to buy his wife a present and could I give him 400 to cover it?

I didn't like the stuff anyway and realised there was something going on. I gave him back the stuff and he drove off. A lucky escape.
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AUTHOR: Chris - (U.S.A.)

Today I was walking from the Javits Center and lo and behold I ran into the same gentleman as you described here. He was asking for directions to the Lincoln Tunnel to go to New Jersey. I gave him directions and then he wanted to sell me a suit out of his trunk along with the gift of three leather jackets for free. His boss would kill him if he found out he said. His words. I thanked him for his generosity but started to walk away I was pressed for time. At that point he asked me what I would be willing to pay him. I told him that if the suit as much as what he said $3000 dollars there is no way I could or would buy it. He was a short guy with brown hair and brown eyes well dressed with a heavy italian accent maintaining he had to go to the airport tonight to go to Italy that night. He drove a white car. He left me a business card and wrote down information on a another card his address and number and so on. He also showed me a picture of his kid which I didn't believe to be his but I humored him. He wanted $900 dollars up front.. and he drove me to the bank personally in his car thankfully ATM's don't dispense that much to customers. I gave him $600 dollars for a suit that fits me perfectly fresh off the rack and just needs tailoring on the pant cuffs of course the cerficate of authenticity and the seals on the fabric are Giorgio Armani and no cheap copy or knockoffs from what I observed. He begged me not to publicize his sale of this suit to me or he would be in trouble and he would lose his job. If he is a scam artist then he is either really pushing his luck running the same scam or depending on how you view it a person selling stolen genuine articles of clothing from his trunk. Either way the law of averages says he will be caught with in due time.
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