LAS VEGAS - A man pretending to be an active military member is soliciting cash from people at valley gas stations. When it happened to one valley man, he called 8 on Your Side.
"We pulled up to get some gas, and the guy, dressed full in fatigues, was running around looking for people to give him money, because he couldn't use his ATM card," said Kenny Brown. "His card wasn't working at the pump, so people were going up and giving him money to pay for gas."
The first time Brown saw the man, Brown gave him ten dollars and thought nothing of it. A day later, he saw the same guy pulling the same scam at another gas station. So, he took a picture.
Two days later, Brown encountered the man again. He snapped another picture and went to Facebook and 8 on Your Side to get the word out.
In some places like North Las Vegas, it's illegal to ask for money in public places.
North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon says if someone like that approaches you, call the police. If it happens on a private property, such as a gas station or store parking lot, you can tell management.
People should be careful when this happens. Peddlers often look for distracted mothers in hopes of getting more cash. If a mother chooses to oblige, she risks having her purse or wallet stolen.
There's nothing wrong with giving money to people, but don't be surprised if it doesn't go to the cause you thought it might.
If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.