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Please be aware of this (possibly Israeli) man who targets Jewish travelers mostly at airports. He approaches people , usually starting by asking if you speak Hebrew, than goes on claiming he needs money, usually for a train home to Boston, as he has lost his wallet/ card and claims he will pay you back. There have been many people who have unfortunately fell for this, giving him money  never to be seen again. This has happened at JFK , EWR, BWI, BOS and other airports/ train stations across the country. He has used the name Eli Avidan and even has shown people an ID with that name. Please share. Thanks!



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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2019, 03:01:07 PM »
Its really sad. I know this sounds naive but why deosnt he just get a job. Or at least just collect money straight up? Why do people scam? Especially for under $100 a victim
hes making more money this way
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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2019, 03:09:06 PM »
http://www.kolhabirah.com/index.php/2017-02-23-04-28-07/community-news/1557-the-dc-scammer-alleged-con-artist-targets-jewish-passers-by

Wonder if itís the same guy. He told me he lives in Boston. If it is , this guy has been killing it for years
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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2019, 04:28:58 PM »
This guy operates all over the Country. Read the comments.
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/approached-by-an-israeli-for-money-in-boston-airport/

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2019, 04:29:55 PM »
idk how good he is, 2 people on here called his bluff
Being gomlei chassadim is in our DNA. Unfortunately that sometimes leads to getting taken by a scammer. If the guy is successful fooling one out of 10 people he would be doing very well for himself. The people on DDF are probably a little sharper than his average target.
I would think if he does this too often eventually he would run into problems with security.

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2019, 04:37:21 PM »
Being gomlei chassadim is in our DNA. Unfortunately that sometimes leads to getting taken by a scammer. If the guy is successful fooling one out of 10 people he would be doing very well for himself. The people on DDF are probably a little sharper than his average target.
I would think if he does this too often eventually he would run into problems with security.
he blends in well with the travelling crowd. The funny thing is , is that he doesnt change his MO and story one bit. It always includes the same details. $80, train boston etc..

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2019, 04:50:02 PM »
He might have a schedule and takes flights to different locations based on his buisness/scam needs.

Always praying for delayed baggage.

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2019, 04:50:53 PM »
I'm hearing he's a fundraiser for yeshivas Mir in tash
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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2019, 08:21:56 PM »
I am pretty sure he once approached me on a New Jersey transit train.  Opening line was definitely do you speak Hebrew...

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2019, 09:30:18 PM »
i believe i was once scammed by him for $50 [i was under intense pressure as i had arrived 2 hours before the flight with my wifes passport  !! and couldnt think clearly. i did take his cell # and it worked, he promised to send a check, he never did and the phone number no longer works].  on the positive side a family member arrived 45 min before the flight and a british airways supervisor called the upstairs office to open the flight, swiped my passport took the bag and checked me in !].

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #24 on: November 07, 2019, 10:10:53 PM »
Another reason a airport is very easy to scam most ppl arriving are tired and exhausted and dont realize they're getting scammed.

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #25 on: November 07, 2019, 10:20:52 PM »
Another reason a airport is very easy to scam most ppl arriving are tired and exhausted and dont realize they're getting scammed.
in my case I was just bringing someone to the airport so not under pressure. Ur right thatís some psychology going for him

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2019, 10:48:59 PM »
I had such story in NYU hospital when a stranger wanted $100 for a cab and I fell for it, & believe it or not a few days later he called me and I got back my money!

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #27 on: November 07, 2019, 10:53:03 PM »
I had such story in NYU hospital when a stranger wanted $100 for a cab and I fell for it, & believe it or not a few days later he called me and I got back my money!

Sometimes its a close call and that's when its hard to make a decision.
Always praying for delayed baggage.

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #28 on: November 07, 2019, 11:00:10 PM »
I had such story in NYU hospital when a stranger wanted $100 for a cab and I fell for it, & believe it or not a few days later he called me and I got back my money!
well not a scam. I once borrowed money in TLV to take a taxi because my card didnít work and I payed the person back  :)

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Re: Possible Scammer EWR
« Reply #29 on: November 08, 2019, 12:32:45 AM »
He approached me too a few months ago in EWR, I already knew about him because of a post a long time ago about him on DDF, he uses same story about Boston and a train and a wallet etc not sure exactly, I exposed him right away and followed him to every jew He went to...