Beware the Latest Center City Con Artist

Her sob story sounds awful. And awfully familiar.

A post to Reddit suggests there’s a con artist scamming folks in Center City:

She’s about 40-50 years old, relatively well-dressed, African-American, wavy hair (typically in a short ponytail) with a curl of hair gelled to her cheek à la 1920’s flappers.

I see her ALL THE TIME in the Rittenhouse/Center City area. Sometimes she wears a neck brace, usually has a few shopping bags in tow, her makeup is always running and she’s always recounting some fake trauma to hapless passersby while asking for their [financial] help. Totally taking advantage of kindhearted people.

She got me and my girlfriend with the neck brace and a tale of how her boyfriend just slapped her and took off in their car. I caught her conning a young guy the other day with a similar story and she froze once she realized someone was on to her game.

So be on the lookout.

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  • Lisa W

    I encountered her in front of the Sofitel, she frequents hotels too. I fell for her scam once and she told me her name was Robin. A few months later I saw her give the same sob story to a well dressed couple. I walked right up to them and said, ‘I bet she just told you her boyfriend just threw her out of a moving car and she has to get the train back to New Jersey but doesn’t have any money’, they looked stunned and quickly walked away!
    Smart woman, it’s a shame she’s not using all that cleverness for good.

  • Jay Walker

    I too have seen her for the past two years. Anytime I see her telling her sob story to someone I jump in and tell her to get lost. I have pointed her out to the Police who say they cannot arrest her. The scammer works very hard; too bad she is not a productive citizen.

  • D

    I’ve been living in the rittenhouse area for the past 7 years and always see this woman. She aproached me with the same story one day. It’s so bad with her she doesnt even remember who shes tried her little trick on. She has aproached me several times. As soon as she can make eye contact with you the fake tears start. I always immediately start laughing and let her and evryone in the vacinity know that she is a fraud. If I ever see her having a conversation with anyone I interupt abruuptly and let them know the truth. Needless to say, she hates me. The sad thing is half the time people look at me like I’m an as*Hole messing withn this sweet old lady. Most people are too dense to realize that they are being conned. It sucks that people take advantage of generous and kind hearted peoples nature. This leech should be arrested and given a real neck brace.

  • Rob D

    I see this woman all of the time. I have confronted her and followed her around. She is definitely a fake…but she is very convincing. I took some pictures of her the last time I saw her but they were of her back. I intend to take a face shot next time I see her. She is disgusting because she preys on the goodness of unsuspecting people. She definitely knows I am onto her because she quickly changes character when I approach her. I hope others will do what they can to rid the area of her.

  • puddin

    LOL! She almost got me today, Market Street, Old City, My colleagues and I were on our way to lunch. She was crying and when I first saw her it broke my heart..she is a SUPERB actor..up to a point… I kept asking question after question and sensing we were not going to pony up any cash, she could not hide the smirks… beware…she is good! :) Her story was that her man had left her, she was heartbroken and was far away from NJ with no money and felt stupid and silly…. She needed $13 and change to get there to NJ. she kept repeating this…had way too many details in her story..and that raised a red flag… I asked if she had ID, she had none, I lied and told her we had no cash..and it began to unravel for her there…be watchful… she is convincing